Ability to add description text to snapshot

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Sometimes it is important to add a note to a snapshot to remember why it was taken or some specific details that are searchable later.
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SnagIt will allow you to add any text you want. Of course, if you do, that text becomes part of the image and won't be searchable. 

Is this simply a suggestion for making SnagIt somehow add or track metadata that would be included in the image?

Or are you seeking a way to accomplish it?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks for the prompt reply.  This is a feature request.

It is about adding notes (for my / internal use) about the image... for example, "this is a picture of the flood in Thailand on that date.  I took it when I was there".   I don't want to add it as an overlay to the image.  Also, it is more than tags.

This data would not be shared with the image...  it is in my library only.
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Top Menu.  Image > Tag Image
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This option is how I deal with those needs
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Tags are not descriptive enough.  I do not want a paragraph in a tag.  Tags are used for common words or terms.  Descriptions are unique by definition.
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I can see that tags are limited (but they are all there is right now) but no way are descriptions "unique by definition."  A description is a plain text field of up to 2,000 chars (from memory) and therefore not a good candidate for a unique key.  Also I may have 400 images described as "John and Jane's Wedding"
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I personally don't use a description for unique names, so don't have an issue, but once again, there are too many uses and needs out there, so no hope for a common ground.
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Wow What a great insight about Snagit. Can I get the Snagit Icon put on my garage door? Will you come to Florida to do it?
Do you realize that most people that get spammed for a product RUN THE OTHER WAY?
With one post this being it, I doubt you will come back to read all the responses
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Of course there are numerous EXIF/IPTC tags for Description, Comments, Camera and Lens data.  But those tend to be managed by more specialist apps.
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Field Editing Capabilities.  Hmm.  This is definitely a case of be careful what you wish for.  There are hundreds of fields and masses of conflicting standards.  Even the big boys like Adobe can't get a handle on it.

But before we even get into a discussion about what fields should be handled from what standards, there's an even more fundamental issue we need TechSmith to address.  Currently if you open a file in the SnagIt editor that contains metadata added in other apps, they all get stripped out.
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True, as to mixed standards, maybe someday, there will be an agreement on this. The second comment - well the editor would have to keep the data when loaded and not strip it out.
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Paul, I think for now, only a minor change would work and that would be to add a description field only. I have not tested to see if the caption tag goes into the caption or title field in software such as lightroom etc. definitely in explorer. I really like the 2018 changes and what it can do. I had a great need for presets to set up an image fixed region area that you have to use to do captures daily by setting the W x H and X and Y Positions. To get the X and Y position you would need to click the select region button, but when you do this, the monitor dims and nothing happens, and if you click somewhere again the software crashes. I reported this as a ticket and hope it gets fixed soon. I should create a new ticket on this issue here on this website, and will do that now.
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Once upon a time there were 14 Photo Metadata Standards.  This is ridiculous said Paul and Brainerd, let's create a single all encompassing standard.  And so they did.  And thus, there were now 15 standards :)
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I agree, I use and still do (MS Photogallery. Well MS never used the standards and now I can use a few of them by bringing them into lightroom, but its a mess that will never get worked out. Oh well, it is what it is and I can only start working with adobe's lightroom as it comes close to doing what I need it to do. Still miss gallery though :-)

Ease of use :-)
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frik , could you open a program that does what you want and take a screen shot so we can better understand what you are using and asking for and post it here? Thanks.
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Thank you for the download link and information. Wonder why they try to hide this free version for home users. I do have lightroom and Adobe Bridge (bridge, I have but have not looked at much, but will now that you shared it was a good option). Thanks so much for your input!
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Reading and rewriting is exactly what Daminion does and, unless you have a Windows IIS server so you can use their web client, it's the ONLY thing it does do.  That's my sole use case for it and I had previously tried, persevered but ultimately rejected Adobe Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Bridge,  In fact on the Adobe forums there is a long running but ignored campaign from users begging for better metadata management.  Here's the list of metadata tags that Daminion supports:
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Daminion hide the free version, as well as the cheaper paid home version, because their target market these days is the professional photographer / studio who can afford to pay $179 a month for it, and has a library of millions of  items.  But they are committed to supporting the other versions.  If you go the free route support is limited to the very active and knowledgeable form.  Or you can pay for the home version and get support. 

Several Daminion forum members including me have pressed them to produce a chargeable Synology packages, arguing it could net them $millions, but they are deaf to that request.  They'd rather have low thousands paying $179 / month than high  hundreds of thousands paying $75.
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That makes sense, I also said the program doesn't "Seem to re-write meta-data"so I stand corrected.
I also believe in PC magazine,  they gave the software a "Best 2015" award.That got my attention.
 I did note that the free version is limited to 15,000 images.

I'm not a professional Photographer and I've never needed meta-data writing tools much to begin with.
The newer versions of organizer for Photoshop Elements is much better than Bridge.
 Bridge "Never a feature rich organizer in the first place" lets you change the meta-data without opening the image in a program like Photoshop...... Elements does not.

Either program can write all the meta-data that "I" or the average person would ever need to write.IMO

For the most part, I just wanted to find a downloadable link to the program that worked so I could share it and take a peek at it myself. I did that,here it is again.For anyone that missed it.

http://daminion.net/download-server?showbuttons


I'm sure Daminion have there reasons for not wanting to open their doors to the private sector.
 Heck, maybe there making plenty of money, keeping it simple and manageable through a limited number of clients. They don't see any reason to risk screwing up a good thing by expanding. Maybe not.
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The 15,000 image limit is per catalog not an absolute limit.  So if you divide your photo collection into different catalogs (by subject / genre / date) you can have as many as you want.

One of the reasons I dumped Adobe's offerings was that none of them writes their metadata to fields that Synology Photo Station reads, and vice versa.  Daminion and Synology play well together.
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It is nice to track the URL too where an image was captured if applicable (maybe that can be automated in some cases).  For me descriptions are flexible that can be updated as needed.  When you select an image in the library, you have a simple text box on the side (where the properties are listed) and you can update the description.  The description is searchable too and always displayed at the same time as when you look at the image.

when diagnosing an issue, I might take many snapshots and it is nice to quickly add a note as to when the screen shot was taken.  Then you can come back later and overlay text as needed and make it look good.  Notes / descriptions are quick and dirty ways to track details for internal use.

Thanks!
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The library is organised by date and time, and there is an option to save all pngs / jpegs with a filename that is date and time stamped.

And, you can take as many screen shots in sequence as you like and annotate them later.  They are stored in the recent files tray.

If you use something like "ditto" you can grab the URL while you are taking the screenshot and then paste it from ditto's recent clipboard list
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