I keep wanting to export the image of a macro into a post I am currently editing. The only way I know to do this is to delete the title of the edit, delete the body, export the macro as an image, click “New Post”, replace its title with the title from the clipboard, and insert the body from the clipboard in front of the IMG tag. Whew.
Usually all I do is start my reply, and then Share the macro to the forum which opens another window with a new topic, then I copy the contents of the message and cancel it and paste it into my original reply.
It is a travesty that Safari does not support pasting images - it's a Mac for heavens sake, we were doing GUI stuff while everyone else was still typing text - so I also use an extension of the macro @JMichaelTXreferenced that first clicks the Upload button, and then presses return, and then saves the image to a temp file and selects the image file. I have posted it here:
Hmmm. What happens when I share to the forum while in the middle of writing a new post is that it asks me whether I really want to abandon the post. It does not give me a new window with a separate post area. What I end up doing is copying the text of my current post, letting share make a new post, and paste my saved text into that.
All I’ve every done is export the macro, then drag it from Finder into a post. (In Chrome.) I copy images to the clipboard, then paste them into the post.
So I always start the post first. Every once in a while, I realize I need to fix something in the macro before posting it, so I just leave the Chrome window open, fix the macro, delete the file reference out of the post, and drag the new version in.
Even if I used Safari regularly, I’d still use Chrome just for this. Piece of cake.
So I guess I don’'t understand the issue here. Why even bother with the Share to the forum, when it’s this easy?
Or am I missing something here? (Probably am.) (Willing to learn!)
It just seemed that sharing to the forum was the natural integrated mechanism for posting macros. The only time it occurred to me to put it out to files is when I need to make a .zip file to accommodate material that can’t be captured as a bunch of macros or macro groups.
I looked into Camtasia a few years ago, and at the time, the general feeling was that ScreenFlow was better on the Mac, but Camtasia ruled on Windows. I’m sure things have changed now. Interested to hear your thoughts.
And I’ve been a SnagIt user from back in my Windows days, and even though the Mac version is still lagging behind the windows version, I love it.
Thanks — always good to see someone else’s workflow, and a video is far better than text.
(First of all, I didn’t know about dragging that barely visible horizontal bar up to increase the height of the post writing area. Very cool. I’ve always been a strong proponent of watching other people work — even people who are much more junior to you or inexperienced in the language or environment — because of how frequently you learn new features, techniques, even keybindings :-). It would be great if lots of people made lots of videos showing their workflow and actions while they are developing software or using a complex interactive web site.)
Mostly what you showed is what I have been doing, including editing the generated post title. What’s different is that when I have started to write a post, then upload to a new post, the forum asks me if I want to abandon my existing post. So, I do it the other way around — before uploading, I copy all of the text I’ve written for my new post, upload, say yes to the “Abandon” prompt, and paste my text back into the new post. This isn’t terrible, but if I forget to copy the text before uploading, I have to cancel the new post, go back and copy my text, and repeat the upload. I can only imagine how much orphaned stuff I’ve uploaded to the site.
(I’ll also mention here that the inconsistency between what happens when you say “both” and just choose 1 and click New Post bothers me. Why should clicking “both” immediately create a new post, but clicking just one of the two choices leaves you to create the post yourself? To give you a chance to add the other choice before the new post? What about changing your mind and removing one after selecting “both”. Anyway, what I really want is for the upload to go into a post currently being edited if there is one and a new post otherwise, but that doesn’t seem feasible;)
For those of us who use Safari it makes a big difference because Safari does not handle pasting images (which is pathetic, of course).
It would need to be in the regular menu for that, which it is not currently. Acorn manages to get the Share stuff in a menu, so it is presumably possible, but I have not done it yet.
My guess would be a difference in one of the Safari preferences, like “New windows open with” or some such.
Discourse cleans it up periodically. I hope
Because once you have clicked Both, there is nothing more to be done, so why bother waiting. Clicking just one leaves it unclear as to whether you intend to click the other or not (one could argue that clicking just one implies you are not going to click the other, otherwise you would have clicked the Both button). Also, the individual upload buttons are not at the bottom of the dialog, so dismissing the dialog would be odd behaviour.
You can delete them from the forum post, or otherwise modify the forum post after you are editing it.