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shutter 0.86

I recently came across the Shutter Testing PPA and decided to give the new Shutter 0.86 (testing - not yet released) version a try and I was impressed with the new features and improvements Shutter will be getting so I started using this new version. Since I didn't encounter any bugs, I decided to write an article about it so you can enjoy this development build too.

Shutter is a screenshot taking application for Linux which you can use to capture a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

This new Shutter 0.86 development version includes a new internal notification system which is now used by default instead of the desktop notifications (but you can change this from the Preferences menu), history-support for web-capture, a new navigation toolbar (View > Show Navigation Toolbar), a redo last screenshot option and many more other improvements and bug fixes.

Some new features include:

  • New plugin: 3D reflection
  • New plugin: bordereffects
  • new censor effect in the image editor which allows you to pixelize a certain area of the image to hide private data. This doesn't "erase" a portion of the image like the "Censor portions" tool does.

To install it in Ubuntu, firstly you must add the Shutter Testing PPA:

-Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter-testing-team/ppa

-Ubuntu Hardy, Intrepid and Jaunty:
sudo bash -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/shutter-testing-team/ppa/ubuntu UBUNTU_VERSION main ' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 1C89E4E1

Don't forget to replace "UBUNTU_VERSION" with jaunty, intrepid or hardy.

Then install Shutter 0.86 using the following command (any Ubuntu version):
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter