Snagit - Always save a .snag copy when saving in Standard Format (.png, .bmp, etc)

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Would it be possible to allow the option to always save as .snag file extension when saving in Standard Format i.e. When saving as a .png, .bmp, ... .jpg, also save file as .snag in same directory! Perhaps even a "Also save as .snag" checkbox in the Save As window?

Manually saving as .snag requires an extra five clicks just to save as another file type!
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While I strive to remain very impartial and I never vote on any topics, as someone who's made hundreds of PNGs and SNAGs of the same image, I have to admit...

This may be the most I've been tempted!

Here's an idea though: Have you tried the "Convert Images" feature (some people call it batch convert)? It's an option in the left column of the Snagit interface. (Not the Snagit Editor--but the part that actually initiates the capture) Image: http://screencast.com/t/7HfPosaDc

You can point this at your folder full of Snags and have it convert all your Snags into PNGs or what not and even dump them in a new folder.

Will this workaround help?

It might help a bit if you could explain your workflow a bit more. Help us understand how you typically use Snagit. Thanks for posting!
Mike Curtis
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I am a technical writer and use SnagIt to capture images of often sensitive internal information. I have gotten quick at replacing the sensitive data (usernames, e-mail addresses, account numbers, etc.) but occasionally I will miss something. I usually notice these mistakes later after the images have been uploaded to the staging site. I must then open the .snag file, make changes, save and then 5 more clicks to save as .png. Then I must reupload the files to the staging site using an FTP program and reload the staging page to ensure that all is now correct. Many, many clicks. =]

Your suggestion is helpful and I was unaware of this ability so thank you. Accessing SnagIt, choosing the option to Convert Images and then making the way through all the steps results in potentially about a dozen clicks which is still better than 5 clicks per image although I have to say it feels longer. But there still lies a significant margin for error over my proposed method since the user must select the files to convert. Perhaps the images that need converting (or re-saving in my case) start with 'a', 'n' and 'z' in a folder of hundreds of images. Or perhaps the images are in multiple folders. This makes it harder to select the appropriate images and output them to the correct locations.

I assume that many people use SnagIt routinely (otherwise they would not have purchased it) and are using it for a specific end which is not likely to deviate much. I feel as if many would be able to increase productivity and benefit from the ability to quickly make changes if needed with a persistent checkbox to save as the .snag file type in addition to the chosen type.
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Oh, man...this feature would be a HUGE help to me!

I'm a tech writer at a software company. I use FrameMaker to create and maintain our documentation, and I've used SnagIt since 2004 to create, edit, and maintain all of the screen shots (of which there are many!).

FrameMaker has the ability to import images "by reference." This means that I can open up a previously imported image, modify it, save it, and then the changes will automatically appear in the document WITHOUT having to re-import. Pretty cool...but the challenge comes when it's time to crack open the documents and edit them for the next release. If there has been a change to the user interface that requires a small change to a screen shot, I usually end up having to re-take the entire thing and reconfigure ALL of my callouts and stamps, etc.

I was VERY excited when the .SNAG file format was introduced. This meant that I could save the image and maintain the layers, then come back and move stuff around later. I thought was EXACTLY what I was looking for...but in practice it leaves a little something to be desired, for the exact reason specified by danafer: too much clicky-clicky required to maintain!

My current workflow (without SNAG files) is: Take screenshot, modify as needed, save as png, import by reference into FrameMaker. From there, I can tweak the screen shot as needed in the SnagIt Editor (usually trying to get it to fit in the frame I have available), saving and overwriting the .png each time so I can see the changes automatically applied to the FrameMaker doc right away. I then TRY to remember to save them as SNAG files before closing them in the SnagIt editor, but sometimes I forget...so I end up having to fully re-take the screen shot next time around. (Not to mention what happens when I am working on a different PC and don't have access to my custom stamps, etc...heaven forbid!)

If I could configure a profile that would save my .png but also save a .snag copy at the exact same time, I'd be golden. (Almost like a "shadow copy" of sorts...)

The image convert option is a nice idea, but there again - it's one more thing I'd have to remember to do every time I make a change...and before I could see the change applied to FrameMaker. (I'm picturing myself pulling my hair out trying to figure out why the screen shot in FrameMaker isn't refreshing...only to find out later that I had updated the SNAG file and failed to run the convert to update the PNG!)

Maybe someday there will be an image file format that supports layers and is standardized...won't that be nice...but even now the closes thing we have is a PhotoShop PSD...and I can't import one of those directly into my FrameMaker documents, either. :( Boo hoo, woe is me.

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Excellent idea! I take lots of screenshots for documentation using SnagIt and then add stamps, callouts, etc. When these have to be edited, having the .snag file makes it a quick fix. But, I have to use the .png for inserting into various applications, depending on what's being documented. The automatic save to .snag would be a great help! One other way to think about it would be that when saving the .snag file, there could be a dialog that asks if the file should be saved to other formats and then any of those could be checked. Thanks for posting the idea!
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Excellent idea - It should be a checkbox option when you go to 'Save As' one of the Standard formats:

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Yes, almost 2 years ago I suggested the exact same thing! I have also suggested that they add a tick-box to flatten the images before saving them. PLEASE, I love SnagIt, but this is really a pain in my SnagIt-life. The batch convert workaround won't work for me.
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The menu option File | Save As in SnagIt has different meaning than typical Windows products. In a typical Windows application, it means I want to save the current document in another format (.png), but leave original (.snag) document alone. In SnagIt, File | Save As means convert the file (.snag) into another format (.png). It would be of great help if SnagIt implemented the standard use of File | Save As. This would eliminate the need to make a copy of the .snag file before calling File | Save As.
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I would like this too!

I use Convert Images, using the flow:
1) Save As Snag (repeat for each file)
2) Select the files and batch convert using Convert Files

But I'm often working with one or two images in a short document, and this flow is tedious.

An alternative for me would be a saved Convert Images process, saving all selected files as PNG in a pre-defined folder.

Regards,
Peter

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