Ability to estimate final file size BEFORE saving photo Snagit Editor 12.4

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Often times, I want to see the file size difference between saving a particular screenshot or improvement of an imported file in SnagIt Editor.  Perhaps you can get the idea with a screenshot of the preview panel from a program called Webplus x8 (Serif).  



There is an option to export any selected object as a photo.  The dialog box then goes to a preview panel where I can then pick which file types to save.  They allow about 10 types, including png, jpg, gif,tiff, bmp, and a few others (no pdf).  They give some basic options depending on what the image type supports.  You can customise the options and preview them in a separate preview pane for each pane (up to 4 simultaneously).  It will also show the final file size.  Then you select the preview pane you are most satisfied with and you are taken to the Save As dialog for that image type.  

This is very comprehensive method to do a final preview to get the optimal file size and compare quality before making the final save.  With Snagit 12.4 Editor, I have to
  1. save an image as each file type individually (usually png, jpg, and gif) to get the file size estimate and final quality preview. Then 
  2. manually open in windows Preview or windows explorer and then 
  3. delete the images that I don't want.  
The file size estimate in the dialog box would save a lot of time and repetitive tasks; I suspect that is why webplus implemented the preview pane for this.  

While I doubt that Techsmith will introduce an ability to have 2 or 4 panels to compare exact previews (that would be great), if there was at least a kilobyte file size estimation in the Save As dialog box, that would help.  I could then just switch extensions and see the file size estimation recalculate.  

As a side comment, the png compression in webplus x8 is excellent.  And that export to photo option also has a "super sample" option that apparently increases the dpi of the image and then downsamples the image back to the requested size to smooth out the image a bit.  That is a separate request but I found it useful with getting gifs to better replicate pngs without too much quality loss (but more file size savings :) See: https://community.serif.com/forum/68364/export-as-picture-super-sample-checkbox
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