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It's not uncommon for me to call my product manager over to my desk half a dozen times on a given day to look at what I'm working on. To speed things up, I decided to start IMing him screen shots instead. Here is a BASH script that builds on Drjnet's excellent script, but which also allows you to select just a small region of your screen to capture.


# Setup filename for the screenshot
myfile=$(date +%Y%m%d%S).png

#Setup paths to dropbox & full url to new screenshot
dropboxwebpath='http://dl.dropbox.com/u/422013/temp/' # PUT YOUR DROPBOX USERID HERE

# see: http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=476
sleep 0.2

# Use scrot to take a screenshot and stick it in your dropbox screenshots folder
scrot $myfile -e 'mv $f ~/Dropbox/Public/temp/' -s

#  Put full URL to new screenshot into clipboard
echo $dropboxfileurl | xclip -selection c

Note the sleep; that's important to get around a race condition between scrot and your window manager for access to your mouse/keyboard.

To install as a keyboard shortcut (I have mine bound to Windows + PrtScr), just launch the "Keyboard" app in Ubuntu, and add it under Shortcuts -> Custom Shortcuts.

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