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?
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!
As outlined in our New Community Processes post, feature requests are open to voting up through the first, where we will then tally the votes and present the findings to our product teams. To ensure we have the most accurate data, on the 1st of the month we will be locking the threads that were listed in the Feature Request Round-up that was posted on the 15th. Once we have reviewed the submitted feature requests, our product team(s) may respond to the request, and if that is the case then that thread will then be unlocked for further discussion.
In the event that your idea is not selected for a response feel free to resubmit the idea and share it with your colleagues to garner as much exposure as possible!
Thank you again for your idea and we look forward to hearing more from you!
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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
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....
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.
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).