best practices in SnagIt to avoid flattening graphics accidentally

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I'm fairly new to SnagIt for Windows and having a significant amount of frustration with the fact the SnagIt makes it so easy to accidentally flatten designs. It's a huge pain when I want to go back and tweak an annotation, only to find the graphic was flattened. I assume I'm somehow supposed to save a graphic both as a .SNAG file and as a PNG/JPG/... if I might ever need to go back and edit it? What's the process to prevent accidental flattening.

I've been building up complex graphics in SnagIt and this has really been frustrating..


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Rick Stone

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Hi there

While I'm sure it's frustrating, it's really no different than any other image editing application. Look at Adobe Photoshop. You save as a PSD and that maintains all the layers. Then you have to separately save in order to end up with the flattened version of the image that you can actually present to others.

Sounds like you are wanting SnagIt to just assume and save as SNAG unless you specifically tell it to save as a different format? Or perhaps maybe perform auto saves to the library in SNAG format only?

Cheers... Rick :)
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I use Photoshop infrequently - but as I recall, it does prompt you to see if you want to save as a PSD before exiting, even if you've exported as a JPG/PNG. So there's a conscious decision required to make your work uneditable :-)

So for me.. I'd want everything in the snagit library to be editable and saved in a SNAG format. If I want a flattened image to insert into a doc, I would be fine with explicitly exporting it when needed.


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I am convinced, but it may be my imagination, there is a feature request asking that SangIt could, when saving the files,optionally a .snag and the user's chosen flattened file type simultaneously with the same file name. I would like that because I save all my files to a network storage device that has 4TB of free space so I can afford to be profligate.
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Maybe at the link below? It's old but I see it has 9 votes.

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Rick Grunwald

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I have mine set up to always save as a SNAG file and do a save as when I need a different format
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Paul

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That's the one Rick.  And it has 10 votes now for what it's worth. :)