Camtasia's Callouts

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Spotlight/blur/highlight tool: One thing I'd love to see is the ability to change the shape of the tool, and/or invert it. The default is a rectangular shape, but often an oval would be ideal. Also, spotlight allows you to select an area, and it darkens everything else. It would be nice if we could darken an area and spotlight everything else. Blur and highlight tools are basically the opposite of spotlight, so the same functionality here would be great. Functionally, you could even merge these three tools, and then just include "Blur", "Transparency" and "Darkness" items in the menu together.

Image callout: I'm not sure if this is a bug. When I use an image for my callout, if I try to change the border, instead of putting a border around the image it recolors all of the borders in my image. I would love to see an option to just put a border around the image.

Some of the shapes allow entering text, and others don't. It's a bit weird that "Filled Rounded Rectangle" and "Rounded Rectangle" are basically the same thing, except that with the latter you can't add fill or text. But, with the former you can choose "no fill" and not add text, and it's the same thing. Why not just take the "rounded rectangle" off the menu, since it's redundant and less useful anyways?
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Kimberli Kisiel

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I really like Kimberli's idea. especially inverting the blur. I would at times like everything to be blurred except the item i am highlighting. Spotlight does this but as a different effect I think blurring should work the same way.
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With CS 8, some of these issues have been addressed.

Spotlight/blur/highlight/pixelate: We haven’t made a lot of changes here; it is still limited to a rectangular shape.

Image callout: We added the ability to add a customizable border to images (or any other visual media). There’s also much more flexible control over drop shadows.

Callout shapes: We’ve added some new shapes, removed some of the older less useful ones, and added a new default style.
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I've using camtasia 8, on windows 7. trying to use the callout feature with my own image. all works fine, except the added images always have a border included. I know the source files do not show a border. When using them in 8, they always show up. is some kind of border on by default? :(
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Kevin Mojek, Employee

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You can add a border to images, but I don't think it's on by default. If it is getting enabled, you can turn it off via this section in the Visual Properties tab:

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