How do i create custom callouts in Camtasia 9

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Id like to create a custom callout for our projects. How can i do this in the simplest way. I dont want a convoluted approach for this
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robert.werner

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Daniela

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What exactly do you mean by custom callout?

You can customize the existing callouts to varying degrees with regard to size, shape, color, opacity, outline, fill type (solid or gradient), font family, size and color.

Unfortunately, I know of no way to create a completely new kind of callout, a star shaped one, for example.

If I were to need such a thing, I would probably use a picture with simple text callout over it.
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We have a particular style i am trying to emulate as an asset to keep reusing. We want some thing that behaves dynamically as do the inbuilt items. Creating them outside of camtasia is clumsy and time consuming. 
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However, i accept your comment that there is no easy way to achieve this and enjoy the benefits of the callouts as they are
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Robert,
As Daniela mentioned... what exactly are you needing to do?
Can you show an image of what you are trying to emulate?

You can change the existing callouts to your specification and save it in your Library or share them with others so they can use them as well. Once in the Library, you can reuse it over and over.

But, there is no way to create a brand new shape and have it behave like the built in callouts.

Perhaps share the look you want and others can try and help.
Thanks!Kelly
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It would be a grey rectangle with a colored sidebar, and a colored arrow coming off that. It would need to adjust dynamically and i dont thing that's achievable. i had a go by grouping items together but you would need to keep resizing the other elements when you adjusted the text box. We dont want that complexity of effort so ill just let it go and continue using the inbuilt callouts.

thanks for your responses
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Rick Stone

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Kelly, would you be able to ask one of the developers if Camtasia uses Nine slice scaling when resizing things?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Rick,
Our dev says:

"We used to use that for some legacy callouts, and maybe for the CS7 "custom callout"
However, if they have an image that they want to scale with "nine slice" scaling, then Camtasia isn't going to help them."

I hope this helps!
Kelly
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Rick Stone

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Thanks Kelly! Much appreciated.
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One possible option would be to create your callout in the largest size you need, group all of the elements, then use scaling and/or zooming to achieve the size and dynamic adjustments you want. As long as you start large and scale down, it should look good.
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What everyone has said. Plus keep in mind, you can create any type of call out you want. Put in the effort the first time creating the call out with company color palette, animation / behaviors, etc., then save in your library. The custom call out you created is now available any time you need it. I have a library of call outs I created that I consistently use.
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Rick Stone

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For what it's worth, I did some poking around and I note that I have the following folder on my PC.

C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 2018\Media\Studio\Callouts

The folder seems to be full of SVG and XML files. I'm wondering if perhaps one is able to manipulate this folder to add something new.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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This is definitely not recommended.  Camtasia loads these on startup.  If these files are modified, you could end up in a state where Camtasia won't start.
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Thanks all for your comments.
I can see all the pitfalls you mention and I'm aware of the existing capabilities for saving modified callouts for reuse. We will stick to using the supplied features.