Keyboard shortcuts for Next/Previous image in Library (not "tray")

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Please create a keyboard shortcut to go to the next and previous image in the Snagit 2018 Editor view. I know I can use Command-] and Command-[ for the next and previous image in the "tray", but that seems practically useless. It's a command to navigate through images in "tray", which contains only a handful of images more or less (but not exactly?) the order I've captured or modified them (I honestly can't figure it out - it seems a bit random).

Right now I have to either hit Command-1 or click on Library, and then double click with the mouse to open an image in the editor. When I've captured 50 images of a user interface and I want to quickly go through them one by one full size looking for the right one, this is extraordinarily slow and clumsy approach, but since the order of items in the "Tray" changes when you edit things (and seemingly at random - I can't figure out the algorithm), I can't simply step through the images with Command-] and Command-[.

This seems like a pretty obvious feature. I'm coming (painfully) from a Windows world in which every image viewer I've ever tried supported next/previous image by hitting space bar or the arrow keys. The same goes for Googles photo browser and Mac Photos (arrow keys for next/previous).

Since the arrow keys seem unused in the Editor view (as is the spacebar), can you just assign them to next/previous image in the Library. I realize you can change the sort order in the Library, so just let the keys go to the next/previous based on the current sort order.

While you're at it, hitting the Enter key while in the Library view does nothing. It certainly seems intuitive for it to open the currently selected image (if any). Right now Enter isn't doing anything - how about showing your users some love?
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. I'll bring this up with the team.

Something that might help you out with what you're trying to do is to use the QuickLook feature built into the Snagit library. Switch to the Library, select a capture, and then hit the space bar. This will show you a full-size preview of the capture. Once you're in this mode, you can use the arrow keys to browse other captures. I hope this makes your current workflow a little easier!
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barry.hemphill

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Thanks Luke, both for your quick response and suggestion. That is a little better and I will use it for now. That said, it's still kind of an awkward workflow. Seriously - when most tools work one way and yours works another, you usually want to have a pretty compelling reason for how yours is different. In this case, normal seems better, and unless it's really difficult I'd recommend adding in what is probably intuitive for a large portion of your users (Google Photos, Mac Photos are pretty widely used).

Typical: In the edit view looking at an image, hit right and left arrow to go to the next and previous image. That's how Google Photos, MacOS Photos and most Windows and web based tools work.

This workaround: In Edit view, hit Command-1 to go to Library, space to open preview, then use arrows to navigate. When I find one I want to edit I then have to use the touchpad or mouse to click a little "Open in Snagit 2018" icon in the upper right corner (aren't I in Snagit 2018?). And since preview doesn't appear to support zoom or pan, I will have to go into Edit.

So an additional 3 keystrokes to get to preview, then a mouse click on a little button up in the corner. Not the end of the world, but you know with workflow it's all about being smooth, simple, consistent.

One last caveat - I will never again complain about applications on Windows. What is going on with Mac apps? They seem unbelievably inconsistent in shortcut keys, and all of the apps that are available on Windows and Mac seem to have a more terrible, harder to use, less capable version on Mac. I can't be the first person to notice this, am I? I've literally spent months trying to find a single usable screen capture and image viewer/editor. Snagit is by far the best I've seen on Mac, but falls far behind about a dozen cheap or free tools on Windows (including Windows Snagit). I feel like I'm being pranked or something - doesn't everyone love Macs?
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

We just released a 2018.2.0 update that includes the ability to open items from the Library by hitting the enter key.