How to capture exactly the same region again on Snagit for Mac

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I've switched to Snagit from Snapz and so far I'm liking it. There are so many more options. However, there's one feature from Snapz that I used all the time and that I cannot find in Snagit: I often have to take a screenshot of a part of my screen that does not fall within the predefined presets that you get when dragging the orange rectangle. Is there a way that I can get exactly the same capture (width x height) with exactly the same coordinates (x and y)y coordinates again?
See below: I want to capture the highlighted region (a histogram in Lightroom) for different images and I want the position and size to be exactly the same for each histogram... How can I do this as easily as possible in Snagit?

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Thanks for the post. There is not currently a way to repeat an exact capture in this manner in Snagit for Mac.  I've changed this post to an "idea" for a new update to the product.
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I could do this in Hypersnap and LOVED IT. I used it ALL the time. I could interactively select my region and then select "capture last region" and it would automatically grab the image from the previously selected region. Using Windows 7 not Mac.
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Hi Jennifer - Seems this has been a pretty common request over the years. On Windows I used it all the time as it's a huge time and headache saver trying to drag just the right region. But now I'm on a Mac and I'm curious why the feature hasn't made it to the Mac version after so many years, and so many people are asking about it. Is it really that difficult to implement? What's holding back this feature? I would actually pay extra for it as it would save me so much accumulated time as I do region captures 90% of the time.
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Adding my voice to this thread. I've used Snagit on Windows for years, just recently moving to the Mac - and this is a MUST HAVE feature. At least we should have an option to repeat the last capture (x/y offset and same height/width). 
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And here's another voice to request this feature. It's a pain to have to manually estimate the previous capture. Let's see this added to the next build, please.
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This is a must have that Snagit has heard about for years. Where is it in your backlog. Please get back to us with a reply. For recording stills from a video, it would save lots of time.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add Fixed Region screenshot presets to Snagit on Mac.

The fine folks at Smashing Magazine very sweetly asked us to add Fixed Region capture to Snagit on Mac.



We're always at work on the next version of the app, so if you want this feature, too, please +1 this post. It also helps if you can add specifics about how this feature would help you.

Your feedback helps the Snagit dev team prioritize the various requests we get. Thanks!
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Hello all,

This has been one of the top requests for Snagit Mac. I wanted to dig into it a bit deeper. There are two different requests for solutions, both of which are in our Windows version of Snagit:

1. A Fixed Region capture

  • This is used by going to the image tab, adjusting the settings of the region, and then kicking off a capture. You could also create a preset with that region.
  • With this capture type, you’d set a region up that would be in the same place every time you hit the capture button. It’s more for use cases that are long term, like taking a capture of a activity monitor on a server every day.
2. Repeat last capture with hotkey

  • This is used by taking a capture and then hitting a hotkey that would repeat the exact same capture, but without the steps that require setting up the capture (e.g., adjusting the region or picking between image or video)
  • With this capture type, you don’t have to set up a region ahead of time. It’s more for use cases that happen every once in a while, like grabbing slides from a webinar or documenting an app that doesn’t change location.

Now what I think I’ve heard so far from people that are making this request is that they’d prefer the second option. But I’d love to hear more.



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Hi, Chris.

Without question, I'd prefer the second feature. Screenshots of groups of ad-hoc screens is a requirement I get all the time, so the 'last capture' feature would help a lot. I'm almost certain that other Mac-loving tech writers like me would agree with this.

I'd probably never use the first feature.

Hope that helps!

John
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Hi Chris,

I also would prefer the 2nd version of the proposal.. simple hotkey repeat capture..

Jacques
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There are a handful of idea threads specifically requesting the equivalent of the "Repeat last capture" feature found on Windows, and if we were to add their "me toos" all up, I wouldn't be surprised if this was THE top requested feature for the Mac.

So given that, the "under consideration" label feels like a huge let down given Techsmith's recent initiative to listen to its users. I'm frankly just baffled at this point at why this keeps dragging on! Why the stall? Is there some huge technical barrier to implementing this feature?? 

Chris,  enlighten us, please!
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[OK, this is my 2nd attempt to get this in here. in my first I went back into the thread to check something and when i came back to my comment, my message was gone and I am starting from scratch. So, you may want to talk to your webmaster to see if that can be fixed.]

I also am a Snapz user who still mostly uses Snapz because of this issue. If Snagit can fix this, than I’d really wouldn’t have much use/need of Snapz. 

I also agree that #2 is better than #1 but I’m not a big fan of either. I know that if you have 10 people in a room you will get 13 different best and correct answers, but let me toss out mine: rather than a hotkey, I’d rather see a check box, possibly placed in-between ‘Presets” and “Open Editor” that says “Maintain Size & Position [   ].”* This way no Hotkey would be necessary. Simply check the single checkbox and then Snagit away as needed. 

Think of this dynamic: you are taking screenshots of someone's presentation. In Snapz, because the selected area is always the same until moved. I tap my Snapz key (f5), select Selection in the first screen, than tap the Return key to take the image. With the Hot key, in Snagit, you bring up Snagit, select the selection option, tap the HotKey tap the return key and you are done. Either that or eliminate the Hotkey with the use of a checkbox.

One dynamic that also should be there is the ability to manually change the size and/or position as needed for subsequent images. Consider this scenario: I am taking screenshots for a tutorial and I’m taking the screenshot of the menu and then I need to take a 2nd screenshot of a sub-menu extending down and out from the right side of the menu. Because of this, I need the 2nd screenshot to share the same upper left corner but I then need the screenshot to be wider to the right and down further. Again, in Snapz this is easy-peasie. In Snagit, it essentially a non-starter. 

Lastly, unless I misunderstand how the hotkey would work, let me go back to my previous example: with my right hand I’m holding the mouse key down to open the menu and have the cursor showing. With my left hand I open Snagit, Then with which foot do I use to open the hotkey? Using the checkbox mentioned above, it’s not an issue.

*I can’t think of a use-case senario for the following option but I will mention it since I’m sure that you’ve encountered more considerations on this than I have. But perhaps you need two checkboxes, one for size and one for position. However, as long as the selected region can be moved and resized, than I do not see this being an issue. 

Thanks,

Gary

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Apologies that you're having trouble posting. I'll ask around to see if we're getting reports elsewhere.

I appreciate the idea. We'll keep that in mind as well.

As far as the hotkey, it would be global. So you wouldn't have to open Snagit first. Leaving you the ability to hit the hotkey with your left hand. Or you could use a time delay option that would give you more time to open the menu.

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Actually you can do menus and sb menus in Snagit by ⇧⌃ E (shift Control E)
In the above I even added shadow effect around  them you can capture as many sub menus as possible using this command.
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That's really rather cool – I'd not previous noticed that option.  Thanks, pjonesCET, for pointing it out!
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I'm not trying to be difficult but I will express my feelings on all this: when you have multiple different keyboard chords, besides it being hard to remember which chord does what, it's also occasionally hard to mechanically do all these ESPECIALLY if you're holding a menu open to capture that as well. 

This leads me to a question: I tried to set the "repeat last capture" setting to just f5. No extra keys required and Snagit couldn't do it. I HAD to add an extra chord key to make it work. Why is that? Is there a way to make this work with just (say) f5 and if not, is there any chance that that requirement/limitation could be removed?

(Oh, and by the way, I just checked and I CAN go and check something and come back to this thread and not lose my message, BIG THANKS!!)
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You raise a good question and I hope TechSmith will answer it. In an ideal world you wouldn't have to resort to a work-around, but if you are so inclined, you might try using BetterTouchTool form boastr.net to re-map f5 as you wish.
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Chris,

Aboout capturing the same region again on a MAC
The solutions you are talking about are all good and nice, but you are talking about WINDOWS, the request is for MAC. You mentioned it is one of the top requests for years, so what we would like to know is if it will be incorporated in the MAC version or not and if so when we could expect that to happen.

Thank you.
Ron Fransman
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I would definitely like to see both of these approaches in SnagIt Mac, for all the same reasons and rationale that they're in SnagIt Windows. Do we really need a huge consultation process on this? It hardly seems like an earth-shatteringly complex feature to design and implement... and it's already been done on Windows.


I hate to be so bitchy about it but can someone at TechSmith just be honest with us and tell us what on EARTH is taking so long?
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Nicely put, Andy.
  • It's a pretty obvious option for a tool like Snagit.
  • It's already there in the Windows version.
  • It can't be rocket science to design and implement.
Why should a feature like this require a minimum number of votes before the product manager just says "do it".  Especially when the source of the votes is, with respect, a somewhat obscure corner of the TechSmith online presence like this?  (I've been a TS customer and user for several years and only very recently came across this part of the overall site for the first time.)
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I have a feeling I know why TechSmith are slow to add features to SnagIt Mac and Camtasia Mac.  First the number of Users is lower partly because of the domination of Windows, and the attitude in earlier days to  shun Mac and make efforts to kill of Mac. In fact during the early years Every day and every year for about 10 Years the were dire Predictions that Apple and Mac would be dead with weeks or months. So to start it was fear, that they wouldn't be able to make any money. Plus during this time, the dominating Software Company that was based in Redmond, would threaten any and all that made efforts  produce software for Apple. So the is an ingrained bias against Apple.

Next because Windows is so widespread it so easy to learn how to program for windows (look how much Malware and Virus, Worms and Trojan Horses  is created for Windows).  Because because of type code apple uses and security measures apple use. It more more complex to code for Mac. As such all software companies want to cut cost so they avoid creating and maintaining Mac software because it's more expensive.

Because, of these reasons  and typical Bean Counter mentality that compartmentalize Computer users, to emphasize R&D and sales only on those with higher numbers. Instead of a customer, is a customer, is a customer. Where money comes from should not be important.  This attitude will get worse over next few years after the recent election, where the government that has been taken over by people that believe Business comes before People.

So all Mac users have come to realize we will always be second class customers.
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Really?

http://lowendmac.com/2016/the-sky-is-falling-on-the-pc-market/

I work in Software, and the trend all around me - in offices and coffee shops all around - is pretty clear: Macs are more and more common, even with software developers. Probably a reason for this is that tools like Parallels and VMWare make it possible to run Windows (and other OSes) on a Mac - giving the best of both worlds.
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To add some clarification: We had two different requests around the same idea and needed some clarification. We got the answer from you all (thank you) and will be working to get it in. We have an update coming out soon that we've been hard at work on. This improvement is something we'll be looking at next.
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This would be a great addition and is one area where Snapz Pro addresses my needs better. I would use both of the options you present. I have switched to Snagit pretty much otherwise. It looks like you have ~ 2+ years of input on this from users. Perhaps it is time to develop a "minimal viable implementation" to do some additional discovery and iteration with real users at this point.
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I agree. I use Snapz Pro 95% of the time because of it's ability to replicate the position of the previous snap. The other (extensive) abilities of Snagit would be nice to use but pale in this one aspect.
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In the absence of having this feature or a good work around, one helpful approach is to have your Capture Settings with the "All in One" tab clicked on the top left. Even if you always want "Image" and never "Video," if you use the cross-hairs to mouse-down and drag out ("marquee") a region, when you mouse-up it will give you a preview of your selection with pixel dimensions and will let you resize, reposition, redo or cancel it before you finalize the capture by clicking on the "Capture an image" camera icon at the bottom left. This is as opposed to having the "Image" tab selected in the Capture Settings which finalizes the capture as soon as you mouse-up after selecting a region.
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I purchased snagit for this feature alone, as one of my windows colleagues has showed me how this capability would save me so much more time than using the native MacOS capture feature. I went ahead and purchased it, only to find out it is not available on the MAC. So now I am stuck with snagit, and features that are barely differentiated with what is available for free on the OS.

I see this has been a top request for years, and yet, it is still not shipping. I am wondering what it takes to take the number one request and make it into reality? Is there a reason why it's been years and still not available? Is it an OS limitation? If so, why not simply be open about it instead of dragging this one for a long time.

if it isn't, and really just one of prioritization, then ok. but if it is a top request, again, given your competition is free on MAC, I would urge you to do things that are truly differentiated (and, having played with it, the other features that are not part of the free OS feature don't provide me much value).
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"Repeat last capture" for Snagit Mac was released as a part of 4.1.2 this past Tuesday 3/14/2017. I'll update the status of this issue accordingly. :)

You can find the hotkey in Snagit > Preferences
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Hi Chris - Does the Repeat Last Capture still work in Snagit 2018 Mac? Considering upgrading because of the Grab Text and direct text editing features, but not at the expense of losing Repeat Last Capture.

Thanks in advance for confirming.
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It does, yes. It was broken with repeating a panoramic capture for a bit, but that's fixed now.
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Good to hear - thanks! 
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Official Response
A "Repeat Last Capture" hotkey was added to Snagit Mac a part of 4.1.2 this past Tuesday 3/14/2017.

You can find the hotkey in Snagit > Preferences.

Thank you for all your feedback, it helped us prioritize adding the hotkey over setting up a fixed region before capturing. Which could still be useful in certain situations. We will definitely keep it in mind going forward.

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One word: Halleluja
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I need the Fixed Region for my Mac, not repeat last screenshot because the location changes. I need 600 x 600 pixel images from various different parts of different web pages. I need this for a project I am currently on and can't see how to work around it to create consistency, except using more of my time to edit...
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In your Snagit configuration dialog box, choose Selection: Panoramic. Then click the Capture button and marque the first area you want. Click the blue Start button at the bottom left, and then without scrolling, click the red Stop button. This will capture the first region. For the second and subsequent captures, use the "Repeat Last Capture" feature (CONTROL + SHIFT + R) which when triggered will show a marque around the previous capture area with dim surroundings. Mouse-down inside the marque and move the selection to the new portion of the screen. Then hit Start, and then without scrolling, hit Stop. That should save an identically sized capture to the Snagit Editior. Repeat for all subsequent caputures. This can also be done easily with Snapz Pro but this procedure should get the job done using Snagit.
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That is a brilliant workaround that I had not thought to suggest, @kcease. Thank you for your valuable contribution. 
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Thanks. It is a fairly simple, though non-obvious, way to add a capability that addresses a common and important use case.
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@kcease I tried your "workaround". No marquee shows up, the "workaround" does not work. I'm using Snagit 2018.1.0
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I am using version 4.1.8 (78117).
Check your Snagit > Preferences..., go to the Keyboard tab and make sure the Repeat Last Capture shortcut is set to CONTROL + SHIFT + R.
Check again to make sure you are on Panoramic - *NOT* Region or something else.
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This is definitely a very clever workaround. I tried too and it's broken in 2018.1, it just takes a still image capture. We will take a look and make sure we get this fixed.

It definitely works in 4.1.8. If you have an urgent deadline, you can always use 4.1.8 with your 2018 key. Otherwise we'll get this fixed soon. https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions
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Yes, it is "broken", but a fix would be to add "fixed region" to Mac. :)
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:) Fair. But that would take a bit longer. We'll get this working again at least for now and revaluate soon.
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Well... it’s only been requested for 4 years... and in the Windows version even longer.

That product roadmap must stretch to about 2060, eh?
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Update: The workaround is not 100% (meaning it doesn't work for what I need). It is not capturing all things on the screen like a normal "region" would capture. Not capturing the cursor (even thought it shows it will (using delay)). Not capturing pop up windows on a site, etc.

This is killing me for my project.
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Using Snagit 2018.1.1 (90433)
This may be regarded as a kludgy workaround but it may more fully address this use case until an an actual feature can be fully developed, tested, and rolled out.

Preferences
1. Open Snagit > Preferences...
2. Select the Capture tab and uncheck Show video countdown. This speed up the workflow a bit by disabliing the three second countdown before starting the video recording.
3. Select the Keyboard tab and under Global Shortcuts, assure that Repeat Last Capture: is set to ^ ⇧ R (CONTROL + SHIFT + R). If you prefer to use a different key combination, take note of it and use for Repeat Last Capture below.

For the initial capture:
1. In the Capture window, select the Video tab.
2. Set Selection to Region.
3. Toggle On (right) Preview in Editor and Capture Cursor.
4. Toggle Off (left) Record Microphone and Record System Audio.
5. Click the red Capture button.
6. Use the mouse to marque the region of interest.
7. Click the red Record button in the lower left.
8. Move the mouse cursor where you would like it in the image, if desired.
9. Click the blue Stop button in the lower left.
10.In the Snagit Editor, mouse-over the image representing your new video. Playback controls will appear below it.
11. Move the playhead to the frame with the mouse cursor properly positioned.
12. Click the GIF or PNG button in the lower right to save an image of the frame. Your new GIF or PNG appears on the Canvas and left-most in the Recent Captures Tray of the Snagit Editor.

For subsequent captures:
1. Use CONTROL + SHIFT + R to trigger the next capture.
2. Mouse-down inside the marque and move it to a new position if desired.
3. Repeat steps 7 through 12 above.
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Well this i great news! I do wonder if this is working for anyone, because it is not working for me. I keep trying to hit the shortcut and nothing happens. But the original capture shortcut works great.

Is there something else I need to do? I have two monitors, and tried it on the laptop monitor as well as the external and nothing happens when I try this new shortcut.
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That's frustrating. I'm also interested to hear if it's working for others. So others, please post if you've tried it.

In the meantime, we may need more information (like system logs or more detailed steps) and I'd encourage you to contact support: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us
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The new Repeat Last Capture shortcut is working perfectly for me. I have two Apple Cinema HD displays on a Mac Mini running Yosemite 10.10.5. It works on either display.

  Model Name:    Mac mini
  Model Identifier:    Macmini6,2
  Processor Name:    Intel Core i7
  Processor Speed:    2.6 GHz
  Number of Processors:    1
  Total Number of Cores:    4
  L2 Cache (per Core):    256 KB
  L3 Cache:    6 MB
  Memory:    16 GB
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odd. 

here is what I did. shift-CTRL-C to capture, and set the region.
validated the captured image shows up in the snagit tool
tried shift-CTRL-R and nothing shows up in the snagit tool.
I opened an email and did a paste and it was the first image.

Is this basically what you did?
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Yes. I tried it as you describe with Preview in Editor toggled on and each image shows up in the Editor. I had previously done with Preview in Editor toggled off and pasted to see the images and it worked properly. I wonder if you have a collision with the shift-CTRL-R shortcut and a previously defined definition for that. Maybe try changing the shortcut.
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I just re-mapped the shortcut to be the one for video capture (and, of course, I disabled the original action). Shift-CTRL-V  works when it is in video capture mode, but not when re-mapped for this new feature.

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I would probably try re-downloading and reinstalling Snagit.
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Well... that was rather embarrassing. I guess I should have thought about that first. Thanks kcease. That fixed the problem.
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That's great that it's working for you now. Your posting will help others with the same issue. Posting on this site is what helped get this implemented on the Mac. Now we can all put this great feature to work.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Snagit on Mac - Why no "Repeat Last Capture" feature, after so many people reques....

The repeat last capture feature has been in the Windows product since 1996, and I used it all the time - it's a huge time and headache saver as I do region captures 90% of the time. But now I'm on a Mac (let's face it, many people have made the switch or are making it, for better or worse - worse in this case).

I'm just curious why the feature hasn't made it to the Mac version after so many years,and so many people are asking about it. I would just like some honest explanation from Techsmith. After searching on the internet, it doesn't look like there is any tool out there on the Mac to repeat the last region screen capture - perhaps there is a low-level OS issue blocking this feature from being possible?

Techsmith please let us in on this mystery....
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Thanks for this thread.  I have tried the new hot key and it does what it is supposed to.  Can we rejuvenate the thread now?

What many have referred to is the interface in the now-defunct Snapz and I still think this would be a nice option, or even default, for Snagit. The hotkey solutions in Snagit seems to be very hot--the image gets grabbed without any options to move or tune the window; this works in few settings.    The simple advance I propose would be to open each new grab window at the same size and location as the previous capture, and then allow the user to move it around and resize it.  This makes a much better default IMHO than a grab window that is dynamically trying to snap to whole windows or other objects on the screen.  I have never captured an image without resizing the window, i.e., the dynamic snapping is pure distraction with no useful purpose in my workflows. 

Thanks,
Rob

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Almost completely agree with Rob. As much as I like the capability of Snagit, I really really miss the simplicity of Snapz.

I often need the same sized screen shot so not needing to resize is fine. But what I miss the most was I had one keyboard key set (done with one finger) so that when I tapped it, I could do the screen, an object, a selected item, the menu or dropdown menu, or a movie. There never was an issue of getting the menu, it just got got.

With Snagit I have to remember which keyboard shortcut does what, I have to twist my fingers in knots to do that with one hand if I'm doing a menu grab), and I have to hope that whatever finger position I did was going to be the correct one or do the whole thing all over again (and again).
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Gary Coyne

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Speaking of which, is there a way to get menu or a dropdown menu AND the surrounding part of the application? I often need this to get the location of a menu. As it is I need to capture the overall region AND THEN capture the menu AND THEN assemble them in Photoshop.
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kcease

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You could do that using the Repeat Last Capture/Video hack I discussed previously. You would record a short video and move the playhead to the frame of interest and then save a gif or png.
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Yes, I read this and was once again impressed by the power of human ingenuity!  However, I really think Techsmith could make this process a whole lot simpler and not lose their current functionality.  Snapz had this nailed pretty well so why not mimic that interface?
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kcease

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I totally agree. The ability to repetitively capture the same size region, with the option of relocating it, is hugely valuable and feasible, as Snapz Pro has offered for many years. TechSmith should prioritize adding this. I still use Snapz Pro over Snagit for this use case on pre-Sierra Macs. The workaround I mentioned gets it done, but is terribly inefficient. This should be a simple keyboard shortcut in Snagit. It is really incredible that this has not been addressed.