New Version of SnagIt from TechSmith

SnagIt v9 from TechSmith has been released to generally rave reviews.

However, if you are already a happy SnagIt user, I’d recommend you try before you buy, even though TechSmith is offering a generous upgrade price to early adopters. I upgraded immediately (to save $5.00), and I must admit, I’m mildly unhappy that I did. Now that I’ve used SnagIt 9 for a week or so, I’m not sure I’d recommend it.

The general screen capture features haven’t changed much. In fact, aside from a Vista style make-over, the screen capture interface looks just like version 8. The big changes are all in the SnagIt Editor.

The first thing you’ll notice is the Office 2007 style ribbon. Whether you love the ribbon or hate it – you’d better get used to it. It’s everywhere from SnagIt to MindManager.

Usually, I’m a ribbon fan – but I pretty much hate it so far in SnagIt. Instead of making my workflow faster and more intuitive, it is slowing me down. I don’t use SnagIt as an image editor – for that, I turn to Adobe Photoshop Elements. What I want from SnagIt is a fast, easy way to take screen grabs and then insert them into my documents. So far, I’m sorry to say, with the new SnagIt 9, that isn’t happening. Instead I’m experiencing crashes, lost stamps (I had a huge collection of stamps in SnagIt 8), and the need to hunt through weirdly grouped tabs to find things that used to be right at my fingertips.

We’ll probably never go back to the old interface, but I hope TechSmith finds a way to make transitions between versions less jarring in the future.