How to make beautiful callouts with Camtasia 8? (Like I used to make with v.7)

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Hey guys,

First of all, kudos for 8.0.3 update! Great to know the feedback is heard.

I'm struggling with the new way visuals work in Camtasia 8. I used to make visually appealing (to me, at least) callouts with Camtasia 7 and I cannot do that anymore.

I'm attaching an image from a video I made with Camtasia 7, with callouts I used to make.

Here's the list of problems I face when trying to do the same with Camtasia 8:

1. Drop shadow conflicts with semi-transparent callout. Since now shadow is rendered independently, it is just another object under the callout, right? And if the callout is 75% opaque, that shadow is visible from under the callout. This makes the colors of the callout bleak and dirty, and the left-upper edge of the callout completely ugly.

What I need is the part of the shadow that's overlayed by callout to be completely clipped out. Render the part of the shadow that sticks out from the object's shape. Otherwise, it's impossible to have a good shadow on a good semi-transparent callout.

2. The text of the callout should not be made semi-transparent! When I set opacity on the callout, I want only the background to be semi-transparent. The text I write must be in full bright color.

3. The notion of rounded borders proportional to the rectangle size is weird. It produces ugly borders. Please make rounded border in fact rounded, circular, not elliptical - they should have a radius, and not depend on the rectangle proportions.
(I recall this was a problem with Camtasia 7 too.)

Thanks for listening!
Igor

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Update: I just found "opaque text" option! That takes care of #2.
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But! If I check "opaque text", fade in / fade out don't work. So it solves #2 but introduces #4: need a way to fade in text into 100% opaque state from 0% opaque while background fades in into arbitrary opaqueness.

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