Capturing complete Window or Widgets inside a Terminal Server Client (mstsc)

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Very often I need to capture an Application Window or Application Widget from within a MS- Terminal Server Client (RDP) session.
Using SnagIt from my local machine, I can only capture the aria by manually dragging the selection tool over the wanted section. With this, I often get More than I want in the capture.
However, if I have a local application and try to capture it, SnagIt automatically selects the Widget that surrounds the cursor. Which does not include any background pixels.

It would be great if SnagIt will be able to automatically recognize and select Widgets in a RDP / Terminal Server Session.
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IO have found similar problems with non-recognition of modal windows etc.  Taking account of my examples, I think it might possibly be related to lack of contrast between the foreground and background.  But I could be entirely wrong. :)

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While I'm not a SnagIt programmer nor did I sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night, my guess is that this is purely technical.

When you look at the behavior of a terminal window, essentially it's like looking at a web page in a browser. And I find that when I'm capturing using SnagIt, it does snap to and select windows of different applications in my operating system. But when I'm capturing something in my browser, perhaps trying to capture an image of a video on facebook, all I'm able to do is carefully click and drag to select the part I want because SnagIt seems incapable of distinguishing the edges of the object in the browser. But it will happily auto focus and select that client area of the browser.

So my view on this is that each selectable object has perhaps a different and distinct identifier it can lock onto when it's operating within the operating system. But it has no clue about those discrete objects when looking at a portal to another computer.

I think this is also similar to trying to select and copy only the text of a meme where the text is just part of an image. Sure, you SEE text, but your mouse cannot select across it because it only senses an image.

Cheers... Rick :)