Capture rectangle auto-snap to high contrast lines and edges

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Would help to make precise capture rectangle selection if pointer would auto-snap to high-contrast lines and edges.
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Rick Grunwald

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That would be handy. It is often hard to get an exact capture. I usually just adjust the borders in the editor but that is a work arond
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Rick Stone

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The other Rick thinks it would be handy as well.

Until we see it eventually happen, hopefully you are aware that when you see this situation, if you continue to hold your mouse down (and very still) you can use the arrow keys to tighten the focus. I first learned that by accident but find it both useful as heck as well as frustrating. Frustrating that sometimes the slightest mouse movement interferes with my selection process. 

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick Grunwald

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WOOHOO. I didn't know that and yes it works!!!
Thank you!!
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Rick Stone

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Yay! I helped somebody!

My day is a success!
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Whoa!  Been using SnagIt for many many years and this is one trick I've wanted the whole time. Definitely not documented ;)  Finally accurate captures!
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Snap to high contrast lines would be also nice for screenshots in an RDP window (As only a screen image is transferred over RDP, Snagit can not know the borders of the Window that I want to capture, detection of high-contrast lines should help here)
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Hey Ror Martin,Trying to hold the mouse steady while using the arrow keys is unnecessary.

Just so you know, you can let go of your mouse when you get close to the capture area.Use the arrow keys to fine tune the starting point of the capture.

Hit the Space Bar, that will give the capture a starting point.

Move the cursor/mouse to or close to the ending point. Release the mouse and use the arrow keys again, if necessary/desired.

Hit Enter. The capture will complete.

Regards,Joe

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Here are a few more Snagit capture tips you may find helpful.

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Dubie:)

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Hey Dubie - What version of SnagIt did you use to make that demo? 

I ask, because I do recall seeing a while back the outlines shown when you make some of the captures.


But I never personally found them useful to me, so I just ignored them. And in watching your video, I was curious if you were able to click or somehow snap to the corner of those.

I'm guessing that they performed a disappearing act somewhere along the way. Either that, or they are governed by an obscure setting I've forgotten about. I've looked all over my SnagIt and don't see a setting that might govern this behavior.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hey Rick,

It is the latest version 19.1.3.

As you, I pretty much ignore them

A 1:1 ratio (Shift) doesn't show them. They only show for 4:3 (Shift+CTRL) or 
16:9 ( CTRL) ratios and you can Snap to that outline which
4:3 will be a 320x240 size,  16:9 will be a 1280x720 size.



Those guides have been there for a while.

They were in this silent video of the same nature that I did in 1-2018 and what ever the latest version was then.
https://www.screencast.com/t/jh31Cf9qP

This video today I just covered a couple more things.


Dubie:)
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The feature hasn't disappeared. There was a time it auto selected to many small areas  making the feature was more of a hassle than a positive thing.

It has to do with capturing active windows and elements within those active windows.
 
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Second example, the first one doesn't really reflect what is highlights. I didn't restrict the aspect ratio by holding a modifier key.I'm not sure what might happen if I had?
You can see it targets specific things, regardless of aspect ratio.


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Not sure what feature you are referring to Joe.
Maybe I missing something.

Rick was asking about the lines that show when you hold a modifier key.



They only show when you hold a modifier key for a 4:3 (Shift+CTRL) or 
16:9 ( CTRL) and they are a size of 320x240  or 1280x720 .

I don't know if those sizes are different on a larger screen, I work with 1920 x 1080 screens and that is what they are.

Also you mention.

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I didn't restrict the aspect ratio by holding a modifier key.I'm not sure what might happen if I had?

As far as I have found the modifier keys only work after you have set a starting point for a manual/custom/precise capture. So holding a modifier key and having the capture Snap to a active window etc. does nothing but snap to the window.

Sorry if I'm missing your point in regards to making a manual or precise capture.
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Thanks Dubie - I finally discovered why these things appear to be absent for me.

Seems that these guides are a bit nuanced. IF I begin a capture by clicking the big red Capture button from the main SnagIt UI, I see them. But if I use a preset, they aren't there. And unless I'm opting for a Panoramic capture, I'm using my preset with the keyboard shortcut a kabillion times a day.

I  note that they are missing also for you when you are using the preset capture. ;)

Thanks for the pointer! Rick :)
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You are right. They only show if I start a capture by way of the All-In-One
not with a preset.

The aspect ratio lock happens it just doesn't show those ratio boxes.

Great, Now I have to update my video. LOL
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I'm using an image preset, and I get them all the time.

So I don't what to tell ya.
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Region is the image capture setting I use.
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I suspect Joe may confusing the automatic selection of a window or the client area or toolbar or whatever with the arbitrary guides that are simply based on the pixel dimensions. He's right, even with the preset, those snapping guides work. And you are right, in that I was referring to the overall guides that are independent of such areas and simply list the dimensions in the lower right corner.

Dubie, when you update the video, you might also want to consider demonstrating how that the selection will "snap" to those guides too. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yeah, I just watched Dubies video and figured out what going on.
I don't use all in one and that feature doesn't change my mind.