Random linux tip – if you don’t feel like dealing with the regular KDE or Gnome based applications or mechanisms for taking snapshots of your screen, there is a simpler and quicker way. You can do it directly from the console:
import -window root screenshot.png
Of course screenshot.png is the filename you want to assign to your screenshot. It’s quick and easy, and can be triggered at any time. You can even put it into a script, or run a cron job that will take a snapshot of your current workspace at certain time interval.
The command above takes a snapshot of the whole desktop. If you want to just grab a rectangular region, skip the window parameter:
You cursor should change into a cross, and allow you to draw a rectangle over the desired area and save it as the file name you specify.
Note that you will need to have the imagemagick package installed. On ubuntu do:
aptitude install imagemagick
Make sure you have universe enabled in your apt sources.
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