Can someone tell me where to find the Batch Convert feature in Snagit 2019? Thanks.

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In Snagit 2019, I am unable to find the command that enables me to batch convert images. 
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Lore Eargle

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I believe you simply right-click on the image file type inside Windows Explorer and it shows up on your context menu for SnagIt.



Cheers... Rick :)
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Lore Eargle

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Rick,
When I right-click the image file type inside Windows Explorer, I see the following. I can select Snagit from "Open with" or "Send to" but there is no fly-out menu on either.

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Rick Stone

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Hmmm, that's very interesting. I'm hoping we will see one of the SnagIt devs pop in to offer some advice. I've always understood that when we install SnagIt that the process modifies the context menu by adding SnagIt to it.
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Lore Eargle

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I had to manually add it to the Send To folder. I did a search for how to add items to the Context Menu. The articles said to add a key to the Registry but that has not worked either.
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Rick Stone

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Soooo, sorted? I hope so.

As for the registry edits, it's been my own experience that before they are made, SnagIt (or whatever application you are adjusting) must be closed as a first step. You then make the registry change, then restart SnagIt (or the app you are adjusting).

This is generally because the application reads the values into memory as part of the loading process. Then as it closes down, it often writes the values back to the respective registry locations. I've seen it happen before with other apps where you make a change but forget to close the app. Then when the app closes, it simply overwrites your change with what the app had in memory.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Lore,

I think I may have found the solution you were looking for.

A possibility is that during the initial install of the product, the 'Windows Explorer Menu Extension' feature either got corrupted or it was skipped during install, therefore maybe installing (or re-installing) that feature alone would do the trick.

To do this (in Windows 10):

 Click Start > Settings > Apps | 'Apps & features' > select Snagit.from the list and then Click 'Modify' | ..when the SnagIt installer pops up, choose 'Modify' once again.

Next comes the feature list with the tick boxes.
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Check the box next to Windows Explorer Menu Extension and click Modify button to finish and complete the setup wizard.

*However, If the box was checked already then uncheck it, finish the modify setup wizard, then go back and check the box to enable the extension.

See if that doesn't get snagit into your explorer now :)

Referenced:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/disable-explorer-integration

Cheers!
Allen




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There are a couple of other places where you can start the batch conversion wizard:

1. From the Library, select the image(s) you want to convert and right-click:



2. From the File menu, select Export:



You can add/remove files once the wizard starts. A third option is to use the command-line option "/ob" when starting the editor, but that's a less convenient option. (See pg. 119 in the Snagit 12 help documentation.)

As for the Windows Explorer context menus, our installer inserts (removes on uninstall) those entries based on the setting @allenwhite points out. There are some technical details about that here for those who may be interested.

HTH,
Dave
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Lore Eargle

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This is what I have done so far to achieve putting Convert Image onto the flyout menu from Snagit 2019.
  1. Closed Snagit (verified in Task Manager).
  2. Accessed the Modify option and cleared the checkbox for Windows Explorer Menu Extension. This did not display the option in the Context Menu.
  3. Accessed the Modify option and checked the box. This did not display the option in the Context Menu.
  4. Rebooted. The option below appears. Note that it is named Convert Image rather than Batch Convert Image, which seems odd but it does work.
  5. As Dave suggested, I also accessed the files within the Library as well as used the /ob switch in the Run window. Both of those give me the Convert Image option.
So, the upshot is, the problem is solved, even though doing so seems rather convoluted for something that is very simple with, for example, Notepad+.

Thanks much to each of you who have offered strategies and done so with great alacrity. I can now get back to work!!


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Rick Stone

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For me, that's exactly what happens if I only have one image actually selected when I right-click. But if I select more than one image before right-clicking, the option does read as "Batch Convert Images".



Again, this is not to suggest that you are incorrect or that it's not misbehaving for your own setup. It's just what I see on my own computer.

Cheers... Rick :)