Default Copy/Paste Image Format in Snagit Editor

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I'm using Snagit version 13.1.1 on Windows 7 and want to change the default image format when using the Copy/Paste function.

I have configured "Save As Preferences" and have set them so Snagit Editor always saves images as .jpg.

The problem is that when I do not save the image, but rather copy the image from Snagit Editor (using the Copy All button) and then paste it into an email, the image format is always .png.

Can this be changed?
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John Fowler

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Posted 2 years ago

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Tammy

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You want to find the Share properties for Clipboard. In SnagIt 11 this is under the Share tab in the SnagIt Editor.

Click the double-ended arrows to the right of the word Outputs. This should open the Share Properties window.

Within the Image File tab, select Always Use this file format and select JPG. Then click Apply and Ok.

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This sounds similar to the Save As Preferences I found under the share tab, but I cannot find any other setting like this that would apply to clipboard settings. I see clipboard listed under my share choices, but can't adjust any settings for it.
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Tammy

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It is, but SnagIt apparently likes to have the same names for different sections of the product.

This is what I see in SnagIt 11. Do you have anything similar in SnagIt 13?

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Try this,

Regards,Joe

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John Fowler

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Tammy, yes, similar to that, thank you. What I see is exactly what Joe posted above. Unfortunately even with that set to always use the JPG format, the copy/paste process still creates PNG images instead.

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For copy/paste (writing to the Windows Clipboard), the format written there is in a generic "bitmap" format (3 of them, actually) and not specifically PNG or JPG. Snagit writes pretty much the same data that other Windows apps will (e.g., Paint) when cut/copy'ng to to Clipboard.

When I tried pasting into a new email using Microsoft Outlook, I don't really know what format that image is in other than if I right-click on it and pick "Save as picture..". The file type in the save dialog shows PNG, but that's Outlook deciding on that format.

How are you seeing that it is PNG?
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John Fowler

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The user who reported this was pasting images into an online task management program which would occasionally return errors about the png image.

I had to find an online tool that would tell me what format the copy/paste image was because I couldn't tell either, and found this site which tells me whether I am pasting a jpg or png file: https://codepen.io/netsi1964/pen/IoJbg

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That's very interesting (the online tool) -- apparently there is a "clipboard API" which lets you extract data from there using JavaScript. There is a "getAsFile()" method that will extract any image data from the clipboard and convert it to a File object. My guess is that "getAsFile()" converts it to "image/png". It's not stored that way on the Windows clipboard.

You can view the raw clipboard information using tools available elsewhere. There aren't any I would directly recommend, but there is one another Snagit user references in this post: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/problems_when_copying_images_to_the_clipboard. Look for the screen capture of what the image data looks like in one of the replies.

HTH
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Ok, thank you!