Suggestions for improvement

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I've been using Snagit for over a year and recently started using 2017.  The improvements are overall pretty good but I have a few suggestions that I think would really bring this program to the next level:

1.) Outline for eraser.  This would be a simple and easy update, but there is currently no way to know what you are erasing other than trial/error.

2.) Allow user-created stamps.  Vector images would be ideal, but any .jpg file should be eligible for use as a stamp.

3.) Gradient option for arrows.  Allow an option for the tail of an arrow to fade out to zero opacity.

4.) Flowchart support.  This program has a LOT of potential as a flowchart generation tool.  Maybe consider adding smart snaps to predetermined nodes to attach arrows to callouts/text boxes.  Also along these lines- help aligning callouts and text boxes; perhaps some sort of magnet line or at least an alignment option would be very helpful.

5.) Option to prevent auto-flatten.  This is perhaps my most desired change.  I really dislike that the software will auto-flatten all markups to an image after a certain time, or once the program is closed.  The option to go back in and edit previous markups, arrows, and callouts would be really useful.

Some frustrating things I've run across:

a.) PDF conversion is really difficult, and outright doesn't work properly in many situations.

b.) Callout rotation is very poor.  45° and 90° snaps would be very helpful.  Personally I've never succeeded in rotating a callout exactly 90°, they always seem to prefer either ~ 85° or 95°.  Extremely frustrating.
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Hi there

As for the user created stamps, I create my own stamps all the time. I just click that "Organize Stamps" button presented below your stamps. From there you are able to create folders,  and import images to use as stamps.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Cavedog.

There are some very different ideas in this post.  It's a good idea to have one idea per post.  I love idea 3 in your list, and b.) so I'll vote

Cheers

Paul
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1 Outline for eraser ... if not difficult to implement the look ahead function in graphics programs can be useful i.e. seeing what it will do before you click the mouse button
2 User stamps. I have been asking for that with not a lot of traction. You can create a file in PS or illustrator  with a transparent background and then export as a PNG.  or better yet a PDF as Snig now reads these and claim that the scalability is awesome. You won't get the internal  handles that you may want. Try it

Some of us look at some additions as possible avenues for bloat such as .. gradients, advanced flow charting etc. A lot of things need to be taken to the appropriate program for that kind of editing.  PDF? It gets it into a PDF format and that is about it. I am not sure what more would be wanted

I see snagit as a screen capture tool with an editor and I am hoping they  always keep that in mind.  I don't want to see Snagit make my coffee in the morning and leaving me with broken screen shots and a cup of lousy coffee if you get my drift
It has the ability to move a snag into almost any other program for real fine tuned editing

I see this is your first post in hers. Welcome and none of this should be taken as shutting down good ideas. Please discuss further and be ready at some point to add these ideas INDIVIDUALLY to the ideas queue and hopefully get some traction on them
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Thanks for the feedback.  I understand what you're saying about not wanting to bloat the software but if all you're looking for is a screenshot program there are many that work just as well as  snagit for free, such as Jing.  I don't ever expect this to be a full-on photo editing software, but if it is going to be used to do quick screen shot edits I don't think I'm asking much.  If anything is bloating this software it's the numerous stamps that are rarely used, like street signs or vehicles or basically anything under the interface stamps.  I'm not sure what most people use Snagit for, but I use it to convey information quickly in a manufacturing environment.
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Add the ideas! As for the stamps, they are external and don't bloat the program so if you wan to install a gazillion of them, the go into a "snagit stamps" folder where you can find them. I would welcome some bloat their as they need a LOT better way to access and find the stamps. The broke a module that did it sort of ... as it is now you cannot double click not drag and drop from their broken viewer.
Again the ideas - keep them coming . NO ONE likes every idea that comes through here
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They definitely need a better way to access the stamps.
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Regarding point 5.   auto-flatten
There is an option in settings to prevent auto-flatten.
I have tried closing the program and reopening to confirm it works.
Perhaps if you have saved in a format other than .snag, the save changes option on exit is causing your problem?
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I've been able to find an option for "automatically flatten pasted images" but I can't find anything to prevent auto-flatten of notes or markups.
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Hi there

I presume you are referring to this dialog?



Assuming that's the case, simply having no checkmark there to enable it should do the trick.

Cheers... Rick :)
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It just hit me that perhaps you are referring to making changes to an image, then later returning to SnagIt to change them even more, change verbiage, etc.

If that's the case, you should consider not only saving the image in its final format (which is always flattened) but also save it in the proprietary .snag format too.

Note that it would mean always ensuring you save it twice. I'm unaware of any program feature that allows you to save both formats at the same time.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I was unaware you could save in .snag format, thanks!  I work with process flow which is often changing, and I just wanted the ability to return to an image and change a few things.  You can share images directly from snagit, such as in a new word document, so saving multiple formats won't be necessary :)
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