Deceiving 30-Day Free Trial

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Nearly all of the software companies who offer a free trials do so completely free without limitations, Clearly not Techsmith. After downloading the software and trying it out, counting on my Free Trial i begin using it to work on a project which took 5-hours. To my surprise upon export i was left with a horrible huge watermark on the screen advertising Camtasia and rendering my project useless as i refuse to give a presentation in a professional setting in front of hundreds of people with an ugly distraction on my video.

Needless to say Techsmith is by far the greediest company i've seen, This experience has led me to advise everyone i know against using Camtasia software. Whats even worst is that there is no heads-up given that you will be left with a watermark, It isn't until you click export that we are given an explanation of the limitations within this so called "FREE TRIAL". 

As a suggestion, Actually provide people with a free trial instead of deceiving them by lying and implying its free when in reality it comes with limitations, One huge limitation may i add. While this experience has left a terrible taste in my mouth and i will never again support Techsmith or any of its products, I want to voice my experience in hopes that the companies are made aware of this and actually give people what they're offering. 
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Rick Stone

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You know, it seems to me that TechSmith has gone to great lengths to advise folks that a watermark will be present. I see the warning on the page where you download the software initially as well as advisories that appear in the product itself when you produce the video. So it's not as if they are trying to hide it.

What you seem to be demonstrating here is frustration that you cannot simply download and use their software without ever planning on actually paying them for what they have worked hard to produce.
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To be fair, you get a thirty day trial, after which time the software won’t let you use it unless you pay for it.

Cockos’ Reaper offers a free trial, without limitations.

EDIT: I guess I see both sides. The trial was definitely more than sufficient to let me test the software and see if it was something I wanted to purchase.
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paulwilliamengle

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RSP Gaming, if this helps, you can buy the software key, and the project should export without the watermark.
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There are open source video capture and editing tools, but they are free because no one can afford to invest the effort to produce a full-featured app without compensation.  Think about what you do for a living.  How would you feel if people used your product or service and never paid for it? I think Camtasia is well worth the price and the 30 day trial is very fair.  The watermark is simply a way of preventing people from receiving the value without paying for it.  I'm not judging anyone by saying that, because I always look for the cheapest way to get something done, including the use of free trials, if I can do it within the limitations of the offer.  However, at some point I have to ask myself if the value that I'm getting is worth the price, and in the case of Camtasia, the answer is clearly YES!