Changing Font Sizes in SnagIt Text Objects

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it would be helpful if selected text could be adjusted in size using this kind of control as well as the drop down please:  It's a much quicker and more satisfying experience if you are unsure and need to see the effect of different sizes

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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi Paul,

I'm not sure about the Windows version, but on the mac version you can click on the text size field and use the up and down arrows to adjust font size.

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Hi Luke

Yeas, windows has an equivalent function but I am not talking about the box over on the right.  That's outside my field of vision.  I am talking about this control, the one that's in view, next to the object that is being edited:



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I came here to ask for this..  In every case where we have a slider to change font size, replacing it with direct entry, and up/down buttons would be awesome. The sliders really don't help at all IMO.
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I agree with both Paul and Allen. The sliders are clumsy and I usually end up just having to click to fill in the box with the font size number I want (and this is AFTER having to go check the size of type in another callout box to ensure they match). UP/DOWN would provide so much better speed and productivity.
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If you click inside the Font Size window.

You can use the arrow keys to change the size of the text.

Regards,Joe

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Nice trick!

And there's another thing that that does. It allows you to increment the font size by units of 1, which the slider here, and the drop down next the text will not let you do.

I have been looking for a way to do that for years.

That's a fantastic help.

Still, a narrow slider is a very difficult control to use for fine grained adjustments as I discovered yesterday evening when I was trying to adjust the brightness and contrast.  As I use a big screen i would happily widen the effect panel, except you can't.  I'd hazard a guess that by the nature of the work we do with SnagIt, a higher than normal proportion of us have very large screen.  Shame we can't optimise our use of the space.

I discovered another trick yesterday, rather than sliding the sliders with all the jerky lack of control that ensues, just click the line at the point you want it to jump to.

Still, the sliders are too narrow
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Thank you Joe, that is helpful. But as Paul said, it's not at the place where you are working, it's off to the side. Didn't we used to have a feature that would show font size, justification choices and other variables that would pop up right where the text was? I don't see it now in v2018. For fine tuning by one point increments, I can tolerate having to mouse WAAAAYYY over down to the lower right, but for those just doing genealogy, we just need something fast and easy to choose from standard font sizes (10, 12, 14) right where we are typing. I thought I used to be able to right-click and get that, but not now.
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Yes, we have that control - see my earlier screenshot.  You have to select the object to see it.

I'm interested in how you see it from the perspective of a genealogist.  I'm one too.
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What am I doing wrong? I tested this before previously posting that I wasn't able to see it. Here it is again from just now, see image. I select the callout and I get the bar with the Fill, Border, Shape and Line Thickness choices. If I right click, I usually first get the choices on the right, starting with Properties. Other times I right-click and get the choices on the left. I have not yet figured out why sometimes I get one and sometimes I get the other.

So what am I doing wrong? As a VERY long-time customer (first Windows version, then Mac for past five years), it's incredibly frustrating to have to re-learn stuff (not to mention that posts about Snagit that are over a year old have no relevance to v2018, I'll have to start using the 90-day filter since that's the only choice between Recent and All posts).
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@SusanR

OK so this is officially weird.  If I right click a callout I don't get either of teh two context menus you get.  I get another one entirely:



Wait.  Is that the Mac version you are showing?
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Yes, I'm on a Mac. But since it's just called Snagit 2018 now, I had assumed that they had merged all functions and capabilities. Clearly that is not the case -- it's just the same version name now for two different versions. I think. How confusing that THAT?
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Nope.  Two separate products, two separate sets of developers, different bells and whistles.
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So when users in this community are posting about their questions or problems, seems like there will be a lot of confusion, just like we experienced here. And I'm not sure how Techsmith will enable users to search past posts for their own version (so we can talk apples to apples) when both Mac and Windows version have the same name. Seems like a major case of unintended consequences to me.

I think I remember now that when I got the Mac version, I REALLY missed being able to adjust the type size right from where the type is, i.e. not having to go clear over to the side to the clumsy slider. I think Snagit is a native Windows app, though, so we are the stepchildren. At least I can enlarge my canvas by just dragging the corners, not sure you can do that unless they've improved it for Windows.
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I think the confusion may have been exacerbated by me when I raised the OP.

For some reason I tagged the post as applying to both Snagit for Windows and  for Mac, which was not a good idea.

:(