Intelligent Lines

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I have moved from another screenshot app as snagit looked to have a few more features and be actively developed. However, I am struggling with some basic features. 

One of these is the ability to draw lines which change direction. It seems very difficult to draw a line in the shape of an L, such that I can either resize either of the "legs" or move the entire shape somewhere else. 

Using the "Pen" offers this feature, but it is very clunky and ineffective. You need to hold shift to the end, release shift while keeping hold of the mouse button (hoping you don't shake too much), re-press shift and move to the next point... and repeat for however many points you have. 

Can it not be you simply press where you want to start, then press the next point, and then every other point until you get to your destination?
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Welcome to Snagit, if it can't do it now pay them some more for the endless upgrades and one day it might.

I tried with the line tool and had the same experience as you.  You could zoom in to locate the next line with more accuracy.

Once you have your L then you can group them (you have to use the Selection tool otherwise you won't be able to select GROUP) so they stay as an L but if you want to rotate them too bad you can't do that.  You can't do that with a pre-drawn line either.

The other shape could be the Shape - Polygon but that is even more useless.

Of course others may have a simple answer and I look forward to it.





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Or perhaps you meant this.

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The polygon tool is indeed useless! Seems so backwards that you can't draw a line that follows a certain path. 

The reason I moved from the previous app I used is because I don't appear to be able to reach them and having lost my perpetual license (a bargain at $20) I couldn't install it after reinstalling Windows. Think I will stump up the $20 and go back to that app if there isn't a solution to be found within SnagIt.

Also, my previous tool had it so after you drew your lines, even if they weren't straight it would straighten them out for you... which is nice.
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Both the pen tool and the line tool could use some upgrades.

Every time you draw with the pen tool, be it a line. Or whatever you’re drawing. Every time you stop drawing you create a “New and Complete Object”. Or Drawing/Line/Layer/Vector Graphic take your pick. SnagIt calls them objects in the canvas area.

The Line tool is another option for creating an L shape drawing. But it’s functionality is no different.

 If you want to draw a line in the shape of the letter L you must draw 2 separate “Objects”

If you hold Alt and left click the 2 lines you created to form the L. Then, Right click and group them. You can move them as a group.

I’ve seen many requests for a multi segmented line tool to do what you want. Others want to draw arrows that zig zag through documents and things of this nature. For some reason, this tool request is overlooked.

Regards,Joe   

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Exactly. I generally use the segmented lines to annotate Visio drawings (saved as PNGs) to show such things as cable runs or installation guides. 

I will be going back to my previous app and uninstalling SnagIt... beyond the refund policy period so I'll just have to write the cost off. Then again, snagit may have some uses so its not a complete loss. 
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Well, SnagIt capture is second to none.

You can set up custom profiles to do anything you wish. Including sending a capture directly to FSCapture.

I send the bulk of my captures to Photoshop. Sometimes I’ll do some annotations in SnagIt first and send it to PS from the editor. There’s a “Program” sharing feature. You have to go through a wizard and associate the .exe of the program to share your images with. I have Abby Finereader and Photoshop CC as my destinations.


After you’ve done that. You can set up and chose those destinations as a custom profile in SnagIt Capture. Bypassing the SnagIt editor altogether if you want to.



I’ve used FSCapture briefly in the past. Personally, I didn’t care for it much. I think you may find over time. Overall, SnagIt’s much better? With the exception of what it lacks.

Regards,Joe





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I would like to know the name of the program if you don't mind and a link if you could.
I am so over snagit that I use what it is good at and that's the basics but their call outs and circles and etc is so out dated it's not funny.... My old version of MS Viso left this for dead and it was an old version.
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No worries, at least something good may have come out of this :) Hope you find it useful. I have just repurchased a license - which I hope comes through ok as I have used the same email address as before!

As I mentioned, they don't seem to be reachable via their email address or anywhere else. So I became wary of continuing to use them, hence the move to SnagIt.... but when it works it works so I will risk going back to them.
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I already had Faststone on my computer but the view program.  Didn't realise they had screen capture with smarts. thanks.
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Is this application just for Windows or, can it be used on a Mac also?
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Just for Windows Ronnie.
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Thanks for replying, I will test it on my Windows PC.