Add EXE Option (Pack and Show) back in CS 8.0

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Please tell me that Pack & Go (Show?) EXE packaging option exists in CS8.0! If so where did you hide it? I have a request for EXE versions for download and will have to resort too CS 7.0 to get these done... Thanks
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Hi Tim - the Pack and Show feature was removed in version 8 (version history).

I'll change this to an idea, as it sounds like a feature you still use. It would also help the dev team in their prioritization of feature requests if you could post details on how and why you use it...and whether alternatives (.zip file?) exist.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!
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Thanks Daniel. I'd like to say it was dead and buried but once in a while it comes up.

Our sales reps know they can run videos from a website but there are times they have no connectivity in the field OR they want to leave behind a self running file at a customer site w/o making them go to the internet. (some shops severely limit net access so there you go).

EDIT: I'm using CS 7 now and chasing down projects assets.
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Your sales reps and customers should be able to double-click the MP4 video that is produced by any of the Camtasia Studio 8 production presets and play it locally...unless their computers are pretty old or don't have any video player installed that's associated with .mp4. But to get around that limitation, you could produce using the preset that also gives an HTML file.

Here's a quick video showing these options and some caveats: http://screencast.com/t/2jSR3rkTy

The support article I reference in the video (which affects Chrome) is here.
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I have recently updated to Camtasia Studio v8 and was disappointed to see that Pack and Show has not be included in the new version. I have found producing the exe file through Pack and Show a very convenient way of packaging lectures for students and workshop participants to download and play on their own computers. Is this going to be included in a version 8 update and if not does anyone know of a third party solution to produce an exe file of the v8 presentations?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lack of Pack and Show in Camtasia version 8.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
what happened to pack and show in version 8.
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Thanks Daniel. Please understand that I'm being asked to produce these for 2) lack of connectivity AND 2) lack of PC sophistication. Has to be dirt simple.

Yes there will be a number of old PCs (auto repair shops) that mp4 will either associate to Quicktime (choppy at times, slow to load) or raw file association (do what with *.mp4?) situation we want to avoid.

I'm going to use CS 7.0 to get these out of my hair right now. If it's not heaving lifting it would be nice to have in CS 8.0 but if it is I'd rather you folks work on other things. (like screencast uploads to work every day) :)
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Understood. I didn't want to assume anything...but it makes sense that you need failproof. I can't speak for the level of difficulty for the devs...I work in marketing where it all seems like magic. ;)
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Guess I clicked your link before saving my lengthy reply. [sigh]

Long story short, I'm going to use CS 7.0 now to get this off my to do list. If it's not too hard I'd like to have it in CS 8.0; if heavy lifting there are more important features to work on. (when we remove or change something our phones light up too)

MP4 - old PCs and little PC literacy means dirt simple. mp4 not played by most MS media players, might associate with Quicktime (slow load and choppy IMHO) or raw file association (ie do what with mp4?) Not worth it. Thanks
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I was also disappointed to see the removal of Pack and Show. I've written a menu system in Flash which runs the movies using the exe that Camtasia creates. Therefore I will have no option but to either downgrade or move to a different product unless this feature makes a return.

Let's hope it's just a copy and paste of code from a backup? :)
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I think dro advised me at one time of the downside of pack and show - the possibility that a very large video would be extracted to a user's temp folder and run out of space and causing a system crash.
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Put pack and show back. We make help files for our customers around the world and so many have issues with codex and other drive issues. Pack and Show solved this and it worked every time.
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I use Pack and Show to OPTIMIZE playback for videos in integrated presentations for professional technical sales. Let me explain. The ADVANCED KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS of Camplay.exe (spacebar, left/right arrow, pgUp/pgDn, etc.) make FULLSCREEN playback of professional recorded demos OPTIMAL. WIthout Pack-n-Show packaging up the codec and camplay, I have to require that my whole sales and technical sales force (>3000 users worldwide) install Camtasia Studio in order to get the codec that AVIs use when played with Camplay. This is NOT GOOD. Please contact me to discuss >>> Bill.Hahn@us.ibm.com
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Wow, my nice-to-have comment pales beside this got-to-have request!
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My company uses the Pack and Go function all the time for our clients. Many agencies do not allow codecs to be loaded and severly limit what videos can be played. The EXE files always work and now I have to roll back a version because of removal of this important functionality. I will not suggest this product to anyone at conferences where we present anymore. This WAS a great product.
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Could someone from Techsmith please comment on this? Is this feature going to come back, or are we all wasting our breath? The bottom line is that I need to know if I have to find an alternative product. I don't want to move away from Camtasia, but may have to unless this (or a suitable alternative) feature is available.
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NOTICE: You may still use Pack and Show NOW.

I feel I must comment again to put this into perspective and offer how I am coping with this right now. (CS 8.0 has way too much benefit not to use it!) Here's what I do:

1. Produce projects in CS 8.0; make an AVI version.
2. Open CS 7.0, go to Tools, Sharing - Pack and Show
3. Package up your CS 8.0 AVI file as you always did.

NOTE: Understand that since you're not really trying to open a CS 8 file in CS 7, there are NO concerns of "project saved in later version cannot open". All you are doing is starting 7.0 (NOT opening a project) to borrow the Pack & Show function!

Do this right now, get your work done, meet your commitments and be happy NOW.
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This works (so thanks!). BUT, Techsmith need to put this back in again. I now have V8 and V7 installed on my laptop!
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Timbre: We shouldn't have to have the older version installed as well. For many this feels like a downgrade because it is losing a feature that many of us have come to rely on. I personally try to keep the number of applications installed on my system to a minimum, so to install v7 just for pack and show is not something I really want to do.

What I would like is to hear some acknowledgement from Techsmith about this issue and confirmation either way on what will be done about it. If it's not going back in then at least we know and can choose what we will do moving forward. Not knowing just leads to frustrated customers.
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Dear God. I just bought Camtasia for the sole purpose of making EXE files. Camtasia's own literature says that it can publish finished videos with quizzes to CDs and DVDs.

Can I return version 8.0 that I just purchased to get 7.0 instead?
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I second Bill Hahn's comments above. I will be having my company look at other tools if Pack and Show is not added back in. We use Pack and Show to EXEs to run our sales demonstration videos and use the space bar to pause the video and arrow keys. This is a major feature that has been removed.
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Mark,

I have forwarded these thread comments to development people today to be sure they see them. It *should* be in 8.0 but in the meantime.

My point above was, if you're in a jam and need to get the work done, the EXE can be created in 7.0 just the same as 8.0. Same menu,keystrokes and no reverse compatibility issues. It doesn't care what version your file was created in.

CS 8.0 has too many great features to let this one factor cause you to miss out.

My $.02

Tim
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Greetings Techsmith developers - we just noticed we no longer have the ability to 'pack & show' in our new Camtasia 8 as we did in V7, i.e. create an .exe - the reason we need this is to play back movies over the web without it being obvious it is a move - e.g. there are no player controls or screencast messages... Can you come up with another output, or method in V8 to achieve this - very handy to show movies as if they are live! Much thanks.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Pack & Show .exe option gone in Camtasia V8 :.
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All you need to do is open an old exe with 7z (i.e. one that was created with Pack and Show). Extract to a folder. There will be two files 1) your avi that was encoded with Camtasia and 2) CamPlay.exe. The player is what you need!! Now, any AVIs created from CS8 can be dragged directly onto the player. It works in win7! yeah!
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Even better: you can make this executable the default player for ALL AVIs. The executable is only 0.6 mb.

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