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I have been using snagit for quite some time now. When I try to preview old screen captures it took for ever to show me old captures. I assuming it is because there should be tons of images to upload. Is there anyway to purge some of the previous content to speed the process up?
I don't really need old images captured.
thanks
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Wagurto

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Posted 3 months ago

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Rick Grunwald

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In the library? Just delete them or select several at a time and delete them
You can delete them with windows explorer but you might have to go and delete the red X placeholders in the library anyway
An I understanding your question?
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1elkhunter

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I would like know where the file is that holds all the Snagit images/video's so I can determine how large it is so if I want to start deleting them. Typically, i file all images and video's anyway in their applicable folder locations on my backup hard drives, just incase the computer hard drive crashes or get a virus. 

Does anyone have this info?    
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Rick Grunwald

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Wow. You need to keep in mind this is a user to user forum. I'll try again.
There is no file that holds all your snagit captures, videos etc. UNSAVED images are stored in the Datastore folder. When you save them out the disappear from there. There are internal files that track what's in the Library that you cannot manipulate
SO ... your files are where you put them and not duplicates of  what is in the library. You can remove the marker from the Library but it will not save space unless you delete a file THROUGH the library commands in which case it will be gone (of course)
1) Your files are on your hard drive where you saved them
2) Unsaved captures are in the datastore under an internal name
3) The datastore can be found under your profiles app data should you need to reload those into the library VIEW
4) Your files are not IN the library, that is just a database to track where they are

5)If this is not answering your issue, try stating it so you at leas acknowledge the above data and WHY it is not addressing your issue so others can better understand what exactly you are looking for
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Dubie

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@1elkhunter

Also to add to Rick's comment.

Be careful how you remove items from the Snagit library

Snagit will getcha!!

As Rick stated,  Snagit"s datastore
(C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\TechSmith\SnagIt\DataStore)

holds on to your Un-saved captures with the .snag extension.
 Once you save a capture to a png or jpg or what ever it is no longer in the datastore.
It's where you saved it to.

It will still show in the library and deleting it in the library can have consequences.

If you select a saved capture ie; a png/jpg image and Delete it, Snagit will also delete it from your computer where you saved it. This has caught many people.

I personally think this action is BS for Snagit to do but it is what it is.

If you want to just remove the capture from the Snagit library ONLY and not completely
from your computer Use "Remove from the library instead.



Just thought I would add this before you get burnt.


Dubie
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Wagurto

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Thank you guys, I am not talking saved captures but the ones on the library. I would like to select them from the screen but it took for ever to regenerate the preview of the images. I guess it is because there are tons of them. I though there would be easier to go to the folder where they are stored and deleted them all. But that seems to be risky.
thanks  
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Rick Grunwald

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Even if you delete them outside of Snait via Windows explorer, you are left with the nagging red X markers in the library
  1. If you know what you want to delete you can shift select a bunch at a time then right click and choose remove from the library or DELETE which removes them from your hard drive
  2. You can used the filter boxes on the left to do a year at a time or a month at a time until you get it pared down to size 
  3. You can set the zoom at the bottom to as low as 1%$ that makes many small icons that load quickly. Once they are loaded you can zoom in or out as needed
It would be nice if the library was an SQL database that could be edited and then just selete the lines and thumbnails that you wish or better yet search and filter but no, it is not there ... or rather it is not in a format that can me externally edited so you are basically stuck with doing it via the library, but the strategies I listed should make it less painless

In the future, try assigning tags as you go. The tagging is bare bones now but we are screaming for improvement. Even adding a TEMP or REVIEW tag will give you a filter that will make this kind of maintenance a lot easier

When you come up with a workable way to do this cleanup, please post it back here for others to find
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Rick Grunwald

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Alternatively you could delete everything in the datastore and restart snagit. You will lose any tagging and things like that but you will be back to an empty library. Then you can just drag what you want into Snagit from windows explorer. Tags will be gone, dates they were captured gone etc
A very bold move and a full backup of the datastore should be made just in case it hoses your library in ways that you  can't live with