Adding objects in Camtasia 8

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CAMTASIA v.8: I find the new interface is disallowing the insertion of a new object in the timeline. The only way is to manually shunt everything along to make room. This is a HUGE step backwards! Am I missing something?

Likewise you cannot extend the time length of an object, eg a slide, once there is an object ahead of it. PLEASE HELP. This is enough to make me give up and I have used Camtasia for years.
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New objects generally go on a new track

You can multi select objects to move them out of the way

If you need to extend duration of an image, either move it to an empty or new track, the move whatever out of the way to make room for the longer image

with multiple tracks, it is not necessary to keep everything on the same track
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Yes I did puzzle that out, but it is far too fiddly. Also the only way to set the length of an element is to drag out its leading edge, so setting eg to exactly 3seconds is very akward.

Just teething troubles of a new interface, which is so many ways is a big improvement.
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When adding new inages and other objects, you can specify initial duration in tools/options

I sometimes use this even for 1 new object
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Yes, but what we have lost is the ability to adjust the duration of an object - it has gone from the right-click menu, and the only way now is to make some space by shunting everything ahead of it and dragging it out. Not good.

I'm sure it will get fixed. So much has changed, there are bound to be GUI issues like this.
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I've had the same ...frustration. In CS 7 if you had one video trak it was easy to split it and insert an image/screenshot at the split point. Simple. Not so much now!

And as for the comment "You can multi select objects to move them out of the way"...well, yeah but all objects at once? Not in my experience.I have to CTRL select every single one. And if the insert comes near the beggining of the video, then that "multi select" is way too cumbersome.

I'll second the final comment of "not good".
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yes to all objects at once

you can do a multi select by dragging across all clips with the mouse; you can also use ctl-A to grab them all,

then use ctl-select to unselect some if needed

or, right click at left end if a track, choose select all, then selectively unselect

several ways to do this
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Thanks, that helps a bit.

I'd like to see a "ripple edit" (as it is called in Sony Acid Pro) that can be enabled disabled. When enabled, it automatically moves everything on the timeline when you insert/delete a section
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Version 8.0.3 (released today) allows exactly this! It is a free download, and I hope it works exactly as you imagined.

http://blogs.techsmith.com/news-event...

-Josh

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