SnagIt 2018 - Context Menu UI - Minor QoL Idea

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Hi Team, 

Finding SnagIt to be enjoyable to utilise, just one small Quality of Life idea relating to the SnagIt 2018 Context Menu UI which a few of my customers feel like could be beneficial. 

We've noticed that some customers monitors struggle to show the difference in a "selected" menu option, and a non-selected option. The below is an example within the v.2018 editor, however the same problem exists in the capture-window as well. 



With these light colours you can imagine the difficulty - and it occurs to me that this may be a simple issue to resolve.

So, here are some sample colour ideas I've organised to replace the "white" selection colour. You can see just from these the difference the darker colour would make even on poor quality monitors. Best of all, it keeps with the theme. 



Hope you find this useful,  

Kind Regards, 
Matthew Looke
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Go to your tray and rightclik on the snagit icon and click preferences and try the dark theme and see if you might like that better.
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Hi Jason, 

Thanks for the suggestion, I have tested the dark theme too and it suffers from the same issue - there's not enough colour contrast between the selected options on low quality monitors. 

In the dark theme, the selected option could be whiter to help make it easier. 

Example: 


I have a personal preference to the light-theme, I feel like it looks more professional. 

Thanks, 
Matthew Looke
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hmmm ... Looks fine to my 66 yearyoung really bad eyes even without glasses.

Potat o potot o I  guess LOL! 
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I envy your eyesight and the quality of your monitor :) 

We've had multiple separate customers comment on this, or I wouldn't post it here. 

~Matthew
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This can be a subjective and sometimes emotive subject.  But there's a way to make iit objective. 

While SnagIt is obviously not a web app, the accessibility rules that apply to web pages are just as valid.  Our eyes do not make a distinction between web page and desktop app.

So I ran the content menu colour scheme through a WCAG Contrast Checker.  The results are shocking: 



The problem is that currently designers are obsessed with two things:

  1. The colour grey (and the feinter the better)
  2. Subtle contrast.  So subtle that they are not, in fact, contrasts at all
As a software product manager Ihave this constant, energy sapping, battle with designers.

Many US governmental agencies have procurement processes that forbid the purchase of products that do not meet the accessibility rules.  It only needs one of them to  take a serious look at SnagIt's compliance, and that market sector will dry up.