customize toolbar - saving two choices of the same option

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So in my content creation/technical communication role, I take lots of scrolling screenshots to get a big, comprehensive picture of the UI I'm documenting. 

And then I find it helpful to go and cut out the "noise" that's not relevant to my end-user. I don't want to call attention to my edit, so I use the seamless horizontal/vertical to trim up my picture. 

Current workflow. I click "Cut Out" that's assigned to my toolbar. I select vertical. I make my edit. Rinse and repeat on horizontal.

Is there a way to put the two quick styles I exclusively use of the "cut out" option on the toolbar so I never have to search around, or even better, have those two quick styles assigned to a hotkey so I can switch around at will? 

I did a quick fake mockup of my current snagit UI and what it'd be like to have the two quick styles I use up there. 

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On windows you can save them as a "Favorites" Quickstyle.
I don't know if Mac has that feature.
I added them as an example below.


But you can't place them in the top toolbar.

Regards,Joe
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I just took a closer look at your screenshot. I see you have favorites in MAC now.

You can drag them to the top for easy access. I do most of my annotations in Photoshop. So my favorites menu has lots of spare room.
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It’s a fake screenshot, Joe. I copied and pasted them to demonstrate.
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Are you saying that the favourites 'Star' on your toolbar is not really there?
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Hi David, 

Yeah, you can totally favorite it as a quick style, but I'd like to not have to click on the type of effect I want AND THEN go find it from the quick styles, if that makes sense. 

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So, you want to be able to save a 'Favourite' to the toolbar?
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Once click on the star and then select it from your favourites.  Is that one click too many?
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Is it possible that the Favorites feature is being misunderstood?

One might construe that adding a Quick Style to the group is adding a "favorite". But there is also a feature of SnagIt known as "Favorites" where a duke's mixture of elements can be stored for "one stop shopping" of the items you use most often. And it's your choice as to what that group displays.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Paul: for a single picture? Not too many clicks at all? If you spread that over 30-70 pictures in an 8 hour period, several times a week, it can add up. 

In reviewing the situation, I think you're spot on. I was mixing up favorites vs. quick styles vs. items that could be assigned to the toolbar. I use Snagit constantly, but I feel like most of the time saving/preset work on this product is on the capture side, not the editing. 

In reviewing quick styles for shapes, I see the gray star that I can click to make yellow, thereby assigning it to the favorites. The Cut Out option has no such option.
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Paul

You can't add cutouts?  I can



The way I work the favourites panel is most often open, so it's just drag and drop for me.  The panel is like an expanded toolbar.  To me, with my workflow, this functions in almost exactly the way you described your requirement in the OP
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Paul, this is beautiful. I wasn’t able to replicate this on the Mac side, but I’ll try again today, and I’ll definitely try this on the PC side on work Monday.

Do you know if there’s a hotkey you can press to load up this quick style effect to toggle between during quick styles when editing?
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Rick/Paul/Joe 

Here's what I found in Mac 2019. 
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I can right click a cut out quick style and add it to favorites as well.
Have you tried that?

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Just tried, Joe. Doesn't work in Mac Snagit, but I'm sure it'll work in PC, per your demonstration. 

I'm not sure why disparities like this exist between OSX/Windows at this point. 
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I suggest you get used to the disparities between apps.

I use Camtasia as well,  people have been requesting a masking feature for as long as I've been a user. MAC has had one since 2012.

19 June, 2012: Camtasia for Mac 2.2.0
  • Enhanced viewing experience for videos shared to Screencast or embedded in a web page
  • Added support for video hotspots
  • Added a new spotlight video effect
  • Added a new mask video effect
  • Added inverted blur annotation
  • Added inverted highlight annotation
  • Added table of contents points for sharing to YouTube
  • Added a button to close the marker track

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Fair point. I'm primarily a PC user of the two programs, I guess SnagIt was always the more user-friendly tool out of the box, and I had to study Camtasia to really feel like I knew what I was doing with it. 

And while Camtasia 2/8 or 3/9 were a thing, the disparities made sense. 

But if they're going to call them the same thing, there should have been a concerted effort to make them the same experience. 

I guess different dev teams pursued different priorities..or the different operating systems have different limitations? 
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I'll go with "different dev teams pursued different priorities".

Because you mask in Premier Pro with Mac and Windows. And it's cross platform.
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Hi,

The Mac version doesn't currently support favoriting cutouts, but it's something we'd like to add.

Putting individual quick styles in the toolbar is a neat idea, I'll pass that along to the team.
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I would love to have the ability to save my 'Cut-out' favourites on the toolbar as then I could keep the 'Properties' sidebar closed for more image real estate.