Duplicate library assets

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Thanks Camtasia for providing us with more assets, both within the product and in the form of bonuses.
Sometimes I like to use assets that TechSmith has withdrawn as it upgrades Camtasia.
If I make a libzip file of a previous Camtasia version and import it into my present Camtasia version, I get many duplicated assets. Is there any quick way to filter through these assets and delete the duplicates?
This question is parallel to a previous Forum question on the location of library assets. I'm an old-school type of guy who likes to play with files directly, without a User Interface that may not be "friendly" to my way of thinking. It seems a bit unnecessary for me to unzip a bunch of library asset files to a folder, export my current Camtasia library to that folder, manually delete all the asset files I don't need/want, erase my current libraries, and finally import my "accumulated collection."
Kayakman? Joe? Rick? Whaddaya say, my Camtasia gurus?
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Muscle Whisperer

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I seem to be answering myself!
I'm an inveterate bumbler and "stuff"-disturber, so I went into the Assets folder:
C:\ProgramData\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 19\Library 4.0\User Libraries\
and created an "All Assets" folder, then used my file comparison software to add all assets from all o ther libraries into that folder without creating duplicates.
After re-opening Camtasia I have all the assets in that folder, organized, very pretty. So now I can go back to the folder on the drive and delete all of the other files in the other libraries. Voila! Order and sanity.
I only did this because I didn't see that Camtasia had any sort of catalogue file - the software simply lists whatever it sees in the folder in the above filepath.
Doing it this way was a whole lot easier than from inside Camtasia (did that twice, no fun).
Warning! I'd suggest you backup and export your libraries before trying this, and then backup the library you've created. Who knows what Camtasia will decide to do with its files in the future?
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What duplicate files program did you use?
Thanks.
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Muscle Whisperer

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Heatsoft makes a great little program called ADCS - Advanced Directory Comparison and Synchronization. I compares two directories from lists, and shows the result. You sync whatever you want.
They're better known for their HCC Heatsoft Crap Cleaner, which trolls whatever you want and shows you duplicates, so you can decide which you want to keep. I use this that one less.
I believe the product is "try before you buy," but I've been using them for well over a decade, every few days.
However, any "File Commander" program could probably do the same. All the old fogeys remember that, from before Windows. DOS ruled and a two-window directory comparison, file manipulation program was standard issue.
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@Muscle Whisperer
Thanks for the info.
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kayakman, Champion

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to add to Muscle Whisperer's suggestion ...

another file compare app to consider is Beyond Compare 4 Pro; I find its file compare capabilities to be top-class; and, it has many features and functions that can really help with many screencasting  and FTP hosting tasks
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Hi MW!

I'm glad you were able to get the result you were looking for! I should caution observers of this thread, however, that going into the "hidden" Windows folders (e.g. ProgramData) and moving files around outside the application may cause unexpected behavior: use at your own risk.

Making the application simpler to use and putting the things you want to use at your fingertips is definitely a goal we're always pursuing on Camtasia, thank you for the feedback!
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I absolutely agree with you, Clint. I've been diddling around with computers since my first university course in 1969 (IBM 360/67, working with punch cards).
But I'm a great example of "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." I took the absence of an index file to mean that Camtasia wasn't keeping track of the file listing, just listing the contents of the folder. Then I closed my eyes, prayed and hit the Delete button. Both of the computers I've tried this on haven't blown up yet.
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