Snagit 12 and Google Earth maps

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G'day all,

I have a 120 acre area I'm trying to capture and print with specific detail
I use Google earth maps to view the area
I must zoom in to 9000 feet for the detail needed. 
A series of 8 individual captures are required to get the entire 120 acre area. 
Easy to do with Snagit.
I save the 8 images in a .png format so I can manipulate them within my graphics program. 
I use Paint Shop Pro, to attach the 8 .png images together
The results is a 19x 30 image that will print out in poster mode as eight sheet to be taped together.
The anomaly I'm encountering is at the assembly stage in Paint Shop.  While I believe the images are all the same size, when I star to align them I am finding each capture is just a little off from the one it attaches to.  Not enough to ruin the overall out come, but an irritant never the less.

So, the question:  is this by design or I'm I doing to much manipulation to expect the images to fit perfectly together?

Thanks for reading.
Bob
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Hi there

What you are doing sounds like a perfect reason to download and evaluate SnagIt 13. SnagIt 13 offers a new capture preset called Panoramic Scrolling Capture. Basically you define the capture area and scroll to bring more into view and SnagIt does all the recording and stitching or whatever it needs to in order to create that "larger than life" image.

Check it out! It's awesome and one of my favorite new features!

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thank you Rick, I'll have to give 13 a go.
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You might try using a defined size capture if you aren't already. Using that same defined size then you would move the capture region horizontally by the width and vertically by the height for each additional capture as needed.  That might fix the alignment issue with your version.  However, the new panoramic capture is certainly easier and if this is just a one of, then downloading an evaluation version and trying it might very well be the quicker way to accomplish this.
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Thanks for you suggestion, however, that's exactly what I was doing.  I took Rick's advise and got version 13.  The panoramic option works just fine except with Google Earth maps and I'm sure that's by design.
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Hi Bob

When you say it works fine except with Google Earth maps, are you meaning that Google Earth is somehow preventing SnagIt from capturing? Or are you instead saying that the resulting capture isn't perfectly matched?

Just pondering out loud here and wondering if it's the latter, if perhaps what is happening is that the curvature of the Earth in the satellite imagery is causing the mismatch?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick,
In panoramic, when you define the area and click the start button the stop box button should appear, as it does with every other map or site I go to, but when in Google Earth, when I click the start button I can see, takes less than a second, the stop box attempt to form then zoom off the screen to the right.  I am still able to move the define box around the area but there is no way to stop the action.  I can close the program but am left with an orange out line of a capture box on my screen.  To get rid of the orange out lined box I have to reboot.
If I pull up a USGS Topo map I can accomplish the panoramic process without a glitch.
What I am trying to do in not a priority, I was just trying to improve my results as a matter of principal.
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Hey Bob,

Just so you know. When you do full screen panoramic captures the "Stop Control" minimizes to the Taskbar with me.I use auto-hide on the Taskbar but I'm aware it's there. Just click it and it will come back up on screen so you can stop the capture.

Regards,Joe

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Joe I appreciate the reply.  However, your image appears not to be what I'm trying to do..  I have a 120 acre area defined on google earth maps.  Looking at the entire area on my screen (alt 12600 ft) does not provide the ground detail I'm looking for, so I must zoom in to approx 9800 feet for the necessary detail.  Attempting to capture the 120 acre area now is where the problem starts.
I can accomplish the panoramic view of the 120 acre area with Snagit 13 when viewing the area on a USGS topo map.  But topo maps do not give ground detail, trees rocks and such.
My intent here is to capture the 1800ft x 3000ft area (approx 120 acres) from 9800 ft altitude using Snagit 13 Panoramic capture.  I can do it if I uses the USGS topo map, but not in Google Earth.  Using Google Earth zoomed in to 9800 ft once I hit the start button the stop button is no where to be found.
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Does this help?

https://www.screencast.com/t/bPxlEyBl...

Cheers... Rick :)
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This is what I was trying to convey.I removed my updated response. While I was creating my Screen shots and posting it. Rick posted his video.The video shows what happens.
Hows that for service?

Regards,Joe
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Thanks for the support and suggestions Rick and Joe.  I spent some dedicated time last night and find the Panoramic option works correctly every time except with Google earth.  I did manage to actually get it to work in Google Earth several times but never twice in a row.
That suggests to me there's some other issue I need to address, so I'll update Google Earth fist as it's an older version.
Again, thanks for all the assistance.
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Are you using Google Earth Pro? It's free now and I don't know if that would make any difference or not