Ksnip Screenshot Tool 1.8.0 Released as Good Alternative to Shutter

Last updated: December 17, 2020 — Leave a comment

Ksnip screenshot tool released version 1.8.0 a few days ago with many great new features and improvements, making it more powerful.

Ksnip is a free open-source Qt based screenshot tool with editing features. It runs in Window, Mac OS, and Linux (both X and Wayland). As Shutter is not in active development, it’s getting more and more issues due to old Gnome dependency libraries. And Ksnip is a great alternative.

Ksnip 1.8.0 added ability to pin screenshots in frameless windows that stay in foreground. The feature was ported from Flameshot. Without saving a screenshot, the app “Options” menu offers “Pin” option to set it in foreground, and it will disappear with a double click on it.

The new release also added new and improved editing tools, including:

  • Add pixelate image area tool
  • Zoom in and out
  • Add window effects: Drop shawdow, Grayscale, Border
  • Add numeric pointer with arrow annotation item.
  • Add interface for adding custom tab context menu actions.
  • Add text pointer annotation item.
  • Add text pointer with arrow annotation item.
  • Add option to automatically switching to select tool after drawing item.
  • Edit Text box with double click.
  • Resize elements while keeping aspect ratio.

There are also improved screenshot tabs including:

  • Add save and save as options to context menu of a screenshot tab.
  • Add open directory, copy path to clipboard in saved tabs’ context menu.
  • Add option to delete saved images both from Edit menu or tab context menu.
  • Allow rename saved screenshot images both from Edit menu or tab context menu.

Other features include:

  • Add unity / integration tests.
  • Add brew cask package for Mac uses love homebrew.
  • Add image quality option in settings page.
  • Add support for cross-platform wayland screenshots using xdg-desktop-portal.
  • Add support for loading image from stdin.
  • Add screenshot options as application actions to desktop file. So that you can add Ksnip to desktop keyboard shortcuts to launch a screen, window, or area shot.
  • Make hiding main window during screenshot optional.
  • Open several files at once in tabs.
  • Allow modifying selected rectangle before making screenshot.
  • Option to keep main window hidden after a taking screenshot.
  • Add new options in system tray indicator menu.
  • Upload multiple stickers at once.
  • Allow removing imgur account.
  • Bug-fixes and other improvements.

Download / Install Ksnip:

The software offers official binary packages in the github releases page:

Download Ksnip

For Ubuntu Linux, you can grab the .appimage package, make it executable in file “Properties” window, and finally right-click and select run it to launch the tool.

You can also download the .deb package. And install it either via Gdebi package installer, or by running command in terminal:

sudo apt install ./Downloads/ksnip-1.8.0.deb

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