How to remove a "fade" from an annotation

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I've dropped a sketch annotation (rectangle) on my timeline. It "sketches" in the rectangle and I can control the settings on how long it takes to "sketch in" but it automatically fades out and I don't see any controls on how to adjust this (would like to remove the fade). I remember this being an option (or, rather, not a problem) on Windows. This is my first time using Camtasia on Mac - is this just one of the many quirks? Any work arounds?
I'm using Camtasia 3.1.6 for Mac. 

Screenshot of settings for sketch annotation:


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carrie.ahonen

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Jay Versluis

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I don't think that's possible. I've even had a look at Camtasia 2018 (on my Mac), but the options look exactly the same as in Camtasia 3 - i.e. nothing to adjust the fade out.
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This is a bug.  It has been fixed in 2018.0.4, which was released today.  The callout will have a fade transition out that can be adjusted or removed. A fix for 3.1.6 is not available.

-Stephen
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Jay Versluis

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Carrie, here's the link to the upgrade page: https://www.techsmith.com/store/camtasia/upgrade

From what I understand, TechSmith want to change to a "subscription" model for Camtasia. So the current upgrade price will get you this version, but when the next version comes out (presumably Camtasia 2019), it means you have to pay again. Alternatively, you can purchase the upgrade together with the "maintenance fee", which then makes you eligible to upgrade for free (or rather, for another "maintenance fee" when the time comes, instead of the full purchase price). 

It's a little complex, but unlike other subscription based upgrades, this model at least lets us keep using the software we pay for. Comparing this to the Adobe Suite, if you stop paying the upgrade, you can't use the software anymore. With Camtasia, if you decide not to upgrade to the next version, at least you can keep using it. Nice touch, TechSmith!
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Thanks, Jay. Do you know how often Camtasia proposes to release (where one can see their release schedule)? Just wondering if the upgrade with the maintenance fee is worth it (with respect to the free upgrades during the year). 
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Jay Versluis

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I contacted them recently and was told that the idea is to bring out a new version of Camtasia once every year going forward. Assuming that the next update is due in September 2019, coinciding with a new maintenance payment, we'd start saving from year 3 (or in 2020 if my math is correct). 

Now... I don't know how they'll handle upgrades from Camtasia 3 at that point. I'm currently putting the trial version of 2018 through the ringer, and to be perfectly honest, I'm not seeing improvements that would warrant $99, let alone $99+$45. I'd be happy to skip this version and re-evaluate what the team have done when Camtasia 2019 comes along. I'd hope an upgrade from 3 to "Camtasia Future" will then be possible - but can we be sure?

It's a tricky one.
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carrie.ahonen

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Thanks for your insights, Jay. I appreciate your help!

Stephen, can I expect this bug to be fixed in Camtasia 3? 
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Jay Versluis

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Sure thing!
From what I've read, Camtasia 3 will not receive any further maintenance updates. Version 3.1.4 is the final version of this branch. Only Camtasia 2018 will receive updates going forward.
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Jay Versluis

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Oh really? Because... I'm looking at the Mac version of 2018.0.4 right now, and that fade out transition does not show up. Perhaps it has only been fixed in the Windows version?

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It will show up as a fade "transition", so it is something you can select/modify/delete on your timeline:

You can make it shorter/longer by dragging the left edge, or select it and delete it.
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Jay Versluis

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Yey - found it! Thanks for clarifying this, Paul :-)