Install Hotshots screenshot & annotation app in Ubuntu 13.10

Last updated: October 19, 2013

Hotshots is a screenshot 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, it runs on Windows and Linux (MacOSX isn’t tested yet).

Current features:

  • 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, …).
  • 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.
  • Install Hotshots via PPA:

    Hotshots is available in a launchpad ppa for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 13 Maya, 15 Olivia, 14 Nadia , 16 Petra and other Ubuntu derivatives.

    To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

    After that, update package lists and install the tool:

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

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    2 responses to Install Hotshots screenshot & annotation app in Ubuntu 13.10

    1. It’s a great tool, it takes full screenshots of dual monitors in microseconds. No dropbox integration yet but maybe that’s coming

      The capture reigon option doesn’t work for me but the other capture options do.

      Also , in the editor, no undo buttons.

    2. Hi,

      Great tool but without undo buttons in editor I’m not able to do anything.