Please add "Export to Animated GIF" to Camtasia Mac.

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Camtasia for windows already supports exporting to animated gif, which is great for answering, "How do I do X" style questions in forums where you can only embed images, such as the Stack Exchange network. For instance, one might ask, "How do I turn off bluetooth on my macbook pro?" and while I can give a list of steps, being able to quickly capture a short video showing them how to do it, then exporting it as gif and uploading it to the site is significantly better.

While I understand you're still developing some of the features on Camtasia Mac, I would like to see a greater degree of similarity in capabilities between the two.
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Conan Heiselt, Employee

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Thanks for the suggestion. I can see how that might be helpful.

One of the reasons TechSmith has Screencast.com is to facilitate posting videos in the types of places you've mentioned. Upload to Screencast.com and then paste the link to the video on the forum (or IM, or email,...) Would that work for you, too, or are there big advantages you see to having animated GIFs that would outweigh it disadvantages?
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Most websites don't embed Screencast.com screencasts, so it requires the user to go off-site for the video for the solution to their problem. Having the video separate from the list of steps is poor design. Further, animated gifs are more bandwidth friendly than online videos, and play across all browsers and platforms, not just those that support the html5 video element (I assume screencast does this) or flash.

Lastly, setting up one's own image sharing site is much easier than a video serving site, and while there are many free video sharing sites, they all ultimately have limits, and there is an aspect of control over content one gives up when they choose to use a third party to host their content.
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Conan Heiselt, Employee

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Excellent. Thanks for the details!
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Jim Noble

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Hi, I am interested in progress on this! Currently, the inability to make animated gifs is the only thing stopping me from buying Camtasia for Mac.

I like the ability to make short screencasts the load, play and loop automatically on page loading. I can do this easily from Camtasia Studio on a PC but want to do it from my mac.

grateful for any updates,

Thanks
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Alessandro Alla

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5 months so far, but no gif yet. $100 with no gif.
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Anthony Polakos

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Please do this! I had an earlier version of Camtasia for PC and I use the animated gifs this for my online training documents.
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Anthony Polakos

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Any updates on this?
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Jenna Baze

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I was really hoping for this functionality! I want to be able to embed a quick little video in a tutorial, which don't require the user to click play or go offsite.
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Yep, I upgraded operating systems and with the mac trial of camtasia, I fell totally downgraded!

Animated gifs are lightweight and easy.
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I'm missing animated gif's in the Mac version. I've come to rely on it for quick tutorials or bug reports.
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@Jenna - am I understanding you correctly? I have embedded a quick little video (not an animated gif - do you mean vid) in a tutorial, simply by downloading hte video from the internet, saving it as a file,and then it goes into my bin of assets and onto the time line. It launches itself when the tutorial plays....just wondering if that's a solution to what you want...
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@Debbie: I'd prefer not to embed a vid that someone has to click 'play' on. For showing something very brief (eg: 1-2 steps), a gif would make more sense for my purposes. I could create a tutorial with Step 1 (and a gif), Step 2 (and a gif), etc. I could force the gif to animate only when the user scrolled over it using a tool like embedly.

Kind of like this example of the map gif (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neig...). It would be more cumbersome if the user had to click play.

So, in summary, could definitely insert a video... but for ease of use (for my readers), I'd prefer to use a gif.
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Agreed. This is still the reason I am not buying camtasia for my mac. I want to but really want it to do animated Gifs. If it is worth having on the PC version then surely it is worth having on the Mac version?
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I used to use Camtasia for PC, and published many videos as an animated gif. I haven't purchased it for my Mac for a year now because I feel like I am not getting a full version. It is half of what I used it for, so it's like only getting half my money's worth. :( 
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I was just about ready to hit the "buy" button on a couple licenses for my employees.  Corporate credit card literally out on the desk.  Camtasia is a great product that I'm familiar with so I'd prefer to buy Camtasia as opposed to rolling the dice and hoping for the best with another product.  We really need this feature though.

The lack of this feature is causing me to look elsewhere.
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Stephen

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I bought this 4 * PC Licence and a MAC licence and now I too feel let down....... come on guys.
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Nik

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Is there a plan to add this feature to the Mac version? Or are you guys simply ignoring this request?
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Kashi

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Please do add this animated gif features. Right now I am using Gif Brewery $4 tool for Mac to create the animated gif
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Todd Malicoat

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Would love to see this as well - just saw recordit doing it, and would love to do in camtasia or snagit.
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Dear Camtasia Team,

I am adding my support for this feature (Camtasia and/or Snagit, preferably both) - ability to export a short video as a .gif  My use case is similar to some already outlined - namely, I need to embed an illustrative thing in my training materials, and a video is too heavy.  A quick .gif (the one I'm right now is 5 -6 seconds) is much preferred.  

Thanks, db
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Joe Lewis

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Want to be able to export short screen captures as animated GIF for in-context documentation, similar to the one in this post.
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Damn, I was just about to buy this after using the trial until I remembered one of the reasons I wanted it was for the gif feature. I am saddened that this is STILL missing from the Mac version of this product. I'm glad I checked first.

Edit: oh wow this is two years old. Definitely won't hold my breath :(

You guys should really consider getting some parity across platforms in your products. The sting is that much worse when it is supposedly a multi-platform product but one platform lacks really basic features the other already has.
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I've updated the status of this idea to "Planned" to reflect our intent to add this to Camtasia for Mac 2.x. If you'd like to be notified when this is available, click the Follow button at the top of this thread.
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plz update me
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Hey Dave!  Thanks for the update.  

As for those others that are interested in using Camtasia for Mac and converting Videos to Animated GIFS, I've found that it's fairly workable to save the Camtasia project, export to mp4, and then open with Photoshop to export the GIF.  Here's a sample of one that we made that way:

http://www.inspectall.com/assets/help/mobile/form_resolve_priority.gif

These take about 30 minutes of 'extra' work per GIF.  We would really like to put a BUMP UP on this feature request.  We'll be looking for other options outside Camtasia until this is either delivered (or) we find a better/less time intensive workaround.

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