RE: Image/screen capture annotations for documentation

Subject: RE: Image/screen capture annotations for documentation
From: Elayne Sandahl <esandahl -at- cdnpay -dot- ca>
To: Margaret Cekis <Margaret -dot- Cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>, "shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com" <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:37:39 -0400

I do the same as Margaret - generic arrows and always using SnagIt. Have loved it for many years now and have it installed just about everywhere.

Elayne




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From: techwr-l-bounces+esandahl=cdnpay -dot- ca -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+esandahl=cdnpay -dot- ca -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Margaret Cekis
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Subject: RE: Image/screen capture annotations for documentation

Shawn asked about Image/screen capture annotations for documentation:
"I am looking for advice on finding the best approach to adding annotations to screen captures or other images. In the past, when I was writing with the Adobe products (FM, InDesign), annotations were easy because they are treated as independent vector overlays.
Unfortunately, MadCap Flare (and MadCap Capture) seems quite inept with working with annotated images. The main problem (or question) is how do I ensure a consistent size of the text (i.e. text bubble), regardless of the size/magnification of a screen capture?"
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Shawn:
I suggest you look at Snagit by Tech Smith. I've been using it for screen shots for several years. For a relatively inexpensive program (@ $50), it has a lot of editing features.

I tend to avoid annotating screenshots, if possible, because several of my recent projects involved rapidly evolving products that required frequent image updates. I prefer to use bold arrows to indicate features or fields that I then discuss in the text about the image.

Snagit will also enable you to downsize a whole directory of images at once, or to convert all the images in a directory from one format to another.
Check it out at http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html.
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA


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References:
Image/screen capture annotations for documentation: From: Shawn
RE: Image/screen capture annotations for documentation: From: Margaret Cekis

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