Make annotation rotation dot easier to grab

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I use the arrow callout a lot to point to various parts of my screen.  Since I can't save an annotation callout to my library (which would be awesome, BTW), I have to save the arrow facing one way, and then rotate it the other way, if it's more appropriate.  The white dot that you grab to rotate the annotation is OBNOXIOUSLY hard to grab. It's like there's a single pixel on the thing that will register that I want to rotate it, otherwise Camtasia seems to assume that I just want to resize it.  Yes, I know I can do this through the properties, but there's no reason why I should have to.  

I recorded this maddening "feature" in a quick video here:  https://www.loom.com/share/d56a0856bf3d4acca43b99344fd8a9e0

For the record, I'm on a Mac, running Catalina 10.15.1, using Camtasia 2018. 
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Rick Stone

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I'm not a Mac user, but the products are pretty similar. Perhaps try clicking the icon shown below and adjust things via the properties panel?



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Yeah, I know I can do that, but I tend to keep the properties pane closed so I can see more of my screen.  I have saved all of my normal annotations and callouts as user favorites just so I don't HAVE to edit each one each time.  Opening this up is just extra steps, or steals more screen space.  If that was the way to rotate a callout, that would be one thing, but there is an option to do it by just clicking and grabbing it, which is WAY faster and more convenient...except it doesn't work.  
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Matt, 
I tried to replicate your video in Camtasia 2019. The rotate dot handle is indeed the same size as the resize dot handles. However, when I "missed," the click caused the object to move on the canvas instead of resize. Also, the rotate dot handle lights up when your mouse cursor is in position to rotate. This might be happening in your video, but it was not visible on the white background.

Perhaps the behavior changed between Camtasia 2018 and 2019.