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.
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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Make the Layout of Camtasia and SnagIt UI’s 100% Customizable
- Updated 7 months ago
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.
The other problem with the way the timeline is set up is that Track 1 is effectively useless because that is at the very bottom of the screen so every time I access it the MS toolbar pops up. I can either move the toolbar to another position on my screen, or just not use Track 1 to avoid that frustration. I've reached the point where I'm only using it to store the sound clips that I pull in later, but other than that it's a wasted space that further diminishes the available screenspace for the timeline.
VERY frustrating--especially when it's reached the point where I can work quicker and more effectively with a free program than I can with Camtasia
Here are some high points from my environment and workflow, if it helps create and prioritize a user story.
First, I need to single-source multiple videos from the same project. For example, I have one project with four outputs: internal preview, internal full, external preview, external full.
Second, I work on a team where no one "owns" anything. That means I have to leave a project in a state where someone else could quickly make updates without my help.
All of that adds up to a lot of descriptive naming conventions for both media files and tracks.
For example, that four-output project file has: (a) 12 tracks (audio, video, and effects for each output), and (b) 200 media files, all of which start with a non-unique prefix that takes up more than the allotted panel space. (I've tried other conventions; these are what work for us.)
As I need to do things like move a whole set of media to the right tracks, I have to mouse over every media item and every track to make sure I place correctly.
As to resizing vs undocking--if I can't have both, I prefer resizing. This is because I've always noticed that a lot of desktop apps have difficultly working in a multi-screen environment. (This may be because I always have old and/or mis-matched monitors, sometimes need to use different resolutions on different monitors, or now, that my laptop keeps wanting to be in tablet mode.) Whatever the reason, I notice lots of UI issues like the panel being really large/small relative to the screen, always/never staying on top, etc.
Hope this helps as you consider this change. Thank you for your listening!
We will be shipping a detachable timeline feature on both Mac and Windows. Detaching / Reattaching can be accomplished through the UI, or via keyboard shortcut which makes it very useful in both multi and single monitor setups.
We will also be shipping some significant improvements to the Media Bin. There will be 4 different layout options within the current fixed size footprint along with nice sorting / filtering options and some conveniences functions (e.g. find media on timeline, delete unused media).
We aren't going to have completely resizable panels and layouts throughout the application, but the detachable timeline and media bin are going to improve your quality of life in the editor significantly (I've been working with these builds for months and couldn't imagine going back).
Hope this is some good news to start the year off with. We're in the final throws of buckling up what will be a very, very significant Camtasia major release. I can't wait to get it into your hands.
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