Please provide a simple way to draw curved lines and arrows

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Joe Morgan has produced a tutorial describing how to use bezier curves to draw what most people will probably want most of the time,  the ability to draw a straight line or arrow and create a symmetrical curve on it. But, while the method works, it's not intuitive because it requires you to place one of the two hard -o-see control points at the very end of the originating end of the line, them moving the second control point.

That may sound simple but it ain't obvious.  If a tutorial is needed to do s SIMPLE thing, there's something wrong.

So please allow us to draw a gently curved line or arrow easily.

1. Draw a regular line from A to B
2. Provide a central drag handle on all straight lines (you can ignore it if you want a straight line) that you can move to create the curve
3. Leave the bezier option in place for when more complex line shapes are needed
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I agree, the Bezier Curves feature has been awkward and unintuitive to manipulate ever since drawing curved lines were possible in SnagIt.
My first tutorial was just thrown together and not up to my standards. I updated it and found another trick along the way.
So here's that version.

Regards,Joe
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Paul,
Joe's tutorial is Windows specific. Snagit:Mac works different with respect to lines. Is this behavior what you had in mind?

https://www.screencast.com/t/dOvX2MrE06W
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I suppose it boils down to how many people want the functionality.
 I'm thinking 90+% of SnagIt users.May never take a Snapshot of the editor,one click or the preset menu.

We use it here in the forum.But were a small fraction of total users.
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Us, techsmith support r&d. Marketing and education and we're about done. So not the biggest cohort in the world
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My point,

Default settings should serve the majority of users.

  If capturing SnagIt serves the majority then it should be set as default.
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Hi Joe,

I'm obviously not making myself clear.  My bad. 

Since the setting can have no effect on anybody but us i.e. not interfere with their regular work, I would suggest there is no harm in defaulting it to on.
  
And, should a regular use decide one day to take a screenshot of what SnagIt is doing wrong for them, to submit here for help, or suppose they just wanted a record of their settings. it would be kinda nice if it just did it, without them needing to have to change the settings first.

For a long time I also thought SnagIt couldn't snag itself (d'ya see what I did there?) until I found that obscure and poorly worded option.

Don't get me wrong, I violently agree with you that where a setting affects all uses, it must be set for the needs of the majority.  My point is that this setting does not affect the majority and can therefore be set to the needs of the minority

Regards

Paul
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Okay,

 So, if Hide SnagIt When Capturing applied strictly to "One Click and the Open Capture Window".

If it had it's own setting as you suggested above. "I kinda looked past that". That would make more sense.

 Shouldn't the Editor be Snag-able. ( I did it to LOL). "Always"

 Who would  initiate a capture of the editor expecting to capture something else? Especially content appearing underneath it?

Hiding the editor form capture seems pointless really.
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Okay, so there are 3 ways apply Bezier Curves in older versions of SnagIt. SnagIt 11 shown below.

1. It's best to have Bezier selected before you draw a arrow. You can do that by selecting Outline,  Width,  Custom width. The Arrow editor will open and you can change the properties to Bezier.



2. Select a curved arrow from the Menu.
3. Select the curved icon in the pop up menu in the editor. This is the worst technique as it applies curves automatically.They need adjusting 99% of the time. That's why I consider it the worst technique.


Regards,Joe 

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