Allow user to change the "Autosave" folder location.

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Currently Camtasia 2018.0.7 uses the folder:
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\18.0\Auto-Saves
or version 9.1 uses:
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\9.0\Auto-Saves
(I don't think Camtasia 8 or earlier had an auto save.)

I'd like to be able to change auto-save to my RamDisk and set it to every 1 or 2 minutes.


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Version 8.6 lets you choose the default temporary folder area but that's it for auto-save locations.
Version 8.6 does let you select how often to auto-save:

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kayakman
" . . why change the folder location?" Why hide it? 
A better reason is to share access loads: Windows on C:\; Programs on E:\ or *F:\, Data to D:\ and it's more important than ever when both are on a parallel bus and reads & writes can occur simultaneously. (*) is a 3 TB HDD - where I ended up putting Camtasia, as it's slower than the drive!

Rowby
This thing doesn't have a Windows title bar - it's what I refer to as the "record window":
 


Here's what in the Options tab:
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Ed, thanks for the insight; but since the auto save folder is empty most of the time, and never contains more than 1 project file copy, I still don't see the point ...

however, if deemed important to move it, then an option to do so would be OK
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k - I grew up on a Honeywell mainframe ~ 1980. Because we had up to 300+ users (local, US, Europe, . . ) signed on at any one time, it was extremely important to spread the OS (GCOS) across all  40 disk packs, and 36 disk heads per pack. All four processors loaded separate copies of "time sharing" - used by all 300+ users. 

So no matter what hardware I currently have, I tend to follow 40 year old rules.
BTW, how many cores does your PC have? How many copies of notepad.exe did Windows install in your C:\Windows\ folder?  There's a reason. 

Re; Camtasia - here's what's weird: I installed Camtasia to an HDD (F:\) but Camtasia still insisted on locating the auto save to:
C:\Users\ed-cov\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\20.0\Auto-Saves

What's the purpose of being able to install a program to any drive, but not relocate all it's attending "default" folders? 
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The data that goes into your [Program Data | Local App Data | Roaming App Data] directories go there because Microsoft has recommended practices that we follow for what goes into those folders.

I think, generally, when the recommendation is for something that goes into Local App Data it's because that folder is is A: guaranteed to be there B:  guaranteed to be accessible to you whether or not you're an admin and C: inaccessible to other users of the machine who are not admins. 
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Ah!  That makes perfect sense.  If Microsoft best practices (I assume also for security reasons) than I now understand what's going on -- and I would not expect, or even want, Techsmith to change that to a different folder on a different drive.

BTW I appreciate all of the improvements in the latest version Camtasia.  So bravo to your team -- and keep listening to your users as they request valuable improvements to your excellent program.   ...Rowby.
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Hi Ed (or anyone else following this thread), 

Below is what I want to prevent from happening.  Camtasian 20 just now shut down down (crashed)  as it was auto-saving to this folder in the C: drive:

C:\Users\rowby\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\20.0\Auto-Saves

I am looking to find out where I can change this autosave folder and drive to a folder I set up on my D Drive. Specifically: D:\Camtasia autosave folder.   That drive has very little activity on it and is a much larger drive than my C: drive.

I don't think there is a way to change this in any Camtasia setting????

Rowby

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Basically I think the "Temporary" folder is not the same as the "AutoSave folder".  I assume the "temporary folder" serves some other purpose than "autosaving".

I even went into Windows Regit editor and was unable to find a way to set the AutoSave folder to my "S" drive.   

So, yes, this wold be a good feature to add to an updated version of Camtasia. 
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in the current Camtasia, you cannot change the location for the auto save folder
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I'm on 2020.0.1 and I changed my location back when we had the discussions on auto file naming:  20{YY}-{MM}{DD}-{HH}{mm}.


I'd try to change it to D:\ but now I'm afraid I could get it back to F:\.  I also wonder if it's because I installed Camtasia to F:\? Also changed where they put the trec files.
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Ed, were you able to get camtasia installed on a different drive than your boot drive? 
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Yes - when you launch the installer, accept the language, way down near the bottom/left of the window, there's a nearly invisible (no lie - it's grayed out until you "Accept the License Terms) Options Sprocket icon to change where it loads to: 



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