SnagIt Lite as a WordPress Plugin

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@wa-a's suggestion about building help texts alongside images in SnagIt sparked an idea - a offshoot of @wa-a's idea 

At the moment there is a rather poor drawing plugin for WordPress - DrawIt (draw.io) - that lets you "Draw and edit flow charts, diagrams, images and more while editing a post."  Editing a drawing is not possible because it's flattened when inserted into a post.  If you want to change it you have to recreate it (or at least I haven't yet found a way to edit one)

@wa-a's idea has the SnagIt content you create as an output, and you would go back to SnagIt to edit it. 

This offshoot idea is to flip the concept on its head by creating a SnagIt plugin to WordPress that allows you to create SnagIt content inside WordPress, and that beats the crap out of DrawIt by storing an editable version of the file iso that you could access and edit it from within WordPress.

The SnagIt drawing would be placed into the WordPress post or page as a WordPress shortcode - something like  [snagit id=<id> /] where <id> is the unique ID for the content.  

There would be a plugin section similar to others that would look a bit like this:



Choosing Edit in this section would open the item in SnagIt for editing.  Saving it would immediately update all uses of the shortcode wherever they are in WordPress.

As others have said in separate posts, this would open up Snagit to a huge potential audience.  Existing SnagIt Licence holders could enter their key to get SnagIt Pro features while others would have reduced functionality until they bought a licence.  This is common practice with WordPress plugins.
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I think that is a brilliant idea, especially if you work with Wordpress on a Website.
Visionary thought.
I shouldn't think that would take that much work to implement.
I could even see if beneficial for Snagit to capture the attention of even more customers by letting have a trial or a stripped down version just to savour the nectar before they buy.

I'm all for it. I have such an account; it would be bad-ass to join the powers together.

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Nick
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Adding some overnight thoughts...

1. This idea is completely complementary to wa-a's.  In fact, because many plugins like this have an import and export facility (see screenshot above) you can easily imagine a scenario where content is originated in and external Snagit installation and then saved to a WordPress plugin object and vice versa.

.2. Specifically in the area of producing Help systems, you could reuse these shortcodes over and over to produce content.  For example, I often find myself writing FAQ's or reminders to users where I have to resort to tactics such as "In the Help system, navigate to the section called "Using the Correct Date Format," and look for  "GEDCOM data qualifiers."  Instead I could write each section a a separate shortcode and just call it from wherever I need it.

3. There are two parts to this:

a) Using wa-a's idea, all content production and editing could be done externally and the result imported into an "editor-free" WordPress plugin to create the shortcode.

b)  There is a native WordPress SnagIt capture / editor.  That's the bit that would require the real work by TechSmith because it's a completely different platform. Perhaps editing should use a TechSmith web site base version of SnagIt?
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A native program much better than the hassle of import and export whenever possible. Wordpress moves a lot of people, settinng up an app like this could mean $$$ in revenue and new customers. You'd have to given them an incentive to do it.
Go on Snagit, join the big guys: "Think BIG"

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Nick
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That's not what I meant Nick.  The analogy is the TablePress import and export where people routinely bring content in and out through common file formats so they can originate and repurpose content.  

For example you may create some content in a SnagIt WordPress Plugin that you realise you could use elsewhere > export it.  Or you may create some content in SnagIt that you realise later you could use in WordPress > import it.

With that capability in mind you could create a Phase 1 WordPress plugin that accepted import from SnagIt and created a shortcodes library but where all editing is done in SnagIt.  That would be a big step.  And then in Phase 2, you deliver native WordPress Snagit.  None of the Phase 1 functionality is redundant.
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Still a good idea.
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I'm the author of the DrawIt plugin. I'm kind of curious why you think that you can't edit the drawings after they're created? That's been possible since day one, and how to do it has been in the FAQ since day one as well. You simply select the image in the post editor and click the DrawIt button. It brings up the interface with the diagram loaded and editable. I'd be happy to help you debug any problems you might be having if you post a support ticket on the DrawIt support page: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/drawit
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Sorry.  My bad.  When you click on the object in the VE you get the standard wordpress toolbar:



Rightly or wrongly I expected a proffered Edit button to do exactly that, but it didn't.  To all intents and purposes it appears that a flattened, uneditable image has been imported.