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Gnome Shell Screenshot + Imgur

The old gnome-screenshot was a very useful app. Unfortunately it seems to have been dropped in the latest gnome shell. I found this extension that does a similar job though. It’s called  Area Screenshot and you can find the code via github

Looking at the Advanced Usage note it seems that the developer added a hook that allows users to run a program after the screenshot has been taken. I used that to upload screenshots automatically to imgur.com. You will need to download the Bash Script Uploader and save it somewhere accessible as an executable. Then create the following script in ~/bin/area-screenshot-post

url=`imgur "$1"`
notify-send --hint=int:transient:1 "Screenshot Uploaded" "Copied URL to clipboard:\n$url"

You will get the url in the notification area.

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Site ScreenShot Part 2 – Planning

I was having a little conversation with my friend Ghassan from LebanonDesign and he mentioned his company was actually using something similar to SiteScreenShot to generate thumbnails for their different websites. So I thought I could scale my code to do the same. Of course, plenty of changes should be considered:

  • Snapshot generation currently takes 3-5 seconds to complete. So I need to do 2 things:
    • Tell the user that the app is actually working on generating the snapshot
    • Provide a way to retrieve the pic once the snapshot is generated
    • Make things go faster if possible
  • Getting more users means more load on the server, what should we use?
    • Replace Apache with Nginx for faster static file delivery
    • Use a queue manager like Celery/RabbitQM to distribute the load

I’m currently testing some code with django-celery and I’ll try to post more information here (so I can remember what I’m doing)

Also on my list is making the site accessible via a simple API.

I also need to research a better way to take the screenshots on a headless server.


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