Enhancement Request: Timeline Navigation (it really needs improvement....)

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Before adding to the several timeline navigation feature requests, let me pre-face it with:
The Camtasia timeline navigation is really poor compared with other products that do similar things.
Please, dear developers, get a license of Soundforge or Vegas and actually play with them for a while to see what intuitive and highly productive timeline navigation looks like!

Being familiar with much better usability, I always dread having to use Camtasia timeline edit.

Two requests:
1)  currently the only way to move the content of the timeline is the drag bar at the bottom. That's very coarse, which makes it unusable when doing fine editing while zoomed in.
Please add arrows on the left and right end of the scroll bar  that allow micro advancing the content in each direction. (even Microsoft Office has that!)
2) allow scoll-wheel zooming on the timeline.
Scroll wheel zoom is so ubiquitous across so many application that it really seems pre-historic to have to move to the zoom button every time.  Scroll wheel zooming would add significant productivity to timeline editing.

These two items will get Camtasia timeline edit a huge step closer to reasonable usability.

For real neat additional capability, check out the "cut region" concept in Soundforge. It allows to delete pieces of the timeline, so they are skipped in playback, but they are still visible. That makes it easier to know what was deleted and maybe reverse the decision to delete a region later. (meaning you have random access to all previously deleted content, not just via sequential  "undo" )
But that may be for later...

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Posted 3 months ago

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re #2 ... scroll zoom by holding ctl key and using mouse scroll wheel 
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Joe Morgan

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And...........Scroll the timeline by holding Shift + Mouse Wheel.

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D’oh!!! I forgot About this
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Thank you @ kayakman, @ Joe Morgan,
I stand corrected and ruefully retract my criticism of usability.

With those two tricks the video editing was sooo much more productive!

I don't know whether I'm guilty of RTFM?
A brief post-hoc search to find these two (really important) features documented in  help or tutorials failed :-(