Multiple tails on callouts

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It is often necessary to point a callout to several places.

Currently there are two workarounds.  The first entails placing multiple callout boxes on top of each other and bringing the one with the text to the front.  The tails on the secondary boxes are intersected by the border of the main box, which is not ideal.

The second workaround is to collapse the base of the  tail so that there is no separation and the tail becomes a straight line.  Then you use a line object to create the secondary tails.



These are clunky workarounds and moving the items around is a problem unless you first group them.

We need the ability to create multiple tails on a single callout please.  This functionality is already in SnagIt for Mac.
 
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Isn't there already a request for that?? I remember this being discussed quite some time ago. And, yes, I, for one, need that feature all the time.
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Paul

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Yes there is, but it doesn't have a 2018 date, didn't make the 2018 cut, and won't be considered unless it's resubmitted.  Go figure.

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LOL, maybe it's time for TechSmith to introduce in their editor what we have in the capture?

Introducing the all new: All in one editing!

Yes, where you used to be forced to first choose the editing element that you wanted to add, you now just click the mouse anywhere and a menu pops up from the ethers asking if you want an arrow, a callout, a blur, a highlight, or whatever! 



It would save you the time of needing to know what tool you want and what options you need to set.

It's as simple as just a click and drag! ;)

Happy HannuChristmaKwanzaYuliFestimus! Rick :)
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Aaargh!  No, not clippy!

Perhaps we could call it Snaggity.  Obviously Snaggy is out of the question
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Hi!

I was just looking for an image of mouse-man.

In all seriousness, I actually like the idea of a cursor tray of your most used tools; almost like a floating avorites tray (but with a bit more functionality). That, though, is a conversation for a different thread.On topic with this one though, I personally like the idea of being able to choose the callout style (cloud, square w/ rounded corners, bam, circle, etc.) then maybe hold a modifier/hotkey like CTRL+SHIFT+Click while the callout is placed and selected, that would simply create a tail (or multiple tails) to the point of where the cursor is located. (apologies if I did not explain that properly, I'm happy to reiterate if it is a bit confusing or wonky).



Thanks all!

-Robert
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Ahhh, so it DID have a name! 

Appreciate the info!
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Hmmmm, so if we are honestly considering this idea, one thing I would hope for if having multiple tails, would be to have each tail anchored not only to what it points to, but also to the center point of the callout. I know that this has become a bit of a challenge for me personally (and I would assume others) when you choose to re-position the callout during the design phase if you are using arrows to achieve the multiple areas being pointed out.

One thing I dearly love about the callouts is the ability to configure the tail to point at exactly the area you want, then click that center dot on the callout to reposition the callout and the tip of the tail remains anchored.
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OMFG I didn't know that feature even existed.  Love it.  Imagine if that happened when you had multiple tails.  Thank you Mr Stone.
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WOO HOO for @ Robert R
Have one or two on me for that idea