Configuration of "Save As..." default file name format in Snagit Editor

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I have seen this request for a few years now, but still we have no choice. There is currently no way to change the default file format in Snagit Editor.

Currently, when I save an image from the Snagit Editor, it auto-formats the file name as "yyyy-mm-dd_hh-mm-ss.png". I'd love to change that. 
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BONJOUR, lorsque je passe par save as, je mets le nom du fichier que je veux, je ne comprends pas la question cordialement
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In that case, this request idea may not interesting for you. 
I make 20-40 screenshots per day, edit them in Snagit Editor and use my own format for archiving them.
For simply user friendly and time-saving purposes, I would like to be able to set my own auto-save format in Snagit Editor. 
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ok Sander,j'ai compris, sourire ! les programmeurs de Techsmith, ont du travail à faire .... cordialement
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The thing about "Save As" is it's handled through Windows file explorer. A hack for Windows file explore might be required to do what you seek?

Here's another approach,
Batch Conversion. If you are allowing your saved images to be stored in the Library.

You can configure the Batch Conversion Wizard to Re-name, Date or Label them pretty much any way you chose from the Library after saving them in the editor.

So it's an extra step.But once you've chosen the format, the Wizard remembers the settings.You will need to select "automatic file name" to bring up your settings.

If you are giving unique file names to your images and saving them to several folders. This wouldn't help you much.


  Regards,Joe 
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Personally I'm not convinced that one would need to hack Explorer or that it's anything close to a default behavior of Explorer. Yeah, this request is old, but I'd be willing to bet a dollar against a donut that this is something fully within control of the SnagIt developers.

If this were something that were a default behavior of Explorer, it seems to me that we would encounter it all over the place in other applications.

On the outside chance it may help Sander here, I'll share a method I use all the time. For example, like many others, I regularly share a captured image in forum posts. And instead of littering my drive with post after post, I'm always just saving over the same file name. TMP1.PNG, TMP2.PNG, TMP3.PNG as needed.

Now I'm aware that Sander isn't likely working this way and wanting to save meaningful names for images. And the frustration comes from seeing that odd naming format SnagIt suggests. So my thought here is that for whatever folder Sander is saving to, maybe one way to easily overcome things is to have an image in the folder that is named pretty close to what is wanted. So it would become easy to just click the image and see the file name pop into the dialog, then slightly modify the name. I would think that bit would need to be done anyway.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Perhaps we aren't talking about the same thing here.

Unless I'm mistaken, what Sander is asking about is this field:



What goes into that field is likely supplied by the programming in SnagIt and is not something generic to the Explorer application in Windows. If it were, we would see the exact same behavior if perhaps Windows Notepad were attempting to save a file. But instead, I see this:



And I could go on and on with different applications. Each application seems to have its own formatting rules as to what gets inserted into that field.

What is presented in that field seems to me to be governed more by the application in use than in Windows.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Were talking metadata, windows explorer is very much in charge. Time,date,etc.
The program is choosing png or jpeg and you choose a file name. That's it.
Windows does the rest.

 Batch Conversion let's you override and write your own metadata.

Windows Explorer does not. You can't change a thing. I'd bet a dollar against a doughnut most software programs are less prone to glitches using Windows default filing system as compared to a generic one.But that's just my opinion.

Interesting that you picked Microsoft programs for your research.  Operating systems and  Programs don't get more intertwined than that.
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Okay, so here are some non-Microsoft programs. And aside from you bringing it up as some odd non-related subject, I'm not sure where batch conversion came into the picture. 

How about Camtasia?



Or  perhaps Audacity?



Maybe even Adobe Photoshop?



Perhaps even a different screen capture tool?



Cheers... Rick :)
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Currently, when I save an image from the Snagit Editor, it auto-formats the file name as "yyyy-mm-dd_hh-mm-ss.png". I'd love to change that.

You're off on a Tangent Rick, you're addressing the wrong question.
As near as I can tell, you have been off topic since the start.
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I see your solution Rick and it's actually a good idea to work that way. But it would still mean an extra (unnecessary) step.

What I don't understand is that we can set a filename mask in just about every possible output in Snagit itself (File output) but when it comes to Snagit Editor...all of a sudden these nice features disappear...

Thanks for the tips!
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I stand Corrected, Sander

YOU CAN SAVE the original file name.Oops, my bad. Sorry about that.

I don't use this feature much. So, it's really more user friendly than I thought.

 
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Yes, but that's NOT in the Editor, I think this comes from the Output options ->File...?

As stated above, what I don't understand is that we can set a filename mask in just about every possible output in Snagit itself (File output) but when it comes to Snagit Editor...all of a sudden these nice features disappear.

Rick was not off on a tangent, his first screenshot showed exactly what I was talking about (see below). I think he added the other screenshots to illustrate the naming process is not governed by Windows/Explorer.

Thanks for all the feedback and ideas.


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So it was me who was up the proverbial river without a means of propulsion.

Oh well, it won't be the last time either.

I send 98% of my captures to Photoshop these days, some with annotations from SnagIt some without.
Even when I do save an image from SnagIt I ignore that highlighted auto data and just start typing.That's where the disconnect comes from.

I don't know why anyone would want to see the time and date on each image when you can get that info from the properties if need be.
I hear time and date, that's what I'm thinking about.Not the title of the image. That also makes for to much clutter for my taste.

I contacted support to see if it could be implemented as a feature. "Would it even work"? The person I spoke with couldn't answer that question. Follow up is expected, when I hear something , I will post back.
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I don't know why anyone would want to see the time and date on each image when you can get that info from the properties if need be. 
Actually I think it's a bit of genius on TechSmith's part. Likely tied into efficiency. I mean, when you think about it, it even seems logical.

Imagine that you have a need to capture one image after another. But along the way you need to briefly do something to each one. Then save them. Using the time and date bit it would be an easy way to cycle through the images in rapid fashion and not worry about giving them meaningful names as you save. Having the date and time as the file name would help in locating or sorting later.

But hey ho, that's all speculation on my behalf. Likely you disagree. Only TechSmith can say what the actual reasoning behind it is. For all any of us know, the reasoning could be related to Section 508 compliancy or some other arcane reason. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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That's what sort by is for. 

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So here's the follow up I received from Tech Support.
They didn't address the feasibility of implementation.

I have spoken to my senior adviser about this, and it looks like this is not something that we currently have planned. That is not to say this is not something that will not happen down the road.
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Thanks Joe. Too bad. It would be super simple to implement, since Snagit offers already this functionality in the screen capturing module when you select File as output. 

Anyway, I appreciate your efforts...! Thanks again.
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I'm not sure if this will help, but since the other day when this was first asked I was searching for a way past it. I had configured a share option for "File" and to "Ask for the file name" 



And since that time, before I changed it back, the capture would end up in my SnagIt editor, then present a "Finish" button as shown below:

 

After I edited the image and clicked the Finish button, it shows this:



I'm not sure if that gets you any closer, but may be worth considering.

Cheers... Rick :)
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You all probably know this by now, but Rick was really close in this last step. If you choose "Automatic File Name" instead of "Ask for file name" in the file configurations, you should be able to configure your profile to save as default to an automatic name similar to as Joe showed above in batch configurations.