reference number in library and file system

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Hi,

I take a lot of screenshots and when I want to use them in a document, I drag the image to the file browser first so I have a reference of the screenshot and then into the document.

When I drag it out, on a Mac, it creates a file with the current date and time in the file name and a png extension.

When I drag it out, on a PC, it names it "Snag_4457355.png" which seems to be having a unique ID at the end.

Could it be possible to:

A) Make the Date/Time the moment it was taken rather the time it was dragged

B) Combine the two methods for both platforms and (e.g. "DATE_TIME_UNIQUE ID".png)

C) have the screenshot in Snagit also contain the UNIQUE ID?

Why I am asking is, when I go into the library with my thousands of screenshots, it is really hard to identify the original non flattened screenshot. If I can search by either ID or date/time, this would make it so much easier to find raw/editable screenshots again.

Thank you for your consideration.

Rob


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Robert

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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

On the mac side, all of the unflattened files have the file extension snagproj, so you can search that in the library and only get the original, editable files. I would guess that the same thing might work on windows with their snag extension. I hope this helps!
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Robert

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Hi Luke,

Thanks for the reply. I am not looking for "all" source files, but I would rather identify a particular one that requires updating. 

Thanks.

Best regards,

Rob

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Hi Robert,

On windows you can sort your library items by date. You can also add tags to your items to easily find them in the library.

Best,
Ania
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Robert

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Hi Ania,

Sorry, but this does not quite help me with what I want to achieve. 

I would like to be able to identify the original (snagit) file of a screenshot after I have found the png file in the saved location with all my artwork.

My colleagues have access to the screenshots that I have saved in the file system and when they say screenshot XYZ needs updating, I want to be able to identify the screenshot in the library. The easiest way would be if those two are linked with a unique reference in the file name.

The 'challenges' that I face are:
- I don't only take screenshots for one particular document, but many more -> Therefore browsing by date is not option
- Using tags is extra work that would be unnecessary if I could link the original screenshot to the png in the file system
- Things need to work the same way across platforms (Win/Mac)

I hope that provides enough context to support the original idea?!

Thank you.

Best regards,

Robert