Creating Groups of Images In Library

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As I use SnagIt more and more I'm finding the need to create named groups of images so i can get to them quickly rather than scrolling endlessly. Not seeing this option am i missing something?
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charles.ragucci

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Have tried using tags?

They will allow you to easily find your images.

Your images can also have multiple tags.


Dubie:)

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Hi there

You might want to investigate the Library option of defining and applying tags to help identify your groups of images.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I have not used tags. Tags could help but named groups is better in my opinion.  Take a screen pic add it a group easy, need it later simple click subject or group name done! Does Techsmith monitor this channel?
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Tags are basically the same thing.

Take a screen grab, tag it 

In library click on the tag name, find image.

The library use to have a tree structure much like file explorer but was removed many versions back.

There has been requests for it to be brought back but...

I would welcome the tree structure back.
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Oh I see Dubie, not  bad this helps. But I still feel groups could still be a valuable feature
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You say Toe may to, I say tah mah toe...

Seems that Groups and Tags are essentially two names that identify the same basic thing.

I'd love to know how they are perceived as two different things. Can you explain how they would differ? 

Note that I'm not trying to shoot the idea down. I mean, it all essentially boils down to organization. But it seems terminology may be hindering here.
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Is folder a better name?  Here is what i want to do. In the library panel at the bottom I want to create a folder for subject matter and drag and drop images into it
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As in the 'explorer view' that was available up until Version 13? I still have Version 12 installed on an old laptop and do wish the 'explorer view' was still in use. It performed exactly as you are describing. You saw folders on the left and you could drag images from the 'editor' pane directly into a folder. In newer versions since 13 the 'tags' option is the only way to group images unless you do a 'Save as' into a folder of your choosing. The caveat here is that you then have to navigate to that folder in Windows to access the files.
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Ah Ha! so it was there interesting. Unfortunately I have not tagged images.
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Here's an image of what the UI looked like.

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David, do you know if those were "virtual" folders or did they map to actual folders with the same names in the operating system?

I'm not a SnagIt programmer, but it would seem there is likely some plug in or whatever that could be used that would just make that a mirror of the operating system and allow organizing in any way we choose.
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The library was a folder icon at the right end of what was called the 'Open Captures Tray' in this version as opposed to the 'Recent Captures Tray' in newer versions.
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Rick, they duplicated my hard drive folder hierarchy.
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Duplicated? As in you had the same folder hierarchy, or mirrored, where if you created a folder in either view (Windows Explorer or the SnagIt UI)?

I've used a product that wasn't always Adobe owned, but adobe acquired it. And it had a UI that seemed to be a "window" to the operating system. But it was a hybrid. The UI offered "folders" that weren't ever seen in the operating system. But if you created a folder using the UI, it WAS created in the operating system. And the thing about that was that you only ever wanted to use the UI to change things or move things between folders. It didn't prevent you from using Windows Explorer to move things around, but if you did that, it would monkey with your project and cause all manner of issues.
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I could not actually navigate to a Windows File Explorer window from here though. Clicking on a folder showed the images in the folder in the library view and I could open one/them from there. So, I guess it is a virtual image of my hard drive.
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Yeah, I think I saw a request in the last handful of months where someone was asking for an ability to right-click and see an option to open the file location. Something like that would be really handy to have. (Or have had, if the folders view isn't coming back)
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I remember that and I voted for it.
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I'm pretty new to SnagIt, but I have to agree that tags are only somewhat helpful (so far) in organizing and retrieving work. I like the idea of folders, or something similar for project collections but I can see the potential for over-complication there, too. Granularity is an issue for me - how detailed is a tag, or how many tags define something, and how hard is it to find a piece later? I need to find a better way to locate an item with multiple tags before I can really flesh out how to organize my library.
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Exactly,
Tags are a half measure at best.
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Thanks, Joe. I thought I was losing my mind on this one.
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charles.ragucci

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agree!
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OK , I will throw my 2 cents into the ring, I approach this issue in a slightly different way as I have had major computer crashes in the past which caused me to lose all my Snagit data. I created a file folder system on my Computer and SSD portable hard drive and then use the "Save As" for all images, video's, etc., this way I can structure the folders to meet my needs and can do a normal windows search to find items im looking for.   I understand it is a little more work but it is now second nature to me.  In addition, I’m not dependent on Snagit program for anything regarding data.  I also delete all images and video's in the library after about 6 months to clear up hard drive space.  

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I too have used the 'Save As' option pretty much from the beginning (Version 9) and did appreciate having the 'File Explorer' view up until Version 11. I commented earlier that I thought it was Version 13 that introduced 'Tags' and deprecated the folder tree. Just for fun I installed version 11 and Version 12 on my laptop and Version 12 does not have the tree view but Version 11 does. And, just for the record, it is possible to have multiple versions installed at the same time. I still have all downloads since Version 10 and the software keys for same. Only if I want to maintain the ability to edit my images do I save in *.snag format.