Layers in Editor

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Currently we can send objects forward and back on the canvas. But it might be nice for some to be able to see those layers in a list. We wouldn’t want this to be exposed too much, because we don’t want to intimidate new users or those that won’t use it.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Rick Grunwald

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A simple layer panel that would allow dragging layers might be helpful if it does not add bloat. It seems layers are already there
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Chris Larson,

 But it might be nice for some to be able to see those layers in a list. We wouldn’t want this to be exposed too much, because we don’t want to intimidate new users or those that won’t use it.
Chris, thanks for considering this idea.  I think it is a great idea.

I believe you could implement it so that the "new user" is not aware of, or confused by, the layers.  Everything could appear to be in one layer, unless the user takes some  specific action. You could even make it be a Preference option/setting, with defaults to "Don't show layers".

To those who are concerned about bloat, I agree that that is, and should be a concern.  But let's face it:  SnagIT has long ago moved past being a simple annotation tool.  For example, the very cool, and  very useful  new tools/features in SnagIT 2018 like:
  • Smart Move
  • Grab Text
just to name two.  Some may consider those bloat, but consider them a judicious choice in making SnagIT a very smart capture and annotation tool.  Neither of those tools (or any of the other new 2018 features) get in my way, and do NOT slow me down, and do NOT slow down SnagIT -- so no bloat here.

Chris, do you have a beta program for external users?  If so, you could try out a beta with layers and see what the response is.

Techsmith:  Thanks for giving us such a great product❗️   
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The way PowerPoint does it with their Selection Pane is nice.

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Paul

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Now THAT I can relate to.  It's the obvious way to do it in an app that is not a graphic design tool in the same way that Powerpoint isn't. This is very intuitive and even more helpful than traditional layers.

- Paul
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Rick Grunwald

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That would be perfect
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What's nontraditional about it? The lack of thumbnails?

You guys crack me up on this one.Thumbnails are better than just text.IMO

The only thing confusing about Photoshop are the associated tools occupying the same panel.

The layers in the image below Look no different than the layers listed in the PP presentation above to me.
Except for added thumbnails.
The same tools would never appear in SnagIt.

Hiding the layers panel would be a setting in SnagIt.

 
 
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Rick Grunwald

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THumbnails would be helpful and make a place to TOGGLE a layers panel so you can pull it up, make some quick changes and dismiss it all with a couple of mouse clicks. I really don't want a constantly floating layers view. It is not central to the snagit editor as it is in Photoshop
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I would want the panel docked. You could scroll to get to other layers and the panel could be resized like the others.

Layers are more versatile and should expand the capabilities of SnagIt's current tool set by leaps and bounds. Can you imagine? Applying Effects to just a callout,shape, a smaller copy and pasted image,etc.
The possibilities are wide open to the imagination.

I'm all for making it an Un-dockable panel as well.

While I'm dreaming I should probably ask for peace on earth.LOL

I would use the layers panel all the time. Here's where I'd place it.

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Rick Grunwald

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I wouldn't want it docked in Snagit but I get it ... we work differently
That is a great idea BTW. Pop it up, move stuff around and close it ... or leave it up.. It is really useful if you have a ton of items on the canvas
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It's the simple things.
 Users have wanted to add a border to Picture in Picture image for years.If it were on layer,there ya go.Add a border, if it clashes, change the color till it works. You can't do that on the canvas  and copy and paste from another canvas.
Layers are SnagIt's most logical advancement from here.IMO
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This idea/suggestion/request has 137 votes as I am typing. In my book, this is way beyond meaning "We the users want this NOW!"
Please, TechSmith.
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This would help me a lot in the way I use Snagit. Thumbs up!!

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