There may be a ton of these suggestions, but please allow the magnify tool to deform and/or select "lens" shape

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The title says it... the latest SnagIt w/ the slick "magnify" tool works great if you want a ruthlessly circular magnifying "glass" lens on the bit to be highlighted. But in practical terms, especially Twitter space-constrained venues, the circle gets in the way far more than it provides the highlight desired. From a "real world" standpoint, there are any number of apprpriate/available shapes for a maginifying glass/lens. Simple, please let this great tool allow basic "lens shape" choices as well as "grab dot" deformation to allow "just so" sizing and positioning of the magnified highlight view. Thanks.
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Rick Grunwald

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+1 on that one. At least let the circle be adjusted to an oval via the handles. 
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+1 from me too.

We can already select a variety of shapes.  Why can't we just apply the magnification to whatever shape we select?

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Hey Everyone,

As it turns out, at least in SnagIt 2018. You can apply magnification to selections of any shape using Spotlight and Magnify.

You can see my  square selection around the "Yeti's?" face below.

Regards,Joe

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I am on the latest update to 2018. I have "Magnify" not "Spotlight and Magnify" which I remember from earlier versions. If I draw out an ellipse for instance then choose "magnify" the selection is gone and I have the round circle magnifier. 
I JUST NOW had sufficient coffee to blubber out some words so the issue could be on this end
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Hey Joe Morgan,

Thanks for the work-around. It took a bit of experimenting, but I got a useful result via your suggestion. I've included a tweet image I did using this technique.

Since the SnagIt Editor is getting to the point of "all but the kitchen sink" feature-wise, I hope the devs consolidate the various magnify & highlight features into a single point of UI context so we can continue to dive in intuitively without referencing a manual or help window. :-)

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I do not have "Spotlight and magnify" and I am trying it and it does not work. IF I grab the magnify tool the selection I made disappears
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Rick Grunwald

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Thank you for enlightening the dim bulb. I usually get my effects from the toolbar and didn't even think about going over there.
Too much Christmas cheer and lack of coffee ...
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For some reason the toolbar has TWO settings; the one you show in your screenshot Rick G, and another called Spotlight and Magnify - look in the More options.  Go figure.
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I got there ...albeit slowly
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Perhaps this video will help? I think it outlines something that I wish SnagIt could make better.



Cheers... Rick :)
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That may be true, in part.  But the fact that we can do sophisticated things is that we are often introduced to them by ever improving software full of great functions.  I am a long time fan of SnagIt but there are two self-evident truths:

1. They took us back 5 years when they screwed up the functionality for the sake of a pretty GUI

2. And now they are solidly behind the curve.  I don't often find myself saying. "Well in SnagIt you can do this, isn't it so cool?!"

The users are way ahead of TechSmith.

I mean did no-one in QA think to check to see if all the selection shapes worked when you do a Magnify?  This is software development 101 stuff.
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Out of curiosity, what specific thing are you believing took us back five years? I've used SnagIt since like forever ago, but aside from one or two niggly little things I personally found useful, it seems to be moving forward overall.

Then again, perhaps you made use of features I ignored, so it could well be that I don't see it or notice it because I just don't exploit the same features. ;)
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I wrote a big long paper about it which I sent to TechSmith.  PLEASE don't make me go and find it, it'll just get me all worked up again for nothing.

I think I'm a newbie user compared to you.  I only have 16 years in the saddle. :)
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Well, I DID hit the big 60 this year. I now crackle and pop in weird places when I get up out of my chair. LOL

And I don't want you to get all riled up. I was just curious and thought that generically you might know off the top of your head. ;)
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Well I'm a bit ahead of you, semi-retired, and have, to my alarm, started to realise that I can sing all the lyrics to songs from the 60's but forget what happened yesterday.  Our grandkids were awestruck when we sang along to all the songs in Minions (and our son and daughter-in-law not a little embarrassed that we did it so LOUDLY!).
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I love the comment towards the end "That's how simple it is" delivered with not one jot of irony! :)
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It was the things they removed (text capture comes to mind) and simple things that now take several keystrokes
When the answer to all the breakage from tech support is "go back a version" ... well I can't add to that