Since the GNOME screenshot program is very broken, at least in my installation of GNOME, I decided to try Shutter, the Linux screenshot program written in Perl and seemingly aimed at GNOME users.
Shutter has a lot of options, and so far I can get it to work.
Going back to the beginning, why is the GNOME screenshot program broken in my GNOME installation? I have no idea.
When I hit the
print-screen key, nothing at all happens. If I bind it to
alt-p, I get the "shutter" sound, and a
PNGJPG image appears in my Photos folder. Even if I go into
gconf settings to modify just about everything, calling the screenshot program from the keyboard
produces the same resultwon't allow me to change the target directory.
But if I hit the
super key (or mouse into the hot corner), then search for
Screenshot and run it, I get the full GNOME Screenshot window to open, and it has all of my configuration options (JPG instead of PNG, choose my own directory/folder). Why can't I make this work from the keyboard -- from
print-screen or any other keyboard shortcut?
I've dwelled on GNOME Screenshot enough. Now I'm going to see if
Shutter can do what I need. Or I can just use Xfce, where the screenshot program works like it's supposed to -- with the
print-screen key. Why is this so hard, GNOME people?
Update: After using Shutter once (I have it bound to
alt-P), the icon sits in my upper panel. I can then take a screenshot by clicking the icon. Easy.
Speaking of panels in the panel-less GNOME (where not having things appears to be a "feature"), I do have a panel in the form of the TopIcons, Places Status Indicator and Applications Menu extensions. And yes, it is not a good thing that what many consider core funtionality can only be implemented through Extensions that aren't part of the GNOME 3 core.
More GNOME Extensions: I just added Frippery Panel Favorites to make the upper panel on my GNOME 3 desktop even more GNOME 2-like.