Hello Camtasia! Here's some new ideas on improving the already excellent Camtasia IDE

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Take a look at Visual Studio (VS) IDE and emulate some of their features

I've worked as a developer for almost 30 years now, and can personally testify to the power of Visual Studio, it is by far the best programming IDE in the world better than anything Java, Javsascript or any other non Microsoft IDE has.

When I purchased Camtasia just yesterday I saw some similarities but also kept hoping to find similar tools which were absent in comparison to VS. Here's a few of them...

1) Whenever one opens any of the main menu items the drop downs should all be located right under that main menu bar as opposed to withing the Video editing screen. Menu items should always track right under the main menu bar.
2) Auto save, somehow auto saving should be implemented. For example just yesterday I spent 1 hour inserting callouts on a training video. I put my computer to sleep without saving the changes, and when I started work this morning Camtasia took a unhandled memory error exception and crashed I lost all of my changes.
3) The record the screen area should allow a View in Explorer menuitem. This allows us developers to use the Camtasia IDE exclusively to find our items in the file system without opening File Explorer.
4) Each grid item in the Video Editing section should move close to excel like selection, if I click on a track, it becomes select for editing the items there.
5) Right clicking on each track should have a menu item allowing for Export to file. This allows ease of use to export to other software, edit there, and re-import easily. In fact if use does this then Camtasia can have configuration options which track updates in that other folder and automatically update when changes are made in other software.
6) Ability to configure other software to act as a plugin, for example if I have an Audio editor I prefer, I can configure it to be called when selecting the audio track, right clicking and pressing the Edit key. This would fit in the Options menu with a new tab Audio, that allows me to say "Use Ableton Live" for editing. The file remains in current Camtasia project folder but the other editor is called to edit. One potential problem is that depending on the editor and how it locks files, it may need to be taken down to resume video editing. Not a problem when considering these other edits are really a 3rd party solution which may or may not play well with file locks. Most audio editing is done in one shot sessions anyway.

That's enough for now, just some ideas to improve your already excellent program.

I am very happy I made the decision to buy Camtasia over all other products.

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Hi and thanks for submitting your idea/feature request!

As outlined in our New Community Processes post, feature requests are open to voting up through the first, where we will then tally the votes and present the findings to our product teams. To ensure we have the most accurate data, on the 1st of the month we will be locking the threads that were listed in the Feature Request Round-up that was posted on the 15th. Once we have reviewed the submitted feature requests, our product team(s) may respond to the request, and if that is the case then that thread will then be unlocked for further discussion.

In the event that your idea is not selected for a response feel free to resubmit the idea and share it with your colleagues to garner as much exposure as possible!

Thank you again for your idea and we look forward to hearing more from you!

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Hi jwpminnesota!

This is a great list of feature request for Camtasia so thank you! I brought it up to the Camtasia product team and there are a few things in here that we are going to mull over and while that is some excellent news, it is also not an admission that any/all of your ideas will make it directly into Camtasia in the near future. The product team did make note that you had some excellent ideas and to give them all a fair chance, with your ideas in the future you may want to make individual posts; it is possible that the +1 / Vote count is not high on this list due to other community members seeing only one or two pertinent features, but not necessarily caring for the others so they simply don't vote.

Also, regarding your #2 item, Camtasia currently has autosaving, though you do need to make sure you save your project regularly (no different than any application, be it a CAD software, a Word processor, or even a video game), In most cases the Auto-Save location for Camtasia is in the AppData\Local\TechSmith folder

Thanks again!