Decrease selection size using keyboard shortcuts does not behave as expected

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When I'm editing, I try to use only the keyboard so that I'm more efficient.  When I'm selecting something on the timeline (for example selecting something that I'm going to cut out), I often times overshoot and select too much.  To compensate, i want to preserve most of what I've selected but just slightly decrease the size of the selection.  

Here's the problem.  Shift-. always expands the selection to the right.  Shift-, always expands the selection to the left. If I overshoot my selection by pressing Shift-. too many times, I would expect that pressing Shift-, would decrease the right edge of the selection by one notch.  Instead, pressing Shift-, leaves the right boundary of the selection as-is (still overshooting what I want) and then enlarges the left boundary of the selection (erroneously changing the selection starting point). 

I can't be sure but I feel like Camtasia 8 didn't do this. 

Is there any way to fix this?

-Ben
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Benjamin Day

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my best workaround is to zoom in timeline the max [ctl-shift-9] or zoom to selection [ctl-shift-8] then tweak the selection with the color handles, using the mouse

I too think the current behavior unfriendly; it should be possible, once a selection is started, to touch a color handle then adjust it with shift - < or > keys
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Agreed...you can do it with the color handles using the mouse but that's such an efficiency killer.  

I've done a TON of work with AutoHotKey to make Camtasia a lot more keyboard friendly but it's little things like this that are such a thorn in my side.  I've also tried addressing the color handles using AutoHotKey but since Camtasia 9 is written in WPF, it's darned close to impossible to locate and manipulate that control from (what is essentially) a Win32 app like AutoHotKey.  

As a software developer, I wish that there was a plugin model in Camtasia 9 where I could write my own API-based plugins.  It'd (hopefully) be a lot easier than hacking around the edges using AutoHotKey.