Extract metadata from .snag files.

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Is there a way to extract metadata from .snag files. ei. text in callout boxes and any tags associated with the image. 
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Paul

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The Grab Text feature will extract text from the image but there's no way that I know of to extract the tgas
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Carms

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Which version has the Grab Text feature?
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Paul

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Paul

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Here it doing a whole screenshot, but you can select a piece of the screen to be processed

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The text grab is more like text recognition... What I wanted to see is if we can open an existing .snag file and read the metadata in it. If the .snag file has callouts, etc. 
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From the Library, the Translate button   (look in the lower right when in the Library) will extract text from callouts and text boxes, but does not extract the tags. (Translate appears in Snagit 13 and later.)
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Can I select a specific folder of snag files to translate and extract the callouts? The library shuffles all my images and I can't find the existing snag files that I need to translate. 
Thanks
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Paul

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The library is organised by virtual folders in date order
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And the Translate function only works when the files are selected in the library? 
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Carms

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I'm aware of that function. I'm waiting for the license to get 13.1. I currently have 13.0. 
We run reports of images and I wanted to see if we can extract information before we process/translate them. 
Thank you. 
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Unless you are waiting on your corporate IT staff to install it, the license is the same. You just need to download and install the update. No charge.
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First things first is to know whether SNAG files do have metadata.
This being said, I can't imagine why callouts or other text-containing structures would be part of metadata, since their definition is precisely contrary to that of metadata, IMHO. They would be part of the file itself.
Since the proof of the pudding is in the eating, I ran a simple test. Here a screen shot of an image in which I added some text, and which I then saved as a .snag file: https://www.screencast.com/t/M0W0ggF1rw.

I then opened the .snag file using a text editor, and did find my added text:
https://www.screencast.com/t/D1znGyGBBDgA

So, searching .snag files for the tag "<Text" using a text editor will find any callout text.
In a nutshell, here is your workaround.
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This is great and exactly what I was looking for.  Thank you!
When I opened it as text I saw all the gibberish, so I didn't look further into it. 
thank you again. 
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Actual metadata does not seem to be saved in SNAG format. Searching for some of the EXIF data from the original photo (since there's no way to make a screen shot of a BSOD), using the same text editor, I couldn't find any of the few items (such as camera brand, model, etc.) I searched for.
There you are. IOW, there appears to be no hidden data, and everything you need to know is visible in the .snag file.