Add rulers to the canvas

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Snagit Mac (and Snagit Windows very soon) has snapping lines when moving objects around. But there have also been requests for rulers along the top and side of the canvas to help people space things out a bit better. This is helpful for composing an image or even using Snagit for mocking up real world layouts.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Paul

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Please make it an option for those of us don't want them and need the screen real estate for other things
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Rick Stone

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I agree that if implemented, it should be a configurable option. 

If they were implemented, I would hope they would work in a similar way as other applications that offer rulers. Rulers by themselves are useless in my estimation. What really makes them useful (at least to me) is the ability to click on a ruler and drag a guide line from there to the canvas in order to assist with alignment of other objects. 

If that simple ability existed, I actually wonder how many folks would still scream for rulers?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Let us not be selfish. Make the damn rulers a configurable option with dragging multiple guidelines that can be placed on the canvas, do not care if some people use it or not, will not be able to make everyone happy.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Would rulers and guidelines be a welcome feature in Snagit?.

Adding rulers and guidelines to the Snagit interface.
It's a series of ideas I have to make Snagit more Designer-friendly.
In a layout, having guidelines can help to place the objects and text more precisely.
This is one of a few ideas I wanted to present the Snagit team with.

What do you think? Do you think this feature could be interesting or not?
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I think top and side rulers  would be a great idea and especially guides.
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Rick Grunwald

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Rulers AND drag out guides. 
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Rick Stone

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One thing I don't see mentioned is whether these "snap guides" will also come with a shortcut key that allows us to manually override the snapping if we like. 

While snapping is great and very useful, there are times where I've had it work against me and objects seem to insist on being aligned but I need to nudge them a few pixels away for various design reasons.

Something to consider.
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Rick Grunwald

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Absolutely! Most graphic programs that have snapping have a way to turn it off easily
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Rick Stone

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True, but that's not exactly what I was asking. Turning something on or off is actually different than a temporary override.

For example, in Camtasia, I can turn snapping off or on. But that requires opening the preferences dialog to do it. Sometimes you just need to override the snapping briefly. And I believe Camtasia allows you to leave the snapping enabled, but press the control key while dragging and that overrides the snapping for that single action.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick Grunwald

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In my Affinity photo there is a button on the top where you can click it to turn off snapping until you turn it on again.  That is what I envisioned as this or am I missing something? We should not have to go digging through menus to do this. Icons to control the behavior would suffice. The modifier key would absolutely work
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Rick, I have asked for two options, choices on a dropdown and also buttons for the toolbar.

My note:

"So Techsmith, give us the option of turning the Rulers, guidelines and snap off and on whenever we want and give us those features also as buttons for the stupid toolbar too. "

I Like Affinity Photo and that is what they also advertize. I cannot compare Affinity Photo with SnagIt, vast difference.

Have a great weekend.

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Rick Grunwald

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The Snagit editor is not and should not try to be Affinity Photo or photoshop (or PSP). BUT ... the method for turning some features on and off works well in those programs. It is convenient to slick it on or off. Rick's modifier key would work too
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CyrusMD

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Rick X 2, Chris and Robert, here we are in 2018 and after months we are still discussing ruler, guidlines and snap. I have posted pictures of what some of the users are asking for. Let NOT talk more about it and get Techsmith to add it to thier list. Most of the drawing programs, YES SnagIt is a drawing program besides screen capture. If a program lets you add text, annotate, stamp and add pictures, it is a drawing program, capisce

So Techsmith, give us the option of turning the Rulers, guidelines and snap off and on whenever we want and give us those features also as buttons for the stupid toolbar too. Most of the programs have it so let us get Snagit into the 21st century. I am not worried about the bloat becasue it is bloated already thanx to Abby. I am exhaustipated reading about this topic but please get it done.

Look at the last sample below.

 

Thank you for letting me vent but enough is enough.

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I would make it simpler than PSP ...
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I would like opportunity to have ruler, and opportunity to have snap, but want to turn on / turn off at the time, - not as a a configuration preference. (The previous comments have pretty well covered that issue.)
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I think this ties in with the same topic, but let me know if there is already a fix.

Issue: I just need Gridlines at a very distant zoom. Not necessarily to the level of each Pixel.
Detail: Sometimes I need to just make sure that very long straight lines are at 90 or 180 degrees. To make sure they are perfectly straight, I have to

1) Click 'View'
2) Choose 'Pixel Grid'
3) Zoom EXTREMLY close to the image to see the pixel grid
4) Scroll up/down or left/right to notice that the line is moving out of the pixel lane

Any existing fix? If not, this would be great to bundle with this optional ruler topic
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Official Response
There were a few different topics discussed in this Idea. And it got a lot of votes, which is great.

There are 2 main topics. Snapping and Rulers/Guidelines.

Snapping on the Canvas

This was released on Snagit Mac late last year. We’ve had positive feedback so far. And it is being released on Snagit Windows early next month! It’s a configurable option at the moment. But we will work toward allowing you to toggle it on and off, while moving objects around on the canvas, in a future update. We are excited to get this into your hands. It was a candidate for voting in a previous round.

Rulers and Draggable Guidelines

Snapping and Rulers was upvoted quite high last time as well. So this is great to see continued interest. We understand the basics of why this is useful, of course. But we will reach out to a portion of you to get a better handle on the details of the needs and use cases here (e.g., mostly creating screen content, print content, inches, cm, pixels, points, behavior of guidelines). If this does make it in Snagit, we will definitely allow you to toggle it off for those who want to save screen space. :)

Thank you for voting!!

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@Chris Larson, I'd be interested in beta testing the ruler tool.  
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What is the plan to have rulers/guidelines on Windows? I just spent *hours* using lines to serve as guidelines in 10 screen shots. Yes, I could have used PS or Affinity where rulers/guidelines work well, but that means changing workflow for the exception.

IMHO, TechSmith should walk before running. Many ideas above are good but ---please--- just put something out ASAP that works really well in a very basic way and is stable. Rulers that have the ability to drag/drop horizontal and vertical guidelines along with turning the snapping on/off for both guidelines and objects (so that, for instance, only guidelines have snapping on).

From there, you can worry about running, aka bells and whistles. I say this because the capability is needed sooner than later and if you implement everything dreamed up and viable, it will delay getting the basic function implemented.
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Interested to know the current situation.
In https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/snagit-2017-year-end-voting-roundup

Add rulers to the canvas  had a  Vote Count of 326.

It isn't listed anymore in "2018 Year-end Snagit Feature Request Roundup!"
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/2018-year-end-snagit-feature-request-roundup   )

is this still being tested or will it not be implemented?

Thanks.