How to export My Colors to a new computer?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 8 months ago
I'm getting a new laptop soon. What's the best way to export my My Colors from one Snagit Editor installation so they can be imported into another?

I use a few "neon" shades of various colors for highlighting and want them to match.
Photo of Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

  • 38 Posts
  • 14 Reply Likes

Posted 8 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 6632 Posts
  • 3190 Reply Likes
Hi there

Are you using a recent version of SnagIt? I'm not certain which version introduced it, but recent versions offer "themes". And you can export a Theme to a .SnagTheme file and Import it into a new or different installation to propagate the theme.

If that doesn't do what you want, I might suggest that you create an image containing several shapes, with each shape set to one of your preferred colors. Then save it and import it back into the new SnagIt instance where you can easily use the eyedropper to configure the colors again.

Cheers... Rick :)
Photo of Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

  • 38 Posts
  • 14 Reply Likes
Yup. I'm using the new one that just came out: version 2020.

I'm kind of new to Snagit and hadn't got into using themes properly yet. I had no Quick Styles and was just switching color using My Colors, which takes three mouse clicks instead of the one it takes to click on another Quick Style.

I just did some playing around and noticed a few things:
  • Themes don't include the My Colors list. My Colors isn't theme specific. When you switch between different themes, you always see the same My Colors. As a result, exporting a theme doesn't export whatever is in My Colors.
  • However, Themes do include Quick Styles, which allow you to export the color associated with each Quick Style to a .snagtheme file.
  • My workflow was clumsy before. I had no Quick Styles and was using My Colors to choose from my preferred colors for arrows and highlighting.
  • What I should have been doing was creating Quick Styles for the Arrow and Highlighter tool based upon the colors in the My Colors list, as not only does switching color this way involve fewer mouse clicks but Quick Styles contained in a theme are exported when the theme is exported, whereas no option exists in the GUI for backing up the My Colors list.
I've now created some Quick Styles for arrows and highlighters and have favorited them. Favorites was another feature I wasn't using before!



Thanks!


Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 9080 Posts
  • 4787 Reply Likes
There is no process I'm aware of.
I can't find a XML file or anything containing "My Colors" in program files.I suspect there stored somewhere in the registry.

Obviously, there stored somewhere. My colors have updated when I update to a newer version of SnagIt. Which doesn't help you.

If it were me, "I don't have a large list" I would take a screen shot/shots of my saved colors.Using it to create a new pallet.



If you have a large collection of colors, you may want to contact support.They should know where to find that information. Whether or not you can use it????

This is a Free Service............... Submit a ticket

       https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Or call, >>>

 Toll Free: 800.517.3001 (U.S. & Canada Only)

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST Monday through Friday

Regards, Joe

Photo of Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

  • 38 Posts
  • 14 Reply Likes
I've changed my workflow to work around this.

It's true that the My Colors list isn't backed up when themes are exported but the colors associated with every Quick Style in a theme are backed up, so all I had to do was save my colors as Quick Styles for the Highlighter and Arrow tools that I use, then export my custom theme.
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 6632 Posts
  • 3190 Reply Likes
Like Joe, I figured the colors were stored in the registry. If that's true, it's pretty well hidden! I added a color and searched my own registry to no avail. I first tried with the hex value and again with the RGB values. 

I also like his idea of screen capping the colors list. Before I saw his post, I was about to come back with that as a suggestion as opposed to my own clumsy suggestion of using shapes. Much more efficient.

Cheers... Rick :)
Photo of Dubie

Dubie

  • 1681 Posts
  • 1408 Reply Likes
The My Colors is stored in a .json file.

You can find it here.

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\TechSmith\SnagIt\MyColors.json

Copy that file for backup

After you install Snagit replace that file with your saved/backup file

The file consists of hex codes for all your colors

Opened in Notepad



Opened in Atom editor




Dubie:)

Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 6632 Posts
  • 3190 Reply Likes
Nice work!
Photo of Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

  • 38 Posts
  • 14 Reply Likes
That's awesome!

So I compared what's in that .json file with the hex codes I see in My Colors and noticed that the file had a couple of extra digits compared to the color values seen within Snagit: you see 6 digits in Snagit but the .json file has 8 digits for each saved My Color color.

I googled "8 digit hex color" and apparently the extra couple of digits (the first two in this case) used in some hex color codes generally define transparency.

It looks like all the .json colors have "FF" prepended to them. This makes sense because you can't change the transparency of My Colors themselves, so it probably means "0% transparency" here. Transparency is a feature of Quick Styles so is used elsewhere so perhaps that's why the 8 digit color hex code is used here. I'm just speculating really. Don't know for sure!

Not that it makes any difference. If you back up the whole file and import it, everything will work great. Just thought I'd mention that all the colors have an extra "FF" before their hex code in the .json file.

Edit: just noticed your screenshots show the same thing!
(Edited)
Photo of Dubie

Dubie

  • 1681 Posts
  • 1408 Reply Likes
Same applies for your Favorites.

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\TechSmith\SnagIt\Favorites.json

Copy that to backup your saved favorites.

NOTE: These are for Snagit 2020 so things may change in the future.

As of this date in time, saving those files for a backup work

Dubie:)