Snagit Editor - Selection tool - lack of white solid bg.

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I reluctantly upgraded in 2020 from snagit 7 (2004!) despite having purchased at least one intermediate version of snagit in the meanwhile.  This is basically because snagit 7 basically no longer works on larger resolutions.  While the 2020 version was in my view the first version of snagit worth upgrading to (the intermediate ones were largely bloated and slow messes), and in many ways the 2020 version is much much better, it also has a number of seriously frustrating usability problems.

I am a HEAVY user of the snagit editor. 
 
The issue that  one that i'd like to highlight now is the selection tool.  There are two basic modes for this:  background fill transparent or auto-fill.  transparent makes a transparent part of your images like the transparent part of a PNG.  auto-fill does some weird wacky nonsense that I can't imagine anybody needs - it's some sort of dirt removal smoothed algorithm or whatever.  
 
what's (OBVIOUSLY!) missing is simply deleting the selection with a solid color (white probably in 95%+ of cases).   yes, there are other ways to do this, but all are annoying.  FFS i just want to delete something and keep the BG white. This should not be that hard.  

Please add this now.
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The easiest way to do it is to make your selection and then use the fill bucket and fill your selection with whatever color you want.

Dubie:)

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thank you for the quick reply.  this is an absolutely ridiculous way to do this. it requires extra keystrokes and time, as do most actions in this poorly usability-tested tool.

PLEASE ADD THE "SOLID COLOR" bg option in the next release and stop justifying shite design.  But thank you for the "workaround."  I might as well fill the area with 10000 text periods.
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Well, you can change the canvas to white.

What did SnagIt 7 do differently?
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snagit 7 editor was a much simpler and less ambitious product.  for example, it was (essentially) pixel based.  however, the usability of the drawing tools was refined.  the number of clicks, mouse moves, etc to do what you wanted to do was optimized.  i could markup images much, much faster.  i've been using the 2020 version daily for about a month and am ... still running into frustration with basic usability very often.

as i said, i tried the editors from version 7 to around 2020 (when I finally did switch over to the current version) and while each added new features, they did so at the huge expense of usability and to some extent speed (2020 seems to be fine on speed and responsiveness). 

the 2020 (or perhaps also the 2019) version was the first one which to me finally brought things to equilibrium - while the usability still (clearly) needs work, the additional features , and i also understand that I still have a bit of self-training to get the muscle memory so that my proficiency is where it was with the old one.  but there is no doubt that the whole process of drawing and editing continues to be slow and convoluded.  over and over i find myself undoing something in the new editor because the editor does not do what it appears to be doing.  the selection mechanism is particularly broken at times.

that said, there's also some seriously cool tech in the 2020 version - like smartmove. the product is good. but it needs a careful, "usability guy with a new user and a stopwatch" usability review.
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I simply use the shape tool with no outline which I  can select the color beforehand and it automatically colors the selection with white in this example.
I've use snagit since it 's creation and don't have these perceived types of problems.

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this creates a white 'shape' which is then selectable.  if you use a lot of this, this creates a lot of white shapes.  this inhibits further detail work as the created shapes are then selected or need to be flattened.  all adds to the workload. your 'solution' is a workaround. it is certainly understandable how long term users have been 'institutionalized' and thus have become somewhat blind to what fresh eyes see as obvious flaws.  you've just become used to this.

why defend the poor ui and why not instead just join with me and ask snagit to do the obvious and add, in addition to the 'transparent' and 'digital scratch remover' settings, the obvious 'opaque' setting that is missing?
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Because I have better ways to spend my time.
>> what's (OBVIOUSLY!) missing is simply deleting the selection with a solid color (white probably in
>> 95%+ of cases)
I just get things done with what I have instead of trying to add bloat to a program and worry that it does not do what I want it to do.
What I offered to you is the exact same thing as what you asked for so therefor I don’t consider it a workaround.
If the selection tool did what you ask then once again it is exactly what I  suggested.



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laugh.  calling adding the most basic feature that was in the snagit7 "bloat" is comical.  snagig 2020 has 50x the features of snagit 7. to  call a fundamental missed mode of operation "bloat" that was there 16 years ago - well -- you've clearly drunk the cool-aid.

again, i have described very clearly why what you have described is NOT the same: your workaround creates invisible/unnecessary objects which inhibit further manipulation of complex creations done in the tool "atop" that.  
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You da bossman LOL!