CS9: Animations are annoyingly troublesome - please improve handling!

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In Camtasia Studio 9 editing callouts and clips on the timeline has become a pain in the arm:

After you have added animations to an item, you're simply not able to relocate (or change any other property of) that item on the canvas anymore without being required to edit every single animation in vicinity for that item, too!

Moreover, it's become a hassle to edit the length of a callout after opacity animations have been added to that callout, because after changing the in or out point of the call-out, you have to manually relocate the corresponding animation, too!

This is so annoyingly a waste of time.


So, please TechSmith, strongly consider the following improvements:

  1. Animations should get a Property Checkbox List added.

    The new Property Checkbox List would allow the user to select which properties are controlled by an animation.

    All properties not checked in this ceckbox list should be taken from the nearest predecessor animation having that property checked in its checkbox list or from the beginning of the clip/call-out item if no predecessor animation has this property enabled in its checkbox list.

    Advanced suggestion: Create groups for the Property Checkbox List for easier browsing experience, similar to the Properties panel in Microsoft Visual Studio.


  2. Animations should get two new properties added, sticking them to the in or out point.

    So whenever the length of an item changes, the corresponding animation moves along with the change.

    By default, all animations starting on an in point should stick to the in point. And all animations ending on an out point should stick to the out point.

    In the Options dialog an Animation Snapping Range timespan should be added. All animations within that range next to the in or out point of the item should automatically stick to the corresponding in/out point.

    In the context menu of the animation (and in the animation's Properties panel) the user should be able to enable/disable these two new properties, i.e. [Stick animation start offset to in point] and [Stick animation end offset to out point].
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Following is a montage of the Animation Property Checkbox List:





And here a few montages depicting sticking Animations (animated GIFs and Screencast videos apparently don't work in this forum):









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