ScreenCloud is an amazing little app, that you don’t even know you need. The default screenshot procedure on desktop Linux is great (Prt Scr Button) and we even have some powerful screenshot utilities like Shutter. But ScreenCloud brings one more really simple yet really convenient feature that I just fell in love with. But before we get into it, let’s catch a little backstory.
I take a lot of screenshots. A lot more than average. Receipts, registration details, development work, screenshots of applications for articles, and lot more. The next thing I do is open a browser, browse to my favorite cloud storage and dump the important ones there so that I can access them on my phone and also across multiple operating systems on my PC. This also allows me to easily share screenshots of the apps that I’m working on with my team.
I had no complaints with this standard procedure of taking screenshots, opening a browser and logging into my cloud and then uploading the screenshots manually, until I came across ScreenCloud.
ScreenCloud is cross-platform utility that provides easy screenshot capture and management along with flexible cloud backup options, including your own FTP server.
ScreenCloud is really streamlined with a lot of attention given to the smaller things. It provides you very easy to remember hotkeys to capture the full screen, the active window or capture an area selected with the mouse.
Once a screenshot is taken, you can either set ScreenCloud to ask what to do with the image or to directly upload it the cloud service of your choice. Even SFTP is supported. Once the screenshot it uploaded, generally within a couple of seconds, the link to the image is automatically copied to the clipboard, which you can easily share.
You can also do some basic editing with ScreenCloud. For this, you should have “Save to” set to “Ask me”. This setting is available from the application indicator and is usually set by default. With this, when you take a screenshot, you’ll see the option for editing the file. Here, you can add arrows, text and numbers to the screenshot.
Unfortunately, you will not get the ability to annotate as offered by Flameshot, which happens to be a popular tool for screenshots on Linux. So, if you just want a simple screenshot tool that lets you upload to the cloud/FTP with basic selection feature, this should be a good pick for you.
You can explore more about it through their official website or the GitHub page.
Installing ScreenCloud on Linux
ScreenCloud is available in the Snap store. So you can easily install it on Ubuntu and other Snap enabled distros by through the snap store or just type in the command below:
sudo snap install screencloud
In case you didn’t know, you can follow our guide on using snaps on Linux to get help.
If you don’t want to use Snap packages, you can download the AppImage file from its official website. We also have a guide for using AppImage on Linux if you’re curious.
Is ScreenCloud for everybody? Probably not. Is it better than the default screenshot? Probably yes. See if you’re taking a screenshot of something, then chances are, that it’s probably important or you intend to share it. ScreenCloud makes backing up or sharing that screenshot easier and considerably faster. So yeah, you should give ScreenCloud a try if you want these features.
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