My Camtasia Christmas wish list

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I wouldn’t say I’ve been good this year...but I definitely haven’t been bad, in my
humble opinion. And I know some of these probably wouldn’t be available until
at least 2021 but it never hurts to ask!    


Here are some simple features I would love to see in a future Camtasia release. If some of these already exist and have been in hiding, I’d love to know!

Top 5:

  1. A favorite features menu that I could, for example, have multiple features from all categories available. (e.g., fade transition, custom animation, bold text box annotation, spotlight, audio fade in/out, etc.). This could go at the top of the left menu list or maybe even make it detachable or allow for its placement above or below the canvas. 
  2. Allow for multiple focus regions when using spotlight function (i.e., two non-blacked out boxes instead of just one). I would LOVE this. Also, allow user to change color of darkened region. Spotlight is my favorite--more options would make me very happy! 
  3. Allow for a circles, arrows and other shapes for spotlights, blurs, highlights, etc.
  4. As always, bring back my bulleted/numbered lists lol
  5. Also as always, ability to toggle off auto-resizing for text boxes or the fonts within those boxes. I never want my design application to change my shapes or font size without my consent. Never.
Nice-to-haves:
  • Detachable timeline.
  • Color coding of timeline tracks. 
  • Let user create favorite fonts list. I have 5,000 fonts installed on my computer. 95 percent of the time, I’m using one of about a dozen fonts (#futurafanboy #wesanderson2020). It would be great to be able to have a condensed list of my favorites. 
  • Allow for the direct input of levels for audio points. Having to drag it to the percentage I want is a pain as it skips over a lot of numbers.
  • Let user directly edit duration of transitions in properties menu in a manner similar to the properties for behaviors, and let them select and change timings for multiple transitions at once. Dragging the timing for transitions is kind of a pain when you want them to all be a precise length but may have a few different categories of lengths for a single project. 
  • Polygon drawing tool so user can select the number of sides they want. Also, the same thing but for star shapes.
  • Make it easier change the stroke style on shapes (i.e., quickly change between rounded or sharp corners without having to draw new shape).
  • Allow for the import of SVG or AI files so image quality doesn’t change when the size changes during zooming and other animations.  
  • More compatibility with .MOV codecs. I’ve still never managed to successfully import a .mov with an alpha channel and the gigantic RGB+Alpha AVIs After Effects churns out create sooo much lag.
  • Include all options for a selected font in the secondary dropdown menu. For example, I select Helvetica in the font menu and below, I'd like to be able to select from any of the 50 options for that font family (bold, oblique, condensed, medium, heavy, light, etc.).
  • Allow user to type in text for text boxes or multiple objects grouped together in the property menu and then apply the change. This would be helpful when building templates that less-experienced users will use. I know assets that come with Camtasia 2019 allow for this and if there's a way to create my own assets with this ability, I'd very much like to know!

Thank you, Techsmith, for politely tolerating needy users such as myself--and have a happy holiday season. 
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jstobbe

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Such a nice list. Well thought out.
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Rick Stone

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I'm shocked at one major thing that seems to be absent from the top five!

Make it easier to grab the edge of media! Something changed between version 8 and version 9 (and it continues beyond 9) where it's maddening to "find" and "lock onto" the edge of media!
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I've noticed that too. Or when you have a lot of objects on your timeline, there's a serious delay and the clip ends up in the completely wrong position. Sigh. 
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Another wish: Ability to toggle canvas preview quality. This would help reduce lag if you could choose to drop preview quality to 25 or 50 percent. 
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It will be interesting to see how long this threads wish list grows. LOL



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That's an impressive set of wishes. The good news is that Santa was making a list and checking it twice--a number of these items will be coming in Camtasia 2020. A number of others are on our roadmap, but I can't commit to a timeline.

Rick we shipped a maintenance of 2019 that quadrupled the hit areas for grabbing media edges. Also made some improvements to the z-order of animations, transitions and effects so that it's easier to select those things. Hopefully you noticed a difference.

Best,

Brooks
Camtasia Technical Product Manager
Mobile Technical Product Manager
TechSmith
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Hi Brooks

Thanks for the update. While I totally appreciate any effort that went into this, I sadly have to report that aside from seeing here that you mention this happened, I haven't noticed a change in the behavior. :(

While it's certainly frustrating to work with when the cursor is at the beginning or end of a stand alone clip, the frustration level raises at least tenfold when you have two pieces of media that are bumped up against each other. Such is the case for some video imported from a camera where the two gig limit is reached and the camera begins a new file. I find myself struggling to get the right piece of media selected. 

Maybe the 2020 version will be better? Fingers crossed.
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Brooks, Camtasia Technical Product Manager

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Dang, I misspoke. Those improvements are coming in the 2020 release. Apologies.
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Rick Stone

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Ahhh well. Something to look forward to!
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Rick Stone

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Hey Brooks, perhaps you can shed some light on how this pandemic may be affecting development?

I know that for many places in the country we are on sort of a lock down in efforts to try and tamp down the rapid spread of this disease. I'm wondering if TechSmith is also experiencing that. And if so, and folks are likely "working from home", does this stall or hamper development? Maybe even to the point of there being no Camtasia 2020 and a name change to Camtasia 2021?
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We went optional remote on March 16 - 85% of folks went remote then. We closed the offices on Monday the 24th. On the product engineering side we're so far, so good. We use chat tools for lots of our communication anyways and now all our meetings are in Zoom / Meet. If anything we've been super leery of losing our collaboration and collegiality so more informal meetings and coffee group video chats than ever before. I struggle a bit because I love real world interaction. Some of our devs love remote for the quiet / deep focus. Our office is an open layout, so there's a bit of honeymoon right now with the quiet and deep focus.

We run company wide on a synchronized planning cadence. Two week sprints that fit into 10 week Program Increments. We're doing a big Program Increment planning next week and doing it all remote--we shall see how that goes.

Like everyone else there's anxiety generated by both the virus and the lockdown. Can't wait for life to get back to normal, leave our homes and get everyone out there who can't work back to work.

So far we're still locked in with doing the 2020 release on schedule. We've talked through various approaches, but it just doesn't make a lot of sense when we have a ton of improvements for a product that is actually very useful in remote / async / distance scenarios.  2020 is a monster that we really can't wait to get in the hands of our customers. To a person our team would release it today if we were allowed to. 

Hope you all hanging in there.
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Thanks so much for the update and insight into your ops!

Be well and stay well!