Camtasia 8 Issues and Ideas

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First, let me say that a total rewrite of any program is a monumental task. I can only assume that was needed to accommodate future features. In general the Camtasia 8 works well with a few exceptions:

First and foremost, PLEASE put back the undo/redo icons in the timeline - it is a workflow pain to use the menu or key command.

The timeline horizontal scroll bar is essentially unusable. It is slow, choppy, and caused many "got lost" instances, and I am a long time heavy user of Camtasia.

The area audio plot is a tad late. I could get used to the area audio plot, but prefer the old style. Audio production seems of high quality, though.

Transitions get cut when replacing clips... that didn't happen in C7 and therefore adds to the workflow. Sometimes I have to click the cut icon twice to get it to work.

If I make a selection too close to the right edge of the timeline, the select goes haywire... every time.

Overall this isn't bad for a rewrite, but these items need to be fixed or I will have to return to C7. Other features I would love to see are dot and dash styles in the arrows and line callouts, "replace selected clip" function to replace selected clip in a time line with one copied from the media bin, support for FTPing to S3, and an import production presets from prior versions function. Thanks for listening, and thanks for a great program.
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Philip Erlanger

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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Hi Everyone,

Camtasia Studio 8.0.3 released today! While not everything is addressed in this release that customers have requested, we did address many highly requested features, including support for displaying the full audio waveform, under video captioning, and setting a duration for extend frame. Also, there are enhancements to make working with the timeline easier and more efficient, including chain move. Here is a list of what's new:

- Made lower volume levels more distinguishable on the timeline audio waveform
- Arrow keys now scroll the playhead instead of the timeline
- Tooltips now show for locked media
- Improved ability to scroll the timeline while playing
- Added ability to specify duration when extending a frame
- Adding ripple moving and trimming of media on the timeline
- Inserting space on the timeline by holding shift and dragging the playhead
- Added option to include under video captions in a variety of outputs
- Improved audio editing for timeline selections
- Keyframes now automatically fit in available space when added to media
- Improved messaging when uploading media to private or password protected folder on Screencast.com
- Fixed an issue that caused extended frames to show incorrect cursor effects
- Added ability to set the default animation duration to instant
- Fixed an issue causing table of contents to not be initially visible
- Improved memory usage and performance on the timeline
- Fixed issues causing CS7 project upgrades to fail
- Additional bug fixing

Here is a video to explore what's new in 8.0.3: http://www.screencast.com/t/QsrLLpZRIk9

Thanks,
Shane Lovellette