Are there any plans to allow sharing of SNAG files between Windows and MAC?

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According to what I have read (and confirmed), SNAG files created on SnagIt for Windows cannot be read by SnagIt for MAC and vice versa.  Are there any plans to make them compatible or at least providing some kind of export/import capability?  I know I could save the files as PNG or something, but then I lose the ability to manipulate any added objects (callouts, arrows, edges, etc).  I can't imagine I am the only one who needs this capability.
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There's been a lot of discussion of taking this a stage further and adopting an industry standard layered file type.  My favourite would be TIF.  Then we'd just to make sure the SnagIt Windows and Mac teams didn't screw it up by writing the files differently which is, as you point out, teh problem we have today
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Thanks for the reply.  In general if sharing between Windows and MAC, do you recommend using TIF instead of PNG?  If so, what are the advantages?
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SnagIt flattens a snag file to a single layer when creating a png.  So if you want a version that preserves SnagIt's layered objects, png won't hack it.  But then neither might TIF if SnagIt flattens everything when writing that file type, which I assume it does.

If SnagIt wrote and read conventional layers, it would probably mean that they would use a  layered TIF as an interchange format and PNG as a flattened format for import to web sites etc, because even in flattened format png supports a transparent background, which jpeg does not.
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I don't think the programs are compatible,

So the format isn't the issue.

Regards,Joe
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You are correct but that makes no sense to me to allow that to continue. Not complaining simply don't get it.
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Camtasia 9 was the first cross-platform compatible version of Camtasia with MAC Camtasia 3.
There's still a few things that arn't fully compatible. 
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They closed our layers discussion thread and never re-opened it.

So here I am adding to the topic anyway. It's related to this topic as well.

Saving images to the same format, just to retain layers. Can do damage to the image overall.

Here's Affinity Photo,
 with a minor Curves adjustment and a minor Brightness adjustment added as an example.
I saved this image as a PSD.


I opened it in Photoshop and took a screenshot. I overlapped 50% of it to the right hand side.
 Just to demonstrate how incompatible the 2 programs are.


Affinity objects seem to save as layers Okay.

 Text can't be edited. So basically, everything is flattened. If you resize anything it loses some clarity.

You end up with a bunch of flattened layers and that's it.You can do a lot more with them in SnagIt.

So, I'm on the fence with export as a PSD. What's the point?

 Premier Pro, After Effects, etc. Imports PSD's. You can import a merged image "All layers merged into one " Or, all layers as there own image.

These generic PSD's probably wreak havoc with After effects especially.I'm willing to bet Adobe frowns on them as well.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.    
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Got it. It did not come into Affinity with Editable text. May I share this file on the Affinity forum as a possible bug? I will host it and not use your Meddiafire bandwidth
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Sure,
it's actually an old Linda.com course exercise file I downloaded for a Photoshop CS6 lesson.
 It works as it should in Photoshop CC 2018 today.
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Does it come up correctly with editable text in Photoshop?
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Yeah it's a legit image in every respect. I don't save a lot of  PSD's with text and that was the first ones that came to mind.

I probably should have given you one of  my own creations. Here's one that's loaded with text elements and some shape layers. I created it so there's no issues with usage.I say go ahead and use for what ever you want.No restrictions.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/u49wtte1647ly8k/Mock%20White%20text%20UI.psd

I was pointing out differences between Camtasia 8 and 9 UI's. Camtasia 8 is much more user friendly on the eyes than version 9.There's a couple Cam 9 mock ups based on a members input using there words and Cam 8's unaltered UI. Which in that particular window.Is much easier to read than any of the options shown.
 
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Let me check with them and see what the answer may be
Thanks
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I don't know about tif (tiff). Years ago when graphics program could convert to everything. Back tif images were 3 and 4 times large a jpg even more so with PNG. I like png because it doesn't throw way pixels when convert to a different size.  You save it at  certain dpi it stay as sharp at 2x4 4x8, or 4x16 jpg if save for 4x8 in jpeg will look as sharp or even sharper at 2x4, but begin to look fuzzy at 8 by 16.  Of course with modern computers  amounts of Ram I guess size doesn't matter.  
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TIF can handle layers and hopefully let you move them to and from snagit to (say) phjotoshop
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PNG is more scalable than jpeg which is what makes it suitable for use in low res images for web sites etc but it is capable of generating files just as large as TIFF though.  I experimented when I was scanning some old photos at very high resolution.  PNG and TIFF came out about the same.