- The app title bar (while editing a capture) is "Capture - Image Preview" - rename this to "TechSmith Capture - Image Preview" - because, no offense, but I struggle to remember the name if I don't use it regularly
- If the Image Preview window is open, then the CTRL+F11 keyboard shortcut does nothing - change this so it mimics Windows Snipping Tool - that is, if the Image Preview window is open and I press CTRL+F11, then bring up the crosshairs so I can select a new area to capture. I should be smart enough to know that I will lose any open preview. However, just like Windows Snipping Tool, if I cancel that next capture, then revert back to the prior one - that is, if I escape out of taking a new capture, the Image Preview window should still be there with my previous capture
- Mimic the Windows Snipping Tool functionality in that after every single edit (including the initial capture), you copy the capture to the clipboard. That saves me a button click. It counts. If I am preparing technical documentation that requires I take many screenshots of an application, I just want to quickly capture (using the mouse) and paste (using CTRL+V) into my content editing software. With TechSmith capture I must have one additional step - that is to choose whether the capture should be an image or video. I accept that. Don't make me go through an additional click to copy the capture to the clipboard - or at least give me an "options/admin" screen where I can choose whether to activate "automatically copy to clipboard after every edit"
- Give me somewhere in my Windows taskbar/toolbar that I can single-click in order to initiate the crosshairs to begin a capture. Currently I must hit two keys on the keyboard (CTRL+F11) - it would be faster to continue using my mouse and just click once, then begin my capture. My other current option is to open up TechSmith capture's initial window and then click a button to say "capture" - again two clicks. I just want the process to be really fast and smooth - just like with Windows Snipping Tool, but with the added features offered by TechSmith in being able to add callouts, boxes, arrows, highlights, etc.
- Give me more options for colours. I think for this one, keeping the palette small is desirable - but perhaps when the palette is visible, I can click something to expand the palette and have more options - maybe even specify my own colours. Alternatively, provide an admin/config screen where I can set the default colours to be used in the current palette. For example, there currently is no blue. There is an orange, but I want to highlight text using a yellow, etc.
- When I begin a new capture - that is, when the Image Preview first appears after taking a capture, remember the last-selected tool. Most times I will be doing the same thing - taking a screen grab of a portion of software and using the "shape" tool to draw attention to some portions within my capture. When I take my next capture, I will be doing the same thing again - because I am writing documentation to explain how a software system works, and that is what I do - capture screenshots of the software screens and call out specific areas using rectangles. This would be much faster if the Image Preview remembered the tool I used last time.
Now consider the speed of Windows Snipping Tool I mentioned before. The full process would be: click icon in Windows toolbar to launch the capture > use the crosshairs to specify screen area > choose the "image" option from the context menu (as opposed to "video") > go straight to drawing rectangles (because the app remembered I used this tool last time) > Alt+tab to switch to my content editing software > and CTRL+V to paste the capture into my editor (without having had any need to click the 'copy' button). The rectangle colours would be my custom colour to suit our corporate image colours or specified palette for technical documentation. And I can still use all the other tools if I want to add additional information to a capture.
I think I had one or two other ideas, but don't recall them now. Oh yeah:
- In the Image Preview window, if I select an item I have added through the tool (a callout, for example) and then on my keyboard, I hit CTRL+C followed by CTRL+V, then clone the object - this would allow me to create callouts that are all identically sized. (After CTRL+V - I guess the full capture would not be on the clipboard as requested above, but after CTRL+C, then do copy the full capture back onto the clipboard)
- Additionally, provide the option to select multiple objects in order to resize all of them at the same time. You might limit this so that you can only select objects of the same type, but if I click on a callout, then if I hold SHIFT on the keyboard I should be able to click on a second callout. After that, I should be able to click and drag a grab-handle on the corner of any of those two callouts and both callouts should be resized to match the one that I am resizing.
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