Linux: Time Delayed Screenshots

A little while back I ran into a problem in Linux and wanted to take a screenshot of it. In most cases you can simply press the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard and move on.

In other cases its not so simple. Often times, when you want to take a screenshot of a menu, you’ll find that the screenshot tool cannot be called while the menu is open. You can get around this problem in most cases by installing Shutter.

While Shutter is a great tool with some very handy features for screenshots, it also doesn’t always work or is unable to capture some things (as far as I’ve found).

One solution that is very simple to use is a simple command line (link sent to me from a friend). If you hate command line tricks then you can easily make a Gnome button for this as well. πŸ˜‰

The menu that I was trying to grab a screenshot of was an Opera sub-menu from the O-menu icon (can’t remember which one for sure, but probably the Bookmarks sub-menu). Print Screen wouldn’t work, Shutter complained that it couldn’t detect any open or focused menus, so I resorted to the following:

$ gnome-screenshot --delay=10

Basically, this command calls the same program that is called when you press Print Screen, but since you’re adding a delay (10 seconds in this case) it has already been called before you open the menu..which rules out the problem of your keyboard Print Screen key not working.

While this seems to be a very simple command, which it is, I’ve benefited from it several times already. So if you ever find yourself having trouble capturing a particular screenshot, just pop open a terminal and use this delayed command!

If you’re looking for for an easier method and don’t mind a permanent button in your Gnome panel, just do the following:

  1. Right click your panel and select “Add to Panel…”
  2. “Custom Application Launcher” should be the first option in the list that comes up. Select it and click the “Add” button at the bottom.
  3. Leave the “Type” as Application.
  4. You can name this launcher anything you wish, maybe something like “10s Delayed Print Screen”.
  5. Copy the command that I mentioned above into the field labeled “Command”. You can change the value from 10 to anything you want or need.
  6. You can copy the name text into the “Comment” field as well since this is what you will see when you hover the button.
  7. You could optionally edit the icon if you wanted, but its not necessary.Β Click close and you’re done.


Short Opera Mini for iPhone Gallery

Opera Mini for the iPhone (also iPod touch and iPad) has already replaced Safari’s resting throne on my iPod touch shortly after it became available via the App Store early this morning.

Opera Mini's new home.

I was a little disappointed with Opera Link since it never actually synchronized my Bookmarks and my Speed Dial on Opera Mini isn’t configurable up to 12 (or even more or less than 9 for that matter). Aside from these relatively small problems, I’ve been very pleased with Opera Mini!

Probably the most important advantage for me in Opera Mini is the lightening fast back button (like in the Desktop browser). Pressing back in Safari forces a page reload which consumes a great deal of time if you use your mobile device for browsing a lot!

One thing I’m unclear on (and haven’t taken the time yet yo clarify) is the difference between a Bookmarked page and a Saved Page in Opera Mini. Saved Pages seem to load faster, which leads me to believe they may be stored locally for offline viewing, but I’m not completely sure just yet.

After installing Opera Mini, I took a few screenshots and thought I might share some of them below just to give some more exposure. Overall I’ve been rather impressed. Nice work and congratulations to the Opera Teams responsible!

Initial Welcome Page
Initial Welcome Page Scrolled Middle
Initial Welcome Page Scrolled End
Successfully Connected to Opera Link
View of My Blog:
My Opera Mini Speed Dial (only first 9 speed dial items though..of 12). Also, 99 open tabs. πŸ˜‰
Fun testing tab limits (99 vertically).
Fun testing tab limits (99 horizontally).
Fun testing tab limits (100 tabs...blank).
Fun testing tab limits (100 vertically).
Fun testing tab limits (100 horizontally).
Configuration options with Saved Pages and Find in Page!

Ubuntu 10.04 SVG Dropbox Folder Icons

After a little bit of work, I was able to put together a folder icon for the Dropbox folder that is inline with the design of the home folder icon.

Here is how the new icon compares.

I’ve not created all of the icons to be used for this, only the one that you will see in Nautilus or your file browser, but I may eventually make the others as well.

Thanks to some work from Dropbox user “Charles A.“, I was able to modify a folder icon and add the themed icons.

Close up preview of icon #3 of 4 total icons.

Feel free to take what I’ve done and extend it further or improve on it! I’m by no means an artist. πŸ˜‰

If you modify this icon, I only ask that you mention me and pass me a link to your improvements!

Download (v0.1: 193kb)

EDIT: I’ve updated the package to include all 4 icons for images of (square) sizes 16, 22, 24, 32, 48, 64. You can grab the updated package below.

Download (v0.2: 343.4kb)

Mockup: Quick Reply in Empathy

Now that GNOME 2.30 stable is out, we can all look forward to GNOME 3. I’m extremely hopeful that the GNOME applications will see some much needed updates and additions of missing features.

One feature that I really miss from Digsby and Trillian in Windows is the ability to quickly respond to a message via the notification bubble. Sometimes you just want to send a quick and short response. Thats why I’d like to see this feature added to Empathy for the release of GNOME 3.

Mockup of how this would look.

In Ubuntu, the notifications appear in the upper right corner of the screen and (as far as I’ve seen) contain no buttons or other actions. Clicking them isn’t even possible as the click carries through to whatever rests below it.

If I’m not mistaken there will be notifications with buttons for interaction, but if I understand it correctly then the “Fallback alert boxes” will offer this option. If this is true then my mockup could easily be put to work!

Mockup: Opera 10.5x + Ubuntu 10.04

Opera 10.5x for Linux doesn’t seem to be evolving at the rate that I had originally expected as I interpreted from several Desktop Team blog posts, but it does seem to be inching its way forward on the stability end of things.

After seeing the improvements that were made to Opera 10.5 for tab bar in Windows XP I thought anything was possible. I’ve tried to recapture this implementation in what I think it would look like in Ubuntu if implemented similarly.

This is a very slick and clean approach much like Windows XP, Vista and 7 are now with Opera.
This is an example of how Opera would look in a default Ubuntu 10.04 since the window controls are on the left.

While the the images above are both simple and crude mockups, they do show that the same implementation would work well into the Unix and Linux platforms.

Obviously the first image (window controls on the right, like Microsoft Windows) is the most elegant of the two. The second image (window controls on the left, like Mac) is functional, but not the most aesthetically pleasing solution.

One alternative that I can easily fathom is simply detecting the “window control button orientation” and in this case rendering the Opera-menu on the right side of the title bar with the trash can icon to the immediate left. In more basic terms, swap the window controls and the Opera-menu in the first image and there you have it.

An example of how the title bar can still look very clean when switching the window controls and Opera-menu.

Theres no reason that I can think of that the Opera-menu should be sentenced to spend the rest of its life on the left side of the window. The main menu buttons in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, while not located in the title bar, are located on the right side of the browser window.

Just some food for thought. Hopefully I jar some ideals and better alternatives.

EDIT: Went back and made the third mockup since explaining it might not have been clear before. Enjoy.