Can Snagit do a region capture that defaults to the same location and size of the last one...

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@TechSmith ...which would allow me to do minor tweaking to this range (ie adjust bottom of region) on each new capture?
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If you're on PC, you could try setting Input type to Fixed Region. I don't think that will let you tweak each subsequent region at time of capture, though.



Someone else here might have some ideas...
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Hello,
In the Properties dialog box, you can select the X and Y coordinates of your capture.

This will give you the same capture size and location each time.

Kelly
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If you choose fixed region capture, you cannot make any changes to it at the time of capture. So if I am reading the original question correctly, the answer is unfortunately no.
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Hi

Is there any way to take a fixed region capture on a Mac?
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Toobarry, there is not at this time. We can do an all-in-one capture or a window capture but not a fixed region.
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Are there plans to add fixed region capabilities soon? My colleagues are using SnagIt on Windows, and encouraged me to download it. However, I need to be able to set the fixed coordinates of a screen cap (width and height) as well as the x and y coordinates on my screen where the screen cap will repeatedly take place. Since the Mac version doesn't seem to have this same ability, I don't think SnagIt will work for me.

Is there another way you can think of that I can capture the same (fixed location) portion of a browser window, repeatedly?

Thanks!
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For instance, is there a way to do fixed cropping?
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Hello Dorothy, you are correct that the Mac version will not work for you in this capacity. I don't have a good estimate about when (or even if) this functionality will be coming to the Mac version.

The only "workaround" I can even think of is to make a video capture and once the video is in the editor, scrub to a particular point and click the Capture Frame button to grab the particular image.

I realize that's a very impractical workaround, and I wish I had a better answer for you.

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Hi Mike, The repeat last capture feature has been in the Windows product since 1996, and I used it all the time - it's a huge time and headache saver. But now I'm on a Mac. I'm curious why the feature hasn't made it to the Mac version after so many years, and so many people are asking about it, especially people who used to be on Windows. Is it really that difficult to implement? What's holding back this feature?
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How do I capture the same area multiple times? I want to precisely set an area, then change what is in that spot and capture again without having to redefine the area, then repeat more times. Is there a "Capture the same location again" shortcut?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How do I capture the same area multiple times.
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Hi--

I think Ctrl+Shift+R (repeat last capture) is what dphaine is looking for...it will grab exactly the same region as you did last time.

I have to do repeated captures at the same size, and have set up a Fixed Region for the first one (so I can do it at any time and match what I had done days before), then use Ctrl+Shift+R for the subsequent ones.

Hope this helps!
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Hi Gary,

I assume you are on a PC because that option is not there on a Mac. Wish it was.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Add a "Capture Last Area" Capture Type to SnagIt.


As an author of technical books (on AutoCAD), I frequently find myself having to capture the same area twice; once to show the way things are before a step, and a second time to show what they should look like after.

Similar to the way the Camtasia Recorder will default to the last area you recorded, I would find a SnagIt "Capture Last Area" capture type to be incredibly helpful for cases like this. Although it's incredibly easy to capture any part of my screen with SnagIt, it's currently very difficult to capture two images (before/after) with the same pixel resolution.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
multiple screenshots at same location.


Occasionally I need to take a variety of screenshots of an object as things change about that object. In Snapz Pro, I can set the location of a screenshot and that capture region will remain for subsequent screenshot until I change the size/location of the capture region. It seems that all I can do with Snagit is to redo the capture region each time. Can this be done? What am I missing?

Also, there are times when I just want to capture a series of shots and do any refinement on them later, I want to bypass the editing until I'm ready to do the editing. Can this be done?
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For the sake of clarity, I just wanted to update this image with the workflow of the new interface :)


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
New, toggle-able option for the magnifier pixel readout.


CONTEXT:  I appreciate
SnagIt’s (v10.0.0) magnifying glass/crosshairs for helping me find landmarks.  Presently, the pre-click pixel readout displays SnagIt’s
automatically detected rectangular area. 
Then, during click/hold, the readout shows pixel area dynamically as I
move the mouse.

SUGGESTION:  A
highly useful improvement to the above would be to allow toggling to a second option for the pre-click pixel readout.  This second option would be a hold-over, absolute
pixel readout that shows, as the mouse is moved, where the cursor is presently located on the
screen in pixel coordinates, but that also interacts with some of the present feature according to the following use
model:

1)      User hits Print-Screen, the magnifier/crosshair appears, displaying the current, absolute pixel coordinates of the mouse.  User moves the mouse to coordinates of desired starting point.

2)     
Upon click/hold, SnagIt instantly does two
things: A) records the just-clicked pixel coordinates, and B) changes to its presently existing relative (area) pixel readout, so that the user can finalize the desired area to capture.

3)     
Upon release-click (capture), the readout instantly
reverts to absolute pixel readout.

4)     
If the user hits Print-Screen to start a another capture
area, the stored, starting pixel coordinates recorded in the prior
capture (2A above), appear in a little box at the lower left of the magnifying
glass, that moves with the magnifying glass.

5)     
The user can easily move the mouse until the
absolute coordinate readout matches the displayed stored coordinates, thereby ensuring
that the next capture uses the same starting coordinates as the prior capture.

RATIONALE:  This allows the user to do multiple captures of an identical area of screen real
estate, even if the starting point is white space (no landmarks).  Presently in such situations, the user is required to find another
point on the screen that has landmarks, which may be inconvenient or difficult.  The combination of magnifying glass and the new
mode allowing "absolute-click-relative-release-absolute" pixel readout allows the user to easily accomplish two goals: A) Repeatedly find the same, non-landmarked starting point, and B) easily obtain identical-area captures.  The storing/displaying of most recent clicked
coordinates eliminates the user's having to remember/write down the starting coordinates
for the prior capture.

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Thanks for processing my suggestion.  I could be misunderstanding, but I think the graphic you pasted above may accomplish something similar to my request, but not identical to it.  I'll start with some questions:

1) The interface I see there is video capture -- I was referring to still captures.  Does that matter?
2) If the video capture interface is appropriate for still captures, then how would the user know what X-Y coordinates to type in?  In my understanding, there is no way to measure absolute coordinates in SnagIt...
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Hey Robert,

Ah! I missed that part. I think the best way to do it would be like this.Would that work for you?
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That gets me the starting point, but then I have to use the magnifier to figure out the pixel area.  But to do that, I need to be able to find that identical starting point with the magnifier, which I cannot do.  I could use what you propose to get a starting point, then, with the magnifier, try to guess where that starting point is, and measure what would be an approximate pixel area.  However, it would be difficult to be accurate, and if I missed part of what I wanted to capture, I would have to repeat just to figure out the 3 numbers that I need to enter. So yes, it's a workaround, but it does not take advantage of the power of SnagIt's magnifier GUI.  I use SnagIt to copy plots and other images into reports, and I really want a solution that efficiently allows getting a few captures of size A at location 1, then a few captures of size B at location 2, etc. without having to think about process.  It would quickly grow tedious to have figure out the 3 numbers, pull up the dialog box, type them in, select the captures, etc., and repeat multiple times, when the process could be made so much better using SnagIt's existing apparatus.
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This morning I tried the workaround of yesterday's discussion, to see how it might work.  Here are the steps I identified:

  1. Find the pixel coordinates of the starting point using the method above.  
  2. Remember the numbers, release the mouse and quickly write them down.
  3. Delete the resulting junk capture from the starting point estimate.
  4. Find the approximate location of the starting point, click, and measure the pixel area for the desired capture.  Comment: If the starting point is in whitespace, this is difficult, and after having done steps 1-3, I had trouble  even visually identifying the location at which I originally wanted to start.
  5. Remember the numbers, release the mouse and quickly write them down.
  6. Delete the resulting junk capture from the pixel area estimate.
  7. Switch to Fixed Region.
  8. Select Properties, and enter the four pixel values for starting point and area.
  9. Begin doing captures.
  10. If the captures are not the right region, try again by repeating steps 1-8.
  11. To get another region, switch back to "Region" mode, and repeat steps 1-9.
In doing the above, I found another problem:  I use multiple monitors.  When I found the starting point and pixel area, and entered those 4 values into the SnagIt fixed-region, it captured a region that looked like the correct size of area, but it was a capture from a different screen, rather than what I wanted to capture.  Is there a way to configure SnagIt for multiple monitors?  

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