Please increase visibility in C9 GUI

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The ability to use C9 has been greatly diminished by the black only, low contrast GUI.  While younger individuals who don't have vision issues won't understand those of us with lesser quality vision do.

since this idea was not selected last month, the month before, the month before that, and previous months I have promised to create this idea each month.

Rather than creating images and descriptions for the often discussed issue I will try to gather the links.  If anyone knows of a missed links, please share and I will add them to future posts.  In no particular order...

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/change-camtasia-colors?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_topic&utm_content=topic_link

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/increase-visibility-in-c9-gui?topic-reply-list%5Bsettings%5D%5Bfilter_by%5D=all

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/high-contrast-ui-theme-for-camtasia-9

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-3-mac-timeline-contrast-colors

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/program-appearance

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/c9-change-default-font-size-and-colours-of-canvas-and-environment

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/i-rolled-back-to-v8-x-due-to-the-complexity-added-in-v9-x?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_topic&utm_content=topic_link

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-studio-9-black-theme?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_topic&utm_content=topic_link

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/increase-visibility-in-c9-gui?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_comment&utm_content=topic_link

Currently, TechSmith, uses a "number of votes" plus unknown criteria for selecting enhancements. The most votes this "idea" has received is 11 and onced it received 10.  I have personally not seen any other idea exceed 9, but the experts probably remember some.


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Posted 3 years ago

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Amen to this!  I have limited vision due to a detached retina in one eye, and 45+ years of staring at either green or gray CRTs, and now have 2 nice, super-pixilated monitors, and BLACK is NOT the answer. It's also the reason I've not upgraded to v10. Please give your Users what they've requested now for months.
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I commend your persistence here; I strongly agree that the CS9 UI needs improving, both re color and [for me] font-size wise [old eyes]

personally, I really liked the colors in the CS8 UI; for me, always easy to read and easy on the eyes; I'd really like that option for CS9
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Thank you, Expert Novice!!!

How can I help keep this on the dern radar?! It's such an obvious YES YES YES ... if it's good enough for SnagIt, it's good enough for Camtasia!
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This issue is on the Mac version, too. I don't like the dark background at all. Maybe if some of the developers wore sunglasses while looking at the UI, they might get what some of you are saying. 
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The UI Background color should be settable like in SnagIt! Mac I you're in to Dungeon Black you can set that or  a Pale blue.  Using this Black Background started on on Adobe products. And Because a Major player brought it up  everyone followed like sheep rather than using what th users needed or wanted.

The black might work if you used a very bright contrast color for text  (such as bright white, or Yellow) instead of the grey that is almost the same color as the background.
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Adobe also gave the option to change the background to gray, which I did. I just couldn't handle the black.
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I don't know why software companies are on this black kick especially  using Gray fonts.  Blue or Yellow fonts may be. I'd like Camtasia to have the same ability to use same background that SnagIt. Light blue background and black fonts.  That's easiest on my eyes. I am including two screen shots which can you see better.



Come one TechSmith tell me you like the black and gray? Really?
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Camtasia 9's interface could use a complete reworking and I'm not just talking it's looks.

Adobe receives a "BLACK EYE" pardon the pun. Every time it's User Interface gets compared to TechSmiths.

Camtasia doesn't even hold a candle to Adobe, if they did.There wouldn't be so many people complaining about the UI.

Even at it's darkest settings, Adobes UI is has plenty of color, contrast and readability.



You can also customize and arrange any and all panels. They can be placed anywhere you wish.You can combine panels "Compound Panels" if you will. You save custom layouts, as you want.You can have one for creating titles, special effects, your favorite editing layout.One click switches you back and forth between each workspace.

All Panels switch to full screen mode.You simply highlight the panel and hit the "Tilda Key"
The media bin is shown switched to full screen below.


Plus, the media bin let's you enlarge the size of the Thumbnails.Now that's visibility.
You can even hover your cursor over the videos. You scrub through them and preview them right there.You can even mark in and out points. Just hit the "I and O"keys.


You also choose what level of darkness you want applied to the UI. Here is the lightest setting Adobe offers these days.


It's much better than blinding Gray, Adobe's CS6 and previous versions allowed you to chose blinding Gray as well.But they learn from there mistakes. I lean towards the in between setting myself.

 

Some perspective. SnagIt is still to dark.You get to choose "Black and Light Gray" with no option to lighten it other than to choose a  "Gray on Light Gray" This low contrast gray and light gray might bode well on a laptop in the bright sun at poolside, but on the monitor at my desk, it's still to bright.

The difference between the Dark and Light SnagIt theme? For the most part, they simply inverted the Black background on Gray Icons color scheme. 

Here's what Camtasia 9 would look like if you inverted it's colors in Photoshop.
 

I'm not saying it's an exact match but here's SnagIt 13's Light theme below.
Would you want Camtasia 9 to end up looking a lot like SnagIt 13?
 Would you consider this look as a new and improved UI ?


In closing, feel free to compare Adobe's UI to TechSmith's. A LOT!

TechSmiths UI is primitive by comparison, aside from the fact that they both utilize the color black or some variation of the color black. There is no comparison.

 Adobe"s UI is a fine example of what a User Friendly and Highly Functional UI is all about. 
I didn't mention many of the features available.

If it sounds like I'm beating up on TechSmith here, that's not really my intention. My intention is simply to point out just how poorly designed Camtasia 9's UI actually is. Compared to what it could be.


Regards,Joe
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Curious why you would say Adobe gets the black eye when comparing? The term "black eye" seems to infer finding one's self on the losing end of a battle.

Perhaps you really meant to say TechSmith gets the black eye because it can't compare? ;)

I do agree that Adobe products have a wonderful ability to customize the UI. Then again, their products appear to be more difficult to use. I'm sure it's always a difficult balance to strike between customization and UIs that are simple and user friendly.
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Well Rick, I didn't think I was being that stealth in my statement.

Black eye "PUN" get it? Black UI.
Adobe's  UI is only Black if actually want it to be Black.

That's the way it has always been, it's never been a UI that's black "Only" without the option to lighten it.

A UI that lacks customization is not a user a friendly option in my opinion. You can un-dock the Camtasia canvas and you end up with 100% of dead space where the canvas once resided. 

I don't believe Camtasia should be designed strictly for the novice.
Besides,That's what default settings are all about.When you're experienced enough too customize the UI, you're ready to customize the UI.

Regards,Joe
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The pun wasn't lost. Only misplaced. It seemed to me it was. ;)
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Depends on your Platform On Mac the only choice you for UI in Adobe Products except Acrobat if Jet black and dark gray (Charcoal) Fonts. In including PhotoShop and Lightroom Camtasia 3.0.4 same way Black Background and Dark charcoal Grey fonts as show in my Screen shoots at Least in Snagit you can use the Black on Charcoal Gray, or as i have sho multi-tone Blue Black or Drak Gray fonts and Blue Fonts depending upon wher the fonts are. What's the style young kids dress in all Black paint nails Black put on black around the eyes that what software companies to getting into now. As you get up in age even with glasses it more difficult to see things and when everything looks to much alike, Just doesn't help older folks. Hey software companies People 30 years old and less are not the only people usin computers.
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Well, I am aware that most software companies throw MAC users under the bus when it comes to software.
I just thought Adobe would be an exception.

However, I  blame Apple for the disconnect.Their operating system isn't built around accommodating other software manufacturers.

If your a MAC user, your at the mercy Apple. A company that's driven by the desire to be a Mega-Monopoly. They don't welcome outsiders.
Apple want's you to use "Strictly"Apple products.
 That's why they yanked QuickTime for Windows support.

I wouldn't purchase an I-phone activation plan if you gave me the newest I-phone for free.

Regards,Joe    
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Maybe I am wrong?



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Joe, just saw your comment.  I was an AVID Apple fan after purchasing the Apple ][+.  Was ready to purchase the Macintosh... until they said those dreaded words... "closed architecture".  <sniff>
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Gray is hard to read on any background. Who ever thought that was a good idea? If something is worth reading make it clear enough to read without struggling. 
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Ok, I just thought of an argument for fixing the GUI but I need some terminology.

There was an old thread where someone wanted to change the text of their callouts/captions/whatevers.  They were told the changes they wanted to make were not allowed because there were rules for the visually impaired.  I am probably wrong on both the "not allowed" and it being a font size.

What is the terminology?

My point would be, does Techsmith, and other companies, want to voluntarily change their interface or be subject to ever changing Federal Government rules about size, shape, colors.  We see cites and building owners constantly having to dig up their curbs to fix the curbs for the handicap based on the new rules the government requires.

Do it now or be forced to do it,... their choice.




Good grief... we had 11 votes two months ago.  Have we lost users?

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Hello Techsmith, your users have surfaced the most requested item of the month! We need a fix!

Thanks.

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