Camtasia 8 vs Camtasia 2018

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I have been using Camtasia 8 (8.6.0 to be precise) for a few years now. I'm thinking of upgrading, but would really like to hear about comparisons between version 8 and the latest version 2018. What are the benefits of upgrading and is it worth it?

I see the library has lots of new content that I don't think works in Camtasia 8 (video backgrounds, etc), but would like to hear how others have found going from version 8 to 2018.
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Laura

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Jayne Davids

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Hi Laura,

I would suggest you take a look at the version history to see what's new since C8:
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115006443267-Camtasia-Windows-Version-History

Camtasia 9 was a major new version and included a new user interface. Here's a summary of what was new: 
  • New Behaviors as way to quickly animate images, video, or text (IMO THESE ARE SO COOL!)
  • New callouts
  • New captions workflow
  • New 64-bit engine for faster editing and encoding
  • New default assets in asset library
  • Drag and drop assets, effects, and more right to canvas
  • Canvas editing
  • Ability to share projects with Mac
  • Color adjustments (brightness, contrast, saturation)
  • Voice narration improvements
  • Quizzing improvements
  • Quizzing per question feedback
  • Animated GIF support
  • UI updates (more similarities with Mac)
Camtasia 2018 included:
  • New Library - Save frequently used assets, effects, and media.
  • Theming - Create themes with colors and fonts and apply to assets and effects.
  • Additional customizable and stock video assets.
  • 60 fps video import, editing, and production.
  • Editor performance improvements for preview playback and timeline edits.
  • Production engine improvements for faster export.
  • New Behaviors (Explode and Fly In).
You can download a free 30 day trial and give it a go. Perhaps watch some of the video tutorials to get an idea of what's possible in the latest version: https://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/

IMHO - the upgrade is definitely worth every penny. 

I hope this helps,

Jayne @Raiveon