ESC doesn't break out of full-screen mode, Camtasia 2018

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I just noticed that when I detach the canvas and go to full-screen mode, pressing ESC doesn't get me out of it. Pressing ESC does nothing at all. I have to Alt-TAB back to the main Camtasia screen and reattach the canvas, then detach it and enlarge it again. 

Is this something others also experience? And is it fixed in 2019?

Thanks,
David
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Camtasia 2018.0.7 is behaving exactly as you described.
If you right click the canvas, you can select "Exit Full screen"

Camtasia 2019 doesn't have this problem.

Regards,Joe
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as I recall, it didn't; I had to use alt-tab to re-access the editor UI
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Thanks for confirming. At least they fixed it in the next release! There is no "Exit Full Screen" on the right-click menu, so Alt-TAB it is, as I'm unlikely to upgrade until they have a relatively bug-free version.
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I see where the disconnect/discrepancy originates.
Most of my editing is done at 1920 x 1080 on a 2560 x 1440. 
In full screen mode at 100% resolution, the canvas area doesn't cover the entire screen.
When I right click outside the canvas, I gain access to the right click menu.
Shown here.........

  
                         
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Got it. Yes, I'm editing on a 1920x1080 screen, so the image takes up the whole screen. Although the toggle button says hitting ESC will bring me out of full-screen mode, it doesn't work. 

I continue to be amazed at the loose ends in programming of this program, both in terms of design oddities or omissions and outright bugs.

By the way, I did take a quick look at some DaVinci videos on nodes, and I think I'll be able to work with that pretty easily. I still have 15-20 videos to go on this project, then I'll see if DaVinci Resolve is any more stable and consistent than Camtasia, and if I can do similar videos. It's nice to see that real color correction and editing is built in, even in the free version.
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I suspect nodes are quite intuitive once you've worked with them for a while.

 Advanced FX compositing can get complex fast. Involving a lot of layers.The effects can be applied either targeted or blanketed , based on the layer structure.
In After effects you parent layers, which is similar to a node structure. 
Learning these things proficiency, can take a very long time. 

Nodes are nothing more than another way to organizing everything.
They may be superior to a layered structure once mastered?

However, its not an industry standard approach. To the best of my knowledge, DaVinci is the only video program structured in this way.
If you cut your teeth in DaVinci so to speak.
Starting with limited knowledge of advanced FX and compositing. Then, become highly proficient.
Its will be more difficult to apply these new skills into other applications. Its akin to a trap you've fallen into. At least from my perspective.

Case in point......
I invested an incredible amount of time learning/training myself to edit video in Ulead Studio. 
Overall, it was a user friendly application. Learning how to use it came easy.
If you're willing to jump through hoops. Which at the time I was......"Workarounds really"
I discovered I could accomplish many things. 

I thought, wow. I'm pretty good at this. LOL 
What was I actually good at?
Wasting an incredible amount of valuable time. "Not always, but more often than not"
Very much like Camtasia.
And many of the workarounds I've seen posted in this forum.

Bottom line?
The bulk of my Ulead skills and workarounds were useless to me in other applications. It required a giant step backward. Before I could begin to move forward again.

I view Nodes in a similar light. 
With this caveat, if DaVinci  remains viable. Meaning they never go out of business and keep updating the product.They don't alter it in ways that make you dislike it.
It may be the last video editor you'll ever need or use. 
Negating steps backward to move forward.