Re: [Gimp-developer] Screenshot tool: Unify plugin for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- From: Ofnuts <ofnuts laposte net>
- To: gimp-developer-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Screenshot tool: Unify plugin for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:37:44 +0100
On 03/03/2012 11:03 AM, grafxuser wrote:
lately I compared the plugins versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
for a bug report. Surprisingly the Windows version is totally
different from the others. It only offers three options: capture a
single window, capture the whole screen and the delay in seconds. All
the other useful options are missing, although they would be of use in
The Windows' version plugin is Craig Seteras WinSnap v0.70
(07/16/1999). Compared to Linux' and Macs plug-in-screenshot this is a
quite old version, which doesn't seem to be maintained by Craig Setera
On the other hand, there are a lot of good or more sophisticated
screenshot tools existing. Some of them ship with every Windows 7, Mac
OS X, GNOME or KDE distribution. Maybe there a screencapture tools,
which give better results for some particular window managers, like
Enlightenment. Why reinvent the wheel, even with restricted developing
capacities? To provide a good solution while keeping the own
development efforts manageable, GIMP could users give the choice
between GIMP's own screenshot plugin in its current state (which would
be fixed in basic points and frozen then), the operating systems own
screenshot tool and third party tools (SnagIt etc). Results from other
tools should then be seamlessly reimported into GIMP.
I suggest to place a listbox in the settings dialog with the following
items: GIMPs screenshot tool, operating systems tool, Other...
The second item would be Windows' 'Snipping tool', Mac's screencapture
tool, on Linux' KDEs KSnapshot or whatever. The item 'Other...' would
let the user choose an third-party executable for screenshots.
How do you think about this enhancement?
I don't see much purpose in explicitly using external snapshot tools
from within Gimp. If the users have these tools installed they know how
to use them, and they may have a hotkey that makes them a lot easier to
access directly than from Gimp. And I don't see how Gimp is going to
keep up with an even growing list... "File/Create/from clipboard" gives
the most bang for the buck if you want to use external snapshot tools.
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