Wait a minute—TechSmith Snagit for…Linux?

Today’s guest post is by Robert Risdon, Technical Support Agent for TechSmith.

Snagit for Linux – Logos

Are you a Linux user? Are you frustrated with the lack of applications available to main Linux Distros that provide an easy way to take a screenshot, make a few annotations, and share it out quickly? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had Snagit for Linux?

In our drive to provide TechSmith users the ability to capture screenshots on their preferred system, last month we introduced TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome.

What is Snagit for Google Chrome?

Snagit for Chrome is a lightweight capture tool designed for Google’s Chrome web browser (now available on most Debian/Ubuntu/Fedora/openSUSE Linux Distros) that will allow you to take a quick screenshot of the webpage that you are viewing; you can then add a few annotations and share it out quickly via Google Drive.

Will Snagit work on my Linux system?

While Snagit for Chrome is not officially supported on all Linux Distros, we have had very good luck running it on Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 15 in both KDE and Cinnamon. For the various Linux Distros we recommend the 32-bit instance; though it does appear to be working on some 64-bit editions as well (the limited testing we did found that the 32-bit architecture was more stable).

How do I get Snagit for Chrome?

Assuming you’re using Google Chrome on Linux, you can simply head over to the Snagit for Chrome website. Note that there are two download links; in order to use Snagit for Chrome you will need to download and install both the application and the extension.

Once installed, you will see the Snagit for Chrome icon appear at the end of the Address Bar:

Address Bar

You will also see the TechSmith Snagit icon in the Apps page; this will open up your library of previous captures.

Snagit on the Apps Page

For quick and easy access to Snagit’s library, you can also add a shortcut to the application from your Quick Launch bar (dock) or desktop by opening up the Launcher and searching for “Snagit” then dragging the icon to the Quick Launch bar (dock) or desktop. Using Synapse? You can simply start the Synapse Search and type “Snagit” to get to the library as well!

Launcher Library

How do I use it?

Snagit is designed to be as simple as possible to help you generate quick and effective screenshots and share them out to your colleagues, friends, students, or teachers. Here you can see a quick video (no audio) of how to take a capture, add a few effects, then rename and share it out to your intended audience:

Can’t see the embedded video? Watch it on Screencast.com.

We’d love to hear about your experiences using Snagit for Chrome with the Linux operating system. Which Linux distros have you tried it on? Does it work smoothly for you?

About the author

Robert Risdon
Robert Risdon
TechSmith Technical Support Specialist

Hobbies include anything Anime, reading, writing, gaming, movie-watching, painting 35mm – 40mm miniature models, as well as tinkering with computers.

Favorite Quote: “I’d rather trust and regret than doubt and regret” – Kirito from Sword Art Online, Episode 12: “Yui’s Heart.”