I'm looking for a Linux (Ubuntu) tool that serves the same purpose as something like Epic Pen on Windows (http://epic-pen.com/). Basically, something that allows me to use a stylus to draw on top of my current screen regardless of whats in the background (powerpoint, video)

Feature wise, I'd like to be able to save an image of current annotations, and quickly display/hide annotations. An additional plus would be the ability to activate the tool with a hotkey

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gromit-mpx worked flawlessly on a MINT 20 installation. I have been having problems with screen annotation software and this is the best one I have used.

Highly recommended.


I highly recommend flameshot: https://github.com/lupoDharkael/flameshot
However, in case that doesn't work for you, there's a few alternatives:  




From what I could tell, all of them can screenshot and annotate right after, but feel free to correct me if any of them doesn't and I'll fix it here.

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    Welcome Archezule! Please update your answer to include why you highly recommend flameshot. Thanks! Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 5:43
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    Same question here, but the one thing I'm after is that it does not work on a screenshot (paint can do that) but on the actual, real live screen. In particular, the screen/annotations background gets refreshed as things happen, and the annotations stay in place. Can these do that ? Epic Pen works like that, so I think this is also what OP is after Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 23:16

Try gromit-mpx https://github.com/bk138/gromit-mpx It works fine on my Debian. I could not to make works it on my Mageia.

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