Pasting from Word

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I am changing to language on a presentation and have about 200 call outs that I have translations of in a Word doc. When I try to paste them into Camtasia, all the formatting remains as per the Word doc rather than adopting the formatting of the various call outs. This is a real pain as I am faced with having to re-format all my callouts in the new language each time it gets translated. Can you please give me a fix for this (without making me pay yet again for another upgrade!) Thanks.
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Lewis Evans

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Rick Stone

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Not sure about Mac, but if it were Windows, I'd be suggesting an intermediate step. Windows has a text editing application that ships and is called "Notepad". It's a basic text editor. So one could perform a "side trip" by copying from Word, pasting into Notepad (to strip formatting) and finally copying the unformatted text from Notepad and pasting into Camtasia.

You may also want to save from Word as a text only type of file. That may do it as well.

I'm not sure I'd hold my breath waiting for any kind of a patch that would address the issue in the near future. Not that TechSmith won't look at it at some point, but things like this don't seem to change overnight. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yes, and MAC has a Notepad, too.  :)
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Yes, it's more of a "Word Problem" than Camtasia. I agree, stripping out the text using Notepad can help ("Text" on the Mac). Also, if you check the "paste" menu, there may be a "Plain" option. But, I have a different suggestion. If you use Chrome, consider getting the following Add-On, ClipBoard History 2. It will allow you to capture your text items, several at a time, then paste them into Camtasia without formatting (You "stack them" if that makes sense). There are other clipboard managers that do this as well.
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This has to be one of those things that makes developers want to pull their hair out. Because you know good and well that special actions were taken to allow and code that "nifty Word formatting" to paste into the area, but nobody really wants that behavior after all.
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Rick and Bruce, many thanks for your thoughts. I will investigate further. The more I think about it, though, the less I want to get into this as it would seem to be a major editing problem. The file I am working on is a 20-minute presentation with up to 11 layers in it. It's a huge file and sometimes the computer has trouble integrating changes when I make them.

And I agree about Word. I have always found it far too 'heavy' and it is often problematic when working with other programmes. For many reasons, Microsoft is not my favourite. Hence the Mac...

But thank you both again. I hope Techsmith occasionally dip into this forum and take notes. I would have thought that translation of presentations would be an obvious one to address and make easier.