Add last annotation

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In Camtasia Windows, there is the ability to add the last transition used (I believe it’s shift + T).

*Is there there an ability to add the last annotation used?* I use sketch motion annotations constantly for my corporate videos.

I think the “N” key, perhaps followed by a Shift or Control modifier will add an annotation, but it won’t be the one I used, nor will it have the color/properties I assigned the last one.

Help?
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No, you cannot add an annotation with a shortcut. Camtasia is very limited in that department.
Heres the animation shortcuts available for Camtasia 2019, version 9 and 2018 are no different.


Camtasia 8 remembered the last callout used and it's properties. .


It even had a keyboard shortcut.


Regards,Joe

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I'm curious how versions v9, v2018 and v2018 took a step back in this regard.

Is it too many lines of code will make the program unstable, so they take out old features to make room for new feature? 

Or there wasn't time to port this over to the newer version, so they ditch it? 

This is exactly what I was talking about as far as default themes/shortcuts. 

Also, can you advise as to what pressing shift N on your Camtasia does? 

This is mac below. 



Is this different than the callout? 
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Okay, I didn't realize it was under timeline editing. I have that as well.

It applies the last callout used.
However, it won't  apply the properties I changed to the new callout.
The new one is of a default Size, Color, etc.
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TechSmith calls the sketch motion callouts, Callouts.
They call arrows and lines annotations.
And they define Shapes and Blur as just that.
https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-transitions-annotations-behaviors.html
I've been calling them all callouts for years. There applied the same way and have properties you can adjust.


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Everything was lumped into the Callout category with Camtasia 8.
You added or removed any one of them as a callout.



So I guess that all changed with version 9 as well.
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Shift + N should add your last used annotation.  I just tested it out on the Mac side and it works, except that it does not always seem to remember the color for sketch motion callouts.  It remembers the colors for other annotations, but there is something glitchy with sketch motion callouts.  I will have to look into that.  It should behave the same way on the Windows side.

This page documents all the shortcut keys in Camtasia.  https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360023977031?utm_source=product&utm_medium=cmac&...

The add annotation key is also customizable.



-Stephen
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It remembers absolutely nothing on the Windows side.

I tried every style callout. Callouts, Shapes, Arrows and Lines, Special,Sketch motion and Key stroke.

Nothing is retained. Everything is set to default value and colors
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My comment above applies to Camtasia 9, 2018 and 2019.
I didn't check every style in Camtasia 9, I stopped at three because it was going the same way as with 2018 and 2019.
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I submitted a ticket to tech support.
I suggest you do the same paulwilliamengle
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Joe, you’re a national treasure. Thank you for all the legwork on this.

I will absolutely submit a ticket.

My takeaway from Stephen Wagner is that it should add the last used annotation and its properties, but sketch motion callouts is not working as intended.
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a bit old school and clunky, but I've always copied my last sketch motion and then pasted it where I want it next in the timeline
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Same here
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Thanks for sharing workarounds. Until the system behaves as we want it to (ideas) and/or how it was designed to (technical issues), workarounds are helpful.

If I could press shift N (or customize it) it to N and get the exact same annotation I used before, that’d save so much time in my workflow.
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Anna S (TechSmith Support)

Jul 22, 5:58 AM EDT

Hello Paul,

Thank you for contacting TechSmith Support. 

Shift + N in Camtasia 2019 cannot be used to remember a last used callout in Camtasia Studio. That will be a feature request. We suggest that you share your insights on how we can improve the software. You can send it to us in this link: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith

We suggest that you need to manually select a presets for that callout. You can also customise it and saved so that you can use it right away. Simply click on the "Properties" icon, then select "Select Theme".

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,
Anna
Support Specialist

TechSmith Corporation

Please see below for me using Shift + N to, wait for it, remember this callout. Apologies for the less-than-optimal quality, I'm far more used to the windows side of thing at work. 




Now, to Stephen's point, it DOES NOT remember the changes I made in properties, but it ABSOLUTELY remembers which callout I selected yes. 

I'm going to escalate my ticket, but can we get a product manager to speak to this in the interim. 

Cause I've been told what I'm looking for is a "preset", when in fact, what I'm looking for is:  

1) an ability to flip a switch and adjust the properties of the callouts (color, stroke thickness, etc.) from the defaults it ships with to a new "default" I want every future project I ever create 
1a. This doesn't replace the hard, good work you've done with themes, it supplements, but I'll never need fire engine red sketch callout for a project at work, and if I do, it's worth the extra clicks to get it. 

2) the ability for Add Annotation to actually remember the complete last callout I used. 

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Here's what I got, the same response as what Anna told you.

Well, I had another issue and had tech support on the phone.

So I brought up this incorrect response to callouts, Ben, took over the ticket. Here's what he came up with.

Joe,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, this process of keeping the annotation properties when pressing Shift +N (Hotkey to add annotation), appears to have been a feature dropped with the release of Camtasia 9.

It does still appear to work on the Mac side.



I will be sure to pass this along to the appropriate team.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Ben
Technical Support Specialist

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As far as managing my expectations for future release cycles, is this common? 

Dropping things that worked in the next version? 
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Hi All;

I just wanted to pop in here to let you all know that this has been confirmed as a bug as SHIFT+N is supposed to create a callout with the properties of the last-used callout. As such we've logged it with the developers and they will investigate further.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

-Robert
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Hi Robert et al, 

Thank you for confirming this is a bug. 

Two follow-up questions: 
1) For which platform(s) are you confirming this as a bug: Mac, Windows, or both? 
2) What are the next steps for a bug? Are those pursued differently than a development request you're considering? Is it possible and/or likely we'll see a mid-cycle update fix this? 

If the TechSmith team cannot speak to this bug specifically, I'd appreciate any insight regarding how bugs are addressed generally?