Compare Camtasia Mac Versions 2 and 3

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Can someone from Techsmith.com, or anyone, point me to a link that compares Camtasia Mac Ver 2 with Ver 3?  (I have done extensive searching and cannot find a comparison).

Why should I pay the $99 upgrade fee?

Can anyone cite the real benefits of Ver 3 over Ver 2?
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Stephane

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It depends on what you do on it.
But to my YouTube Video, it's a huge issue. If I could go back to Cam 2.0... I would !
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Please explain your statement:
" If I could go back to Cam 2.0... I would !"

Why?  Are you saying that you prefer Ver 2?
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Jigs Gaton, Consultant

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Well my memory is not so hot these days, but I recall that I wanted to move from the PC platform to the Mac, and I had many projects there, with no way to port them to the Mac where I much prefer to be when doing anything visual. So out came Version 3, and it worked...if memory serves. But I wound up using V3 more for new projects, where things worked more like they did in Windows. It was just better than V2. The upgrade fee was annoying, but no more annoying than what ya pay for other upgrades to other media software products (cough, like Adobe). Anyway, I bit the bullet and it was worth it to me. 
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Additions to V3 can be found here: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115006624748-Camtasia-Mac-3-Version-History not sure if that will be of any use to you though.
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V 3 added some new text effects, revamped the User interface and probably a few smaller items I'm not recalling.

The big new feature of V3 was the PC compatibility and licensing changes.

When you buy camtasia 3 for mac, you're also getting a license for Camtasia 9 for Windows - it did not used to be that way-they were separate purchases before.

Also you can now record and edit a project on either version - the save files are now compatible between them - in the version 2(mac) / 8(windows) days, camtasia projects weren't compatible - if you worked on windows, you had to stay on windows.

Because of this V3 for mac is a great help to anyone who's in a situation where they use both OS's (for example someone who uses windows at work but wants to edit at home on a mac)

Also the price did increase on the mac side, and decrease on the windows side:

Old pricing:
Mac Camtasia V2: $99
Windows Camtastia V8: $299

New pricing:
Mac Camtasia V3+Windows Camtaisa V9 combo license: $199

The upgrade price for a mac user I believe is $99.

Also worth noting that Camtasia tends to do major (paid) upgrades every few years with lots of free minor upgrades in between.
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I didn't see anything indicating I was getting Camtasia 9 for windows when i upgraded. How do I take advantage of that? I would like to put C9 on my PC.
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Jack Fruh, Champion

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If you bought it from Techsmith directly, just log into your account and download the PC version - I believe the same key works on both. If you bought from the mac app store you'll need to contact techSmith customer service and they can help you.
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Doug,

What Jack said is accurate. The product key for Camtasia Mac will work to unlock the Windows version.

-Glenn
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I think one of the biggest features in v3 that wasn't already mentioned was the addition of behavior effects. The Mac version also supports Quizzing now too. This is the page targeted at upgraders, but because Camtasia is now a unified Windows/Mac license all-in-one some of the information applies to Windows and some cross-platform.
https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-upgrade.html

You can install Camtasia 2 and Camtasia 3 at the same time. So you can download the Trial of v3 and see how you like it before you decide to upgrade. Just keep in mind that v3 projects will not open in v2. Remember that when you're evaluating 3, and save a v2 copy of any projects before you upgrade them to v3.

FWIW, when the new major version of Camtasia ships we don't typically update old versions any longer. On Windows, this usually isn't a problem because one of the Windows selling points is long-term backwards compatibility. On Mac, Apple is more diligent about deprecating features. Sometimes, these are features we leverage in our software. You may find that after upgrading to the new version of macOS your older version of Camtasia won't function the same way any longer.

I hope this helps,
Glenn
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I upgraded to Mac 3 and have had performance issues to the point where I've gone back to v2 until the bugs are fixed.  v3 would slow my Macbook Pro to a crawl and sometimes force a reboot. Editing was next to impossible because the program would skip and stutter as I scrubbed along the timeline. It was more hassle that any new features were worth. So I spent $99 and I'm not even using it right now.  I haven't seen any updates suggesting TechSmith is correcting the issues.  Very frustrating.
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Hi Doug,

Have you contacted our Technical Support about this issue?
https://support.techsmith.com

-Glenn
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Doug Long

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Yes. The solution suggested didn't work.
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My sincere thanks to all of you that replied to my questions.  This is very helpful.

I think I will stay with Ver 2, at least for a while.  I don't need compatibility with the Windows Ver, and I'm still learning Ver 2.  So far I have not seen any new/changed features in Ver 3 to make the upgrade worthwhile for me.

Techsmith:  May I suggest that you publish a table of features, with columns for Ver 2 and Ver 3, so it is easy to make a comparison. 
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To answer question you've asked me : “Why do I recommand to do not upgrade to V3“

When you need to record Video + Screen at the same time :
- No Thunderbolt allowed
- No USB device allowed
- No interface to do it
- No Logitech 920-930 (best webcam quality)

That mean clearly : 
To record Video + Screen at the same time = No video Quality !
When you record Courses, Tutorials for example, it's a Huge issue...

*You can add  this : Camtesia don't have any White balance, Color correction etc.
That mean to me :
Camtesia 2 or 3 are not focus to video quality.

- But there are Big features into it :
I use a lot Annotations and Behaviors which are really really Huge.

- Even if : Camtesia don't want to share  the results of your work thanx to those Features...
Import Alpha Channel allowed
Export Alpha Channel doesn't allowed

My Conclusion ?
- Camtesia 2 or 3 are great for Screen record but not for Video and Absolutly Not for Quality Video
- Camtesia 2 was much more balanced
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I'm confused. I have Camtasia 2 and I want to upgrade. I see the upgrade price of $99.00 but it has a video for Camtasia 9 which apparently is for Windows and a Mac. Do I upgrade to Camtasia 9 or to Camtasia 3 (which I will avoid doing since Doug Long's comments). Will Camtasia 9 work on my Mac without Camtasia 3?
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Camtasia 9 is for windows. Camtasia 3 is only on a mac. I am using a 2015 rMBP with Camtasia 3, and I have not seen the issues that Doug Long has. I think it's true that Camtasia 2 may run smoother, but it also does less :) Then there is the update issue...will Camtasia 2 work this fall with High Sierra? It's a crap shoot...
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Hi all;

We do have a comparison chart, which you can find below (click on it to enlarge):



Hope that helps!

-Robert
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Hey guys, the comparison chart is helpful, but this video presents the best comparison I have seen.  It is very well done, and has almost convinced me to upgrade.

Comprehensive Comparison between Camtasia Mac Ver 2 and Ver 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B-1AGtsHWU
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Jigs Gaton, Consultant

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For sure! 
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Can't argue with the feature improvements. They're good.