Best Practices for Saving Your Snagit Files

Learn best practices for saving your files for future editing, supporting transparency, and opening across platforms.


In this tutorial:

SNAGX – Cross Platform File Format

Open and edit the same Snagit files on both Windows and Mac computers. Snagit’s SNAGX file format replaces the former SNAG format for Windows and SNAGPROJ format for Mac and is compatible with both platforms.

Individuals and teams who use Snagit 2022 on both Windows and Mac computers can open, edit, and share Snagit files with ease.

Note: To open and edit captures from previous versions of Snagit for Windows, see Convert Your Previous Captures.

Save a SNAGX File for Future Edits

When you save your image to another file format, such as JPG or PNG, Snagit flattens your image and you cannot edit any annotations or text further.

Save an image as a SNAGX file format to:

  • Edit vector-based objects (text, callouts, stamps, shapes, pasted images, cursors, etc.).
  • Create a draft image for future revisions or improvements.
  • Update graphics and text to support multiple languages.

Note: The SNAGX file format can only be opened in Snagit version 2022 or later.

To share captures to previous versions of Snagit, save your image as SNAG (Windows) or SNAGPROJ (Mac). For details about feature compatibility between versions, see Snagit File Format Compatibility.

  1. In Snagit Editor, click to select the image in the Recent Captures Tray or Library.
  2. Select File > Save As.
  3. In the Save as type (Windows) or Format (Mac) dropdown, select SNAGX – Snagit Capture File.
  4. Click Save.
    Open the SNAGX file on Windows or Mac to edit the image at a later time.

Tip: If you edit an image to hide sensitive information, make sure to flatten those edits in the image before saving as a SNAGX file to prevent others from revealing this sensitive information.

Transparency Saving Tips

To maintain transparency, save the image to a file format that supports transparency: CUR, GIF, ICO, PNG, TIF, or SNAGX.

Automatically Save Images to a Specific Format during Capture

Supported Image File Formats

File FormatWindows Mac
SNAGX – Snagit Capture File checkmark checkmark
SNAG – Snagit v8-v2021 Capture File checkmark
SNAGPROJ – Snagit v1.0-v2021 Capture File checkmark
BMP – OS/2 Bitmap, Windows Bitmap checkmark checkmark
CUR – Windows Cursor checkmark
EMF – Windows Enhanced Metafile Format checkmark
EPS – Grayscale Encapsulated Postscript checkmark
GIF – CompuServe GIF checkmark checkmark
ICO – Windows Icon checkmark
JPG – JPEG Image checkmark checkmark
MHT – Web Page with Image checkmark
PDF – Adobe Portable Document Format checkmark checkmark
PNG – Portable Network Graphics checkmark checkmark
PSD – Adobe PhotoShop checkmark
RAS – Sun Raster checkmark
TGA – Truevision Targa checkmark
TIF – Tagged Image File checkmark checkmark
WFX – WinFax checkmark
WMF – Windows Metafile Format checkmark
WPG – WordPerfect checkmark

Supported Video File Formats