Can SnagIt capture zoom created by Mac Accessibility Zoom feature?

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I use Accessibility>Zoom feature on Mac when demonstrating software. It allows me to zoom in on a portion of the screen and even do picture-in-picture zoom. 

If I capture the screen as a video, the zooming behavior is captured. But I'd like to do screenshots of the same thing but the screenshot capture with Snagit ignores the zoom. 

I know there are post-capture zoom features but that would add a tremendous amount of time to my production. Also, the zoom that is now offered in Accessibility>Zoom is very nice quality. There is just no comparison between the quality of the zoom image that the operating system does vs. post-capture zoom. 

I've attached an iPhone photo of the screen - since I can capture this screen with Snagit. 

Is there a way to get Snagit to recognize the Mac OS zoom? 

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Gary Coyne

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Hi Rob,

Can't speak for Apple's zooming feature but a number of years ago I started using "Zoomit." for enhanced viewing when doing demonstrations. I found it much more flexible and adaptable.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zoom-it/id476272252?mt=12

The good news is that Snagit can capture this just fine. (I used Shift-Control-s to access Snagit for this.)


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ROB HULL

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Gary, 

Thanks for the reply. I downloaded the Zoomit app and it certainly does work with Snagit. Although similar, there are a couple of things that it doesn't do so I've just got to figure out which solution will work in my workflow. Really appreciate your input. 

Thanks,
Rob
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Gary Coyne

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Rob, I am curious, what/where is the limitation?
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ROB HULL

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Gary, it may just be a limitation in my brain trying to get it wrapped around a new way of doing things. Most times when I use the zoom function in any demonstration/class I zoom full frame, not picture-in-picture. 

One thing I like about the Mac OS Accessibility Zoom function is that when it's in Full-Screen mode and zoomed in on the screen, there is a setting to allow the cursor to stay somewhat centered on the screen unless I move close to the edge. When I do that, it behaves just like I'm on a huge monitor. 

The problem with the picture in picture is that when I get close to the edge, the cursor stays in the center of the zoom window. As I move closer to the edge, the window begins to disappear off the edge. It's like when you move to the edge on a system with dual monitors, except it happens on any edge. So, if I want to highlight something close to the top corner, by the time I've got my cursor over the item in question, 3/4 or the zoom window have fallen off the edge of the monitor. 

If you're on a mac, go to Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom. In the Zoom Style, select Full Screen and then open the Options... 

In the Options under When Zoomed In... select "So the pointer is at or near the center of the screen."

I find that viewers can follow what's going on much easier. 

Thanks
Rob

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Hi Rob,

Interesting issue but I've not encountered any issues with that. There have been times when I've increased the size of the floating window but since the center of the window is where the cursor is, there's no question where the cursor is.

I think the things I like most about zoom it is that I can either have it on until I turn it off or just as long as I press the key commands (a dead mans switch so to speak).

Well that plus it registers on Snagit! ;>)

Anyhow, it's what I use and enjoy.


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Hi,

We can look into whether this is possible or not, although I'm not able to capture these zoomed regions with the built in grab screenshot in macOS, so it might not be possible to do this.