Recommended Upgrade to SNAGIT

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I recommend that SNAGIT be upgraded to provide the user with the capability to capture a region (of an image or map) by using a circle, parallelogram, triangle or especially a freeform (point-by-point) polygon. This upgrade would benefit me in that only very precise/specific areas could be captured excluding all of the unwanted area that is usually captured when I am limited to using a capture rectangle especially with no axis or azimuth rotation capability.
Examples of how the upgrade could be used follow. Use a point-to-point polygon to capture the region of a length of irregular coastline from the surf to some distance inland without also capturing all of the unwanted additional water and land areas. Circumscribe a capture circle of a varying radius around a displayed point or object thus capturing only that area and not all that a rectangle circumscribed over a point would capture. The capture circle would display a radius readout in metric and imperial/standard units of measure. Now I could exactly display the answer to a question like what terrestrial feature(s) is within a 25 nautical miles or 8,500 meters radius of a lighthouse? Many thanks for your consideration--- SNAGIT is an indispensable tool for me. 
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To capture, or select, an irregular region, you need Photoshop (or a similar app).
WRT to the capture circle, most if not all geographic information systems (GIS) offer that, which is way beyond the concept of what SnagIt is designed to do.
I use SnagIt daily for screen captures. When I want to edit the captures, I use another app.
Users, me included, have been complaining about the poor ergonomics of SnagIt 13 UI. I can't even imagine how bad it would become with all these features.
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In no way, shape, or form am I challenging your post, JL1, but I am very intrigued by your statement, " use SnagIt daily for screen captures. When I want to edit the captures, I use another app."

Really? -- Doesn't that mean you're going way beyond what SnagIt IS designed to do? I mean, if you can't use the SnagIt Editor to edit your screen captures, what's the point of using SnagIt? Not that I'm telling you not to use SnagIt, I'm just really surprised you advocate another app for capture editing. I guess I'm imagination-challenged in that I can't envision any type of capture editing that couldn't be done in SnagIt Editor.

And you're so right about SnagIt 13. I miss SnagIt 11. It just worked. Snagit13 feels like a regression.

Thanks for educating me on why you'd use another app for capture editing. (At least I'm going to assume you'll educate me - you seem like a nice person.) I find it a bit ironic we both chose the exact same time to answer this post. Your answer preceded mine by mere seconds.

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All right, let me rephrase what I wrote as "When I need to do some editing as complicated as described, I use other apps." 
Let me also stipulate that, for everyday use, SnagIt is indeed self-sufficient.
There.
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This upgrade would benefit me in that only very precise/specific areas could be captured excluding all of the unwanted area that is usually captured when I am limited to using a capture rectangle especially with no axis or azimuth rotation capability.

I second this motion! After all, if Microsoft can figure this out for Windows 7 via the Snipping Tool, TechSmith should already have this technology in a storage vault ready to roll out any day now.

But seriously, the idea of a circular capture would be a brilliant add.

How many votes are needed to make this happen?

Rock on!

René

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All right, after thinking a bit longer about it, then, indeed, irregular shapes for capture would preclude having to use another tool after a "rectangular" capture.
I am a bit wary of requesting to complicate the app, when comments about the counter-intuitive v13 interface seem to surface with a frightening regularity.
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Legitimate concern.