Recent Tray as a pull down item

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I'm a big fan of the ability to drag and drop images from the Recent Tray onto other apps.  I'm NOT a fan of the fact that you need the whole app open to do it, that it usually grabs the whole screen, or floats in a way that you can't see the last capture, and won't remember to use any previous split screen setting. In short, the editor is always in the friggin' way.

So, whilst swearing at the screen for the 10th time today, an idea occurred to me.  What would be really helpful would be a drop down similar to this ...



... that includes a vertical scrolling list of the captures, most recent at top. You can click and drag one to place it elsewhere, or double click it to open it in the editor (same behaviour as the actual recents tray.)

This would be even better than getting the editor to behave properly because I can then turn editor preview off, summon the recents drop down when I need it, and ditto the editor

Solves my problem and might be useful for others?
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Posted 8 months ago

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Doug Troxell, Lead Developer, Snagit:Mac

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Hi Paul, 
Interesting...  I believe I understand what you are asking for. I kinda know where I'd put such a pull-down list, but where would you expect it to be?
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Paul

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But you're not allowed to develop it for Mac without browbeating your counterparts to put it in Windows.  'Cos Windows R Us  I can say that now because:

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Or instead of a drop-down, maybe modify the Editor so that the tray can be undocked from the bottom and become a floating window?

Maybe that's what Paul was attempting to say and I misunderstood?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Doug Troxell, Lead Developer, Snagit:Mac

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Its a good suggestion for certain. Might be worth spending some "innovation time" on...  (Our devs periodically get "innovation time" to prototype new ideas, etc)
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Well, yes, an undocked tray would kinda work as long as I don't have to have the editor open.  But it would be suboptimal in my view because it still occupies screen real estate when I am not using it, whereas a drop down can be dismissed and summoned when needed.
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Key concepts would be:

1. Make it available just like the capture drop down, anywhere around the edge
2. When it's opened make it act just like the tray except vertical instead of horizontal so everything you can do with the recent tray you can do in the dropdown, EXCEPT there's no editor canvas to drag it onto.

Keep it as similar as possible to the existing features and there will be almost zero learning curve
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Quote:  "I'm NOT a fan of the fact that you need the whole app open to do it, that it usually grabs the whole screen, or floats in a way that you can't see the last capture, and won't remember to use any previous split screen setting. In short, the editor is always in the friggin' way."

This is not a problem. Just exert a bit of control of the editor window. After all, this is a Mac. As long as the publisher is adhering to Apple's GUI standards, the window will stay in the position you had it in when you last closed it AND at the same size. Mac apps are not full screen by default unless a publisher ignored said guidelines and actually coded to make the app's windows open at full screen. (As an example, I am usually use Snagit on my 27" iMac; I size the editor window to roughly one-fourth of that real estate. Big enough for most editing; small enough to see most or all of the other app that I'm using at the time. And it stays like that... surviving snow, sleet, major updates, etc...)

The dropdown is a fair idea but also not really necessary in my opinion. That's my two pennies.
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I posted this idea to both Mac and Windows to gauge response on both threads.

I am in fact a Windows user and SnagIt for Windows pays no heed to screen design guidelines I'm afraid.