Add grid lines in SnagIt Editor

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This would be a really useful function. This is when I need it. I have saved an article from a web page. The text of the article is 4" wide. However, the title of the article is 6 inches wide, and may be on two lines. I would like to parse the title to fit above the text of the article. I select the words and rearrange the title. However, without grid lines I have a hard time lining the words  move to be in line with the rest of the text.
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Jeff V. Pulver

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Rick Stone

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I do like the idea

One of the ways I overcome this is to just draw a line temporarily. Perform the alignment, then delete the line(s) I drew once I'm happy with the rest of it!

Cheers... Rick :)
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Jeff V. Pulver

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Great idea Rick. Now, what is your trick for getting the line straight? Depending on the drawing, sometimes I can draw a perfectly horizontal line by drawing it to the square handles (drag points) on the edges of the drawing. However, that usually involves a lot of work manipulating the drawing so I can use those handles.

Cheers, Jeff
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Rick Stone

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Hi Jeff

Usually one can easily accomplish this by pressing and holding the Shift key as you drag the line. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Ty Griffin

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To the folks at TechSmith: If you're going to implement this feature, please do it right! Take a look at XnView's "grid lines" option: it has horizontal density, vertical density, line thickness, line color, and leave-it-on-for-future-images settings. Very deluxe.
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Ty Griffin

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In Snagit's Editor, as in most drawing/imaging programs that allow you to draw a line, holding down the SHIFT key while drawing the line will force it to be perfectly horizontal or vertical.
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Jeff V. Pulver

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Ty,

Thanks. I knew there was a trick; I had a brain freeze.

Cheers, Jeff
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Ty Griffin

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A little experimentation shows that SHIFT produces lines in 45o increments. Nice.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Great suggestion! Grid lines and rulers have definitely been requested from other sources as well. And when we dig into the use cases, it seems like most of the time they would benefit more from snapping to edges and the center of other objects or the canvas itself. So that's what we have been considering first at the moment.

Example of me dragging around some squares in Google Slides: https://www.screencast.com/t/SjjxrAEqGEa8

What are your thoughts on going that direction?