Just want to Save As w/o SnagIt Editor

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Hi. I have used SnagIt for years and was on version 10 for several of those years. Recently I ended up with a new Win 10 machine at work and SnagIt 2019. My need is simple. I want to grab a screen shot and save it as a .gif file. Now and then I do enable the cursor capture for an image but not often. I don't care about any of the other features of SnagIt.

Right now I cannot figure out how to get the standard Save As dialog to come up after I define the capture area. If I don't have "Preview in Editor" enabled, nothing visible even happens. I have no idea whether my screen shot was taken nor what has happened to it. No Save As dialog come up.

Do I have to enable the SnagIt Editor in order to be able to save the image as a .gif in the location of my choice? I sure hope not since that is an extra, unwanted step. Surely I am missing something though I've dug around through the various Preferences and settings and just can't find a way to do this. I hope that someone more familiar with version 2019 can tell me what I'm not doing right.

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Secondly, my defined HotKey doesn't work as I'd expect. I've used Ctrl-Shift-P for many years and I configured that as my Hotkey in the SnagIt v10 Prefs now. If I press my Hotkeys now, the yellow crosshairs don't come up on screen. If I click and drag anywhere on my main monitor though (I have three, middle one is the main) I get a blue outline but this works only on the empty desktop, not in a program. Why doesn't my Hotkey open the yellow crosshairs like it does in version 11 and what is up with the blue outline?

If I click the red Capture button in the SnagIt window, the yellow crosshairs do come up and I can capture whatever I need on any of my three monitors, from the desktop or a program. This is what I expect my HotKey to do though. What am I doing wrong?

I really never want to see the SnagIt screen. I just want it to launch at Windows startup and be in the background so that any time I press Ctrl-Shift-P, the yellow crosshairs come up and I can quickly grab a screen shot and immediately Save As as a .gif in the location I choose at that time. This is what I do in SnagIt v10. The only time I open the SnagIt screen is when I need to change the setting to include the cursor and I don't do that often.

At this point I'm sorry I ever installed SnagIt version 2019 and tomorrow will try to install version 11 on this computer. I don't have time to fool around trying to figure out something that should be super straightforward but I allow for the possibility that I'm just missing something so I'm hoping that when I get into the office tomorrow someone will have informed me what I'm doing wrong with these two tasks. Please advise. Thank you.
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April S.

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Joe Morgan

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It sounds like you have simple needs and would perfectly happy with version 10 once again.

You can download and install a new or an older version from this link.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions

You can activate version 10 with a SnagIt 2019 key if you don't have access to the old Key.

If you want easy access to your 2019 software key you'll find it under Help/Technical Support/Then scroll down. Its in the menu.


Regards,Joe
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April S.

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Thank you Joe. I'll give 2019 a little more attention today to see if it will work as I'd prefer and if not, will download v10 again. Thanks for mentioning that we can use the 2019 key for v10; I wondered about that.
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Might this help?

File Format Options Dialog

Capture window > View Profiles > Manage Profiles > Share Properties > Image File tab > Always use this file format > Options button


The options available in the File Format dialog depend on the file format selected on the Image File Tab.

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April S.

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Thanks a bunch George! I used Kelly's picture instructions to make sure I got this right, but your solution hit the mark!
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April S.

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Thanks George. I'm going to look at this now and see what I can come up with. I appreciate your time.
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Hi,
Yes you can do this! But, you have to set it up first. This take about 30 seconds.


Here is what you need to do:
1. Open the capture interface and choose IMAGE, and turn off the PREVIEW IN EDITOR option.



2. In the SHARE section, choose FILE.



3. Click the little gear icon where it says FILE to reveal the settings. Click on the IMAGE FILE TYPE field. Choose GIF from the menu that appears.




4. In the same area, make sure the ASK FOR THE FILE NAME option is selected.


5. Click on the + symbol shown below and choose NEW PRESET FROM CURRENT SETTINGS. Give this preset a name, like GIF CAPTURE. Click on the hotkey area. Give this a hotkey. If you choose CTRL+SHIFT+P, you will be asked to override the current default setting. Say yes.



You have now set up a permanent profile for your preferred capture settings.

Let me know if you need more help!
Kelly
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April S.

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Thanks a million, Kelly! This setup took just a few minutes and works like a charm! Now I'll stick with v2019 and if I need any of the other features in the future, I'll have them.
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Thanks Kelly! I'm just getting started this morning and I really appreciate your detailed response with screen shots :) Going to work through this in a few minutes. Will report back. Yay!