is windows and mac software compatible?

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 so if someone records something on the mac version will it work on windows too?
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k.maughan

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Posted 2 years ago

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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Sure is!
(as of Camtasia 9.0 for Windows / Camtasia 3.0 for Mac)
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Jayne Davids

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Hi, further to Paul's comment - to share you need to Export/Import project, this is found in the File menu.
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Joe Morgan

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If you are referring to recording the screen of a MAC and editing that footage on a Windows machine than you shouldn't have any problems.

However,  edited projects are not 100% cross platform compatible.
 If you started editing a video on a MAC.
Then plan to continue editing it on a Windows machine. "Or Vise Versa" You need to be aware of the project assets that are not cross platform  compatible.
That incompatibility can only frustrate you and cost you time in the long run.
 
So, a heads up................. 
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/222415728

Regards,Joe
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lindycorp

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Joe, I was logged in at the time I clicked the link above and the landing page says "oops, you're not authorized to view this page" ... can you provide a link that works.  I agree with pjonesCET ... the "cross platform" seems to have been a bit oversold ...
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I don't know why that link is broken,I can't access it either. This is all I can find on the subject.

Posted by: Mike Spink Last Updated:October 11, 2016 07:49 Camtasia 9 and Camtasia Mac 3 and later

Camtasia on PC and Mac now save to the same .tscproj format.  This allows projects created in Camtasia 9 and 3 to be transferred back and forth.

However, not all media files and effects work across platforms. Additionally legacy callouts and captions are not cross platform compatible.  For additional information on cross platform projects please see here.


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Paul Middlin, Employee

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On the link there that Joe just sent out, you can see a nice list of what's incompatible. As you can probably tell from the short list, most things are compatible and you'll do fine sharing projects across platforms. If there's something you're using that isn't, we'd like to hear about it so we can prioritize!
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Unfortunately the link does not work. I get the message: oops
You're not authorized to access this page.

Can we have access to the relevant page that spells out differences? 
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Joe Morgan

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Odd, they updated this support article 10 days ago.........  https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/227309908-Camtasia-Mac-Moving-Projects-and-Recording...

Yet the link is still broken,this link has been broken for a very long time. I don't know why that would be.
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Not sure about the link, but I've been using camtasia 9 / mac 3 for about 3-4 weeks now going back and forth quite nicely.  You just have to zip up the project file(s) to move them to the new platform -- it's really no big deal.  While there are a few features that are not supported on the mac version or back and forth I haven't hit them yet.  The mac version remains a bit behind the PC version for some reason, but overall it's a great cross platform solution imho ... hope this helps, cheers.
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I think something went wrong with how that page was published.  I am able to access the content if I'm logged in with a techsmith.com email address, but if I'm logged in with a personal email address (as most everyone would be), then I get the oops message. I've sent an email to the folks inside TechSmith that manage that help content to help fix the problem.

In the meantime, here's a Snagit scrolling capture of the help content from that page.  Note that you'll need to click on it and zoom in the browser to be able to read it:
https://www.screencast.com/t/4Xy1NaQ8Qo
(Edited)
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Dave: Thanks so much! That PNG helps so much. Saved to PDF and now it's handy reference for me. That page gives non-compatible media between the 2 versions. Great.

Now I'm wondering if there are any features that are different between the 2. I'm not seeing anything about that on the page you reference. That may be because there are no differences, but it seems there are a few. In about 6 months I'll be teaching a course where we use Camtasia. In that kind of situation it's crucial for me to know about potential discrepancies between 2 versions. Know about incompatible media is a great start and very useful to know.
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LindyCorp: Thanks for letting me know about your experience. That's good to know! I'll be only using on a Mac, but I'll be teaching a course where students have Macs and Windows. So I need to know about any differences between the 2 versions that might impact how I set up projects, explore specific features, and so on.
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Here's an updated link for the inaccessible content: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000335631-Project-Collaboration-Tips

The team who manages the help content will discuss this to see if we can minimize any further disruption.
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@Matthew, there are some differences between Mac and Windows.  One difference is the way projects are saved.  Macs have the idea of a bundle, which is a folder (on disk) that looks like a file to the user.  Camtasia Mac projects are bundles, and all the media is included inside the project bundle by default.  This means that if you save a project, it is self contained.  All the media are saved with the project, and you can move the project around and it has everything it needs to open.  On Windows, the project file *references* but does not contain the media used in it.  This means that if you move or rename media used by a project, the project won't be able to locate the media when you open it, and you'll be asked to reconnect the media files.  We'd like to change this in the future, but for now, that's the way it works.

The Mac side has a few visual effects that don't exist on the Windows side.  The Windows side has a Library feature that does not exist on the Mac side.  There are a few other smaller differences.  But for the most part, the major workflows and features are the same on both platforms.

Hope this helps.
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@Dave: Thanks for the updated link!
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Mathew

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@Dave: Many, many thanks for the explanation on how the 2 versions gather and save external media. That's a huge difference, and as an instructor crucial for me to know. It will be easy for me to plan for these differences in how projects are saved, but if I didn't know beforehand I can easily imaging some Windows-using students would run into some problems to due the referencing approach. It would be nice if there was a Windows-bundle-equivalent sometime in the future, but for now I can make sure my Windows students are careful in how they gather and organize their media objects. I appreciate the help!
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The format for Camtasia Files are completely incompatible they can not be opened directly, they must be imported. and exported and some features in Camatasia Studio for PC are completely missing in Mac. Typical behavior for most Software Companies.