Can we get a polyline tool and a pattern fill option

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Hi I have been a SnagIT user for many years and have just updated to the latest version (13). not a huge yet. I have 2 suggestions that have been with me for a while. Can we get a polyline tool and a pattern fill option
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Rick Stone

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How would a Polyline tool work?
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At the moment as far as I am aware there is only an option to draw a straight line or bezier curve (Which I find frustrating).  If you want to draw a complex line you have to group multiple individual lines or draw a polygon and then edit that.  If you could construct a line with multiple nodes (which you could edit i.e. move, add and delete) that would be excellent.
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A polyline is basically an open polygon. Such an option exists in any Microsoft drawing object if you want to see how they would work - they call it 'freeform'. It is really clumsy trying to start new lines exactly where the last segment finished and then adjust them easily.
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Ahhh, thanks for the tips folks. Never really thought about that before.
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I've seen the request for drawing a line with multiple nodes or segments since 2011. Look in any graphics program. Why has this request been ignored by Techsmith for at least 6 years, when it is such a basic feature? 
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Just found out that I cannot do a polyline in Snagit, fully unthinkable as it force me to use a freeware package such as Paint.NET :(
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Hi reklawn1969!
You can draw a closed Polyline object by AutoCAD application and then fill that object by using Hatch tool to select solid or gradient colors and then snapshot what in AutoCAD screen to import it to Snagit by most easy steps as shown in attachment
With regards to all
https://www.screencast.com/t/h1GSGyt80sU
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Exactly frans.basson! Not really interested in how this can be done in AutoCad, when the request was for this simple functionality to be enabled in SnagIt. 
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LOL on the "simple functionality" comment.

We all must keep the following in mind when it comes to SnagIt.

1. It was never created as a "graphics" editing program. The core functionality is screen capture and annotation.

2. Any graphics editing capabilities are second to the first point. As such, the developer mindset in working with something like SnagIt isn't the same mindset as a developer working with a "graphics editing" program. So the absence of this tool likely reflects the nearly absent need for it as far as annotating screen captures goes.

3. Again, noting what was said in step 1, it's likely not as simple as "turning on" a feature. I'm not a SnagIt developer, nor did I sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night so I can't really fake being one, but I'd be willing to bet it's a task with many possible issues that could impact other aspects of the application.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick, my original posting was about polyline and I don't consider being able to draw a line with segments (via beziers) a "graphics" tool, whereas I would agree that "pattern fill" is more in the graphics realm. As SnagIt works now, if I need to draw a line or arrow that needs to have a right angle, I have to draw separate lines, zoom in drastically, and draw a second line so it intersects with the end point of the previous line. As reklawn1969 mentioned, that's time consuming and why should I have to? Lines and arrows are used all the time in screen annotation programs. My intention was to get some developer action on this since I see requests for this feature/functionality go all the way back to 2001 and it is not that much to ask. Maybe it is too much to ask of TechSmith SnagIt developers... but I would think making loyal users happy with responding positively to a longstanding functionality request would /should be a priority. I may be wrong about that. 
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This is simple request that most other programs offer.  It's one of the reasons why I shy away from using SnagIt for creating annotations on my images.
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Totally agree with the need for this functionality as it does seem basic and is available in many other programs.  Can this be included in the next round of improvements please?  It is clumsy to do workarounds such as producing a pdf output - add the polyline there and then insert into technical reports as an image.
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If older versions of SnagIt had a simple "Esc" key or maybe "End" key when drawing polygon lines. You could draw complex connected lines very easily.
For whatever reason, you have to complete a closed loop polygon before you are done drawing.

Here is a overly complex path you probably wouldn't draw. However, if you could just hit esc, etc. and be done with it. You have your drawn path.SnagIt 11 is used in the example.
 

But you cannot, you must close the polygon to complete it. I ask this, how difficult could it be to allow saving the path as is? But no, you must close the path as shown below. It's rendered useless as a path.


SnagIt 2018 introduced closed polygons only. You cannot draw an open polygon period. It forms as a connected and closed shape in the editor.You cannot make it look I've shown in the images above.I've shown only 3 points on purpose.I could have added more.But what's the point, the shape would still be closed.

Regards,Joe
 
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One image, better than 1000 words...

Simple question - simple answer ...

This is the screeshot of [Shape] (Ctrl+8) tool.
As you can see, we start to draw a line, then SnagIt folow the cursor, after we click on end point of that first line.
Then we build the other lines as we wish.
Don't forget to double click on last point of last line, so that SnagIt will know we have finished
our drawing...

Some practice will help...

Sorry for my poor English, mother language is Portuguese.

Hope this can help...

Candido from Portugal