Drag and Flatten does not work in version Snag-it version 13

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Part of my work flow is to remove white space from images. This used to be a one step process with version 12. Now when I drag portion of an image, instead of flattening the image I wind up with two objects. which I then have to flatten before I move on. This is ok if I only need to do it once or twice, but I have images with lots of white space between lines of text, that require twenty or thirty operations. I cannot afford to waste time flattening the image each time I drag a portion of it, to remove white space.
I had hoped the "automatically flatten pasted images" would have helped, but it doesn't work, in this circumstance.
What other options do I have, to flatten images automatically, as I re-arrange them?
 I work on on hundreds of snags each week and this is a major inconvenience.
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Anthony Bouttell

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Rick Stone

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Are you using the Cut Out tool? If not, perhaps consider trying it?
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Anthony Bouttell

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Thanks, but this only works well, when I want to remove an entire horizontal or vertical slice. 
In many of the images I use, I only want to move portions of the image around. 
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Joe Morgan

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Well Anthony,
I hate to state the obvious but I'm going to anyway. Use SnagIt 12.
You can have version 12 and 13 installed on the same computer and use them both if it suits you.

You can capture images using either program. The images will be placed in the library's of both programs. So you can choose which program you want to do your editing with.
However, you can only have one program open at the same time. So if your capturing with 13, you would need to close it before you could edit in 12.

Regards,Joe
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Anthony Bouttell

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I do. I was just hoping there was a way I could manage to this with the new version. Loss of functionality is never a good way to hold on to your customer base.
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Hi Anthony,
I'm sorry you are having trouble.

Is there a way you can share a typical image you work on here so I can get a better sense of how you are removing the white space.

When you remove the white, what are you putting in it's place so you don't end up with holes on your overall image?

Kelly
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For what it's worth, I was curious about what Anthony was seeing as the difference in behavior. So I clobbered my running version 13 and fired up version 12. And here are my observations.

In version 12, if I enable the option to flatten pasted images, I'm able to select a part of the image and drag the selection to a new location. And if I just stop there, the dragged selection remains a separate object. But the moment I remove focus, it is flattened.

Back in version 13, the behavior is a bit different. It seems to behave identically up to the point where focus is removed from the selection. At that point version 13 continues to treat the selection as a new object in a layer above the image. Even with the option enabled to flatten pasted images.

So my own conclusion here would be to say that it's the option to flatten pasted images that has seen the change in behavior.

It's actually kind of funny and I'm wondering if it's a change based on reports of unwanted behavior. When I look at that option, my mind says that the only way an image would be automatically flattened would be if I pasted. But when I select and move part of an image, I would not consider that to equate to having pasted the image in. So that behavior in version 12 would seem (to me, anyway) to be somewhat of an unintended behavior that might frustrate me in certain settings.

Anyhoo, it was an interesting play.

Cheers all... Rick :)
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I'm confused about your workflow Anthony, so much so I posted a response last night.I quickly realized I was way off and pulled it.

I like Kelly's suggestion. I would like to expand just a bit.
First, upload an image requiring 20 or more operations.The more the merrier.
 Then upload the end result.

There's usually more than one way to accomplish most tasks, somebody may have a suggestion that will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Regards,Joe