Loupe magnification tools similar to Annotable or PointOut

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After using several IOS apps for annotating photos, I find myself really wishing there would be similar features in Snagit. The biggest one is the ability to have a line or arrow that points to the area you want magnified, and the magnified area can be moved elsewhere in the photo. I create whatever size magnified circle I want, and then drag the handle/dot from the middle of the circle, pointing to the area I want to magnify. The line/arrow that extends from the circle could also allow for text to be typed along it to label whatever it is that's being pointed out.

It would also be nice to be able to easily grey out the area outside the circle to bring emphasis to the magnified area. I currently don't use the magnification tool much in Snagit, but much of the reason is that it obscures what's underneath it. It makes it harder to see the object you're trying draw attention to and makes it more confusing to the viewer. Being able to draw a pointer from the highlighted area to a magnified image in a more desirable location would instantly make this one of my most used tools. 
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Rick Grunwald

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On the Top toolbar there is magnify and that may be what you are using. On the right side under effects there is Spotlight and Magnify and that probably does what you want. I am using v2018 so if you are on an earlier version ...
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Wasn't a very similar request posted, some time ago (last fall, maybe earlier last year??). There was a lengthy thread about, if I remember correctly.
Rick is correct, but I personally find the procedure and the result kludgy, compared to what Robert describes, which is what SnagIt Editor should (must?) have, because it is an elegant, easy to use and proven way of emphasizing something.
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Thanks for the response and the suggestions regarding Spotlight and Magnify.  You're correct that you can recreate something similar with considerably more effort but with less desirable results. In the past, when I tried to use this I ended up cutting out the section I was trying to highlight, but I figured it out now.

If you've had an opportunity to see how easily it can work (Annotable) then trying to do it with the current tools feels really clunky. This functionality would optimally be 3 clicks. Select the magnify tool, drag the sized circle you want, and then drag a pointer line to the desired area.  That line should then be anchored in position, allowing you to move the circle around or resize it as desired, without changing where it's pointing to. 

I searched for similar issues but didn't see exactly what I was thinking of. I'd definitely add my vote to those interested in this feature.
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As an added note, I work in IT and do a lot of pictures containing large numbers of ports, connections, etc.  Being able to quickly point out multiple items in photos is something I do all of the time. Many of these will contain multiple magnified sections and pointer lines to ports, motherboard components, server connections, etc.

The current capabilities allow for the occasional magnification when necessary, but it's far from being as quick and efficient as I know it could be. 
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What you propose is an elegant MUST HAVE, which should have been part of SnagIt since v. 1.0.
You are perfectly right about the clunkiness of what is currently feasible in SnagIt.