Camtasia 9 Edit Text?

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I can't find the option to edit the contents of a text box any more. I upgraded to Version 9 this morning and now I can't edit, or add text to text boxes.

I am looking in the properties section for the text box. Am I looking in the wrong place?



Help :(
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Hello,

As I can see in the Camtasia 9, you just have to edit your text directly in your object(box, circle) from your canevas. 

Hope this help !
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Text editing is done on the canvas.
Double Click inside the text window on the Canvas. That's will highlight the text and give you a text cursor to work with.See Image Below, Click to Enlarge



If you start typing the "ABC" letters will disappear and be replaced by what you are typing. If you move the cursor over existing text and left click, a blinking cursor will appear allowing you to edit text the same way you would in a program like Notebook or WORD.

 

Regards,Joe
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patti.schulz

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I do not have a cursor at all when I convert an existing project.  I cannot edit a word but must replace it.  Is there a setting I am missing? The cursor displays in new callouts I create.

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I have seen this no-see-cursor issue many times with upgraded CS8 projects; it seems that the CS8 version of legacy callouts do not get along well with the CS9 editor

try this ...

with the callout selected on timeline, double click [or sometimes triple click] it in canvas; this should highlight all its text

position cursor at location in highlighted text where you want to edit, and click there

hold shift key and use arrow key to move [invisible] cursor; that should highlight just that select part of text; then type to edit

does that work for you?
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Yes! It takes a bit of practice. I will use this going forward but I think the text should convert so I can see the cursor. Maybe Techsmith will fix this?

Thank you for your help!

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my fix, if I need better converted legacy text behavior, is to replace the original callout with a CS9 one
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patti.schulz

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Sure, but  I also have to change the text size, the font and the color so it's not real simple. Your suggestion is helpful so I don't have to go through all of these steps.
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Thanks Joe

It was the double clicking part I was missing. Was probably the only time I haven't tried double clicking on something. 

Thanks again.
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The text was working, but know I'm missing the text properties on the side. it has changed to this 
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This happened to me also. I saved my project, closed and restarted Camtasia. Launched my project and all was well. That fixed it.

I'm going to fill out a support ticket now that I see it happened to you as well. The Tech guys will want to know about this.

Regards,Joe
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Same problem here! I have to keep shutting down to restart Camtasia and things work. BUT.. I still can't get find where you change the text color anywhere!
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nicpogm

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nevermind.. I rebooted Camtasia and the ability to change color magically appeared. Why I ask do companies release software before it's ready? (So they can use their customers as cost free debuggers!)

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It's worth noting that this version of Camtasia was a very long time coming. Companies are often put in the position of being forced to release something with known issues due to customer demand. So they are in one of those "damned if you do - damned if you don't - NO WIN" situations.
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It is time-consuming that you have to double-click on the callout on the timeline, and then double-click on the callout on the canvas. In version 8, one double-click was needed.
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I believe what you are seeing is that the first "double-click" on the timeline accomplishes two things. It places focus on the object and also moves the playhead to that object. Assuming the playhead is already on that object where it is visible in the canvas, you could avoid clicking on the timeline altogether. Instead, you double-click the object on the canvas if it is a text container. And if not, a single click on the canvas would be sufficient to allow changing properties via the panel on the right.

Cheers... Rick :)
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What if the text object is in a group. When I double click the group gets selected, not the text object. I also have this problem if the text object is not the top most layer.
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Yeah, I've gone back to version 8 to get the text editor back.
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You mean to tell me that camtasia has NOT fixed this yet? 8 months to add the edit textbox back to a mostly blank properties tab? WTF man
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Has anyone managed to make the text box wider so that several words can be added? As soon as I add a second word it goes underneath, I want them side by side. There are grab handles but they do not do anything.
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The grab handles should work.Try saving your project and giving it a name you'll remember.Then close and restart Camtasia.Restart Camtasia and Open your Project.See if that gets things going again.
Sometimes, things glitch out.They shouldn't, but a re-start frees up RAM memory and refreshing things so it's not a bad move.
One way or another,I'd like to hear back if it worked for you.

Regards,Joe
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Thanks Joe, that worked :-)
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I am also having trouble editing text in Camtasia 9.  Lately when I double click the text in a callout, the text takes on a double-vision appearance.  See attached pic.  This makes it difficult to locate and edit the text, esp if I need to change font feature, i.e., bold, italic.  Yeesh.  I do not remember having this problem with earlier versions of Camtasia.   Any suggestions on why this is happening?  Work arounds?

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is the callout in a group?

I see something similar when I double-click a callout in the canvas where that callout is in a group; I get a double presentation of the text, but it is still sharp so I can work in it OK; but it is a strange behavior; it happens when the canvas is zoomed in a lot

could you do a short screencast, host on screencast.com, showing us exactly what you're experiencing?
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Thanks, Kayakman, for your quick response.  Yes, this callout is in a group.  I will make a capture.  I do not think I am registered in screencast.com.  Have not been there yet.
Cheers,
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I think I figured out screencast.com.  Video showing the double text issue in Camtasia 9 located here: http://www.screencast.com/t/zfKvpa7hAcKe

Cheers
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Here is a zipped version of the video showing the double text issue in Camtasia 9 located here:  http://www.screencast.com/t/fT9Xib4Imzk0

Cheers
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thanks for the screencast; as I suspected; I'm guessing that you can do an edit, click off the callout, and all is good again?

here is what I get ...

See Double Text When Editing Callouts In Groups
https://www.screencast.com/t/64i8jLhq
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Thanks for your efforts. Yep, the text does return to normal view when I click outside the text callout. Editing double-vision text is annoying esp when one has to repeatedly click outside the text callout to make sure the edits are accurate.  Sigh.

Cheers,
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Well melody, kayakman,

I watched both of your videos. I tried to reproduce your errors, I can't do it. I thought maybe it was because you were using simple rectangles, as part of the group. Added one, and it didn't change a thing.



 I can edit text without getting those annoying double fonts every single time, using Aerial fonts. Just like you guys were.
I studied and reproduced your settings. Font size, style. I winged it on color.

 So it's highly unlikely to be  Camtasia's doing, it's much more likely has something to do with your computer. A driver needs updating ,something is amiss.

A classic case for contacting tech support.

 If you get on the phone right away, you can catch them before their off for the entire weekend.

This is a Free Service............... Submit a ticket

       https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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Regards, Joe

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well, if you build out a new example, the issue is not reproducible

but my reproducible issue comes from a Library asset, where the misbehaving text callout was created in long-ago previous builds of CS9; there seems to be some glitch with that callout and the CS9 properties control; for example, with the callout [only] on timeline, select the date text [it is italic]; properties cannot discern that the font is italic; delete it, replace with new text, no problem [no double vision]

my conclusion ... asset from earlier build not being handled correctly by current build

not losing any sleep over all this
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So, this is effecting your Archived Projects, from Previous Versions of Camtasia.That actually makes more sense......

In your Screencast video, you concluded.I get this all the time,I have a suspicion it's the way the controls are designed,typically even though it's there. If I click off of it, the change stays. It never  produces and I'm good to go.

As an outsider looking in, the video was your workflow in dealing with the problem. Your conclusion as to how to deal with it.
 One that left melody ,  and anyone else encountering this issue, without any real solution.

So I started by testing for a problem that doesn't typically exist. And,I didn't find a problem with the callouts. So I suggested tech support.

 melody has a Legacy callout in the group as well. Odds are, that may explain it. Another archived project.

So melody, would like to hear back from you, is your issue as well.If not,there's always tech support.

Regards,Joe

Copying the the text and pasting it into a New callout sounds like the logical solution. Saving the changes to the project. Solving the problem for good. "Hopefully"

 Legacy callouts should probably be replaced with the newer ones.
TechSmith tends to change features like that without warning.
There's characteristics Legacy callouts offer that the new ones don't. That doesn't ensure their be available several Camtasia versions down the road.
  
Highlighting the text and using the typical Shortcuts "Ctrl + C" Copy and "Ctrl + V" Paste" works great.
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ya, the "solution" is to just replace the misbehaving callout with a new one
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Exactly
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Thanks for the comments & suggestions. Yes, after some testing here, we found the double text problem exists with legacy callouts vs callouts that came with Cam 9 upgrade. See screencast link below.
https://www.screencast.com/t/yQXvF4Dbx

It does appear that the Arial font used in the legacy callout is different than the Arial font in the upgraded version...not as full, thinner.  Or so my team observed.  Our workflow is to copy text to Notepad and then to Camtasia since our copy comes from many different sources. Notepad removes all the styles, fonts, etc., and makes for a cleaner paste. 

The double text issue started when I updated Cam 9.  My current build after the update is v9.1.0 (build 2356).  Replacing legacy callouts is one option, and one that will take more resources than we have available at present.

So, it looks like  we'll have to decide what style we will use going forward and update our video training style guide.  Nothing is simple, eh?

Cheers,