A post-capture set of formatting options

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When a screen capture takes place, a lot of us go through a set of steps that could be automated (I did this with my own Visual Capture app years ago):
1. Scale capture (by percentage, dpi)
2. Add a border, shadow, and selectable effects
3. Save and auto-number

This alone would save me hours especially when documented how an app works.
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Are you talking about screenshots (images) or videos? If you're talking screenshots, Snagit can do all of those things on Windows, and all but #1 on Mac. 
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Image capture. Yeah, the scaling or change of dpi is important due to converting images taken on a high-res screen (like Retina). Not sure you all get this feedback from users, but image resizing results in really blurry images. If I do it with bicubic sampling in Photoshop resizing is far better. And this is doing it by an even amount (like 50 percent).
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Snagit will, by default, save out images as non-retina (so you don't need to do an extra resize). I'm slightly concerned that you're taking the retina capture, resizing it 50%, and then saving it out non-retina which would essentially resize it 50% again?
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Actually the retina display signal duplicate the information twice an puts one layer on top of the other. The setting that SnagIt  use use only one layer of the information. So it is full size and has full content. Only the file size is halved.
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The best images to use are those saved as PNG. PNG is a Lossless Format. While jpeg is a Lossy Format.
Lossless and lossy formatting means:
Lossy Format means if they are reduced actual information is discarded to compress the file. If viewed the file is decompressed and the lost information is substituted. Each time compressed more information is lost thus the fuzziness.  PNG on the other hand Nothing is lost. The quality is equally as good at half the size or twice the size. There is a Version of JPEG which is Lossless but makes  Files larger than Tiff, it is called jPE or Jpeg2000.
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One more clarification. Yes, .png or even .tif may be the preferred option but for most of us taking screen captures in sequence it would be great to be able to take a screen capture that could automatically save with minor adjustments for different purposes. For example, on Retina displays a window capture that is huge with large dimensions and one thing that I do manually is to take the screen capture, resize it to fit in less than 3.875 inch width (or scale by an even 50 percent), convert it to CMYK, add an effect like drop shadow or 2 pt gray border (in case the edge of the capture is white and you want something to provide some sort of border the capture). For each screen capture I currently take the original .png and make two different variations: one for print (300 dpi) and the other for web (72 dpi) with Photoshop post-processing steps. The reason why I use Photoshop to scale (resize) is that I have found that Snagit's image resizing downward leaves a very fuzzy image.
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No arguing with you. However the "fuzzies" is a result of jpg. In order to use jpg with out that fuzzy look you have to save to begin with in the exact size you intend for users to view.
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I'm having a problem with the blurriness as we speak.  I just started a graphics class and we are supposed to export our projects to .pdf.  My first one was ever so blurry.  The professor accepted it for full credit, this time.  I doubt that will happen again.  Is there a quick fix?

@pjonesCET - I tried your idea about .png but I still had the same problem.

If there is no fix, does anyone have any suggestions for a simple program I can use for my projects?  I don't see myself ever leaving Snagit but I like getting As.
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Could you post an example?
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Export the original as a PNG to Photoshop and scale it there and export it to PNG or PDF, Piper.
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@Ken Whitaker - So far all my experience with manipulating graphics comes from Snagit.  You're currently speaking Geek to me.  (Pun intended)

@Paul Middlin - Here's my jpg of my pdf.  ;)  It's readable but the other projects were downright pristine compared to mine. 

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@Paul Middlin
1.  Screen capture iPhone home screen
2.  Import to Snagit using Fuse
3.  Fiddle around with things
     a.  Create icons using Snagit stamps and drawing tools
     b.  Create "moi" icon using a picture
     c.  Create USMC & Air Traffic Control icons using clip art
     d.  The two icons on the bottom right are actual icons from my phone
4.  Save as a jpg
5.  Export as pdf

All that being said, the images started getting blurry when I worked with them, even before I'd saved to jpg or exported to pdf. 

For example, the text under the icons was created using the text tool in Snagit.  Even before I exported the screenshot to pdf, those were fuzzy.  They looked fine when the text box was open, but they blurred when I clicked out of it. 

Maybe it's always been like this and I never noticed because I didn't do detailed stuff like this?

I hope you can help.  I'm comfortable with Snagit.

PS - This was done on Snagit 4.1.0, Mac OS 10.11.6

PPS - Here's a much simpler example; not as much stuff and not as much manipulation.  The pdf version is on the left.

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PPS - No one's allowed to make fun of my attempts to create things.  ;)
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Thank you, that helps. Let's try a couple things.
First, in the preferences, can you check this box: 

Second, as has been mentioned, saving to JPG is always going to introduce some blur. I would avoid that format for your purpose. Either don't save it at all (it's always saved for you in your Snagit Library; click the icon in the top left) and that way it will remain pristine and editable. If you do need it saved as a flat file format for another purpose, though, save as PNG (it's lossless; it just doesn't leave the arrows and text editable)
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IT WORKED!!!! 

Thank you
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fantastic!