How to Reclaim Your Edit Option in Shutter

Shutter is a very impressive image editing tool for Linux. Shutter isn’t primarily an image editor software but a screenshot app is filled to the brim with cool features. The program allows users to take pictures of web pages, either the whole page or just sections of it made easy with its highly customizable hotkeys meaning you can take screenshots with a mere few keystrokes. Shutter comes preloaded with a ton of inbuilt features like selecting the default directory or format, compression level, and other useful image editing functions.

Other nice features include giving users the ability to share their edit photos on the web through an FTP server, Ubuntu one or other external services like Imageshack and Flickr.
The software is great and loved among Linux users but there is an issue it. If you are running Linux Mint 17.3, there is a high chance that you will find in the “edit” on Shutter disabled.


Now the first thing to come to your mind is to think it is a bug but this is not the case. There is a missing library called libgoo-canvas-perl which according to the creators of the software is an “optional dependency”. Optional dependencies are not the used the same by different tools — some of them don’t even use it — like apt-get,synaptic or aptitude. In the case where you recently use apt-get there is a high chance that option dependency was not installed.

To find a way around the disabled edit option on Shutter, here are few simple tips you need to follow.
. First close all running instances of Shutter
. Then use this command line to install the missing libgoo-canvas-perl library

sudo apt-get install libgoo-canvas-perl

. Restart you system
You should have the “edit” option back after the restart is finished.


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Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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