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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+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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Well yes, so it does.!  Yay!!  Ah, wait.... it makes a complete hash of any other shape.  When I try a polygon, for instance, it pulls out the selected area but doesn't resize the canvas enough to show the remainder of the image, especially if the source is small.
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Yeah, looks like only the ellipse and rectangle tool act the way you would expect it to.Perhaps it's a bug, I can't get the lasso or polygon to work correctly.
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And I suppose it's asking a but much for the action to pull out some tram lines connecting the extract and original.  Have to apply those manually I guess
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I am not even seeing how you are doing it in 2018. I have magnify. It is s circle
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Well, Blur and/or Dim do a pretty job highlighting where it originates from. It's not the same tool for sure, If you want the focus on the magnified area. I like the blur option more than dim.Dim makes it more difficult to envision where the original image comes from, some things would be hard or impossible without without an arrow pointing the way or something along that line.Like Text.
   

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Rick, use the selection tool. Then "Spotlight and Magnify"
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Rick G

Use selection tool to draw a rectangle, Then use Spotlight & Magnify and it should pull out
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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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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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What you need is Photoshop Elements. You could do the same thing much faster using layers. Rick would probably point you to Affinity Photo.

What you need is layers.

Regards,Joe
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I'm not sure on that, Joe. I've done this so many times in SnagIt that it's now kind of second nature and I could do it in my sleep.

PSE would have a learning curve for me. Besides, I like staying in SnagIt if I am able. Seems any of the Adobe products I've ever used takes like For-ev-er just to get them open. 

Happy holidays all... Rick :)
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I agree for screen shots. Layers agre great but it is a PITA to do some things in a full blown graphics program than it is in Snagit. Callouts are an example. A lot more steps are needed in PS or Affinity than in snagit. (Yes you can record macros blah blah but for a quick screenshot and markup, snagit is the way to go. You can always make a profile to load the capture to your favorite muscle program for more intense editing, layers circular text vectors and all the other trimmings
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Basically. if we are going to have a spotlight and magnify function SnagIt it needs to work.  What we have at the moment is, frankly, pathetic.
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Oh, I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it is pathetic. I mean, it does what it was designed to do extremely well.

As I see it, the real issue here is that more and more of us are growing in our sophistication of what we do as we have seen things elsewhere on the web and other places and wish to emulate that. ;)
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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