Viewing Library images full size without clicking back and forth?

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When using the Snagit editor, you can scroll through your Recent images and see them full screen. That is convenient for looking through your 10 or 15 most recent images. However, if you want to look at older screenshots, you have to go to the Library view. From there, you can find the screenshot you're looking for, then double click it to open it in the editor.

If it turns out you want to find a different screenshot that you took before or after the one you just opened, you have to click Library, double click another image, then keep repeating that process. If you press Command + [ or ], it will advance through your Recent images, but not your library.

Is there some reason you can't use a command to navigate through your library in a similar way to the Recent view? Or is there a way to show the Library view below the editor? You could then adjust how large you want the Library preview images to be, and how tall you want that section to be below the editor.

I am new to Snagit, is there some way to do what I'm looking to do?
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Rick Grunwald

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The work around is to zoom in on the library so they are large enough to move through with the arrow keys
The library is all but broken. Please don't shoot the messenger
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That makes it easy enough to identify older screenshots. However, if I want to edit some screenshots I took days ago, it's tedious to then have to keep switching between Library and the Editor, since none of the screenshots are in the Recents.

I was just reading this post: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/what-i-miss-in-snagit-2018

It seems like there is some overlap with the issue I'm dealing with and Brian's point #1.
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I answered a similar post recently with a suggestion that the recents tray should have < > controls either end that would let you scroll to the previous / next items.  Can't find it now, but it sounds like that might be the kind of thing that would help you.
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Hi,

Something that you can do on the mac side in the Library is to select a capture and hit the space bar. That will give you a full-size preview of the image. Then you can use the arrow keys to navigate through your captures. This makes it a little easier to find what you're looking for.

Note: The preview feature was partially broken by macOS 10.13.4, we're working on a fix.
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Why not just zoom in?  You won't see the captures full size but you don't necessarily need that do you?  You just need to see enough detail to decide if it's the one you want?

And yes, the recents tray and library needs rework
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I'm with Rick Grunwald,

The Library is a repository for captures and that's about it.

Most Librarys/Organizers have many more features.
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Agree, but I'm also a firm believer in the principle of "keep it simple but whatever you choose to do, do it well" which is why the awkward transition between Recents and Library bugs me.

I'd hazard a guess that the 80/20 rule applies here.  80% of the time we need to quickly access the captures we have made in the past n days.  20% of the time we may need to delve further back.

If Recents done well and was a Library viewer using the < > navigation I mentioned earlier,  many users would never even be aware of the Library's existence
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Paul, zooming in so the thumbnails are large enough that I can read annotations–or just see small details in a screenshot–means the library thumbnails need to be huge. That makes it difficult to efficiently scroll through the library. Not only that, but changing the thumbnail size back and forth isn't a great workaround.

As for the Preview functionality, that is definitely useful, at least on the Mac side. I use Snagit on a Windows machine as well though, so this doesn't help there.

Regarding older screenshots, I actually go to non-recent images a lot. I am working on a year-long website development project, and lots of times I'll take a screenshot of something I see broken, but will not annotate the screenshot for a few weeks until I'm ready to formally QA a different part of the site.

I think one potential solution is just allowing the Library to appear below the editor, and letting the user sort the Library whatever way he or she wants. Then if I want a "Recent" view, I can just leave the library sorted by newest date.

On a side note, I'm not sure why you can't make the Recent drawer taller by deciding how you want to allocate space between the editor and the drawer.

I'm loving how much easier it is to annotate screenshots in Snagit compared to when I used to use Photoshop, but there are really some usability issues in the Snagit that I find surprising.
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Paul, zooming in so the thumbnails are large enough that I can read annotations–or just see small details in a screenshot–means the library thumbnails need to be huge. That makes it difficult to efficiently scroll through the library. Not only that, but changing the thumbnail size back and forth isn't a great workaround.

As for the Preview functionality, that is definitely useful, at least on the Mac side. I use Snagit on a Windows machine as well though, so this doesn't help there.

Regarding older screenshots, I actually go to non-recent images a lot. I am working on a year-long website development project, and lots of times I'll take a screenshot of something I see broken, but will not annotate the screenshot for a few weeks until I'm ready to formally QA a different part of the site.

I think one potential solution is just allowing the Library to appear below the editor, and letting the user sort the Library whatever way he or she wants. Then if I want a "Recent" view, I can just leave the library sorted by newest date.

On a side note, I'm not sure why you can't make the Recent drawer taller by deciding how you want to allocate space between the editor and the drawer.

I'm loving how much easier it is to annotate screenshots in Snagit compared to when I used to use Photoshop, but there are really some usability issues in the Snagit that I find surprising.
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Well Paul, that would depend entirely on how you use SnagIt wouldn't it?

If you are a technical communication and technology training based company.I would think a more organized library could be beneficial?

TechSmith has announced that SnagIt is being re-designed with these users as a main priority.

 The rest of our requests and needs come in last to second place priority wise. Who knows how they determine where YOU fall on that sliding scale?

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/layers-in-editor?topic-reply-list%5bsettings%5d%5bfi...
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They have abandoned the core users for company "growth" There are tons of post from employees having the same issues with management not listening and doing their own thing as they watch the core products fail.

It is not just the end users and apparently no one at the top is listening 
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Well, as one of their old customers (16 years) who also happens to belong to their new target market, I can honestly say the latter persona feels as frustrated as the former.

Here's another example of the good old 80/20 rule.  80% of the needs of the new target market are shared with all users. 20% is specilaised 
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What's the odds TechSmith considers you a part of their new target market?
 Did you fill out a form and let them know this?
 Or is it an assumed fact on their part?

LOL,sorry. I couldn't help myself. I really can't figure out how they prioritize feature requests these days.
Maybe they use an old fashioned Bingo Hall Spinner.
Take the ideas and Assign bingo letters and numbers to a ball for each idea. If they Pluck them out of the basket? They go with it.  

I suppose one might argue that dashed shapes won't work in technical communication and technology training use situations.
How you can possibly make that case stick escapes me, but I suppose you can give it a shot.

Oh well, I think the whole voting process has become comedic at best. It was rolled out as a new approach to reach out. Give users an innovative way to request features and make the product all about us. Give us what we want.

110 votes couldn't even bring back SnagIt notes. https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/bring-back-the-snagit-notes-output
a feature that didn't need development. Just deployment.

Their not delivering, if anything. Their learning from us, Using Us, taking their own notes.

 Figuring out what to "Charge Money For" as a new feature in future Major Version Updates.
 
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Yes the voting for ideas concept has become a farce.  

It gives the illusion of consultation. 

Empty words from their CEO
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Part of going over the hill and joining the downhill slide is being impressed with you own ideas and rejecting anything from ethers as not in tune with the road map

A lot of us chimed in to try to save a beloved program. All the yeses and "we're listening" and the follow up should tell you all you need to know. Some other tech company will come out with a product that will blow techsmith out of the water. When the first big corporate account jumps ship ... only then will they look towards the tattered remnants of their base which by that time will not be enough to sustain them
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Navigating in the library is a pain.

Showing Thumbnails is not enough. A quick way is needed to view an image in full size (including zoom functions) and get back to the library at the exact same position.

Imagine you are have scrolled captures with height of 10.000 pixels. You don't see anything in the library.

A preview pain would also be very usefull.

I would call features like this standard. What the use of the greatest capturing software if i can't manage the captures. Besides that i just love snag it ;-)