Is it possible to create a Preset with multiple Selections?

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Using SnagIt 2019.  Is it possible to create a preset that has more than one "Selection" type defined?  For instance, I would like to create a preset that has a "Panoramic" selection defined along with a "Grab Text" selection definition.  I find that when I want to grab text it's usually from something that had has several pages that require scrolling (panoramic selection) to fully capture.  To do this now requires performing a panoramic capture and save to the SnagIt Editor.  Then using the grab text tool and selecting copy all.

I know I've thought about this in the past for other types of captures, but can't remember them off hand.  So having this ability to mix and match multiple selection types would be nice similar to what is allowed for effects.
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It would be good if you could add the Grab Text feature as an effect.To other capture profiles.

But as far as having several multiple selection types.I don't see how that would work.How would the cursor know what profile to use?

I think the all in one is about as close to multiple selection choice as it gets. At least from my perspective.

Regards,Joe
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It seems like grab text should be an effect and not a selection. Or maybe it should be a selection and an effect. I suggest this because when you grab text, you first grab an image and then the Abbey OCR engine extracts the text from the image. SnagIt used to grab text directly from the screen and maybe that's why it has been retained as a selection type and not moved (or copied) to the effects.
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I'm with Joe.  I think the issue here is that Grab Text is treated as a selection type, instead of an effect.

For example, you can take a screenshot, use the selection tool to select part of that image, then go a Grab Text on just that part selection.  In that context, Grab test is clearly a post selection "effect".

Presumably it's a selection type so that users can take a screenshot and then grab all the text in one go.  But you could achieve the same result if it was a post selection effect couldn't you?
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@RiteBrain

Yep you can't have multiple capture selections only multiple effects and/or share choices.

Don't know if this is something that may help if you need to grab text from webpages or even if you need the images too.

I do this many times through the week but the thing is you save page content to a PDF or print the page.

I use a browser bookmarklet from PrintFriendly that cleans up the page, lets you edit things out before making a PDF, and the PDF retains the clickable links from the page.

If you don't want any of the images on a page and just the text in Firefox you can use "Reading View"
and then printfriendly to make a PDF of just the text from the page.

If you are a Chrome user you can get the Mozilla reader view for chrome here
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/reader-view/ecabifbgmdmgdllomnfinbmaellmclnh?hl=en

Anyways Just a thought I thought I would throw at ya.
Maybe it might be a workable option for ya.


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That doesn't work with Error messages and other system pop-up boxes, to name a few; or menu items. Grabbing text of these does beat writing them down before contacting the appropriate Tech Support.
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Not trying to shoot down any ideas here. But in many cases folks are still unaware that it's possible to press Ctrl+C when an error dialog is presented and it captures a text representation of the error dialog.

On a personal note, I'm finding that I'm using that new "Move" tool more and more. For me, it's great to correct spelling or supply alternate text for memes that circulate. ;)
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OK ya'll ... I must be dumb as a stump!

I've been wondering about the capture text "feature" since I  first saw it when I  tried it and it is cumbersome and time consuming.

I have to wonder why you want an image grabbing utility to "grab text" in the first place?

Why not just highlight the text you want and click ctrl-c on the keyboard and capture the text that you want like I  have always done?

I can copy/paste a whole page of text before snagit even starts to process the text LOL! 






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There is multiple reasons where Grab Text can be useful.

Doing a mockup or redesign of a page or a ad would be a couple of the most common.

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But if the source text is embedded in an image at the source, you can't do that.
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The older versions of SnagIt grabbed text directly. Often times it worked when ctrl-c wouldn't copy everything or copy text correctly. Don't ask for specifics because that was years ago and I have better things that need remembering than why a program was better at copying text! SnagIt also had the ability to then reformat the text into data like CSV, TSV, direct paste to Excel, etc.

If you never used the older version of SnagIt with the copy text feature, it's hard for you to understand why and how it was better. Suffice it to say, when the copy text feature was dropped from SnagIt, a lot of people, myself included were disappointed.