Launch Alternate Editor

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I was reflecting on the numerous conversations around SnagIt and its lack of advanced  graphical editing capabilities, and how some users take their captures into Photoshop et al to apply the effects they need.

Opinion seems to fairly divided with some who would like advanced capabilities and those who want SnagIt to stick to its core principles.

And then I thought there might be a simple answer to this. Give us a preset option that is "Launch in External Editor"  that does exactly what it says on the tin.  You use SnagIt to capture a screenshot but instead of opening the SnagIt Editor for you to save the image and then open it in Photoshop or Corel Draw etc it just opens your editor of choice so you can edit it there.

Good idea? Or a "What have you been smoking?" moment.
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Paul

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Doug Troxell, Lead Developer, Snagit:Mac

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Hi Paul,

Its a bit more complicated than it might seem...

Other apps that provide the feature you suggest tend to be editing universally understood file types.

Since other applications don't understand our file format - we'd have to make a copy in a format they could understand (probably PNG) - then we'd tell the "External Editor" to open that file. Unfortunately, we'd have no idea when the External Editor is "finished" editing the copy so we'd have no automated way to bring their changes back to the original Snagit file. The only logical thing we could do is make the PNG copy available in the Tray as well... 

Bottomline: I don't see anyway where its not very "kludgey".
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Thanks Doug,

I'm sure it's not easy but since when has it been our job to make life easy?  We're users! :) :) :)

There's a separate thread somewhere about whether .snag format should be abandoned in favour of .tif or something similar, precisely so those people who want to edit eternally could do so in an interchangeable format.  Maybe that's part of the solution.  If the externally edited common format files were saved back to the folder they originated from in SnagIt, then SnagIt would know about the updated version.
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I have a preset made to go right into Affinity Photo (just like photoshop) and a program preset in the editor to send it to Photo from there. If we still had a customizable user toolbar (hint hint) I would pin the SHARE / PROGRAM / Affinity Photo preset there.
The point is, it is already there .. all you have to do is set it up

PS @ Doug Troxell ... user editable toolbar or all menu items able to pin to what you have ...
(hint hint)(hint hint)(hint hint)(hint hint)(hint hint)(hint hint)(hint hint
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Same here Paul,

I capture straight to Photoshop, I just hit "Page Up".


If I do send one form the editor, it's a 2 click process. I pin the share to program icon to the toolbar. There's a keyboard shortcut, but I can't remember all the shortcuts.I use way to much software to go down that road.I stick with industry standards for the most part. I wish TechSmith would do the same.



Regards,Joe
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Rick Grunwald

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I didn't think of that. I just pinned the PROGRAM icon.
Ya learn something new every day!
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I too can send to other programs straight off and bypass the editor.

Photoshop,  Autodesk Sketchbook,  Inkscape,  paint...

:)
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Perfect.  Not that I need it myself but it's reassuring to know how easy it is to launch into another editor, to spare SnagIt being weighed down with all that advanced stuff.
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Doug Troxell, Lead Developer, Snagit:Mac

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yup, if you want to do 100% of the editing of a capture in another program the existing workflow is fine for that...  and its actually better than where I thought Paul was going with his request...  My concern was with trying to mix editing of a single capture in two programs Snagit and an external editor...  that's where it would get kludgey.  
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The one really helpful thing you could do is tweak an export format to carry the layers out ... PSD comes to mind as all graphics programs use it. I understand that is a can of worms but more so if you are importing PSD and layers

A format that carries the layers would put to rest a lot of the recent questions about design and make it easier to take off and do the graphics things that are and should be beyond the scope of a screen capture and annotation program

PS Please fix the stamps module 
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