Grab Text Tables consistency query

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This may have been answered before, but I found over 3600 articles to search, so no luck.

I am capturing (snagit 2020.1.0 build 4965 which Snagit it tells me is the latest version) screen grabs from Microsoft edge from a genealogy site, the text is in table format.




When I first start Snagit, the Grabtext feature works perfectly, and I get the text captured complete with perfect formatting.



After a few captures however, it seems to have problems, and captures start to come through like this (from the same page).




I could understand if the table formatting always failed, but it seems strange that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Is there a way to maximise the chances of getting a properly formatted?
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I've just tried it in Google Chrome as well, and still get some work some don't.

its very frustrating because I know it can work perfectly

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It seems that if the text is surrounded  with black lines, it retains tabled formatting.
This was discussed in this thread a couple of months ago.https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/improve-text-grab-for-tabled-entries

Ed got good results by adding black lines to his captures. Which was recommended by tech support.Which quite frankly blows my mind.
I might contact support over this? You may want to do the same.

Check this out, I took your screenshot and placed it in SnagIt 2020.0.1

Heres what I captured with grab text.........the formatting is non-existent.



I placed a border around the image.
Added black lines between the lines of text.
Flattened the image and ran grab text.........
The formatting looks pretty good.



Pasted into WORD it looks pretty good as well.



Which I find both puzzling and troubling?
Puzzled that black lines were required.
Troubled that it may be considered normal by tech support.


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Thanks for that feedback. As I'm trying to do quite a few of these, I'll take up your suggestion of the Abby screen reader and see how it goes. I'll also try reporting this to Techsmith
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Just to update, the download trial button that ABBYY sent me leads to a dead page.

However I just tried pasting the text into Google Docs and their OCR works perfectly, so far every time.
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I've now completed the exercise in much quicker time using Google, worked perfectly, and much faster than Snagit when it worked
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How about by-passing SnagIt altogether and saving the page as html? That would save the table(s), which can then be opened by Word.

Assuming the web site is not Flash, of course.
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that's an interesting approach.
I don't normally capture tables. My insight into the process is limited as a result.

Regards, Joe
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what's the web site (to save me doing the search, I'm quite busy this morning)?
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I tried the HTML approach.

Firstly it captured everything on the page, and not just the table I wanted, so a lot of editing is needed to removes the "extra" data.

Secondly, it also repeated the Table Heading for every line of data in the table - again a lot of editing to remove.

Google let me capture exactly what I wanted very fast no fuss.

Snagit (when it worked) also did it perhaps even better than Google, but it was slower and also I could not find a way to capture a scrolling region while using "Grab Text". This may be my error however. Google quite happily scrolled down the page.

I'd still prefer to work within Snagit if it was consistent.
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As Joe mentioned, I've had  my best success when the vertical table lines are solid - especially a nice solid line to the left of column #1.
I should also note that if you aren't snagging nice solid vertical lines, add them as needed  before "grabbing text."