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Hi TechSmith users,

My name is Curtis I am the proud owner of www.gadgetgang.com/ and our site is looking to be a high quality review / news site for Tech / Gadgets.

We currently consist of three people, myself and my partner and just ONE writer at this moment in time.

We have been optimising speed, and working on the homepage to make it feel and look more established to the end user.

My question to you today is if you visited this site what would you initial thoughts be, and you can honestly be as brutally honest as you want, as I am going to use your feedback to improve the website and hopefully get it to a high level of quality. 

If you have any suggestions feelings about the website do let me know and I will honestly make it happen. I have a lot of passion for this.

Hope to hear from you soon!
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Hi Curtis

Generally speaking, this forum is intended to assist with TechSmith products such as Camtasia, SnagIt, Jing and suchlike. So I'm curious as to how you plan on your site being of any assistance to further support these applications? If it DOES offer some way to enhance their usage, I can see possible value in it. But if not, your post comes off sounding like mystery meat and only intended to gain a wider audience. And if that's the case, I'm sure it will be deleted soon.

So are you able to enlighten us?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick,

Well to be totally honest I thought this was a tech helping site haha, I do apologise haha.

And we are currently looking for a screen recorder for reviewing software and products on our website, so would you say Camtasia would be suitable?

The thing is we dont want it to be promotional, is it possible to hide or pay to hide the "Camtasia" name when recording or is this not possible?

Secondly, does this work on 2012 Macs?

Seems like something good has came out of this post after all Rick haha!

Kind regards,
Curtis
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Ahhh well then. I would say that indeed the TechSmith Camtasia product would definitely fit that bill. When you are in evaluation mode for Camtasia, a watermark does appear in the output. But once you obtain a legal license to use it, you can produce the video again and the produced video has no watermark. There are also things you can do that will mask the fact Camtasia is being used for the screen recordings.

Note that the SnagIt product also allows you to record screen activity as well as the free Jing product. But the thing about those is that limitations are imposed. For Jing, I don't believe there is any editing capability and I think that you are restricted to five total minutes of recording. I'd have to double check that to be sure. For SnagIt, there is no time limit but all you can do as far as editing goes is to trim off ends and chop pieces out of the middle. That's why Camtasia is better suited for these things, because you have lots of editing capabilities.

As for Mac use, I'll have to defer that question to someone that has actually used it on Mac (I'm a PC guy myself) or hopefully a TechSmith person will pop in and advise.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Right now your website needs some serious work. None of the images load. I click to Racing Games and get a bunch widely spaced paragraphs with no images in the gaps.
I wouldn't waste my time surfing it.


I don't know what Ricks talking about when he says...

There are also things you can do that will mask the fact Camtasia is being used for the screen recordings.

Don't let that put you off. Camtasia is just a screen recorder. Theres nothing extra you have to do. To mask or hide that fact that Camtasia has recorded the screen.No hoops to jump through.

It's a first class screen recorder if your looking for one. I can't speak to the functionality of the editor on MAC version.
The Windows version has some bugs. I wouldn't classify this as deal breaker.

Depending on what your producing, your computers hardware, and the media your working with.
You might be better off running the Previous version of Camtasia. Until the bugs are all worked out of 2018.
"MIGHT"

The previous version is very stable and doesn't have the issues the new version does. Like I said,The MAC version may be another story.It might be bug free?

Regards,Joe 
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Color me confused, because you say you don't know what I'm talking  about.

Just this morning you yourself discussed the very setting I was referring to in the thread linked below.

http://email.getsatisfaction.com/wf/click?upn=Gf15zKkQ5xF-2FJchx2RlboHhF4u31gkmOxGSc-2FlomsBv-2FMZCs...

Note the setting actually refers to minimizing the recorder if the recorder will be recorded.
I see that you have since edited your post to remove the next reference, but your initial reply also contained this verbiage:

If you set it to minimize to the "System Tray" its better. Because Camtasia 8 will record the toolbar as it shrinks into the taskbar. It doesn't look good, I used to edit it out, then I discovered minimize to system tray and it solved that issue.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I just browsed to the site, and it seems to be working fine
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Maybe its Firefox? My screen shot doesn't lie
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My experience was similar to Kayakman's. I'm using Google Chrome and I clicked to Racing Games and there are no massive gaps and the images seem to display properly. I'm also not on the fastest connection. 1 meg up and 5 megs down.
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you're on DSL?  if so, it might be a bandwidth thing

it's a nice looking site, very graphics rich

I use Comcast high speed
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I've got DSL but its not my connection.

Microsoft Edge displays the page right away and so does Google Chrome.

I'm so used to FireFox working well I didn't test another browser.

I don't get images  in firefox, no matter how long I wait. Odd
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Thanks for the kind comments will be testing the site. Thanks for your feedback !
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Well Rick, I see your backup has arrived

That person was talking about a problem with "Windows 8" NOT "Camtasia 8" .

I had mistaken the 8 for Camtasia 8. I caught that after I posted my response and amended it.

When Camtasia 9 was released. That problem became history.

And it was a minuscule problem at best.

It has nothing to do with Camtasia 2018.

So yes, I guess you might say you're confused. You even copy and pasted my Camtasia 8 information and didn't connect the dots.


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I'm honestly not trying exacerbate any situation here, but I might expect that those options for minimizing the recorder exist because they do actually influence Camtasia's behavior. 

It seems that what you experienced was Camtasia recording the actual recorder window minimizing to the taskbar. So perhaps version 9 forward corrected this behavior so Camtasia no longer records the animation of the recorder floating down to the taskbar. I'm not sure.

But the niggling little fact remains that with the setting configured to minimize to the Taskbar if it will be recorded, if one is recording full screen and the taskbar is recorded, well, you still see the Camtasia recorder showing on the taskbar and to me, that's a hint that Camtasia was used to record the screen. And that's what I was hinting at in my reply. Of course, I didn't feel the need to be explicit with the setting because Curtis seems to be in evaluation mode and likely hasn't even installed Camtasia yet.

My reason for pointing out the bit where you said you configured it to hide in the system tray was done because it's much less noticeable there and worthy of pointing it out. 

Just to be clear, in no way am I intending any of this as a personal attack on anyone participating in this thread. But my sole intent is to present simple factual information.

Cheers... Rick :/
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Wow, I didn't realise I would of stirred all this up haha!

Thanks for all the information guys you all are very helpful. I do honestly really appreciate it.

In regards to the loading of the website, I am sure it's fine and just you, did you try another browser, computer? Would be interesting to know.

Will test out the latest version and if it doesn't work ill just go down to the previous version as instructed!

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