How can I turn off the animations for the orange scrolling capture arrows?

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When starting a capture, the capture area shows bouncing orange arrows to make it clear to the user that it's possible to capture a scrolled view.  The bouncing animation on these arrows is very distracting, especially for people with attention disabilities. As things are now, I dread capturing screenshots. If just having the orange arrows without animation (as in the previous version) isn't sufficient for people to notice this feature, could you please make the animation stop after a couple of bounces?  Likewise for the animated info-bubble at the top of the app. Would it be possible to animate it just a couple of times and change the color of the bubble?    
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sjbrodwall

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Paul

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This request should not need to be voted up.  It's an accessibility issue.  It goes in the JFDI list.
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sjbrodwall

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And I know Snagit isn't a web app, but the WCAG is still a very helpful tool: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/#pause-stop-hide
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Paul

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Absolutely.  I spend a lot of my time trying to convince our designers that WCAG is easy to achieve of built in from the start and harder to retrofit
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sjbrodwall

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Not to mention building accessible apps makes UX better for everyone, not just people with disabilities. :)
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Paul

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Designer, "Oh but light grey text on a slightly lighter grey background looks so COOOOOOOL"

Me, "Yes but it sucks"

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Interesting, I don't notice them much if ever.

 However, my primary monitor is a 32 inches. So the arrows are not in my field of view so much.

 But now, thanks to this thread.

And some testing I just ran. I’m noticing them a lot. Gee, thanks a lot. Now I’m cursed and have a problem with them. LOL.

 2 thumbs up. The Arrows don’t need to blink away forever. You got my vote.

 Regards,Joe

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Actually Joe, animation in a person's peripheral vision is immensely distracting to many people - because that area of your vision is more sensitive to movement - a vestige of our hunter gatherer ancestors.

I don't think the arrows need to be there at all.  Our typical user probably knows how to drag to describe a region.

It's vanity-ware 
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I don't care whether the arrows bounce or not, but they need to be there for when I need to to a scrolling capture (sometimes I do, other times I don't).
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Oh I get that you need to be able to scroll off screen.  But since you have already selected a scrolling capture, you know that you can go off screen don't you?  So the arrows add nothing.  The region should expand beyond the screen limits regardless of whether it has arrows?  Aren't they just lip gloss?
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sjbrodwall

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It makes sense to have them, because not everyone is familiar with the functionality.  But they don't need to be animated.  Isn't that how it used to be in the previous  version?
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I thoroughly dislike this feature. I don't want the arrows at all. I find them distracting. But that they're bouncing is for me really annoying.
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You can turn off all animations by enabling Simplified Crosshairs under File > Capture Preferences.
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The motivation for animating them was to encourage usage for those unfamiliar with them.  I agree though, they may not need to animate all the time to serve that purpose.
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Excellent.  I have now enabled that option.

But may I make a suggestion.  If the purpose of that option is to "Turn off animation on crosshairs" then that would make a far better title than "Simplified crosshairs" 

"Hide SnagIt when capturing" is equally obscure.  "Disable capture of SnagIt Editor"

In other words, make the options describe what they mean for users, not what they technically do from the developers' perspective.  Then, a lot of these threads would not even get started, let alone run for three months, like this one has.
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I would prefer the Simplified Crosshairs included the target lines that crisscross the entire screen.
The small target and magnifier get a little lost on my 32" monitor.
Couple that with the second monitor, and it's much easier to set my sights on the cursor.

I use keyboard shortcuts to start a capture.I suppose I could stare at my cursor at the start of every capture.I'd rather focus on what I'm about to capture.Especially if I'm capturing a video playing and looking for something in particular in the video.

To be honest, that little bouncing dot on this huge monitor, doesn't register.
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