Improve image and animated gif compression in Snagit

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I am using to compress my screengrabs from Snagit. As you can see from the screenshot they reduce the size by 60-70% with no loss of detail. 

You should improve your compress so users don't need to use third party tools.
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Rick Grunwald

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You can accomplish this with the SAVE-AS dialog. There are options and you can change the default 90 for JPG files to whatever suites (No slider .. you have to type the value in)

I used to compress a lot of files with Cesium (windows open source program) I am thinking that if you need to squeeze stuff that much or at least more than can be accomplished with the Snagit options, it will probably always take an outside program

If you don't like that as a solution you can always keep saving out JPEGs at ever decreasing qualities and then see what you can live with.  There is a batch converting option but you cannot set the compression

I am an end user like you so someone may pop in with a better solution
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I don't understand how you change the default 90 for JPG files. When I click "save as" the only thing I see is the type of file to save as and location where you want to save it. Where do you see 90?
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When you see the Save As dialog, click the Options button?

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Totally agree. Even if you change the options for the PNG it always does a very bad job compressing them, and the resulting image is not very good a lot of times, with unwanted dots, etc...

There are tons of Open Source tools and libraries that compress PNG automatically without losing quality (calculating the number of colors needed, and resampling the image) that you could use or mimic in your product. I always have to resort to a third party tool such as TinyPNG or RIOT Image Optimizer to have decent size PNGs without loss of quality.

And the generated GIFs, even changing any setting, are really unusable. Their size is much (much!) bigger than with any other tools (including Camtasia) and if you try to use some of the settings to reduce the size, the quality is very bad. I always need to resort to ScreenToGif (or Cloud Convert) to edit them ad get a decent size equivalent GIF.

You need to enhance this features ASAP IMHO.