I really want to be able to be able to align objects on the canvas more easily.
Right now as a workaround until I have a better way, I use the Line tool to make a line, line things up with that, and then delete it afterward. Or I just eyeball it and tweak it with the arrow keys.
I would REALLY love to have guides to snap the thing I'm dragging to other objects on the canvas.
Would that fit what you're thinking or are you all thinking more of rulers and movable guidelines?
I would love the ruler, alignment guides and the snap to function. when one needs to use one of these functions, they can check it and turn it on. Somtimes you might only want to align it in a straight line without any object that is near, so you use alignment guides, Hopefully there will be vertical and an horizontal one. one drags the line out of the ruler. Lots of drawing software has this functionality.
Example of what MS Powerpoint has:
- Having a ruler with draggable guidelines
- Snapping to other objects on the canvas
Does anyone have examples of where you'd use one over the other?
I'll split it out into two different ideas for voting if they are different enough.
Is it either / or, or is it, in fact, both?
Chris, to each his/her own. People will always prefer the way they do things. Chris you have already explained in your post (3 days ago) with the "snap" example. One does not always do drawings in a straight line.
The Ruler, Alignment guides and the snap function are basic drawing functions in Programs such, Powerpoint, Visio, CAD or any other drawing program.
For the next version of SnagIt to be robust, you should include all three of them functions with on/off switches for Snap and ruler functionality. The alignment guides are usually dragged from the horizontal or vertical rulers (when on). If the ruler is off, then right click and turn the alignment guides on.
I design menus as a layout before the html controls are inserted on the menus. It could be menu like a DVD menu so I understand how the three functional tools i.e The Ruler, Alignment guides and the snap function can be useful when used in the appropriate ways. I do not think it will be tough for your programmers.
I have attached some samples to explain.
- Why rulers? To be able to place guides precisely at the right pixel from the borders of our capture
- Why guides? to be able to place a drawing element and drag it and snap it to the previously placed guide
- Why snapping to other objects... well simply because sometimes, guides is not the solution as we just want to align objects to each other without having the need to place dozens of guides over the picture!
I tried pasting images onto the canvas and creating vector drawings using the tools provided. Every time I select an object and right click the align option is Grayed Out.
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As I can do to make an arrow is aligned vertically or horizontally, I also want to know if you can specify its inclination in degrees
We need to be able to snap annotations to a grid or other objects to create neat alignments between annotation objects. I'm surprised after so many people asking that this has yet to be implemented. I hope this is something that is on the roadmap.
I think it could be useful if SnagIt Editor offered an ability for "snapping", similar to the way Camtasia does it when dragging things on the canvas.
For example, I'm presently creating something at a specific size and I need to carefully align the left and top edges of an image with the left and top edges of the canvas. It would be cool if guides popped on as I got to the left and top edges.
Cheers... Rick :)
One of the main uses I use SnagIt is to show System Architect designs. The problem is there is no way to nicely line up SnagIt stamps. It would be nice to have guidelines that show up when the stamp edge lines up with another object on the page being edited in SnagIt editor. This would be similar to using Visual Studio Form Designer mode (if that helps explain it).
For lines and arrows (I suppose for other shapes as well) it would be great to have a snap tool to vertical or horizontal. The shift option works, but a snap tool would be better. Also, as a bit more finesse, use a select and a "compass" style alignment tool.
It would be very helpfull to have some kind of guides in Snagit. For example in Photoshop, you can use these so called guides. With these guides, you can line up elements on the same position. You can make these guides magnetic or not. That would be very helpful in Snagit too.
Align, group and order options which appear under Arrange is disabled for me, due to this I can't align objects to left right or center. I am using SangIt on windows7. Please advise.
For myself, I could see value in the different ways like @Nicow describes. I prefer the idea of ruler lines on my objects and I think I'd use that more than the snapping. For me, I would use this to simplify my images making it easier for others to read an already busy screen capture with a lot of annotation. I don't see much value when I only have a few call outs.
Looking at my 2017 library, there's a few captures this feature would help. For those items, it's when I have many items on the page, it is a very busy page and I think having a common alignment of the callout box (possibly all boxes start with the left alignment for example and the arrows are pointing to specific areas of hte page) would make my image easier for others to read. Some captures with many callouts, arrows, highlights, etc are very busy so alignment could helps simplify that look. I don't need a snap necessarily - they're not right next to each other. I'm also not trying to get pixel perfect - I have other apps for that.
Another way I thought I may use this feature in the future is when I've taken a capture and I want to demonstrate a new button or placement of an object and I want to line it up to somethign on the capture (and not an object I've already placed on the image for example). While this would be cool, it's a very low use case for me and my workaround in the odd time I've needed it was to make a line then place my text.