Saving custom annotation styles

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I'm going to be making a series of how-to videos using screen captures and want all my annotations to be consistent, and none of the included ones have the style I'm looking for. 

Is there a way to create my own styles and save them in Camtasia? 

I'm using Camtasia 3.1.2 for Mac
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You can change the color, font properties,  stroke color and size, etc. and then save your modified callout for reuse.  But if you want something drastically different, you'll have to create your own.  CMAC supports pdf files, so if you make a vector drawing in pdf it should scale nicely. We also support a wide variety of image formats so you can also generate your callout in an image editor and bring that in.  Note that raster images don't scale as nicely as vector images, so you'd want to make the callout the size you want it to be to get a really crisp look.  But you won't be able to change the text or any other properties of those images you bring in.
You could create an image that just has the background look you want and then place one of our text only callouts over top of it.  The text wouldn't automatically wrap or scale the surrounding callout, so you'd have to do that manually.  But once you have it looking the way you want, you could then group the background and the text together so you could manipulate that as one object for positioning and moving around the canvas as needed.
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@Leif
You can change the color, font properties,  stroke color and size, etc. and then save your modified callout for reuse.  But if you want something drastically different, you'll have to create your own.
Does Camtasia 2018 have any new features or changes that would help this?
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No.  But to be sure you are seeing all of the possibilities, in the Annotation Bin, be sure you check out each tab along the top and also, in the 'Style' dropdown, choose All and then choose Legacy.  Between the two, you will see all available styles.  And as previously noted, you can change the font properties, the fill and stroke color, line width.  They are pretty flexible, so you may want to experiment a bit to see if you can get something you like.  If you do, you can save it back into your callout bin (in the Style dropdown, choose User, to see filter and show just the ones you've saved).  It will be stored just the way it looked when you saved it other than the actual text. I believe the thought there is that you seldom want the same text in callouts, but you do want a consistent style in you project. Also note that once a callout is added to you project, you can resize it and more the tail around (if it has one) by clicking and dragging the points on the canvas. If it has text, that is editable by double clicking on the callout on the canvas, or by selecting the callout on the timeline, or canvas by clicking it, and then using the menu, or Opt+Enter on the keyboard to start and end text editing.  One final note though.  If you choose to use a legacy callout, those are not cross-platform, so if you need to move your project back and forth between mac and windows for editing, those are not the best choice.

Camtasia 2018 ships with the same callouts, so there is no advantage to upgrade if this is the only thing you are missing. It does have a library now though, so if you make something you want to reuse in multiple projects, there is an easy way to save those and organize those in your library so you can easily find them for reuse. On the mac, this is a big deal for many users. Camtasia Windows has had a library for many years, but this is the first time it is available on the Apple platform.  You can save several object grouped together as one asset in the library, so you can add that entire thing, including and animations in one step. Also, the text is saved with the asset in the Library, so if you need to reuse callouts that have the same text, then you can do that now. You can also download custom items from our website for use in your library.  You may want to browse the asset store to see if there are any that are more in line with what you want, and if so, then perhaps it will be worth it for you to upgrade.  

https://library.techsmith.com/

Hope that helps.
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you said that there is a way to save and organize callouts for reuse but never say how to do it.
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Deb Erney

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just found it [RIGHT CLICK] ON ITEM TO SAVE, THEN CHOOSE [ADD TO LIBRARY]