Can someone explain why I can't open a Camtasia 8 .6 project on my Mac using Camtasia 2.10.4?

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This baffles me: I can't open a Camtasia 8 .6 project on my Mac using Camtasia 2.10.4 by design, is that right? If so, that's nuts! 
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yes, you can't open project that saved from camtasia studio 8.6 to open in camtasia for mac. .trec file is cross platform only. but .camproj doen't cross platform.
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thx, I'll give it a try. Too bad I started this project on the mac side! What then?
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to clarify, your recording files can be used in either place.
On the mac, open camtasia, then preferences (Command-Comma), then the recording tab.
On this tab, at the bottom, you may want to be sure that "delete after" is unchecked, then click "reveal" this will open the folder with your screen recordings. these can be used in either version.

If you've already spent considerable time editing your project in Camtasia Mac, you can export it, and bring the exported piece into the PC version.

A bit of history, Camtasia Mac was started much later than Camtasia Studio for Windows - different products, different price points. Originally, nothing was cross compatible. At some point both products were updated so that both record to the same file format (.trec as mentioned above) 

Having compatible project formats is more challenging since both tools support different features - for example, there are no quizzes in the mac version.
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Thx for the history Jack. Understood. But arcane in this day and age. Can't think of another app that I use that I can't switch on a whim from Mac to PC to Mac on a project level, if the app has both versions. Adobe, MS and others have figured it out, so should TechSmith (inmo). Cheers,
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