I will not upgrade to Camtasia 2018 because...

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I will not upgrade to Camtasia 2018 because...

1- The "upgrade" is very costly, considering that many of the "new features" are actually fixes of issues / improvements of performance.

2- No real new features. Some features are extremely essential for such a software that were requested for years like:

- ability to control playback speed (can you imagine how important that is when editing and previewing?) ;
- a better color correction that would absolve me from having to use another software just to correct the color of the clips I am using.
- new modern transition effects. The current ones are soo outdated.
- font preview in the font drop-down list (as in Word or Photoshop)

CS hast still a lot to improve, and the upgrade cost is certainly not justified in my opinion.
Thank you
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The upgrade is free of you bought support. Can't say I see much of an improvement so far. If you don't have support then it will cost you $99. Thankfully I bought support so free upgrades for now.
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ability to control playback speed (can you imagine how important that is when editing and previewing?) ;
I don't have to imagine; I've been bitching about the absence of that one for years as well. If something like that were to be added then they'd really be able to claim a massive increase in productivity for anyone who makes videos that run for over 10 minutes.
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I will also not upgrade my 5 licenses. 

1) No full keyboard capture
2) No speed control for playback
3) Dated motion graphics templates
4) No circular option for talking heads picture in picture
5) No intuitive noise reduction options (trial and error to see what works)
6) No auto-trim video when there is silence 
7) No auto-duck audio when there is no voice
8) No flexible/practical zoom options for the timeline
9)  No codec selection for some Logitech cameras (so I can't select the best option to video capture)
10) No decent design for keyboard callouts
11) Integration with free stock footage databases (unsplash, pixabay, etc)

I really don't care about render speed. I batch render my videos at night.

I need more editing features so I can edit fast and I need full keyboard capture.

And, if I need videos, audio, and vectors, I can buy it directly from the videoblocks website, that is cheaper than buying from TechSmith.

Why Techsmith insists in not listen to their clients is a mistery to me.
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I didn't even know you could "batch-render" - but I agree, the lack of anything new makes the upgrade price frankly a joke and just a cash grab. It almost makes me want to give up Camtasia and move to Adobe Premiere Pro, which yes, is far more expensive, but has a ton of features that would be useful. And £86 to upgrade, well that's 4 months of Adobe. 
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I've moved all of the more complicated/longer projects, or those with large assets off to Premiere Pro.  The editing is much faster, regardless of the asset size.  However, Camtasia has its place, but needs some basic improvements (which I'd like to see).  PP was worth every penny.