Install HotShots Screen Capture Tool in Ubuntu 14.10/14.04

July 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

HotShots screen capture tool

HotShots is a screen capture tool with some editing features. It is particularly suitable for writing documentation (as used in the following chapters) but you can use it to highlight some details on a map image or what ever you want.

Because HotShots is written with Qt. Compare to Shtter, it has few dependencies and uses lower computer resources.

hotshots 2.1 ubuntu


  • Grab current screen, all monitors (in case of multi-monitors configuration), current window or a part of the desktop.
  • Save the screenshot in multiple formats (PNG, JPG, BMP, …).
  • Automatically save the screenshot to clipboard, disk or launch the editor tool.
  • Automatically scale the screenshot to a given size.
  • Use “system” shortcuts to take a screenshot.
  • Add automatically some “post-effects” to the screenshot (drop shadow, rotation, border, …).
  • Add annotation items (text, arrows, rectable, …) to the snapshot.
  • Can be minimized to system tray and work in background.
  • Can be launch at system start-up (Windows).
  • Export edited image in multiple formats (PNG, JPG, BMP …).
  • Save/Restore edited image in proprietary format.
  • Send image directly to printer or to web service.

Install HotShots in PPA:

HotShots does not provide .deb package or apt repository for Ubuntu user so far, but you can always install the latest release from the launchpad PPA, works for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

After that, update package lists and install the screen capture:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install hotshots

Once installed, open it from Unity dash or application menu and enjoy!

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