Adding dimensions to captures

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Dear Techsmith

Through many years I have been a loyal costumer and user of Snagit.
I consider the software to be the, by far, best screen capturing software in the market.
I am a technician at FLSmidth in Denmark and use Snagit personally and professionally.
There are a couple of features that I really miss in Snagit and would be very grateful if you could consider implementing.
I often need to add a dimension to a screen shot of a technical 2d drawing or a 3d model, (we work in SolidWorks).
To my knowledge such a feature does not exist today.
Please note that I need to dimension angles as well as linear dimensions, and that arrow heads can be inside or outside dimension lines.

Thanks for an otherwise great product.

Michael

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Hi Paul

Thanks for your reply.
I frequently use the arrows to construct dimensions.
However this is a tedious process.
What I would like to have is a feature where the projection lines and the dimension line are created automatically and I can choose to have arrows inside or outside the projection lines. I will of course also need the ability to vary line thickness and arrow head size.

Kind regards

Michael
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Ok, well you'd probably want a more comprehensive engineering drawing software for that. The editor in SnagIt is fairly basic, but more usable than some I've tried. If the SnagIt editor can't do something specific I want, I simply switch to Photoshop or other image editor that gives me the extra grunt.
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Hi mwl,

You could create a handful of  png stamps to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. It might not be professional enough looking for you though. I thought I'd throw the idea out there anyway.

I created a double arrow on a 500 by 100 pixel image with a transparent background.
Saved it as a png.

You can store  png's as Stamp's.



I resized that png a few times in the image below.



I'm a bit confused though, what's wrong with the dimension tools in SolidWorks?

Regards.Joe
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Hi Joe

Thank you for your reply.
I did think about making a png-dimension myself, but I fígured it wouldn't be very flexible, and dropped the idea again.
You are of course right that I have the possibility of creating annotation views in SolidWorks and thereby using SolidWorks own dimensions.
However I never really found the annotation views in SolidWorks were very good, (we're still using SW 2013), and furthermore I often like to make my capture dimensions stand out more clearly in order to convey my message.
But thanks a lot for your ideas anyway  :-)

Kind regards

Michael
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Hey Michael,

Are you aware that you can make your dimension lines and fonts much larger to make them stand out?

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Hi again Joe

Yes I am.