SnagIt for Mac requires the ability to hyperlink jpegs

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I have used SnagIt for as long as it has been around. I started on a PC, but switched over to a MacBook Pro several years ago.

While I love SnagIt, there is no ability to create a hyperlink. When I create a jpeg using the SnagIt program I can't insert a hyperlink. It is irritating. If I'm forced to use a different program to insert a hyperlink, why bother to continue to use SnagIt?
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Your post is confusing. JPEG images (or any images) don't inherently have or offer any ability to provide a hyperlink. That typically requires an HTML or other type of editor to offer the linking framework.

What are you using or have you seen that does offer this ability?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Sorry, but it occurs to me that I didn't address your question of "why continue to use SnagIt"?

Here's why. Oftentimes you are documenting things such as software. And you need an easy way to capture an image of the application and mark it up with highlights and callouts and suchlike. Once you mark it up, you save it in a format such as JPG or PNG or GIF or other. THEN you use some other application that presents the image. Perhaps you add the image to a Microsoft Word or Open Office document. 

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick,

I have embedded a hyperlink in images in the past. I'm not asking for help, I'm just complaining. Here's a reply from Joe at TechSmith that I received today:  

Thank you for contacting TechSmith Technical Support. Snagit Mac (or Snagit Windows) currently does not have the ability to insert hyperlinks within hotspots (this was a feature that was available in earlier versions of Snagit Windows, but currently not available: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/218529708-Snagit-Windows-Removal-of-hotspots-and-keep-links-in-Snagit-13 ). 
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I found this YouTube video that explains the possible output formats that supported the older hotspot feature. 



Note that none of the formats are JPG. You will see that SWF was one of the output types and was likely the format you were using. And unfortunately, SWF is fading away and presently existing pretty much on life support. I'm guessing that's why the feature was dropped.

So your bottom line is that if you need to hyperlink from an image, you will likely discover that you need to go the HTML route. 

Cheers... Rick :)
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Well Rick, Dawn Ireland isn't looking for a reason why hyperlinks went missing.

She said as much.

She want's the feature brought back.

Enjoy the day,Ginger
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I was simply attempting to be helpful to Dawn in providing a pointer to the likely solution she should consider, given it's not likely the feature will be added to SnagIt anytime soon and since the issue was being posted about, I figured she might appreciate the suggestion of a possible solution.