Enable drag and drop from Snagit tray to folders and other applications in various formats

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I would like to be able to drag items from the Snagit tray to other applications on my computer in a desired format (.jpg, .png, etc.). Skitch had a very elegant way of doing this that I miss very much since moving to Snagit: http://notagrouch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/skitch-drag-and-drop-screenshot.jpg I used this feature of Skitch nearly every day.

This would save the user the hassle of finding a location to save the file, naming the creating, finding the location I just saved the file in the file explorer, and then finally dragging the file to the desired application. It would reduce this tedious process to two intuitive steps: setting the desired format and then dragging the Snagit creation to the desired application. And it would save all of these steps every time minor changes were made to a Snagit creation. If you have not tried this workflow, I strongly recommend downloading Skitch and giving it a try: https://evernote.com/skitch/ It's hard to express how convenient it is.

I think this functionality would be used heavily by TechSmith itself (dragging to screencast.com, etc.) in addition to its users. It's hard for me to believe that this feature is not being demanded by TechSmith employees and management let alone its users. It's even more surprising to hear that it's not a priority: https://twitter.com/TechSmithHelp/status/859010564479234048. I hope that this changes.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
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KEStay

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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

Thanks for this feedback. One the mac side it is a little hidden, but you are able control the drag and paste format.

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SactoBob

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I'm on a Mac and have been dragging with the preset format for a long time. I do leave it at PNG. It would be a nice feature to be able to as needed change to a different format on the fly while leaving whatever I have set in Preferences as my default. As it is now, most of the time I forget and have to visit Prefs then do a second drag then remember to visit Prefs a second time to change back to PNG. Not a show stopper but somewhat annoying and open for improvement.
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KEStay

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I'm glad it's on mac, but I'm on both mac and windows. Primarily windows. I'm going to go ahead and say that that is a lot hidden and pretty inaccessible, especially to standard users. Seems like that control should be moved to the tray.
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Avner

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I feel you pain!  I logged in just to open a similar ticket.  I'm only adding a comment because this functionality used to be there in previous versions of SnagIt Windows, at least to the degree that you could open the Library & there you could see folders in your local file system.  Dragging & dropping the files to a desired folder is extremely convenient. SnagIt's default organization is fine (generally by date or if you take the time to add Tags - that works to.) The problem I've had, is for things I don't tag & there are a lot of them, they are difficult to find especially if your library spans multiple years.  Drag & drop would allow you to classify your snags in one more dimension.
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wendy.hamilton, TechSmith CEO

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Is this what you are asking for?  If so it's implemented now - at least for png.

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/drag-image-from-tray

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KEStay

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Yes, thank you!
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SactoBob

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Does your statement mean that the "on the fly" choosing feature is still a future feature?
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Lutz Meyer

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Hi,
@SactoBob : I do agree that this option exists on Mac and I used it widely and appreciated it. However after my very recent change to PC I had to find out that this apparently does not exist on PC. I have the same advanced menu on PC as shared by Rick Stone above; no drag-drop option.

Now I do understand the following behavior on PC :
  • by default screenshots are "unsaved" in the library
  • if so, they are "dropped" as snag file
  • if you "save as..." a screenshot, it is dropped using the "saved" file type
  • a saved screenshot is no longer in the library
I am a bit disappointed with this behavior in 2 points :
  • as said, dropping an unsaved screenshot is not very useful to me (a snag file is not really very versatile); I would have prefered the "on the fly" conversion.
  • why does "saving as..." automatically remove the file from the library??? Just keep both and let the user decide to "remove" a file from the library if he wants.
The worst however is the combination of both!! If I need a screenshot in .PNG format (or other) I have to do a "Save as...", automatically removing it from the library at the same time.

Or did I get it all wrong??
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If you save a .snag to png, jpeg, or whatever. A copy will be saved to the Library if you set it up in Preferences to do so.


Unfortunately, the .snag will no longer exist.
So if you want to retain a editable .snag file. You want to save one of those first as a separate action. Which is a pain in the butt.
 It would be great if there were an option  to select if the .snag gets saved or deleted when saving an image to another format.
A simple Check Box that remains checked or Un-checked would be ideal. That way you wouln't have to keep selecting it every time you save an image.

Regards,Joe
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Lutz Meyer

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Fully agree, with a second setting to specify a default "on the fly" conversion format when dragging files from the tray/library to another "application" / "folder" (like on Mac).
It would be such an easy and convenient gesture to simply drag a screenshot from Snagit to a folder, onto the browser, an email, ....
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There is a little quicker way to save the captured .snag (before or after any markup) and not overwrite it when you do a "Save As' in another format.  e.g. png or jpeg etc.

There is one tiny issue with the saved .snag file which to me isn't a big deal but I'll
touch on that in a bit.

You do have to have the library option to automatically save new image captures set for this to work.



This is assuming you are just doing a raw capture say using the all-in-one or by way of a preset that does not automatically save the capture to another format already.

Once you make your capture and it's in the editor,  either goto  File>>Duplicate
or use the shortcut CTRL-Shift+D and make a duplicate.

You can do this right away before any markup if you what a untouched capture or after you do any markup on your capture.

Note: Any markup will be saved on the .snag file but you will still be able to edit it later when/if you reopen it.




Once you make a duplicate that is what will be showing in the editor.
You can then do a "Save As" to whatever format you need like png or jpeg.

In the library there should now be your capture as a .snag and your .png or .jpeg.

Ok the one tiny problem. The .snag file will have the generic file name :(
Since there is a thumbnail view though I don't worry about it much.

You can of course right-click on it and rename it but thats that's your call.



:)
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Dubie

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Should have added that if you what to remove the png or jpeg image from the Snagit library
and just keep the .snag file
DO NOT USE DELETE.  That will also delete the image from where you saved it on your computer.

Use "Remove from library" to just rid it from the library.



:)
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Laurel Hulme

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My problem is that I can't select multiple files and drag them all into a finder folder at once. I would like to drag 10+ files over into my folder and have to do one at a time. Is there a solution to this?
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

Yes, in Snagit's library you can select any number of files and drag them to Finder.
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Laurel Hulme

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Ah... that was easy! Thank you :)