Would rulers and guidelines be a welcome feature in Snagit?

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Adding rulers and guidelines to the Snagit interface.
It's a series of ideas I have to make Snagit more Designer-friendly.
In a layout, having guidelines can help to place the objects and text more precisely.
This is one of a few ideas I wanted to present the Snagit team with.

What do you think? Do you think this feature could be interesting or not?
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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To my knowledge (which is certainly not complete) that would not be an official localized version. Can you share a URL where that is available?
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I just typed "Snagit en Español" and the image poped up.
Googled listed several sites which claimed to have a Spanish version of your software...
http://www.intercambiosvirtuales.org/software/techsmith-snagit-v11-0-0-207-capture-y-edite-imagenes-de-tu-escritorio

https://www.google.es/search?safe=active&client=firefox-b&dcr=0&ei=M70JWujWJMz4avPar9AG&...

Regards,
Nick
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Nick,
I would suggest to submit this good idea, IF, one day, there is a new feature requests roundup again.
Frankly, I would not know how many votes the idea should get in order to even be classified as 'Under Consideration', which probably is the step before 'Planned'.
For me the number of votes is a little bit of a grey area, maybe it depends on other aspects as well, rather than just votes.

I submitted a similar idea, some time back.
see:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/snagiteditor-please-add-cornered-arrows-and-rulers

The idea ended up with 55 votes. I was very happy, but  apparently it wasn't sufficient.

Then again, a feature like: "Snagit needs Microsoft OneNote 2013 integration" (https://goo.gl/pYUUaQ)
got 25 votes and was implemented at least when reading thru the thread.

Anyway, pls do consider to submit the idea once TechSmith is going to holdi their new feature request session again.

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I beg to differ. I do think that its a very important thing in any programme which deals with layouts and infographics. Tidiness is everything, and even Microsofts Paying has a grid, a ruler and guides.
If I have to do my design layout in Corel Draw or Photoshop, then I will go back to Snagit 13 and not bother with the upgrade. What do I use Snagit for? To capture video and images from the web.

There are other things in Snagit that could be stripped off, and no one would even know.

When they implement the changes I suggested (I've been a Snagit user since the beginning) I will then consider the upgrade  There seem to be a few more who would like to see this feature included. I was under the idea the development team were already onto it as we speak.

It would add prestige and functionality to an excellent capture software.

Regards,
Nick
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While it may be an important thing, one thing that may help in understanding why such a basic thing wasn't just "in the application" is to know and understand that the roots of SnagIt are in screen capture and annotation.

As such, I think it's quite likely that there was never any need for quite a long time for anything like guides or rulers. After all, you just capture the screen, perhaps stick an arrow or callout and maybe a highlight on it and off you went. Guides and rulers for those functions would seem to be major overkill. At least, to me they do.

But in more recent years we are noticing SnagIt becoming more flexible and offering features and folks actually using it as more of a drawing application. Hence the desire for rulers and guidelines.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick - it is not a drawing application and should not really become one simply because of bloat. That is why you have a library of share presets so you CAN take it elsewhere if need be. Perhaps they could address the need for more of these. That would be within the framework of a fast screen capture and annotation tool. I look with a jaundiced eye for the same reason that I would look at the addition of photos and blend modes to notepad. 

Keep in mind I have my own little list of things I would like but would not be all that popular
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I agree with Rick G on this one.  While alignment guides are useful for getting things laid out with some symmetry, I can't think how in all my use of SnagIt over the years I would ever have needed or ever would need rulers.  The clue's in the product name
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One example: it may sometimes be nice to know the dimensions of a screenshot in cm or inch, so as to see how it may fit into A4 papersize 1:1
A ruler comes in handy then. 
Microsoft Word is designed to write text - it does have an optional ruler as well.

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The reason I would like to have guidelines is to align callouts, text boxes and the like. Guidelines are essential for that, and then snap-to-grid and rulers are the next logical thing. Speaking of callouts, I would really like a "simpler" shape, i.e. one where a simple line extending from the box, rater than the triangle shape we are stuck with.
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Guides and rulers would fit in. I find the snap guides useful.at times. My pet peve is what they did to the stamps library which is currently useless. But that is not a new feature that is a FIX that is needed 
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LOL, it seems my post was somehow misinterpreted as my saying "Hey, let's make SnagIt a full on drawing app!". And that wasn't the intent at all. 

Sometimes folks are new to an application (I think Nick fits into this category) and it was an attempt (that obviously failed) to bring some perspective to the reason why these silly and insanely simple things that ANY program that lets you draw should have, aren't exactly there. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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No I didn't take your post to mean that. I have followed your posts for a long time
Rulers and guides are fine
When I hear someone referring to the editor as a drawing app the need to pipe in arises as it is not a drawing app, nor a photo enhancement app

Not trying to dis rulers and guides which would be welcome, but if you need precise layout, if your project is that complex then all you need to do is get the screen shots from snagit and build them in illustrator or photoshop and get the full control needed

Again, don't add stuff to my notepad. I need that for TEXT editing. (Actually I use metapad as a notepad replacement as it has search and replace and case changing)
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Darn! Never thought of that. Thanks. It would be nice to not have to repeat it for each callout box, but this is a start.
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Make a new transparent document and all your favorite creations and leave it in the library. Then vaila! copy paste
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It really needs to be an option here doesn't it:

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People did not see the Swiss-army-knife coming to much either.
Having all the tools to do a minimal decent design job all at hand would be a reason for a lot of people to buy. What is Snagit? And awesome capture software for video and still pictures? A few call-outs and some text...Quoting Charles Darwin " You either evolve or become extinct."
Yes, it would be handy not to have to open Corel Draw to teak the Snagit captures. Not asking for a full-blown Graphics pack here just some bloody guides and rulers which even the most basic of programmes have. It's not anything to do with wanting to cram features into the interface; it's asking for them to put something there which should have been there for always.

I'm sticking with Snagit 13 until the real Snagit unfolds its wings and takes flight. Ruler a guides please, or I will not upgrade to the next version. I don't see that many useful improvements to justity and upgrade.

Sorry for the harshness of my tone, but I'm getting a little fed up with this here post. It just seems so darn obvious that it would make the world of difference to someone like me and I am sure there are others.

Yes, Snagit needs to do so upgrading to join the modern age.
Some text formatting would not go amiss either.
But leave that up to your team to decide.

I always have Corel and Photoshop to go back to. It would be handy working with just one when it was a small project.

 
Have a good day.
Nick
 
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Nick
After version 11 they destroyed Snagit. It is slowly coming back. The issue was less about the interface and more about broken and removed features. If you want to stay with a previous version that is yours to do but don't cut off your nose to spite your face; Wendy Hamilton seems to have turned the designers back toward listening to the customer base.

Rulers and Guides? You have received complete support from most of us so bemoaning the lack is not at all valid. It probably won't happen this week but they are looking at it

Snagit in an evolutionary dead end? Hardly although I would have believed it after what they did in version 12. But they are apparently digging out of that mess and returning us to the basics:: a screen capture tool with some great annotation features. 

There seems to be a misapprehension of what Snagit actually is. It is a fast screen capture and annotation tool. It is not a design program. Snagit Editor gives you the basics and even has bezier curves, smart move and reasonable text features, If we need more such as bezier curves the answer is not for Techsmith to design a full blown module for that but rather take it to Designer or Illustrator and build your graphic there. TExT: If you want more that what is provided such as inner glow, outer glow, bevels, outlines etc., build that part of it in Photoshop where you can apply mask, gradients, filters and all the rest. 

Your swiss army knife is a great example. It does everything but it does nothing well. It is more difficult to get a blade out after weeding though the toothpick and scissors and then is too bulky to be an effective knife. 

Nick, you have no enemies here. You have had some good ideas and if any are unworkable, they can lead to other possibilities.

And again, I have my own list of stuff I want, most of which would deserve to be shot down so stay with it, everything changes
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Well said Rick
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Thank you kind sir.
I sure don't want Nick to think he is under attack. He is not and I enjoy his ideas and comments.
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I definitely want rulers and guidelines!!!!!! It seems like a no-brainer to me. 

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