Want a screenshot tool with some editing features? Before, I was using Shutter as my screenshot and editing tool, but it’s a little heavy, and it’s annoying that I need to click “File -> Save as” every time I want to give a name. Now, I’m using HotShots while writing tutorials.

HotShots is an application for capturing screens and saving them in a variety of image formats as well as adding annotations and graphical data (arrows, lines, texts, …).


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.


HotShots also has the ability to upload screenshots to web services, copy to clipboard, hotkeys, force a background color for clipboard/web copy, etc.

Install HotShots Screenshot tool in Ubuntu & Linux Mint:

There’s a ppa repository for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise, and Linux Mint. Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, copy and paste following commands and run one by one:

Add the ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

Update app repository:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the screenshot tool:

sudo apt-get install hotshots

Once installed, search for and open it in the Unity Dash.