Simple Preview window usability enhancements for Snagit Mac: Thumbnail Tray and Copy/Paste elements in place

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I just installed the trial of Snagit 2018 (I have an older version) and was hoping Techsmith would have improved usability somewhat, but not much that I can tell... Here are just a few ideas below. 

1. Thumbnail Tray (bottom of Preview window)
  1. When right-clicking on an image, add the export command there
2. Main Canvas Area in Preview window
  1. When copying and pasting elements from one image to another, paste it at the same coordinates (often called "paste in place" in other apps). It's very annoying currently that when you copy and paste an element from one image to another, it is often so offset that it expands the canvas we have to resize everything. Just paste it at the same position on the image because 90% of the time that's what we want to do. Note that this should also work with a multiple selection of elements.
If you like any or all these too, please give a vote! Thanks!
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seb lt

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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions! I have some questions about the second item,

1. Where would you want the elements to paste if the 2 images you have are different sizes? Relative to the bottom left, top left, center?
2. Currently it pastes centered around the mouse location. This is still useful in some cases, do you have a preference as to how you'd switch between those modes?
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seb lt

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Oh, so that's why it felt like it was pasting in random places! I must admit, it's the first time I've seen a copy/paste behavior like that. I'm not sure how useful it is, as it's quasi impossible to place something precisely based on the mouse cursor position.

To answer your question: Canvas center

But the 80% use case deals with two canvases of the exact same dimensions. In that case, the objects should be pasted in the exact same position they were in when copied. Relying on where the mouse cursor happens to be results in wasted effort trying to get the image in that position.

Hope that helps!

Oh and if you get a chance, try out Sketch (sketchapp.com) and take note of how they handle copy/paste. 
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What happened to numbers 2 and 3 under Thumbnail Tray; these showed in the notification email that I received. These were:

Press delete key to delete the image  AND
When right-clicking on an image, add the export command there

I would add to the press delete key (or clicking on the current circled X) to also delete said item from the library. I find it very annoying to have to delete lots of temporary use items a second time a week or a month later when I happen to go in the library -- mostly because I then have to drag up recall of whether it was a quick and dirty item or ???. 

 
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

You can hold down command and hit delete to remove an item from the tray and the library (moves it to the trash).
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SactoBob

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As many years as I've been using Snagit, there is always something to learn. One bit of clarification needed here as your statement is somewhat general.

This does not work by clicking the circled X or with the delete forward key (as found on full size keyboards). It is specifically the back delete key (the only delete key on the smaller Apple keyboards or the larger delete key on full size keyboards).