HotShots 1.2.0 Released: Install it on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.04, 12.10

July 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

The HotShots screenshot tool 1.2.0 has been released. This simple tutorial shows you how to install or upgrade to this version on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.04 Precise and 12.10 Quantal.

hotshot screenshot tool

HotShots is an application for capturing screens and saving them in a variety of image formats as well as adding annotations and graphical data (arrows, lines, texts, …). Because HotShots is written with Qt, it runs on Windows and Linux

The new release has some layout changes. The editor has multi-selection, the ability to select shadows on each item, the ability to edit some items (polygon, polyline, and curve) more easily, and the ability to add post-effects to the image background. The uploader adds a user field to define the output template for FTP uploader. The ability to send a document directly to the printer has been added. Slovak, Turkish, Russian, Sinhala, Serbian, Czech, Vietnamese, Basque, Spanish, and Chinese translations have been added.

hotshots snapshot editor

Install HotShots:

A PPA repository has been created to make it easy to install for Ubuntu and Linux Mint users. So far it supports Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtal, 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands to add the ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

After that, update package lists and install HotShots screenshot tool via below command:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install hotshots

Once installed, you can open it from the Unity Dash.


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