Easy way to draw curved lines and arrows

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Currently, the way to draw curved arrows in Snagit Windows is a bit cumbersome. You need to toggle the "Bezier curve" switch when on the Arrow tool.

Here's a quick video showing it: https://www.screencast.com/t/0S9QkzLnIu

We want to bring an easier way to draw curved arrows to Snagit Windows. Making it closer to Snagit Mac:



This would make it easier and allow for more than two curve control points in Snagit Windows.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Paul

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Yes, of yes, oh yes, oh yeeeeeeeeeessssssssss.

Did the earth move for you too?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please provide a simple way to draw curved lines and arrows.

Joe Morgan has produced a tutorial describing how to use bezier curves to draw what most people will probably want most of the time,  the ability to draw a straight line or arrow and create a symmetrical curve on it. But, while the method works, it's not intuitive because it requires you to place one of the two hard -o-see control points at the very end of the originating end of the line, them moving the second control point.

That may sound simple but it ain't obvious.  If a tutorial is needed to do s SIMPLE thing, there's something wrong.

So please allow us to draw a gently curved line or arrow easily.

1. Draw a regular line from A to B
2. Provide a central drag handle on all straight lines (you can ignore it if you want a straight line) that you can move to create the curve
3. Leave the bezier option in place for when more complex line shapes are needed
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One way I could easily see this working is to allow us to use the mouse to drag and draw the basic shape of the curve, then have SnagIt analyze it so it becomes a smoother curve with the handles we can adjust later if we need to.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to Draw Curved Lines,Poly-Lines, and Edit/Drag Points on a Line.

I need to draw a polyline; not a closed polygon. Lots of short line segmentss don't work in most situations. Also, need to draw curved segments such as "edit/drag points-on-a-line" feature available from other products.

Pls help.
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This is one of those "No-Brainer" feature changes.

Just do it and quit asking us about it.It looks more like a stall tactic than  a serious question.

Regards,Joe
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Yes, I would use this feature.
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kkinkaid

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Can e get a way to have small numbered boxes next to our arrows--so it matches the color and text written below an image of a PPT? Please- to much work to make small boxes- add text and shrink it all.
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Found it. new you had to have thos. Customize your tool bar. It's called Step-
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Yes, I would like to see this feature
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patrick

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I do a lot of video analysis for sports in youth soccer and this feature would be extremely wanted by me and the likes
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Matthew Carter

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I use arrows a LOT and curved are HUGE!  "Check this out"  "Click here" etc.  Maybe having a standard curve going to the left and or to the right to "get started" to make it quick and easy to scroll around.  I have a few times found myself frustrated as I can't get that arrow to point down and around JUST RIGHT.  Having a start to make it a bit more curved, etc. would be HUGE!
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Same here, can't mention the number of times I use arrows on a daily basis.
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I can see where curved arrows would be useful (and have a vote in this thread), but the ability to draw right angle lead lines from call-out boxes to parts of the image, that would be huge, and would look cleaner than curved lines when more than a few call-outs are involved.
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Official Response
We’ve heard this on the forums and in conversations with customers several times recently. And certainly feel the pain ourselves when using arrows. But we were definitely surprised how much love this got. Which is great. That’s exactly why we do this, to hear your voice and learn. This is definitely something we’ll look at further and intend to make a reality. The sheer number of votes will kick this up ahead of some other things on the list. If you’re interested in beta testing functionality like this, respond here and I’ll add you to our beta candidate list.

Thank you!

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Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this roundup, as well as what has been implemented since our previous round.
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All right! Thanks. Plus, we the users now have a baseline: 461 votes (at the time of writing this comment) will put a request at the top of the heap.
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Paul

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Count me in pls
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Joe Morgan

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I would test it
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I want and need this feature. Please add to Windows! 
What is the status? Will we see it soon?

I've used drawing packages where you draw a straight line and click anywhere on the line where you want to pull or push a curve. You can add or remove nodes as needed. In Moho 12 (animation software), you can switch between curve and sharp corner as you draw a line.  However you decide to implement is fine with me, I just need the ability to add curved lines! I also would love to be a tester as I would use this feature extensively! 

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I like 2 points Bezier curve in Windows version. How to get Mac 2019 version a Bezier curve (2 handle points only.) It makes curve arrow more smooth.
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Will this feature for snag-it be implemented in Camtasia for Windows?
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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This is still under consideration for now. But would you be willing to beta test this if we have something to test?
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Paul

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I'm in. :)
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Paul

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Hm. What did I just volunteer for?  SnagIt or Camtasia?
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Whoa, I totally mis-read that. Thanks, Paul! Apologies, I'm not sure if it will be implemented in Camtasia for Windows. I can certainly ask and forward that request on to the team though.

Despite that, I'm interested in knowing who would like to beta this if we have something to test on Snagit Windows!
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I don't have Snagit, but do have Camtasia 2018 (Windows) and I would be willing to test this and other new Camtasia features. Please forward notice to the Camtasia Technical Product Manager. Thanks you. -Kelly
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As for me, this:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/snagiteditor-please-add-cornered-arrows-and-rulers

is what I had in mind, personally.

Something like: https://imgur.com/RlDanzl

Anyway, let's wait and see.

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Curved arrows would be a great feature to add; it's not often that I need this feature in my workflow, but every now and then, it's the one I need.  

On another note, I won't reply directly to a user's comment above, but I should say that I'm surprised how many likes a particularly rude comment gets in comparison to those of us that are asking nicely.  If an app doesn't suit your needs, you move on to one that does.  No good ever comes from rudely demanding a feature.  (Soapbox switch: off)

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Would love this feature in Camtasia for Mac.
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contact

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Please do this. The post itself is confusing because I thought the video was a demo of how the feature works, and I've been trying to find the yellow dot...I didn't realize this isn't implemented yet.
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I'll address my comment directly to "Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager":
I'm not trying to be rude here, but I will be direct, Chris - were you being disingenious when you said that you were looking into the curved line/arrow feature?  You are the "Technical Product Manager"... how could you NOT know that this feature was highly valued in previous Snag-it versions.  You HAD to know that it was not going to be included in a major upgrade.  You HAD to have a reason why it was NOT being included in that upgrade.  You HAD to know that it was included in the IOS version.  Yet, you act completely unaware and don't admit anything!  When you say things like, "that’s exactly why we do this, to hear your voice and learn. This is definitely something we’ll look at further and intend to make a reality. ", you fail the honesty test with a lie of omission.  You know the status of every feature of every release..., Don't You?  It is, after all, your job to know this. Right?

Dude - it has been over a YEAR since your completely non-committal engagement on this issue.  Will you PLEASE be forthright and honest and explain what happened to this feature and report on its status in your product roadmap.

I'd like to know so that I can go about finding a different app for my process that requires curved lines and arrows. This USED TO BE THAT PRODUCT.

Good grief, Chris, if you're not going to restore this feature, please don't weasil on us - get in here and admit it so we can move on.  If you are, please just get with it.  Thank you.
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Hi smatt,

We want to bring an easier way to draw curved arrows to Snagit Windows. The issue above might be confusingly written. Apologies for that. There is definitely a way to draw curved arrows in Snagit Windows. You need to toggle the "Bezier curve" switch when on the Arrow tool.


Here's a quick video showing it: https://www.screencast.com/t/0S9QkzLnIu

The Idea we have written up here is to make it easier and allow for more than two curve control points.

The team has been hard at work at some other improvements and this hasn't yet bubbled to the top of improvements list for work to pick up.
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Well said. A year ago, there were 461 votes to bring curved lines and arrows to the Windows version, since presumably the Mac version appears to have them. A year ago, the Product Manager wrote (and I quote) "The sheer number of votes will kick this up ahead of some other things on the list."
Well, where is it?
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People need to relax, the ability to draw curved lines exists today. Google brings you to this post, which is just an idea for an alternative method of drawing curved lines.

Most people are just trying to figure out how to draw the curved line, which you can see from Chris's video. After you draw an arrow or whatever, on the right side click "Bezier Curve" and you can put the curves in.

It's confusing though because it makes you think SnagIt is missing the ability to do curved lines without this feature idea.

I was pretty pissed off at first too, until I realized I could do it already.
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I'll definitely update the top post to reflect that. Thank you!
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Hi.
After looking how it should be done, I use this solution:
1. Remove arrows from END STYLE.
2. Draw a curve and adjust it.
3. Image => Flatten All.
4. Draw a new curve and adjust it.
5. Enlarge the image so that the old and new curve can be attached to each other in a way that they      look like one curve.
6. Repeat if you like.
Happy drawing from Jon.