TechSmith has been investigating alternative approaches to bring back Text Capture to Snagit after it was broken over time with OS updates.
The most common use cases that we've heard that this is valuable for include:
- I want to capture text in an error message, pop-up window, app, or drop-down menu where text is not selectable or “copy” is disabled.
- I want to capture the text in a file directory (filename, file size, date modified) to compare against previous versions.
YES – please bring back the text capture feature (OCR). I really miss it!
As a long term user I was very disappointed that the OCR feature was removed from SnagIt (12) and that TechSmith had no intention to re-implement it. First consequence: Like others I had downgraded from version 12 to the last SnagIt version with the built-in the text capture feature in order to get it back.
But because SnagIt 11 does not support all Windows 10 features, I had looked for an alternative once again: Version 12 was ruled out – just as SnagIt 13, which also comes without the text capture feature. As a result of this I have changed to another screenshot software with an OCR option: Ashampoo Snap 10. This works, but not so easy like it was in SnagIt 11...
So, if you
(TechSmith) put in the text capture feature into the coming SnagIt
version, this will be the signal to me to change back to the new text capture
featured SnagIt version. Many thanks in advance!
As programmer the Text capture feature was very, very useful for me. Just right now trying the latest version of Snagit I see that text capture feature has been removed!. Why?.
Windows doesn’t allow us the same level of access as it once did, which made the old Text Capture implementation fail for too many use cases. We will be using Optical Character Recognition to accomplish Text Capture in an upcoming release. We’ve not used OCR in the past because we haven’t found a solution that has been reliable enough. But now we have a solution the will work for the use cases you’ve spelled out for us. We’re calling it “Grab Text” after doing some testing on the name with new and existing users. It’s not just a capture type anymore, it will be exposed in a couple different ways:
“Grab Text” as a capture type
It will also be available in Editor in a couple different places. Which is huge. You don’t have to know that you want the text from an image ahead of time. You can always come back to an image capture and grab the text from it later. It’ll be in the Edit menu, context menu when you select something with the Selection tool, and a customizable toolbar button.
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- “Grab Text” as a image selection type and as a preset
- It will also be available in Editor in a couple different places. A button you can put on the toolbar, a context menu when you make a selection, and in the Edit menu. Which is huge. You don’t have to know that you want the text from an image ahead of time. You can always come back to an image capture and grab the text from it later. It’ll be in the Edit menu, context menu when you select something with the Selection tool, and a customizable toolbar button.
This also works really well with our new Text Replace feature. You can edit text directly in your capture. If you want to make a quick update without having to recreate the exact same setup and retake the screenshot. You can just double click text when using Smart Move (found in the Move tool) or make a selection, right-click and hit Edit Text. Really easy. Just edit and you're done. If the font doesn't match exactly what you wanted, it's now just a regular text object, so you can edit the font to your liking.
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