If you put a watermark on your trial version, state it.

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You guys were nice enough to make a trial version available. Thank you so much. By the way, would it harm you to put a warning on that trial version? You know, for people that don't realise that when you export in the trial version, you get a watermark bigger than the Mariana trench. I came to realise this after I spent several hours editing a project. But I thought "hey, this software is pretty cool. Why don't I just buy it?". A couple minutes later I noticed that you guys want almost 200 bucks for the software. Then another thought popped into my head.

Fyi ^that was sarcasm
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The Post was edited to remove offensive language; please refer to our community guidelines.

Please note that it is clearly stated on the "Thank you for downloading" page, that content created with the trial will be watermarked (see here).

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There is a subscription version that you can use,
And yeah. The price tag is rather steep.

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Well, they aren't trying to hide anything. I'm guessing you downloaded the trial from their site? If so, you should have landed on this page:


And I see a nice big disclaimer on that page:

Note that I've reduced the size and provided a callout to depict the area.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I will start this post by clearly stating that I am a customer; not a representative of TechSmith.

I recently downloaded a trial of version 9 myself. When you export the video you get a huge warning that your project will be watermarked. I believe it even gave a preview of what the watermark would look like. I assume the reason for the watermark is because the product is so easy to use that you could produce an entire project on a 30 day trial without ever paying a cent. 

Considering the tone of your original post before it was edited, I assume you are a student who is most likely short on cash, so I understand your frustration about the price tag. If you are a student, perhaps you quality for TechSmith's education discount?

The price for this software is pretty competitive when considering other software with similar functionality. Perhaps you don't need all the bells and whistles Camtasia provides. If not, there may be other cheaper products that will get the job done.
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i know this is old but i'd really like to comment on it. TS should be more upfront about this massive watermark on their videos using the trial version.

I was very careful to keep an eye out about restrictions when choosing trial software to make a tutorial. It was only once I had spent a number of hours creating a video that I noticed the watermark when trying to export.

Yes, I am now aware that there is a small line of text - after the user has started downloading the software.  Why not prior? It's easy to see the file download and disregard whatever comes up after it starts. 

I think the most misleading part is on the page where the user must register just prior to the link to download. In much larger lettering and much more emphasis, it reads - "Create a video today. Full Features. No Commitment." (emphasis mine) 

Is it full featured? Yes. However you should add the massive watermark caveat where people will actually notice it, and this is a prime location.

I spent 4 hours making a tutorial and the software is great. We are certainly going to purchase it, but now I almost feel duped into 'having' to choose your product since I've already invested so much time into this project.