Quick screenshot

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

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.
clockworkavian · 498 weeks ago
scrot is my choice scrot -d 5 or better scrot -cd 5 -q 100 screenshot.png
JesusSuperstar · 498 weeks ago
Better yet, what do people use for (hopefully lossless) screen video capture?
bwoodacre · 498 weeks 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 :)
ninadsp · 463 weeks 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.
nrn · 446 weeks and 6 days ago

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