Problem selecting objects in Snag it file with Vector on, using SnagIt 11

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I am using Snag It 11. I am trying to select an item on my image but I am unable to do so. The Vector is on. The image is a snag it file. If I opt to "Select All" the object is selected. But there are many objects on the screen, so this does not help me. However if I click on the object, it will not select. I have also tried to click and drag my mouse to select several objects, but it draws another box over it, without selecting the object. I have rebooted my computer. This has not had any effect. Please help!!!
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If this is a Snagit Image that is opening with the Snagit Editor, then you cannot use "print screen", the vector or cross-hairs. You have to first Flatten the image, then use the selection tool on Editor. Outline what you want, and the right click and copy. Then go to file, open from clipboard and the image that you just copied will pop up as a new image. Forgive me if I misunderstood what you were describing and wanting.
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Hi Marty.  I do not want to flatten the image, as I want to select an object that is inserted on top of the image, so I can move it.  From what I understand, flattening the image will prevent me from doing this.
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Oh, ok. Then if it is a saved .sng file you may be able to back space until all flattened objects are unflattened. You can tell this by the dots reappearing in the embedded and flattened objects. If the image you want shows the dots, then it is editable again and can be moved. If, however, the image is merged permanently, such as it was saved as a "save-as" pdf file or some other undeditable, completely flattened file, and you do not have the original editable file, then you might be out of luck. The way I handle those situations is to use the select tool and then resave just that portion of the image im looking to move and then remake the original. It sounds like you are in luck and have the original .sng file. You should be able to edit that.
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Sicko, Can you select any object at all? Check the "order" sequencing maybe you have sent all the objects behind one object and that could be the reason that you are not able to select the object of your preference. You could have "Flattened" some of your object(s) too. You can always select "ALL objects". You can check the order by right clicking on an object.
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I have checked the order sequencing.  The object is not behind another.  If I select all, it is selected. But if I click on it,  I cannot select it. If the object has been flattened, would "select all" select it?

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I am using v11.4.1 and I am able to select different vector objects. I made myself a canvas with 3 to 4 vector objects and I am able to select them individually or as a group of some of them.

This is what is in the help section

About Vector Objects

Several of Snagit Editor's drawing tools create vector-based objects that can be moved, resized, rotated, and edited at a later time.

Ways to Create Vector Objects
  • Paste the contents of the Clipboard on the canvas.
  • Make a selection on the canvas, copy to the Clipboard, then paste back on the canvas.
  • Drag a thumbnail from the Tray to the canvas. Existing objects in the capture or image remain separate vector objects.
  • Add an arrow, stamp, pen drawing, callout, line, shape, or step onto the canvas.
Snagit Capture File Format (SNAG)

The SNAG file format retains vector-based objects and can only be opened in Snagit. If captures or image files containing vector objects are saved as a format other than a SNAG file, the vector objects are flattened and made a permanent part of the image. Once flattened, the vector objects cannot be separated from the image.

Order Objects

Move a vector object forward or backward through layers of vector objects.

  1. Click to select a vector object on the canvas. SHIFT+click to select multiple objects.
  2. Right-click on the object and select Order > select an order option.
Align Objects
  1. Click to select a vector object on the canvas. SHIFT+click to select multiple objects.
  2. Right-click on the object and select Align and the position.
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Thanks CyrusMD. If I could select the object, I would copy and paste it again.  But I can't select it to copy and paste it.

I am using version 11.2.1.  I imagine this is a bug that has appeared in the system.  Given that we are using an older version, I doubt it will be fixed. Unfortunately I work for an organization and I am only one of a few who fully utilize the platform.  So it will not be easy for me to get upgraded to the latest version.  Sad to say, I think I am officially stuck in "No Mans Zone". 

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Upgrade to v11.4.1, that should be a free upgrade, maybe that might solve the problem. I am using v11.4.1 and I was able to select one object or multiple objects when the file was saved as .snag format. If you save the .snag file in any other format, one is screwed because it flatten all objects.

All the best.


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Thanks CyrusMD.  The objects aren't flattened.  I think the upgrade is the way to go.  I have logged a ticket to see if I can get an upgrade. Meanwhile I'm going to head home, cos I have SnagIt13 on my home computer!!  
Thanks for your help  :) :)
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