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How-To Easily Upload and Share Images From SnagIt

Groovy How-To, Tutorials, Tips, Questions, Tricks, Answers, and CommunityIf you’re someone who takes a lot of screenshots then SnagIt may be a program you’ll enjoy.  The one thing that’s annoying about taking screenshots however is the hassle to upload and share them over the internet, especially on message boards / forums.

SnagIt 9 has a lot of new features and one of them is a screencast.com accessory for storing and easily displaying your images and screenshots taken using SnagIt!

Screencast.com is a website created by Techsmith for sharing your photos and storing them online, but mostly for the sharing part.  Coming from the same company that introduced SnagIt, it works with the program near flawlessly.  One of my first concerns with online photo storage is the terms of service and privacy policy.  On Screencast, both are amazing, not only do you maintain all intellectual rights to your imagery, but they make a special note during their product tour that “you should control the rights to your content.”  Sound groovy?  Let’s get to the fun part!

How To Upload Files For Online Sharing Directly From SnagIt With Screencast

1. If you don’t have one already, visit http://www.sccreencast.com/ and Sign Up for an account.

sign up for a screencast.com account

2. The sign up process is quick, be sure to Click Free Account if you don’t want to be prompted for credit card information.

sign up for a free screencast.com account

3. An email confirmation will be sent, it should arrive instantly but check your spam folder if it’s not showing up.  Open the confirmation email and then Click the activation link.  Your account is now active!

confirm your screencast accoun via email

4. In your Internet Browser Visit http://www.techsmith.com/snagit/accessorycategory.asp?catID=1. You can also get there from the SnagIt Menu.  SnagIt Button > Resources > Download Snagit Accessories.

visit the techsmith accessory download site

5. Browse the Outputs category, and then Download the Screencast.com output accessory.  The file that downloads is in a wierd .snagacc format, but simply run the file and SnagIt will know what to do with it.

download the screencast.com output accessory

6. Once the accessory finishes installing, open up SnagIt.  Go to the Send tab, then under Screencast.com button Click Options.

after it's installed, click the send tab then screencast options

7. Click Always use this sign in information, and then Enter your screencast account login information from when you signed up earlier.  If you want to display the image on a website then Click Get embed code. If you just want a link for people to follow to your image then Click Get URL. For organization purposes and to prevent clutter it’s a good idea to Create a Folder to use as default for uploaded images.  Click the small Folder icon.

set your sign in to always use the same info and get embed code, and create a default folder

8. Type a Folder Title and a description if you want.  Then Select a Privacy Setting, I recommend Hidden or Public since the whole purpose of this accessory is to make it easier to share your screen captures.

make your folder public or hidden, the password thing works but its wierd

9. Now that everything is set up, all you have to do is Click the Send tab and then Click the Screencast.com button.  Your image will automatically upload right to your screencast online album.

to upload automatically from snagit click screencast from the send tab

You’ll see a notification at the bottom right of your taskbar it’s finished uploading.  The html code to imbed your photo be automatically copied to your clipboard.  Now you can visit virtually any site then simply Paste and Viola, 1-click image sharing directly from SnagIt.

the url to the image is auto saved to your clipboard for easy pasting.

Now granted, there are a lot of use cases with Screencast.com, for instance you don’t need to use SnagIt to access and use Screencast.com.  Over the next few days I’ll be digging deeper and showing you even more cool features about this service as well as other TechSmith tools which integrate nicely with it (jing…) :)

Did I mention TechSmith is one of my favorite companies?  Really groovy tools come out of those guys for sure!

3 Responses to How-To Easily Upload and Share Images From SnagIt

  1. Bill Martin Jr December 20, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    thanks for taking the time to post this. I have used snagit it for over a year and use it daily, but instructions like this are hard to find on their site.

  2. AlexMVP May 14, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    These guys rock. Thanks for the awesome write-up. Love Snagit.

  3. Talal Masood August 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I am trying to install it, but the file which is downloaded from “output” snagit accessories page is a zip file instead of snagit’s own file.

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