Snapping objects on canvas

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(This idea is something we’ve heard from customers over time from several of our sources of feedback. We’re posting it here to gauge how well this fits our users’ needs. So please let us know what you think.)


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.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Rick Stone

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Personally, I love the ability to have snapping. Then again, there are times where it can become a real PITA when you need to nudge something. So there also exists a need to override it if needed.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick Grunwald

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Yes - a simple checkbox on the main editor interface would do it and would be fast to change in mid stream (they HAVE to get away from all the keystrokes needed for essential items
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Well, instead of another button imposing you to move away from the action you already started to do (like dragging your object somewhere in your picture) what is commonly seen in other image editing software is by simply pressing the [Shift] key, you temporarily stops the snapping behavior of the drag&drop action.

For sure, one additional toggle option in the preferences would still be great for people who don't like snapping behaviors (as always, as easy as a checkbox in settings).
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david.zepf

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New snap-to-canvas "feature" is driving me crazy. Please add the ability to disable it (the method doesn't matter - either of previous posters' suggestions is acceptable).
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Rick Stone

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Easy to turn off. Cilck Image > Canvas Snapping or just right-click the image itself and there is an option for Canvas Snapping.



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david.zepf

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Well, there it is! Thanks for pointing it out.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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After chatting with folks during tests and whatnot, I was thinking of having it work a lot like Google Slides. Where it would be snapping to object (with visible lines to help you understand what it's snapping to). And then you can hold Alt to turn it off while dragging. AND alternatively turn it off through the Edit menu and hold Alt to toggle it on temporarily.

Like this:


Would that fit what you're thinking or are you all thinking more of rulers and movable guidelines?
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Rick Grunwald

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I wonder if both would be out of line. I have programs that do exactly what you are demonstrating and that is great stuff. Rulers are great for those need to make stairs by indenting each object an odd amount such as (say) 1/4"
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Rick Stone

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Personally, I like the ruler idea. Especially if it involves the behavior of clicking and dragging out to create guides. (note the plural - LOL) 
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Paul

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That works for me although I think the options are overly complicated.  I work for a process mapping company and have worked with various drawing interfaces over a period of 15 years so I can claim a lot of experience in this field.

Alignment guides do not need complex on/off switches.  Once you acclimatise to their presence your brain and eye learns to ignore them when you don't need them, and recognise them when you do.  The brain switches them on/off at the speed of thought  So in my experience, an ALT key option to turn the guides off is a nice to have option that the vast majority of users will never use, or will use once and say  "Meh."  

To provide an option to switch the standard mode of operation around so they are off by default and need an ALT key to reveal them is just way over the top.

But you DO need to make sure the guidelines are a good contrasting colour to the rest of the objects otherwise the eye become s confused between object and guideline, which slows you down while you assimilate and separate them.  In your GIF the box is blue and the guideline purple - insufficient contrast.  Make the lines orange in this case.  This means you need an algorithm to select a contrasting colour depending on the objects on the page.  If all the colours of the rainbow have been used, then default to mid grey.

There are other cases where system options are needed.  Best to use the development resource on those rather than over engineer this piece of functionality.

Regards

Paul
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Please add the feature to restrict moving items on only the X or(!) Y-axis when pressing the SHIFT-key.

Bonus points for options to align multiple items.
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Official Response
Hello all! Snapping on the Canvas was released today in Snagit 2018 for macOS. It's coming soon for Windows.

Here it is in action:


It snaps to other objects on the canvas and the edges and center of the canvas itself. It works well with Smart Move too. By even snapping to objects in your captured image.

Thank you to all the beta testers that gave feedback on how this worked!

Snagit 2018 is a paid update.
There is upgrade pricing available. You can upgrade from any previous version of Snagit and get this pricing.
If you are currently paying for maintenance, this update is included for free.
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Paul

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Jeez.

2.5 hours to wait for the auto-update that never happened
30 seconds to download "manually" (Thank you Joe"
30 minutes to install on an SSD with 230GB of spare capacity !!!

This snapping function better be good.
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Joe Morgan

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I run all my updates manually. Have been for years.
The automatic update process has been flawed and problematic going way back.

Plus I save a copy of "All" installation files on 2 drives for Repair or Reinstall purposes. The Download site doesn't carry all versions. I don't need them all, but that's my motivation in doing so. Down the road,I may decide I really prefer version 2018.X.X and it might not be available.  
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Glenn Hoeppner, Employee

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I'm not sure why this would hang for so long. We're using a CDN so it's not like all these files are coming from one server.
-Glenn
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Rick Grunwald

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feces occurs. Interrupted requests that have nothing to do with  your servers etc
I do have a question: On the ftp site it shows the latest version as "1810" with a date of 1/25
Where is the latest update and how do we reconcile "1810" with the version number in HELP / ABOUT?
Thanks
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi Rick - the 1810 stands for Snagit 2018.1.0. A couple of internal systems have not yet been updated to support the new 4-digit naming convention for major versions so they are using 18 to represent 2018.
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Rick Grunwald

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Thanks for the info