However, my first impressions of v13 are disappointing. I began to write about my initial reaction, but I decided to wait for a couple of weeks before posting to see if my experience improves.
There is a lot to dislike for a user that does a lot of image work. Most of my negative reaction is about how much they have disrupted the logical grouping of how the image and notation area pallets now are drop down list instead of simple one-click icons.
I don't see any way to get the recent image capture are to appear below the image editing area. This area where image groups could be visible without having to leave the editing space saved a lot of time.
There are other areas that show production image inexperience. Techsmith seems to be shaping SnagIt for the casual user, and that has me concerned.
I agree with everyone on this post. I also use SnagIt all day long in a tech support role, and now find myself unable to do some things that I did in v12, while others require much more navigation and drop down selection. I am going back to v12 and urge anyone who reads this to avoid v13...
Most software, including Snagit, have a trial period in which you can try it for free. That time period is the time the makers think it will take to win you over if you give it a fair shot. Try that then. Use it for free and if when that time period expires and you are still undecided than they haven't convinced you and that particular piece of software isn't for you. Making up your own mind by actually trying something is significantly better than considering other opinions because what they dislike you may love. So there you go; try it before you buy it - take it for a test drive and make up your own mind.
- you can't use the selection tool first and then crop an image to what you've already selected. Nope. Click crop, the selection goes away and you have to reselect with the crop tool.
- the resize canvas tool doesn't have +/- buttons for vertical/horizontal. you have to actually edit a number in a box. A tiny box.
- the color palette has a dozen or so preselected colors (who chose those?!) and histogram palette. Gee, nice to include hex option, but all I really want is a few more standard colors. No more selecting "the third grey from the bottom." Now I need to memorize RGB or hex numbers for colors I use all the time. That's going to make it harder to standardize my images.
- some commands aren't in the menus. for instance v12 had crop in the image menu. As far as I can tell, crop is only available in v13 as a button on my tool bar.
- speaking of the tool bar, who decided we needed giant buttons?
- and who decided which commands would be available? If it's customizable, should I be able to decide? I use shadow, resize, bring to top, and trim on nearly all of my images. So far, the only item I found for my tool bar is shadow.
I don't think the share to Word feature is worth the lack of tools.