hotkey to disable canvas snapping on-the-fly

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The canvas snapping in Snagit 2018.1.0 can be undesired at some points.  We need option to hold down a hotkey like CTRL and drag objects and then either

a) the snapping stops and the guidelines disappear also, or
b) the snapping stops, but the snap guidelines remain so the user can still have an idea of how close they are to an object.

Very  annoying to have to go to options menu and disable/enable snapping everytime.  Almost every professional photo editor, will have some kind of canvas snapping AND a quick way to temporarily disable them with a hotkey.

Usually it is holding down CTRL or SHIFT or ALT while dragging the object.  CTRL and maybe SHIFT are more common.

This problem is similar to the situation with Camtasia 9 which introduced canvas snapping.  But you didn't always want to use on every dragging task.
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Totally agree and wish for this too. Fortunately at least we have a right-click option so we aren't forced to use the Options menu. ;)

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Thanks for pointing this out.  I had no idea about this.

I wonder if camtasia provided a way to disable snapping, while still enabling the snapping guidelines .  It's just as important in the timeline there also.
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Fortunately Camtasia DOES offer a key to override snapping in its timeline. And that key is the Control key. I'm not sure about version 8 but I just tried it in version 9 and it seems to work. Timeline only though. Doesn't seem to work on the stage (AKA the Canvas).
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Yes.  Most photo and video editing programs have override hotkey to hold and drag object.  Because they realized what I am pointing out here:  sometimes you need to just move objects freely to get them positioned properly.  
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My Canvas Snapping is off, and yet my lines are snapping to something that is not even. I've tried the Drag + ALT, but that doesn't work either. I've got SnagIt 2018.2.3 Built 2636.
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How silly of them to leave this out.  This seems like an obvious necessity with a feature like snapping.
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Agree this would be a very useful feature.  I use this all the time in PowerPoint.  Automatic snapping is great except for those few times when it isn't.
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Hi all

I'm not sure if this is an accident or a feature that was added to 2019, but I just noticed that when I'm dragging something that is snapping and if I don't release the mouse button and just press and hold my Alt key while dragging, the snapping seems to disable until I release, then try to just click and drag again. 

So you may want to try this.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thank you, Rick Stone!  Holding Alt works in SnagIt too, in my case, when using the Highlight tool, to temporarily prevent snapping to the edges of other highlights.  Yay!
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Thanks, that sounds like exactly what I want!
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You can also use CTRL + ;  to turn snapping on and off.

:)
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Thank you for posting this! I am stuck with Camtasia 9 for the forseeable future and somehow the shortcut did not register in my brain even though I have been looking at it all day in the View menu.