Identify a Font

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This may be a big ask, but I spend a lot of time trying to figure out the font(s) on a screenshot. so that my edits match.

It would be so cool if Snagit could identify a font for me.  "Grab Text" on steroids if you will?
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Rick Grunwald

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That may be beyond the scope as there are so many fonts and some are hijacked and renamed
I will offer this to use until Techsmith rejects or implements your suggestion
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I am sure most of you have seen a font being used that you want but don't know the name of. How do you identify a font
when you don't know the name of it or when you send it out to your groups and no one else recognizes it? With millions of fonts
out there and many looking similar, it can be impossible to nail down the one you have seen, but here are a few web sites that
might be able to help you identify that illusive font you are looking for:

http://www.identifont.com
This website lets you answer a series of questions about the appearance of
The font you are looking for. It includes information about fonts from
Selected major type libraries, so not all fonts in the world can be
Identified.

http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont
This site works by uploading a sample image of the font you are looking for.
You can then modify the specifications and narrow down the search. This
Method also has it's limitation since it is a machine/program that analyzes
The sample image, not a human.

http://www.font-finder.com/
This website lists other resources on how to identify a font, including
Databases, books, catalogs and software. Some of the links seems to be
Broken though.
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I'm afraid this is probably a bridge to far for SnagIt.

The only online site I'm aware of that works really well is  https://www.whatfontis.com/

You should have a font that's about 100 pixels high and crystal clear for starters.That's not easy to pull off in many cases.So there's times, simply wanting to identify a font comes with challenges. 

 Here's a screenshot of the Calligraph421 BT Roman font created in Photoshop at 100 pixels in height. So there's no problem with clarity here.

What the fontis identified as many characters as it can. It leaves empty boxes to be filled in by you,"Provided you are a member" If you are not a member. You must fill in Every box manually.

Well, out of this flawless created text. Whatfontis still needed my input on "SEVEN" occasions before moving forward.


To it's credit.  It had no problem nailing it it after my corrections.



Most online font identifier programs are a complete waste of time and bandwidth in my experience.

Here are other fonts I tested today with the same results.


 


It missed this one,
 but I'm also sure I got it from the Defont website. Which for all intensive purposes. Are all fake fonts "Unofficial Copy's complete with flaws".

But I think you can say it came up with an acceptable match.


    
You can pay for font identifying software.It may be better and should be if your paying out of pocket.

I say go with https://www.whatfontis.com/ and if you really need more than that.

Stick a pry-bar in your wallet or purse and purchase a program designed for it. I don't see TechSmith prying open theirs. I'm voting for the feature, but I'm predicting dead on arrival. Or dead already, dead before you hit send earlier,"Dead,dead,dead". Did I say dead?

Anyway,  Regards,Joe
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You are correct Rick, I forgot about that. They made an effort to match text with the "Smart Move Tool"

For the most part, it doesn't work. I did some testing. It identifies most fonts in my test group as "Times New Roman".

Five common Professional fonts. I created them at 100 pixels in height. So these are big bold fonts with plenty of detail.
The same ones https://www.whatfontis.com/   Identified correctly. 

Well, if SnagIt could only recognize Arial. It's not ready for prime time.

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I'm not really fussed about it matching fonts; in fact I'd rather it didn't because this seems to increase the chances of it failing to recognise an element of text if it's anywhere near an icon of some kind. My preferred improvement would be a toggle which OPTIONALLY (since I know that font recognition is important to some people) ignores the fonts and just grabs any identifiable alphanumeric content as raw text.

I'd also like the thing to either be more accurate in text recognition OR include the ability for you to "correct" some of its transcriptions so that accuracy improves over time.  To give an example this:


gets translated as this:
1:50.494
1:17.266
100 7o
90 7o
80 7o
51 7o
56 7o
61 7o
1:14.823

Now, leaving aside the translation of what is a pretty clear % sign into "7o" Every. Single. Time, who coded the interpretation of line breaks here? This is a pretty clearly divided trio of columns and yet somehow it's being read as cell 1, down to cell 4, back up to the top of the second column for cell 2, cell 5, cell 8, up to the top of the third column then down then... oh yeah, add in the bottom of the first column. Whaaat?
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OCR does pretty good on graphical text. When you start reading columns or lists of numbers all bets are off. It simply can't recognize columns  and no algorithm is going to be real successful on numbers
Techsmith licenses Abby FIne Reader and OCR is not what they do so the limitations you just hit may not be improved any time soon