Camtasia 9 32-bit Version?

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At the Federal Agency where I work, about 80% of employees have only 32-bit machines. They aren't expected to be converted over to 64-bit for at least a year. Any option or plans for a 32-bit version of Camtasia 9?
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Kelly Barrett

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Sorry.  There are currently no plans to offer Camtasia 9 as a 32-bit version.

Video editing is one of the most stressful things you can do with a computer.  Trying to run a modern video editor on older 32-bit hardware can be an exercise in frustration and patience.  The memory limits of a 32-bit application come into play if you're trying to edit with large dimension video or images, or work with complex projects.  This leads to sluggish performance and instability due to hitting the memory limits of a 32-bit application.

We realize that not everyone has a 64-bit machine.  I do empathize with those who are stuck on older 32-bit machines.  Perhaps this can help you build a case for IT to upgrade your machine?  I guess that depends on your organization, budget, etc.  I'm biased of course, but I think you'd have a solid argument for an upgrade if you use Camtasia for your job.  We've done our best to deliver performance, stability, and workflow improvements with Camtasia 9.  These translate into time savings which quickly pays for the cost of the upgrade.  But that's for you to judge, of course.

We do continue to support Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 for 32-bit systems.  If you buy a license for Camtasia 9, you will receive a key that will unlock version 9 and earlier versions as well.  So you could use this key to unlock Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 now.  When you eventually get upgraded to a 64-bit system, you can use that same license key to install and unlock Camtasia 9.x on the newer system.
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Kelly Barrett

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Thank you for your prompt reply. I appreciate that you believe Camtasia 9 will work best in a 64-bit application, and I'm sure you are correct. However, for smaller videos, like tutorials that I create, 32-bit works just as well. Even Captivate later released a 32-bit version of Captivate 9 a few months after initially releasing the 64-bit only version. I imagine it was because they realized they had thousands of customers who only have a 32-bit system, and shouldn't be expected to upgrade their entire motherboard/CPU at immense expense just so they can use the latest version of a software application. So while you may be correct that 64-bit may be the best environment for lengthy or very complex videos, I imagine it could also be just as beneficial to use the latest Camtasia 9 on a 32-bit system for less complex or short videos as well? Just some things to reflect on.

As for the Camtasia 9 license being backwards compatible with 8.6, why would anyone purchase the extra $100 to upgrade to Camtasia 9, if they have a 32-bit system and already have 8.6 on their machine? Why would anyone buy Camtasia 9 at full price, and be relegated to using 8.6 only because they can't afford to upgrade from a 32-bit system, or their employer doesn't have the means to upgrade all their computers immediately.

One benefit of not being able to upgrade to Camtasia 9 until all the machines at my agency are upgraded to 64-bit, is by then there should be numerous bug fix updates applied to Camtasia 9, so at least we wouldn't have to deal with those up front. Silver linings, I suppose.