custom production presets location change?

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Hi, 
    I'm trying to move the location of my custom production presets.  Everything was going to my documents folder, and I managed to change the location of the majority via the recorder>tools>options but it still creates the Documents>custom prodution presets folder and associated files upon startup if i delete it.

How can I get it to save them elsewhere?  Please tell me this is possible!
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Joe Morgan

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Since Camtasia replaces that folder on start up.

That must mean it's hardwired to store presets in documents.

Are you running a ultra low capacity SSD and you're trying to free up storage space?

Because the preset file size shouldn't amount to much. Mines only 80kb or 0.0000093132257462 GB.

File size jumps about 8kb for every new preset added.   Regards,Joe
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klepp0906

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Honestly, I’m just a stickler for uniformity etc. call me OCD :)

I was able to move snagit and all associated data in its entirety. Deleted the folder from documents where it was not recreated.

Unfortunately this seems to be impossible with camtasia.

Even worse is now since I moved the save location to my preferred save location, instead of being a folder named camtasia - it’s named custom production presets lol.

Just trying to keep clutter to a minimum and keep things together where I can.

Ty for the reply
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Joe Morgan

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I hear you,

I have a clock directly over the TV that's battery powered, once in a while. It drops or picks up minuets overnight.

When it occurs, it gets on my nerves and I cannot look past it for long, that situation has to be corrected. 
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Lol sounds about right! Being ocd in the tech world is a nightmare too!

Devs can’t please everyone, and lord knows they try so the majority of the time I’m pretty understanding/tolerant.

Plus more times than not - depending on savvy, a workaround of some sort exists.

Unfortunately in this case, apart from more in depth registry knowledge than I have - I’m not so sure one does.

The flip side is that I imagine an option to relocate it or tie it to the rest of the auto saves and put it in the data store is pretty trivial for them.

Almost like it was an oversight considering how it’s handled with snagit.

I even tried deleting the default presets in an attempt to remove the folder - yet they don’t let you. Again - u could with snagit.

/grumble.
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@klepp0906, I'm afraid that particular folder cannot be moved or deleted.  Sorry about that :/

Once upon a time, many versions ago, we thought users might want to access their custom production settings, and maybe even want share those files with colleagues.  So we wrote them under the "My Documents\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets" folder (back when it was still called My Documents), because that's a user visible location meant for user files.  But we never added a way for the user to relocate that folder.  If you delete it, it gets recreated because Camtasia reads these settings on every run and uses them when you produce.

In practice, few users know what these files are, or bother with them at all.  That's probably just as well, because those files really aren't really meant to be edited by hand.  They are XML files that are read and written by Camtasia, and tinkering with them is probably only going to cause trouble.  In retrospect, the Custom Production Presets would probably be better if they were located under "%ProgramData%\TechSmith\Camtasia...", which is a little more hidden, and is the prescribed location for files that are intended for program use only.  I suspect if we did that, we'd hear from the folks who liked it the old way.  As you said, it's hard to make everyone happy.

Anyways, I'm sorry that we didn't provide a way to move this folder.  Maybe if we get some time to work on file organization and management, we can improve this in the future.  If you'd like to see us do stuff in that direction, please post your idea(s).  The team does read these boards, even if we don't always reply.  As always, thanks for the feedback!
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klepp0906

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I understand. Also figured that would be the case. I went ahead and marked it as hidden for now. Doesn’t seem to affect functionality and it’s the next best thing :)

More important issues exist such as lifting the 4K resolution limit for snagit and adding Imgur as an upload option #nudge.

In all seriousness, thank you for the thorough reply!