Portable version of Snagit

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Snagit Windows currently requires an install and, similarly, Snagit Mac uses user directories to store user preferences and captures. So they both require you to store information or the app on the computer you use it on. We’ve had requests to allow Snagit to be put on a USB drive or network directory. This would help those in order to use it on the road, across multiple computers, and for those with machines that are regularly wiped.

Now this is challenging for a couple reasons, if we are able to even do this, there may be some caveats for a standalone version if this garnered enough support. It may take some time to change our app around and we may lose some functionality if you choose to install it in this way (e.g., scrolling capture, capture metadata, and connectivity with our mobile apps won’t work as expected).
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Personally I have no interest in SnagIt on a Stick.  But I do in network drives.

I think these are two distinctly separate ideas, one of which just recognises that anything to do with stored images in any format belongs on a network share, and another which may be a complete re engineering of the product.

PLEASE don't make us wait for network shares because of StickIt.  We have been asking for network shares for years now.

I'd like to see a situation where I can nominate a  .snag file folder and a .png folder, and whenever I save something in whatever format, wherever I save it, a date stamped .snag and png get written automatically to those folders so I have a complete library in both formats.  Disc space is as cheap as chips.  I have 8TB at my disposal, I won't run out any time soon,
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Actually I'd like to modify my stance,  The requirement to be able to save snag and png files was before I realized the power of the new  drag and drop from teh tray function.

Before, I had to save every finished file as a png to import it where I wanted it.  The flattening and the loss of the sang file in the tray is what led to my request for twin saves.

But the drag and drop function changes that paradigm completely.  Now I have no need to save in PNG format at all.

So now my request is simply to have the library stored (and moved by the upgrade installation process) on a network drive.
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UPDATE:

And now I think I might be about to change my stance AGAIN.

You see, as a home worker, my network consists of Synology NAS drives.  The new Synology Drive feature is their version of Google Drive and MS OneDrive only with the cloud storage being my private cloud on my NAS.

A dedicated local drive is sync'd to a matching set of folders on the NAS drive.   Snagit is as happy as Larry with library on the synced local drive, while it is all present on the server too.  Look:



So now I have what I want.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Really need a portable version of Snagit (and Camtasia for that matter).

I am now doing contract work at various companies, like many others posters I've seen here, and really need a portable version of SnagIt and Camtasia. While I work on my own laptops (Windows and Mac), I often have to document processes or instructions on the client company's computers, and cannot install any software on their machines. Being able to run SnagIt and Camtasia from a USB drive would be a life saver for me. Yes, there are other portable screen capture programs out there, but I've been using SnagIt for too many years to remember, and hate to use something else that's not as friendly and familiar.

Please consider making this happen. This would be so cool, and I might even be able to convince some of them to purchase once they see the pair in action!
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As an IT Consultant (ETL Developer, BA/BI) I need to be able to run my selected software productivity tools from a flash drive without needing to install the software on the clients computer.  Forcing the client to pay for another license is not fair to the client who will probably not pay for it or us the IT consultants.  I am now shopping for another capture tool specially since I am not interested in video at this moment.
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I am now shopping for another capture tool specially since I am not interested in video at this moment.
Let me know when you've found a portable alternative...
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Check out Faststone for a portable solution
:)
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I love the Snagit product, but being a remote professional, a usb version would be fantastic!
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I can second Faststone.  It captures and allows editing.  When editing, it has the ability to highlight, add red outline boxes, arrows and numbered steps - all of the things I love about SnagIt.

AND IT IS PORTABLE AND JUST WORKS.
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FastStone has been working great for me in the consulting arena and client PCs.  I do have SnagIt on my personal PCs still...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Portable version of Snagit.

Snagit is a great productivity tool (I just updated to 2018) and it's become a must have for my professional life as an IT consultant. In my daily business I need to document, modify and communicate pretty much anything that can be found on screen, esp. document snippets and screen design.
On the premise of a customer, though, there is often a tight restriction when it comes to installing software on corporate clients and therefore the capturing functionality is usually limited to Windows-own tools such as Snipping Tool.
Enter: Snagit Portable... or so I'd wish. And I'm not alone - check this out (just an excerpt of Techsmith's own community idea blog):
And we're talking years of "please listen to our requests"...

Now, dear Techsmith's Senior Strategy Lead Development Marketing Specialists: please do, so that we can enjoy more great updates in the future, so that our customers can enjoy more professional deliverables which would perhaps even make them consider to purchase TechSmith products for themselves, which have you enjoy an increase in revenue and ... :)

Best,
Russell
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I am in exactly the same position.

I either need to find another product and am now looking at moving to something else.  I cannot wait forever.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can Snag-It be loaded to a USB Drive yet?.

This was asked 11 months ago, and I wanted to find out if Snag-It can now be downloaded to a USB Drive?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Running SnagIt from a USB Drive.

It would be really convenient to be able to install SnagIt on a USB "thumb drive" and be able to run it from this device. Several of us use SnagIt everyday at my company. This would allow us to create screen captures and use the capabilities of SnagIt without having to install it on the computer being "captured", only to have to uninstall it later. One example I've seen in an unrelated product is what Passmark Software does ... if you install their software locally, there is a "Install to USB Drive" option in the file menu. This is very handy, and such a feature would be a great aid in ease of use of your product.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Portable SnagIt.exe.

A portable version of Snagit.

Am using a portable version of another screencapture program, when I need to capture things on another pc. It just requires me to double click the .exe file, that simple.

Hope, one day, SnagIt will be portable the same way...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What this world really needs... is a PortableApp Version of SnagIT.

As part of my business analysis & consulting, documentation of applications, process, systems and workflows are bread and butter, taking my SnagIT portable would be almost a life saving strategy.  Sure, there are some free, freemium software out there, but come on... I'd love to use my SnagIT everywhere I am.  Often times it's easier to get a USB Drive approved to be used in the customer environment then to get my business laptop connected to a client's corporate network.
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Local restrictions aside, I too would value the ability to use SnagIt when visiting clients.
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I have been using SnagIT for years now and it has become an invaluable part of my role, especially when trying to provide how-to documents and the like. A portable version would be a great help. Whether it was on a stick, a network share or even grabbed from my NAS, the ability to capture anywhere would be huge.

Regarding functionality, personally I could handle not having a few perks for the ability to screen grab at a moments notice.
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I would like this streamlined version as I think the standard program has gotten to large and slow for my needs, simple capture is all I usually want. Snip it works fine but I like snagit and I want it to succeed
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I'd love to have a portable version - even feature-reduced.  Would probably prefer a slimmed-down, faster version as well.
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I vote for a feature-reduced streamlined  portable version.
(Acknowledging I don't have the same professional needs as others on here, but I sure could use SOME capability when on the road and working with pictures from an organization event or family event.)
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I have used another program called NotateIt (unfortunately it is not updated to Windows 10 and therefore I cannot use it.) to move from computer to computer, they have a static and mobile license where you can park the license when moving from computer to computer.  
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I am and have been a developer for more than 20 years.  I understand the challenge this poses in today's framework dependent world.  Then there is the licensing challenge.  There are already enough people sharing license keys for old versions that are not Internet activated.  Would the portable version be a steep "per user, many devices" license and how would it have to phone home to an activation server to prevent the same license being used in more than one place simultaneously?  For the sake of the hard working developers at TechSmith who have families to feed let's not make it easier to pirate their software.  There are enough (inferior) bundled with the OS, free and open source screen capture programs available so you can install one on every machine in your shop if you want to do that.  No need to be portable once you have something similar on every machine where you regularly use it.
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Official Response
While this has had a long history and conversation, this Idea didn’t get enough votes to be under consideration for a release in the next year or so. We are marking this one as Not Planned for the time being.

We did some initial research on it and there were two classes of issues:
  1. Don't have permissions for scrolling capture in certain situations, getting metadata for captures, couldn't work with our mobile apps currently, and we might have issues with the way we log in to the app on Windows
  2. USB speed. It would create much longer capture times, especially for video, some larger images writing to usb 2.0 were taking close to 20 seconds. There are ways around this though by storing to the hard drive first and then copying everything over when exiting Snagit

At this point, there are a lot of other things things we’ll be focusing on first. Definitely bring this up again when we do our next round of voting if you still see a need!

Here are the definitions of what the statuses mean for Ideas.
Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this roundup, as well as what has been implemented since our previous round.
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Definitely bring this up again when we do our next round of voting if you still see a need!

Considering all the existing separate threads that Russell Green has listed above, what it is that makes TechSmith so reluctant to introduce it?

It was on the 2017 year end voting list with 154 votes and early 2018 the discussion started again and it would be brought up in the 'next round', i.e. the 2018 year end voting. But I think it wasn't.

With all due respect and please correct me if I am wrong, but one way or the other I have got the impression that TechSmith simply doesn't want a portable version?
Maybe it is too complex?
Maybe they fear loss of revenue?
(Portable version being used free of charge, similar to portable FastStone?  Even though if the portable version would have been created from an installed version)
Or maybe you feel there are sufficient alternatives, like PicPick, FastStone, ShareX?

We don't know.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I wonder if there is a version of Snagit (windows) that I can install on a USB ke....

I wonder if there is a version of Snagit (windows) that I can install on a USB key?
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For portability with PC's being "locked down for security" adding the portability so you do not require Admin would be good. Also possibly looking at an extension or something within chrome may be helpful.