Spectacle will be able to screen record soon, and annotate directly in the selection rectangle

Spectacle present and future

Last week, among the tangle of news that KDE brings us every seven days, there was one that stood out above the rest: they are preparing a system advanced stacking which will arrive in Plasma 5.27 and could look similar to what's available in Pop!_OS. Today, Nate Graham has advanced other interesting changes, namely that have started to rewrite the Spectacle interface, which will result in a lot more being able to be done with the KDE screenshot tool.

First of all, you have to take a look at the header image and doubt that this is the final design that Spectacle will have in 2023. The current one is much better and is more consistent with the rest of the desktop, but we will still have to wait four months to resolve this question. Whether or not what we will see in the future, the new interface written in QML It will allow you to do things that are not currently possible.

Spectacle will allow screen recording

One of the novelties that GNOME 42 introduced was a new screenshot tool. Among its improvements, in addition to the completely renewed design, we had the possibility of recording the screen. Although it is true that it does not record as well as SimpleScreenRecorder or a well-configured OBS, it is also true that it comes by default, and that any user without much knowledge can record the screen "out of the box". Spectacle has offered for a long time as a direct access to the tools that we have installed to record screen, but soon you will be able to do it yourself.

The operation or interface of this capturer has not been revealed, but it does is on the way. Everything remains to be known about how it will be, starting with the quality of the recording or if it will also be able to capture the audio, but that's it. In addition, it is expected that, as the GNOME tool, it can record both in X11 and in Wayland, so we will not have to think about whether we use SimpleScreenRecorder (the best for me), OBS or another alternative compatible with how we have started the session .

Annotate in selection box

I'm not a big fan of Flameshot, the screenshot tool that Canonical offered as an alternative to Shutter when it was removed from the official repositories (presumably because of a discontinued dependency). But it has always had something that I liked: we can choose an area and write on it. This feature will also arrive in Spectacle 23.04.

As with the screen recording function, we do not know many details about how they will implement this novelty, but we do know that will arrive in April 2023. And it seems that lately KDE is thinking big, although, well, they have never stopped doing it. It only remains that everything they add is implemented well, and not that they launch Plasma 6.0 along with many new features in KDE Gear and return to the minefield that gave KDE such a bad name a few years ago.

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  1.   row said

    "It only remains that everything they add is implemented well, and not that they release Plasma 6.0 along with many new features in KDE Gear and we return to the minefield that gave KDE such a bad name a few years ago."

    I'm genuinely interested in this line because I don't really know that history well, it's true that KDE has that fame, just like Gnome with some versions of its DE, could someone clarify that point for me? What minefield has KDE trodden to have such fame?

    1.    pablinux said

      They themselves speak of this bad reputation and began an initiative months ago to eliminate what they called "15-minute errors."

      The thing is that a few years ago, depending on the hardware, you could experience many and varied failures (crashes and so on). Now it works much better and is the most used, but it has not always been like that.

      A greeting.