Keep Menu Bar icon running when SnagIt app is closed (hide Dock icon)

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Most apps that have quick access links in the Mac menu bar allow that icon to keep running when the app is closed. I don't always want the SnagIt application running in my dock, though I do always want SnagIt accessible. Can you change SnagIt to keep the menu bar icon working when the App is closed?
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Jeff Chausse

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Posted 9 years ago

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Eric Erickson

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If anyone's interested, there is one work around for those who have Keyboard Maestro. I wrote a macro that launches SnagIt when I want to do a screen capture (if not already running). I use the same hot key sequence to execute this macro that I use for a SnagIt screen capture. So, the net result is that it doesn't matter whether SnagIt's running or not. In other words it feels like it is running in the background. No, it's not a perfect solution, but it does work well.

If you do have Keyboard Maestro and want the macro, you can find it here: (Dropbox)

A couple of notes, you will want to change the hot key and typed keystroke to whatever you use. You also may need to edit the Pause time inside the macro to make it work correctly for you. If you have any questions, let me know.
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Firstly, let me say I was forced to switch from SnapzPro to Snagit with the release of Mavericks... but I'm so glad.

Snagit is far superior to Snapz and I wished I'd known about it ages ago.

However, I have to agree with all the respondents above voicing their dissent that there is still no option to hide Snagit it the dock.

I use many other apps in "menu bar only" mode (e.g. Moom) and can't see why, after two years, this hasn't been fixed.

I have found an app with the unwieldy name "Configure Application Dock Tile" ( which fixes the issue but the solution should be built into Snagit.

I looked into DockDodger and Dockless but there was so much negative feedback about them I opted not to go that route. Hopefully my solution isn't fraught with the same dangers.

Techsmith... the bottom line is - great app with one niggling issue!
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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Official Response

Upon joining the Snagit:mac team almost a year ago, this feature became a personal priority.  I've posted regarding this topic a couple times in an attempt to convey we were listening and understood the importance of this issue to serious Mac users.  Today, 11/19/2013, I'm happy to announce this feature is implemented in version 2.2.0 available here:

To configure Snagit to "Keep Menu Bar icon running..." and launch the editor only when you need it, see below:

Thank you for your patience.  We are listening.

- THE Snagit:mac development team

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Today, 11/19/2013, I'm happy to announce this feature is implemented in version 2.2.0 available here

Woohooo! This is great News - after 3 years of waiting :) Thank you @Doug!
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Thanks, Doug...I'm sure you *are* happy to announce this!
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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Please note: version 2.2.0 requires 10.8 or later.  "Check for updates" does not report a new version is available unless you are on an OS that supports it. 
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it seems it does not work anymore on Yosemite for Mac ??

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