Add Character Map to SnagItEditor

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Suggestion to add Character Map to SnagItEditor, so as to insert special characters into text.

For further information see:
"SnagIt v11 Editor - text - How to insert hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs " (Section: Questions)

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/snagit-v11-editor-text-how-to-insert-hearts-diamonds...
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Mike62

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Posted 2 years ago

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paulbarrett1952

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+1 from me.
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JL1

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The Character Map is already part of Windows. There is no reason to add it to an application. Like all Windows applications, it can be pinned to the Taskbar, or to the Start menu, which ought to be sufficient.
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Although, it might be nice to have a link in the SnagIt editor that would simply open it. I know that many users are blissfully unaware that Character Map even exists!
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JL1 -  SnagIt already allows a user to set the current font to  one of the symbolic types.  The problem is it does not provide the user with any means of choosing a symbol.  It doesn't even support the ALT+number short codes

So to Rick's point, even if the user knows about the character map, which most probably won't, the only way to get the symbol they want is to drop it into the selector, copy it onto the clipboard and paste it into SnagIt.  That is a poor user experience.  Microsoft clearly understood this so they built the ability to select a symbol right into ALL their apps.
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Right, but the suit symbols in the Symbol font don't have an "Alt+" shortcut in the CharacterMap anyway. The way to insert characters from the Symbol font, even in Word, is to click, click, click (Insert, select the font, select the character in the font, all with the mouse).
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Frankly speaking, I must admit that I wasn't aware of the character map. So I desperately tried using
alt + a nbr on the numeric pad with numlock on, like for hearts alt-3 which, in MS Word indeed results in a 'heart' symbol. I was hoping for same within SnagItEditor.

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JL1

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Indeed. According to MS, the proper way to insert the suit symbols is the Symbol font: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_word-mso_mac/card-symbol-spades-hearts-d...
If you want a shortcut to insert them, let me suggest Autohotkey: https://autohotkey.com/
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See my post here
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/snagit-v11-editor-text-how-to-insert-hearts-diamonds...

Not exactly Character Map but you can do symbols in Snagit. You just need to have some fonts ie; wingdings and know the keystrokes but thats easy to over come.
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Is there a way to add a font to the dropdown list when adding Text?  
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Snagit pulls from the Windows' font directory. I believe Snagit only uses the TTF (TrueType Font) fonts Not OTF (Open Type Font) fonts.

So if you install a new font to the Windows fonts  directory and it is a TTF font , it should show up in Snagit.

P.S. You may have to  close and restart Snagit and/or reboot your computer first to show in Snagit.

Dubie:)


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I have just installed Open Sans on Win 10.  For those who haven't installed a font before, the way I did it was:

1. Find the font online and download the zip file
2. Extract the zip file
3. Select the .ttf files and copy them to your clipboard
4.  Press the Windows key and type "font" without the quotes
5. Click on "Preview, delete, show or hide..."
6. In the following window, paste the .ttf file
7. Close windows and reboot PC. (In my case this was a mandatory step - the font did not appear in SnagIt until I rebooted - but I have SnagIt startup on boot,)

That's it, job done

Paul
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