Easier way to remove outline on text

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(This idea is something we’ve heard from customers over time from several of our sources of feedback. We’re posting it here to gauge how well this fits our users’ needs. So please let us know what you think.)

We've heard that it's not very intuitive for some users to remove the outline around text from the text tool. The idea here is that we would add a transparent color swatch to the color picker, a checkbox near the outline picker, and/or renaming "Line Width" to something else.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Posted 3 years ago

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Rick Stone

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Hmmm, I'm guessing you are referring to the fairly recent Text addition that has the outline?

Speaking for myself only, once I grew accustomed to the properties panel it seemed very straightforward. 

In thinking about this, instead of a transparent color, why not just offer a check box that governs whether the outline is enabled or not? And have the setting retained until changed again.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Paul

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Yes.  I'm with Rick.  An instant way of getting plain, unadorned text.
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Doug Ayers

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I was fighting this yesterday. I ended up using white border with red text on a white background. Red for both make the letters too thick and blockey.
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A transparent color swatch is good enough for me.
As long as the Properties Panel indicates that the stroke is transparent.


I like a White Swatch with a Red Slash through it as well.

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I like Rick's suggestion.
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- in version 13 disappeared, why?
- Do not help.
- They really help a lot.

by A↑  A↓ :
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is more easier to Customize text
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/snagit-editor-13-issues-point-by-point-with-that-ver...
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I like Rick's suggestion as well!
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This is a corrected post.

Older versions of SnagIt did have a standard Off Button for Outlines. Although, you had to open the Color Palette in order to use it.

 
SnagIt 13 has the Transparent Color Swatch for Outlines already baked into it's programing for Callouts, Shapes, etc.

Adding the same swatch to Text Outlines should be easier than.............
Redesigning the Tool Properties panel to Accommodate the Switch.



Regards,Joe
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We have put this under consideration for an upcoming release. Even though it was on the low end of the vote totals, this should be a fairly easy task to clear up a bunch of confusion and inefficiencies. Thank you for voting!

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So how in the world do I remove the outline now? I can't figure it out and it's driving me nuts
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Dubie

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With your text selected, set the line width to zero (0)



:)
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We're moving this from under consideration to planned. Which means it's in development right now. We're going with something pretty much exactly how Joe has it described. A transparent color swatch in the color picker. And we have it in our latest beta build. If anyone is interested in future betas. Let me know: c.larson@techsmith.com. Again, thank you for voting!

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Cool Chris.

Can you tell us, will transparent also be the default
or will it be a last color used/remembered type of thing ?

Would rather have to add an outline than always remove it.

:)
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Actually, if the default was just whatever was used last wouldn't that work? That way it really wouldn't matter what the initial default would be, as you would only need to change it once if it didn't suit you. ;)
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Dubie

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@Rick

The default being what was used last and it sticks is def what I would like for sure.

The way things have been implemented previously though,  just thought maybe we could possible get a heads up which way they were leaning.  Thus my question.

:)
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Correct, it will remember what you did last. We'll consider adding more quick styles without outlines too. We've had quick styles with outlines as default so that the text stands out on busy backgrounds. But there are certainly use cases where people don't want/need them.
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Just kind of judging from some of the posts I've seen here since 13 was released, I think there is a general overall confusion. If memory serves, this ability appeared with version 13 and it is a new tool unique to this version. Prior to that, the only way to add text was to use a Callout. So it seems that folks now either ignore the callout and think this is the only way to add text or they are simply unaware that the Callout Quick Styles have the "basic unadorned text" as a "callout" type.

I'm not sure what the answer is here. Just stating what I've personally interpreted.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hello again!

For those interested in beta testing the next version of Snagit, please fill out this form. (Some of you have reached out to me directly, I already have you signed up, no need to fill out the form)

We have some changes related to this Idea that we’d love your feedback on. We expect the beta to start next week and it’ll last around a month.

Have a great weekend!
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Official Response
Hello all! This was released today in Snagit 2018.

You can now choose the transparent option when selecting from the color picker. :)


Thank you to all the beta testers that gave feedback on how this worked!

Snagit 2018 is a paid update.
There is upgrade pricing available. You can upgrade from any previous version of Snagit and get this pricing.
If you are currently paying for maintenance, this update is included for free.