Solicited Review: TechSmith SnagIt 2019

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Solicited Review_ TechSmith SnagIt 2019

In this review, learn the two features that matter most to me as a marketer, one which protects personally identifiable information, and the other which makes design feedback much easier.

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Solicited Review: TechSmith SnagIt 2019

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In today’s episode a solicited review of campaign of text myths, new snag at 2019 product be screen capture product, full disclosure, I was provided a review copy to take a look at this thing. So if you’re not familiar with screenshots, software, it’s really elementary stuff, you take a screenshot of your screen or a portion of your screen. And then you go ahead and you use that picture as you would any other graphic things for like presentations and stuff like that, in this regard, snag it really no different than the default functionality on your computer. What makes it interesting are all the things you can do with the the shots afterwards, and the post processing. So let’s take a look at this. First, I’m going to take a screenshot of some blog comments here got the lovely stuff here enough, I was going to just use this, let’s take a picture of it.

This in and of itself is I would say probably not the world’s most interesting picture, right, this is just comments on the blog. One of the things that I might want to do. And one of the coolest features I think, is the ability to simplify it down to screen and or mask PII, personally identifiable information. Now, in this case, it’s already been obscured by the common thing software. But this is there still may be more information than I would like. So I’m gonna hit the auto simplify button here. And it’s going to go through and essentially use a bit of machine learning to identify with the types of content that are on screen blocks of text, things like that. And then as you can see, simplify it down, it has reduced a lot of the screen down to this very basic stuff. And then this could go in a screenshot. This is cool again, because the PII aspect I think, is cool, let’s take take any kind of screenshot from any kind of application that you use for work. And you can mask out anything that doesn’t belong, but still get a sense of the interface still get a sense of the layout of the design. One of things you look here, it’s it’s done a really good job of just blurting out stuff that is not the most relevant things. And then, of course, additional things you can just simply draw on. And it will, it will attempt to detect an N remove additional pieces. So that’s cool. I think that is a very, very helpful

particular type of tool. The second thing, and this is where if you

if you ever provide tech support for your relatives,

this is an essential feature, it is the ability to record not only short tutorials as videos, but and then turn them even to end to animated gifts. So let’s look at this, I’m going to again, take this year,

let’s say we were working on our blog, I hit the video record button, turn on recording. And you can see the us a little count down here. And then I’ll go ahead and click on things like is this a pending comment, cleanup, comment, spam, comments, things like that, I will turn off this the recorder here.

And what it’s done is record eight, a nice little video of this where this gets really cool, click the animated GIF button. Choose screen video doesn’t need to be super high fidelity.

But by turning a screen recording into an animated


this can then just go right inside of an email. So instead of having to call up your, your cousin, or your uncle, or your dad, whatever, and say, the walk them through the same procedure over and over again, for some of the solving technical

just send them the gift. And then because it’s a looping gift, they can see it as many times as they want.

This has enormous value, you know, not only for relative tech support, but also for any of those business emails where somebody’s got a question about something can just immediately throw that in there. When you are interacting as the consumer as the end user providing feedback to developers about an application. This feature is very handy when you are and these this is a gift file. It’s an animated GIF, which means that you can then drop that into any place that accepts a graphic. So slack email, instant messenger text messages, what it wherever the case may be, you can do that right from the application. Now, there are obviously are a ton of other interesting little features in here. One of the ones I thought it was kind of cool was in there. In the stepwise thing if you want to, again, do some tech support here. Let’s go ahead and just choose the red theme here. And you can then just click on here and say, Okay, this is step one, then this is step two, this is step three, this is step four, and put these little annotations to help people understand in the static graphics, this is the flow what it is you’re supposed to be doing.

It’s a huge time saver. Because you can you absolutely can do this yet, like PowerPoint or whenever, but it’s going to take you a while. And there’s of course, all the other things, there’s stamps in here, which steps are

I if I personally don’t clutter up my documentation on this kind of stuff. But I could definitely see for somebody where you wanted to include specific types of symbols, or you just want or you’re just a person who likes to communicate with images rather than words, you know, the Instagram generation, if you love stickers, and labels and stuff, and Instagram or Snapchat, you’ll love having this within your screenshots as well. I don’t know that I would use the I would do business communications that way. But whatever makes you happy. And then of course, there are other other relevant features that we’re all used to our was called out texts and things like that. But really, to me, the the standout features are that simplification feature. And then some of the stamps and things I think those are, those are really, really cool things, there’s one other thing you can do,

you can do a what’s called auto detect lift, where you can identify if you want to, if you want to find something in the in the air drying to select, it’ll pull out the pieces and make it easier to grab individual pieces. I can’t do that with this one. Because it’s already been

the handheld suit. Good to do this. So let’s take another screenshot here. Maybe we’ll just do the right hand side of this page for now.

And now on in this drawing. If I wanted to move some stuff around, I can choose move to smart move here, it’s going to go through and again, using some basic machine learning, identify things that I can just pick up and move around. So if I wanted to, for example, UI purposes, do a mock up of have a take a mock up of a page and rearrange, here’s what this page would look like with this content move down. This is kind of a ridiculous example. But in the UI business in the ad business if you’re doing kind of any kind of ads ad comps, this would be invaluable for being able to rearrange a page and show what it would look like after changes were made while preserving the look and feel and you’re not having to recreate every single thing within a design tool. So lots to appreciate within the new snag at 2019. If you are working with screenshots if you’re doing any kind of technical documentation if you’re providing tech support to your relatives where you want to be able to show in motion graphics how these things work. This is definitely something to to grab the the free trial for trying it out and see if it makes your life easier. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trust today and let us know how we can help you

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One response to “Solicited Review: TechSmith SnagIt 2019”

  1. Mamdani Avatar

    You site is too busy and I came for an actual user review, as a 15 year user of snagit, and you are not that.

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