Additional Shapes/effects for Magnify

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Magnify is pretty limited in Snagit 13.  Circle with border. done.
I can change the magnification, the diameter of the circle, and border color/thickness.  Nothing more.

These are the additional functionality I'd like to see:
  1. Other Shapes (rectangle with rounded edges, in particular)
  2. Magnify one area, but display magnification elsewhere (like a callout)
  3. Lines that show where it came from (akin to Rick Stone's post here https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/using_magnifier_in_snagit )
WHY?
If I want to magnify, say, a tiny piece of text, I want to indicate clearly what it is, it must be magnified quite a bit.  The aspect ratio ofthe text is very high.  The circle's aspect ratio 1:1.  This means that what I want to emphasize through magnification is not obvious because it is dwarfed by all the stuff around it that had to be magnified as well, and the context/exact placement of what was magnified is obscured.

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I came here hoping that I wasn't the only one interested in a rectangular shaped quick style for the Spotlight and Mangify tool.  I haven't found too many uses for the circular tool.  Often times, what I want to magnify is rectangular, and to include it all I need to make the circle so big it blocks out the rest of the picture. A rectangular option (either round cornered or not) would be a very welcome addition to Snagit v13
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Thanks for the tutorial.  Selecting a rectangular area and then adjusting the Zoom level under Effects works pretty well, although I'd still like to see a bordered rectangular shape included in the Quick styles just for simplicity's sake.

I'm still learning the new interface so videos like this are really helpful. Thanks for taking the time to put this out there!
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Hey Rick, helps immensely.  Thanks for taking the time to put together the training.
Steps:
  1. Select Area
  2. Select effects tab at bottom of quick styles
  3. Twiddle and apply
  4. Create original box, drawout lines if so desired.
Good work  around.  I don't magnify that much, so this will fit my bill.
(Now to learn how to make it useful in Camtasia too).

Thanks again
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Here's my current take on what a more ideal magnifier might look like:
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Hi Bruce, I like your dream magnifier. You got my vote.

It's easy to apply a border to the magnified selection.

In this image I made a rectangular selection and applied a green border.It's a quick style that I saved so it only requires clicking it First to apply it.
See Image Below,Click to Enlarge.

 Then apply magnification.I'm not a big fan of dimming the rest of the image so I generally don't.The border is the only thing that makes this possible in my opinion.

Regards,Joe


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I am using the Mac version.  There are no effects to zoom in on a rectangle selection that I can find.
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Hi and thanks for submitting your idea/feature request!

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Official Response
Like you mentioned Bruce, we saw this request (or something pretty similar last month).
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/feature-request-re-magnify-tool-in-snagit-editor

It still continues to be one of the top requests we’ve gotten in the last several months. And as a reminder, adding this functionality to the magnify tool is something we wanted to get in for the 13.0 and 4.0 release. But we ran out of time. We will definitely keep this in mind when we revisit our work on callouts and specifically the magnify tool. I'm a huge fan of both:
  • A different shape for the magnifier
  • Pulling off the magnified portion from overtop the original and having the lines connecting it.
Thank you for the conversation around this!
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any update on this since it's been 2 years since this post? - new snagit customer
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I was going to ask the same question. Thanks! 
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I hate to say it but I think the official response is, " Not  Going To Happen"


Not Planned means the Idea is DOA. You will see this at the top of the post.

Regards,Joe
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I use magnify quite a bit and would do so more but I have never wanted to do a circular magnify.  The workaround is OK but not intuitive by the high bar that SnagIt sets for itself.  Most of the other tools come with a selection of shapes that you can just click on.  So please, pretty please, make it a priority. :)
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I no longer use Snagit for personal use. Mac has an application called Napkin that has a great Magnifier tool. It achieves what everyone is talking about in about 3 seconds. Too much work in Snagit. It's been a year since this conversation has started. Why hasn't this gotten into the program by now?
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Yes, so my question would be when can we see this feature added to Snagit?
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Rick Stone

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My own advice would be to avoid trying to hold your breath!
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and yet here we are.... 2 years later.... with no shapes other than a circle for the magnifier tool. 
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Theres a free tool called Virtual Magnifying Glass. 

https://sourceforge.net/projects/magnifier/files/magnifier%20for%20Windows/3.6/Vmg3.6_install.exe/download

It's not updated to run on Windows 10. But it will, I downloaded it today. Don't use "Dynamic Mode" you will have to kill it using task manager.

You can apply a rectangular zoom of varying dimensions to your screen and make a capture using a hot key.

So it's a little clunky, but it works.

 

Heres a screen shot of the tool.


You can use it in SnagIt, but the image needs to be at 100% resolution.Or the zoomed image is blurry.
In this image, I have a SnagIt round magnification and a Virtual Magnifying Glass. Both at 2X power.
VMG goes up to 16x power. Which is probably to high for any image.



Anyway, workarounds are workarounds. Here's another.


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I agree - u used to be able to do this in SnagIt 9 - so two years peeps...two years.  Cant be that hard if it was there before??
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Indeed!