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.
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My desire is for a rectangular magnification. The round is less useful to me.
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Have you tried using the Spotlight and Magnify effect?

Using that effect you are able to magnify irregular areas as well as rectangles and ovals.
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I'd also like to see a rectangular shape option.  Using Spotlight & Magnify, I can enlarge a selected area, but without additional steps, it obscures what's around it in the process. 

There are ways around it but it's enough steps that it doesn't get used very much. 

1. Click on Selection tool
2. Select area to enlarge
3. . Click on Effects 
4.  Click on Spotlight and Magnify
5. Adjust Zoom level
6. Hold Ctrl and move selection to desired location
7. Click on Line took and draw line from selection to original location (make adjustment to line width in Properties to match Stroke on Magnification shape).
8. (optional) Choose Text and enter desired text along line if needed.

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Desired workflow:

1. Click on Magnify option
2. Click desired shape
3. Click the location where you want the magnified shape and drag to desired size
5. Drag line from dot in center of shape to area you want to magnify (line automatically assumes same width and stroke as magnified shape)
4. You should also be able to make location adjustments to each side, while leaving the other anchored in place afterwards(as well as being able to adjust  magnified shape size).
5.  (optional) Label line by double clicking on the line connecting desired location to magnified shape. This opens an inline text box on the line you can use to label  it.

The difference in the amount of steps required doesn't seem all that significant, but I think the difference in the time and effort it takes to move through each set of steps is.


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This process has my vote. I find SnagIt magnify and zoom awkward to use and thus use another product.
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Love this suggestion as well!! Not everything that needs magnified is a circle. 
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Not sure we're allowed to mention competitive products here, but the "Capture" has had this option in a very simple and easy-to-use form since its inception more than 10 years ago.  When I moved to Snagit (in most ways a far superior product), that was the feature I missed the most. The Spotlight and Magnify feature is terribly complex and is not as effective.
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From my own experience there are absolutely no problems with mentioning competitive products here. I do it all the time. 

When you consider it, mentioning competitive products is actually helpful to the development team, as it alerts them to the features that are desired but not being provided.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Oh, and do you have a link handy for the capture software?
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Ahhh MadCap. Got it. Thanks for the link!

FWIW, as far as the Spotlight and Magnify feature, it seems to work easily for me. I'm not sure what aspect of it you aren't finding easy to use.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yeah, you're right; it was user error. I didn't even know about the Spotlight and Magnify feature until today, and after playing with it a bit, I realized it remembers all my settings, which makes it pretty easy to use.

As for effectiveness, it works, but I prefer the Capture method, which enables me to see much more clearly what on the original screen was magnified.  May just be user preference, but I dislike that Spotlight and Magnify, as you magnify, obscures which specific part was magnified.  For what it's worth, Capture also provides significantly greater control, at least as far as I can see (I am not a Snagit power user though). 

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I grabbed a pic off my phone and circled a couple random areas (using the two apps I mentioned previously) just to show the effect I'd like to see. 


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