Camtasia+SnagIt at HumbleBundle

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Camtasia9+SnagIt13 on sale at HumbleBundle.
The icons say it ́s for Mac but is this really true?
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Frank

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Mal Reynolds

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I'd be very wary about it.

The first thing is that Camtasia 9 was not Mac software; it was Windows software. The equivalent Mac version is version 3. Why would they bundle a Mac version of one product with a Windows version of another one?

The second thing is that the Snagit licence appears to only be valid if you buy it from "TechSmith or one of its authorized Resellers or Distributors".

If you obtained the Software and any required Software key(s) from TechSmith or one of its authorized Resellers or Distributors and so long as you comply with the terms and conditions of this EULA as a condition to the license granted herein, TechSmith hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited personal license to install and run one copy of the Software

There is nothing on the HumbleBundle page that suggests that Techsmith is a "partner".

In my humble opinion you'd be far better off just buying a legitimate bundle directly from Techsmith. I don't know what HumbleBundle is offering as a price (probably a fair bit less), but at least you know that you'll get the right version for your platform and you won't have any licencing issues.
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There offering them both for $20
I didn't need the bundle.I have Camtasia 2018 and SnagIt 2018.




I put the bundle in my cart for $20. It had a monthly prescription added to the cart as well.I unchecked that option.

I couldn't reach the check out without agreeing to subscribing to a monthly subscription. So you get roped into a subscription at $12 a month.

They give you $1.80 off the first month. Then you get an older version of Camtasia (9).

And a much older version of SnagIt (13).

 

So SnagIt 13 isn't compatible with MAC. I don't see anything on the webpage that suggests it is. But a monthly subscription for SnagIt 13 is a huge ripoff. For Camtasia 9 over a short period of time. It could be beneficial to some.You could run it for several months much cheaper than purchasing.

 

So, I think it's legit. 
Regards,Joe

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Hi Frank,

The Humble Bundle does include both Windows and Mac versions of the software.  It wasn't spelled out in the title, but the versions included here are Camtasia 9/3 and Snagit 13/4.
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As I have had no reply to my post, it seems that Camtasia couldn't care less about users who pay full price for its software.
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Mal Reynolds

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I don't think it's so much that they don't care, but rather that there is no possible answer that won't land them in a deeper, more painful hole with full freight customers such as yourself. Pretending not to have heard the question and whistling while discreetly looking at the sky is probably the least worst option.
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Frank

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Why worry about the low price - except: hopefully they are prepared of an avalanche of possible support requests. HB sold already >30k bundles. Ugh.
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Mal Reynolds

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Why worry about it? Techsmith needs to worry about it more than many customers do, and not just because of support requests.


I'm not AS annoyed about it because I've been on an upgrade cycle since paying full price for V6, so for me the gap between what I paid for C9 (via upgrade) and the cost of the Humble Bundle is less.


(I'm actually slightly more annoyed about paying for C2018 which I've stopped using because I find the "faster rendering times" to be a myth (indeed, often the opposite of the truth), and it can't even remember what my last project was, for heaven's sake.)


As a rule people DO NOT like the feeling that they've been played. They do not like the feeling that they've paid more than they needed to, when they thought that the price they paid was the price for everyone. That's the first problem; it leaves some full freight customers with the feeling that they've been done over, which in turn alienates them. See also, Andy Gooch above.


It is far, far more likely that the "full freight" customers who sought out the program's functionality are also the ones who would have stuck with the program for the long term. The Humble Bundle purchasers - and this goes for any sort of steeply discounted software - are more likely to be "dabblers". Not all of them, but a lot.


So... the Humble Bundle deal gets a small stack of purchasers, a small number of which may, possibly go on to use the software and possibly evangelise it... but to counterbalance that Techsmith loses a bunch of people who feel that they've been done over by paying full price while at the same time Techsmith is shipping a cut price route to the current version out the back door.

I'm not a marketing expert but to me that does not seem to be a good trade off.
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From my experience as a frequent bundle buyer is that discounted software often disembogue into discontinued software, which will most likely be replaced by a something completely new in a near future. My use of Camtasia is to help other ́s with 2d and 3d software for free - and therefore money is crucial. That ́s why I get annoyed by TechSmith ́s Screencast info mail telling me they are going to delete videos in September which are not been accessed for playing by xyz time period - unless I buy a pro subscription. Over 200 items spread over different communities and more than 20k postings. As much as I like some new features I glimpse at v3/2018 over my Camtasia-for-Mac-v2.10 I ́m now worried if even 20 bucks are well spent or it ́d be better send 39 to Telestream/Screenflow for an upgrade I might can afford.
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Frank

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Not sure what you want to say with the Google result. But Brent Beckman already confirmed it ́s legal. I just was unsure about the versions.
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You have all made good points. It took me a while to buy Camtasia in the first place as the price seemed out of reach. People say that they are selling Camtasia 9 in the HumbleBundle as it is a previous version. However, earlier this year it was the latest version.
As time goes by, there will be more competitors for Camtasia. I for one will no longer regard Camtasia as the first choice.
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Frank

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I for one will no longer regard Camtasia as the first choice.
Is this for technically reasons if you don ́t mind me asking?
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andygooch

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It's because I don't trust TechSmith to do the same thing again regarding selling it cheaply after I've upgraded.