Add "Paste in place" feature to Snagit (use same location on destination as on source image)

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I have 50 screenshots that I've taken with SnagIt and I want to mask part of each screenshot with a white rectangle so it doesn't distract from the image. I place my rectangle on the first screenshot, and then want to copy/paste it on the other 49 screens. When I do, it pastes the rectangle in the upper-left corner of the screenshot, not where the rectangle is on the original screenshot.

Is there a way to paste the rectangle in the exact same spot on each screenshot?
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jim.rehmann

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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Great question, Jim. This is not currently built into Snagit but is a great feature suggestion; I changed this post from a question to an idea so we can track interest in it from other Snagit users, which helps us prioritize this request among others.

One question: how would you expect this positioning to work when the dimensions and aspect ratio are not the same for the source and destination image? Relative (%) coordinates, absolute (pixel) coordinates, from top left or from nearest corner? Or if you have no expectations there...that's fine, too.  :)
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Here's how I use it: I take dozens (sometimes hundreds) of screenshots daily as I create eLearning for a piece of technical software. All my screenshots are the same size (ie 1800 x 1410). SnagIt is absolutely GREAT for capturing these screenshots for me in rapid succession and automatically naming and saving them for me. When I edit the screenshots, I usually mask one or more parts of each screenshot so the content isn't too busy/overbearing. So what I do is simply draw a white rectangle over the part of the screenshot I don't want the user to view... and I need to do this up to 100+ times. So what I do now is opening all my screenshots in Adobe Fireworks and mask my first screenshot, then I can simply copy/paste it on all 100+ screenshots and the mask ends up in the exact same spot on each image.

It would sure be nice to be able to do it in SnagIt!!!!!!
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Rick Stone

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Actually, with a bit of creativity you can.

The video linked below will show you how I might approach it.

http://www.robowizard.com/RoboWizard/...

Cheers... Rick :)
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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I made you a video, too, before I saw Rick's excellent response come in. The first part of my video duplicates the second half of Rick's suggestion (creating a new transparent image with a white box) and the second half of my video demonstrates another idea for creating a custom profile that auto-applies a watermark effect (in this case, a white box) to the same location in your captures: http://screencast.com/t/ztnfjA7B 

Of course, these are all workarounds but will hopefully speed up your workflow a bit in the short term. 
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Thanks guys... but too many steps. I might have five images where I need the "covers" in one spot, 10 more where they are needed in another, 15 more where they are in yet another spot, etc.

Until SnagIt has a paste in place command, I'll have to continue using Fireworks.