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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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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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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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.
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Please x1,000,000 add Ctrl-Shift-V to paste in place. OR, for goodness' sake at least paste by default somewhere predictable and close to the original, preferably a multiple of your "big nudge" amount.

I almost always want to put the pasted item near the original, and heaven knows what drives the random-seeming craziness of where Snagit pastes - sometimes completely outside the image area, which is nonsensical. Thank you!
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Mark, have you tried selecting the item, then simply pressing and holding the Ctrl key as you click and slightly drag your selection?
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Thanks Rick! That is great for within an image. 
   However, across similar images (say, when I've corrected the toolbar at the top and want to apply it to multiple screens) we still have an issue. 
   Also, the SHIFT key in conjunction with Ctrl-Drag does not constrain the snip, so I'm still needing to zoom in and nudge to make sure it's in the right place.
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LOL, my only goal in what I posted was to address what you were frustrated with. That "pasting near the original". 
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Snagit pastes where your mouse pointer is, in my experience. Are you seeing something different?
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@Daniel

Not quite.  It pastes assuming that your cursor position denotes the centre top of the object.  If it pasted using your cursor position as the top left position it would be a little more predictable and much more useful.  

To reproduce:
  1. create a screenshot 
  2. duplicate it
  3. place a wide text box with sample text so that it sits bottom right on one of the images
  4. copy that text box, move to the other image
  5. try to paste the text box in the same location with accuracy.  You might get lucky.  Then again ...
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Good point. Top left makes more sense to me, too, and I can't think of any cases where top center is better. I wrote up an issue for the engineering team to look into this and we can evaluate it against other priorities. Thanks!
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Thanks Daniel

It's one of those cases where you wonder "What was the developer thinking?" :) :)
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Hi,

I agree, this option would be very useful!


I use a technique similar to what Daniel is describing to get my pasted objects close to the area I want it to be in. While this is NOT PERFECT, it is a bit more convenient than the straight up paste function that is way off target.


So, in this video, I right click the object, move to the next capture, and right click near the top center of where I want it to be and it comes close.

For my workaround to work, I use the right-click option which in this case is pretty quick versus the keyboard shortcut.

https://www.screencast.com/t/CsOCYt0qqX


Kelly