Moveable, Detachable Timeline/UI Panels

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(This idea comes what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem
The screen area for timeline tracks is limited even after detaching the canvas. Provide more flexibility to move, resize, detach timeline and other panels of the UI.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Detaching Panels and Saving Workspaces.

I have a multiple-monitor setup and have detached the Canvas and moved it to another monitor to resize the Timeline panel to be able to see more tracks. However, it also compresses the Tools and Properties panels.

I would like to suggest that all panels (i.e., Timeline, Tools, and Properties) be able to be detached/undocked from the main application window so they can be floated to suit the needs of the user. For example, having the Canvas within the Menu bar on one screen (maximized) while having the Timeline vertically expanded and displayed on a second monitor with both the Tools and Properties panels. Because of their widths, the Tools and Properties panels can be detached from each other or docked to each other and independently resized.

The ability to have the various panels detach from the main application window would allow for better viewing of elements (i.e., Timeline tracks) as well as allow the user to optimize his or her workspace by moving panels to the best position for him or her.

It would also be beneficial to have the ability to create and save different workspaces so that users wouldn't need to set up their workspace each time.
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Meredith Butler

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Can I vote for this one multiple times? The limited space in the timeline tracks makes development tedious and adds unnecessary time. Being able to detach it and maximize it would be AH-MAZING!
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Totally agree!!
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zpe777888

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I also use multiple monitors and this would be an excellent feature so I strongly agree on this. It would greatly speed up editing process when working with many multiple tracks.
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brian

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This would be amazing!!!
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daigledwork

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Being able to move things around is always a good thing.


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dkrier

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Me too!
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dkrier

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I'd also add the ability to make the items on the timeline shorter in height so you can see more info on the screen without scrolling.
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Chandrika Inturi

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Yes! This is a constraint and would really like to see this fixed. The timelines are also too big and even the smallest space makes it eat up all the timelines space.

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Tim Dini

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A detachable, movable, and re-sizable Timeline panel would be fantastic!  Needing to consistently adjust both horizontally and vertically due to the current size and shape limitations is, at times, maddening. 
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Joe Morgan

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I posted about this functionality extensively 7 months ago. Posts get buried through merging.As is if I never posted the Idea at all.


Here's the post reviled.

 Make the Layout of Camtasia and SnagIt UI’s 100% Customizable
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With every major release of Camtasia and SnagIt. There’s a new User Interface and a different layout. It takes time and effort to learn where things are. This requires invested man hours. Time is money.

Adobe’s had fully customizable UI’s for as long as I can remember. This alleviates the problem of learning new UI’s. Why, because you can stick to the old UI if you wish. You can even create a  layout that’s exactly as you always felt it should be. Then, save it as a custom workspace.

 Quick Example, Adobe’s Premier Pro can be converted to function a lot like Camtasia 9. 

I borrowed the left side Menu Bar and Top Ribbon from Camtasia 9. Pasted it over Premiere Pro CC 2017. Other than that, it’s all Adobe. “Obviously, PP didn’t have those available”



You can have floating or docked windows, the sky’s the limit. I'll end this post with these examples and a footnote.

I’m sure some of the “Floating Windows and Tool-sets” were quite different back in1989 / 1993. Plus, I had a hard time finding any decent screen shots of Photoshop from 25 years ago.



However, Photoshop and Premier Pro from 2005 were more obtainable.

SO, if someone started using Premiere Pro and Photoshop way back in 2005. Plus, still preferred using the default layout from back then. Would it be possible in 2017?

Well, I’ll let you be the judge.

Regards,Joe


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But merging is wonderful! It triggers the exciting experience of having a spam-valanche of new notifications hitting your inbox. The last time one was done my inbox was so buried in them that I completely lost track of what and where I was replying to. I figured that I'd come back to it later but then got busy with other things and didn't make it back to the forums until the "Tell us what you want" link started to appear when I launched Camtasia. I thought those may have taken me to some kind of survey but alas it was to just the latest "roundup" page which I'm pretty sure does not cover the gamut of user needs. Still, +1 on this one from me.
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Joe Morgan

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I don't mind the e-mail notifications.

I don't like investing a lot of time in mock-ups to make a point.Just to have members never see them due to merging.

In general, I never click links to merged threads. I didn't realize what they were for a couple of years.I'm not the brightest bulb in the package.But that tells me other people ignore merged links as well.

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Mal Reynolds

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I mind them. In the space of a day and a bit in June I got hit with over 70 e-mails, almost all of which were "This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ..." There is no earthly way that I could keep track of what I had seen or what I hadn't seen or which threads they originally came from. And buried in amongst there was probably new content but after a dozen "This reply was created..." e-mails I find that I somewhat lose the enthusiasm to keep reading. Locking a thread and inserting cross-reference links would work, but I'm not sure that Get Satisfaction is that flexible.

And the merging doesn't always work anyway since some things get left behind (the above being an example) or we end up with a merged thread which vaguely identifies a problem but not a solution.
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Official Response
We've updated the status of this idea to Under Consideration.

We will be looking into ways to give more flexibility to the UI layouts. As we progress on that we'll provide any updates on this post.
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That's great, David! Thank you for the update. I look forward to the seeing what updates you all make to Camtasia.

All the Best,

Chris

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oscar

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Sort of custom workspaces (like it is possible in Adobe apps) would be great!
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Need to be able to detach timeline onto another screen like the competition or product won't be the product of choice, this needs to be done ASAP! thanks