Snagit - Variable delayed capture time . . .

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One thing that has been problematic for me for years, is the delayed capture in Snagit.  When trying to capture certain menu items that are buried 3 (sometimes 4 layers) deep, that 4 second delay can be difficult to navigate a complex menu system to the proper location before that screen shot is taken.  

It would really help to have a variable delay time, such as a 4, 6, and 8 second delay.  If I could select the delayed time amount from a dropdown window, that would be great, but I'd settle for a boring old parameter setting if I had to.
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There are some boring old parameter settings you can use.
Variable speed settings on the fly sounds like a good idea to me. I voted yes for it.

Regards,Joe

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Unfortunately, if you use that little drop down TSR  version so that it is always conveniently available,  you can't adjust the delay time on it.  It is 5 seconds, and like it or lump it!

I just retried it to  make sure, setting the main program to 60 seconds, and the delay worked.  However the little drop down control remains at 5 seconds.  It's that dropdown I'd like to change.

That thing gets booted the minute I turn the computer to the time I turn the computer off.  And to be honest,  I had forgotten about that larger more complex UI!   At least I know that it is possible.  Now, If we can convince the developers to make sure the two remain in sync for the delay!
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Are you using a keystroke or keystroke combination to initiate the capture?

I ask because that's my own method of working. And with this type of capture, I am able to easily open a cascade of nested menus and issue the capture key sequence as I keep the mouse hovered on the last menu. At that point my screen freezes, keeping all menus visible and allows me to capture. In that case, no delay is needed.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hey Glen,

There's no getting around the way the Giant Red Button and it's sub menu behaves.

However, if you save it as a "Custom Profile" It will always be readily available.

You could assign a Hot Key to it as well.

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Thanks Guys! An old dog has learned some new tricks.  that preset solution did the trick.  Clearly I have been nowhere nearly curious enough with my snagit program.

However, how does one actually take a screen capture of the Snagit Editor with Snagit?  I can't figure it out, but I should think it would be useful for tech questions and problems.

One of my other programs has a primitive screen capture program,  so I guess I could use that, but that seems like an unsatisfactory solution!
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Hi Glen

To capture SnagIt may require one or two things.

First, in the SnagIt settings, click File > Capture Preferences > Capture tab.



Ensure the option to hide SnagIt is disabled. (no check mark)

Then you may discover that the image I'm showing simply refuses to allow SnagIt to capture the dialog. And for that, I used the Windows Snipping Tool to get those things SnagIt refuses to allow to be captured.

Just click Start in Windows and type "Snip" to see the Snipping Tool icon.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick,

If you use the Snipping Tool regularly you can save some typing/time and create a shortcut on your desktop or better yet, pin it to your taskbar . Just one click away to use :)

Goto:

C:/ windows/system32/snipping tool.exe

Right-Click on it (context menu) Send to>>Desktop (crearte shortcut

You can than pin the desktop shortcut to your taskbar and delete the shortcut. Or not.

Just a FYI

:)
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Thanks. Indeed I was aware of that and have done it.

But when I reply, I never assume folks have done this. Which is why I always take the approach that I do. ;)

Appreciate it... Rick :)
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I suspected you did but thought I would post it anyhoo, You know...just in case.

And maybe someone else may benefit knowing how :)
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The Snipping tools great for the most part. It also requires saving and importing the image to SnagIt.
Plus,triggering a Snippet capture,can inadvertently close the very sub-menu that you are trying to capture.So it's less than ideal at times.

I  create a lot compound images. One that's comprised of 2 or more captures.

To me, it's easier to just record the screen with SnagIt.
You don't need to stop and take the screen shots.So it's fast as well.
You just scrub the timeline in SnagIt and hit Save Frame as PNG.


 
It's just another way to accomplish the same thing.

Regards,Joe
 
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LOL, many ways to skin a cat, eh?


For what it's worth, I too composite images as Joe has stated. And when I choose to use the Snipping Tool, I never take the additional steps of saving the image and then importing to SnagIt, I simply choose to copy it to the Windows clipboard. Then I paste the image.




Indeed I had overlooked the ability of SnagIt to record a process then save just the frame. I just tested that and it works quite nicely. Because SnagIt prevents the static screen capture of itself in certain circumstances, I kind of expected it to freeze or stop recording as I captured the image it disallowed in the other mode.


Nice!


Rick :)
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Many ways indeed,
Camtasia was my favorite go to tool for multiple captures in the past.

I was pretty happy when SnagIt added the feature to save frames as a PNG.

Regards,Joe
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You guys have been great! Again, thanks.  

However I wonder if TechSmith isn't shooting itself in the foot and losing some sales.  This might be heresy for what is essentially an Audio/Visual company, but a 'Basic Training' Book for both Snagit and Camtasia might be warranted.  There are tutorials that cover this, and getting started tutorials, but nowhere that I've seen is there a guided tour of the two products that covers set up and application management.

A self published eBook could be written and published on Amazon's infrastructure, and sold for a dollar or two.  It should be cheap enough for a guilt free impulse purchase.  As I understand it, hot links to the appropriate videos can be embedded in the body of the book.
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Great idea. Would definitely buy it. Especially like the part on "Application Mangement".

Off topic I know, but is there any way we can vote on a good proposal so that we don't have to passively accept what TechSmith might consider  best as I think happens when they do  the monthly summary!!