First Impressions of Cam Stu 9

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In a word, hate it. OK, that's two words- hate. Why does every software company feel compelled to make their UI look the same as the other guy's- gray, boring, uninviting, overly utilitarian with no personality? I loved the look and feel of Camtasia 8. I don't like 9's interface at all. Before I provide feedback, let me say that I've been using CS for about 8 years and I'm very experienced in making professional, commercial tutorials with it.

The day began by CS9 not recognizing my mic. Eventually it found it after unplugging it, but I found no place to actually assign the device. I then struggled for a half-hour trying to add a library asset from CS8. Most transferred, but I can not get 9 to see the one I needed, nor does it see an unzipped library asset file from 8. Incompatibility between makers is an accepted evil of the software world, but why shoot yourself (and us) in the foot by rendering your older files incompatible with the new version?

I then struggled to create an opening slide from scratch since I couldn't use the library asset. The image went on the timeline just fine. Apparently though, you can no longer annotate it directly with text but must instead put a callout in the track above. That's OK but your text sizing feature is terrible. I don't want a 'smart' dialog, I just want to be able to type, and assign what size font I want for each line or element, w/o CS resizing the whole thing over and over again. There's also a bug that had the first letter of a dissimilarly colored line change colors. I'd keep assigning the new color to the line, only to have that first letter change after I'd made an unrelated change. Even changing the color on that one letter didn't solve it. Yes, I have the very latest and greatest version.

So, at least for now, it's back to CS8. Boo Hiss TechSmith.

Best, Warren A. Keller  
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  • disappointed, frustrated, unhappy, ripped-off

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Not recognizing previous version edits and projects is a big deal. At least premiere will save the project in the new version. That's a very basic thing to leave off.  I won't be upgrading until they fix some of these things.