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Terminal - Quick screenshot
import -pause 5 -window root desktop_screenshot.jpg
2009-04-01 22:37:33
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Quick screenshot

Requires ImageMagick. Takes a screenshot 5 seconds after it's run and saves it as desktop_screenshot.jpg Particularly handy when made into a menu option or button.

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What others think

The command scrot is also handy for this:

sleep 5; scrot;

Also, by default, timestamps the screenshot, so you don't have to overwrite the last one. I believe it's installed by default on ubuntu and debian, but I could be wrong.

Also, because I like overcomplicating things:

for t in {2..8}; do (sleep $t ; echo -e "\a" ;scrot)& done;

This will take a snapshot from two seconds after you start it, to 8 seconds, beeping with every snap.

Also, have you ever tried hitting the printscreen button?

It usually launches a handy screenshot utility. On KDE, for example, there is ksnapshot, and there is something similar for gnome.

Comment by clockworkavian 294 weeks and 3 days ago

scrot is my choice

scrot -d 5

or better

scrot -cd 5 -q 100 screenshot.png
Comment by JesusSuperstar 294 weeks and 2 days ago

Better yet, what do people use for (hopefully lossless) screen video capture?

Comment by bwoodacre 294 weeks and 2 days ago

how about changing the filename from desktop_screenshot.jpg to desktop_screenshot`date +%d%b%H%M`.jpg ? Wouldn't overwrite the last screenshot :)

Comment by ninadsp 259 weeks and 2 days ago

What about using xwd and convert ? This is the way I choose.

xwd -root | convert - -quality 100 foo.png

Well I really don't like to use date as name for screenshot , I normally use a specific one.

Comment by nrn 243 weeks and 2 days ago

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