Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Quick screenshotting


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Time for a new trick ! I'm gonna tell a bit about making screenshots in Gnome. For those who don't know what a 'screenshot' is, it's a kind of 'photograph' you make of your screen. In fact, it's just saving what's currently on your screen in an image.
So, how to make those screenshots within Gnome ? Well, there are several ways to do this. You can use some 3th party program that creates screenshots (for example in The Gimp with File > Import > Screenshot) or a commandline-program ... but that's not what were gonna do, as Gnome has a screenshot-utility built-in! To call this program, you can press a shortcut-keycombination or open the System-menu and click the "Take Screenshot" entry. Both will bring up this dialog:

You can choose a filename and folder where it should be saved. Well, the cool thing is you don't have to really save this screenshot if you just want to send it to somebody. Which is cool as mostly when you want to show something to somebody you remove the saved screenshot afterwards. So, how to do it? Right, just drag the thing. You can drag the screenshot out of the dialog, to a gaim-conversation or on a gaim-contact to send it to him/her, on gaim to set your own buddy-image (aka 'avatar'), to the evolution "new mail" attachement zone, on your panel to use it as background (not that I guess you want that, but it's possible ;)) ... or just to any directory in nautilus to save it over there!
To create screenshots with key-shortcuts, you have 2 combinations to set. One to create a screenshot of the whole screen and one to only capture the active window. You can set both shortcuts in the "Keyboard shortcuts" preferences window (open it with System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts).

Have fun screenshotting !

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17 Comments:

Anonymous tyler knowledgely replied ...

Yah, screenshots in Gnome rule. It's so freakin simple it's almost wrong. But let's be honest, it's way too right. ;)

6:25 PM, June 15, 2005  
Anonymous Ikke knowledgely replied ...

That dragging hint is SO GREAT. Thank you!!!

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10:57 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Karel Demeyer knowledgely replied ...

I found out this feature by accident some time ago and I was thinking "what am I doing now ???" but it's just so great you don't need to go through all the save-send-delete process just to show something to somebody :).
With aMSN you can send screenshots with some plugin so you only have to type "/screenshot" in the chatwindow, maybe this could be cool to have in gaim too, but in fact just dragging after a shortcut is just as fast :D.

11:30 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Onion knowledgely replied ...

How about adding a function to the GNOME screenshot system that restyles your screenshot showing you how your GNOME desktop would look with an OSX interface, you know, like a "what if it were pretty" checkbox or something...?

12:35 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Karel Demeyer knowledgely replied ...

Yeah ... now I also get OSX-related search-queries pointing to this blog .. and OSX-adds ! Thanks mate ;)

12:41 AM, June 16, 2005  
Anonymous Peter knowledgely replied ...

You even don't need to create some shortcut. It allready exists! Just press the "print screen" button on your keyboard and the dialog will pop up.

1:51 PM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Karel Demeyer knowledgely replied ...

Sure ;) But I just wanted to mention where to change 'm as I changed 'm oevr here ... Ctrl-Alt-S for a big shot and Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S for a shot of the current win. This way I keep my fingers allmost on hte same place on my keyboard and I can still do it with 1 hand :).

4:08 PM, June 16, 2005  
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