Camtasia allows project file to be renamed while in use (bug?)

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Hello everybody, 

Quick question, don't know if it's a problem (currently using Camtasia Version 9.1.2 Build 3011 on Windows 10 Pro):

I just noticed that Camtasia allows you to rename a project file (through Explorer) while it's still open in Camtasia. I did it by accident and was very surprised that Windows didn't alert me or stop me from doing so. Usually I'm never allowed to do so while files are being used, which leads me to believe that it's a big no-no.

Is this a bug or does Camtasia somehow not lock the file when using it, or maybe certain software apps allow this? Any clarification would be appreciated. 

Thanks,
Erik
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Joe Morgan

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Since I never do this. I was curious about this as well.
I renamed an open projects in both Camtasia 9 and Camtasia 2019.
I don't know why I can?
Bottom line, it is what it is.
I renamed a PSD in windows explorer that was open in Photoshop.
Some thing with a project in a program called Hit Film.

It seems Windows can't protect you in this situation.

Regards,Joe
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you can actually delete the project file, in Explorer, while the project is loaded/open in Camtasia

if the project [unedited] is then closed in Camtasia, and not manually saved beforehand, it can be lost unless retrieved from the recycle bin

but a manual save, before close/exit, will recreate the project file

best practice ... always execute a manual save, or export as zip, before close/exit

perhaps the Camtasia editor should check that the project file still exists before a close/exit?; if the file is no longer available, perhaps the editor should flash a warning dialog that it's missing and prompt for a save?; or better yet, the editor should execute an auto save?
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Project files are relatively small, opened, read into RAM and closed in a few milliseconds. What's the danger? You can still edit it, re-save it or rename it without harm. Even had you deleted the file, Camtasia doesn't mind saving the file it read previously.

Although I see no harm in Camtasia doing it this way, I can't recall any other program that runs in this manner.  Maybe one of TS techs can comment regarding why they do it this way.

Thanks to all for the advisory!! 
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Rick, It's been a while since I've re-installed a fresh copy of my  Windows10, but my registry file, before a good cleaning is 544 MBs. (I just saved a copy to my RamDisk.)

The registry file itself is an indexed rational data base file which means it can be opened at any index whether that points to the 1st record, last record or anywhere in between. It can also insert a record to where it belongs. Because of its size, I can't peek at it's innards even with Notepad++.
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Joe Morgan

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I don't understand why this became an in depth conversation?
One doesn't normally rename a project in Windows explorer, when their currently editing it.
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Rick Stone

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Why any need to understand? It's like anything else that is ever asked here. There can be any number of things that emerge and result from a discussion. And an infinite number of directions any discussion can go.

For me the solution is simple. If it no longer interests you, just ignore it and scroll on.
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After several e-mails landed in my box and I wasted my time reading them. I'm unsubscribing to this thread.
Maybe you could talk meatloaf next?
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Ed Covney

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Just unfollow, you don't have to warn us.
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Thanks for the replies, guys. Good to know if doesn't seem to be a serious matter. 

-Erik