Possible to Create / Save a Custom Annotation?

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I'm going to be making a series of how-to videos using screen captures and want all my annotations to be consistent, and none of the included ones have the style I'm looking for. 

Is there a way to create my own styles and save them in Camtasia? 

I'm using Camtasia 3.1.2 for Mac
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I'm a big ole Mac ignoramus, but I understand that the Mac version doesn't have a "library" where you can save assets such as customized callouts.

However, it strikes me that what you might do is create a simple project and configure a callout as desired. Then save that project as kind of a "starter template". From there, you would simply open the template project to begin with, then immediately perform a "Save As" so you don't destroy your starter. From there it should hopefully be as simple as copying and pasting the asset to maintain the consistency.

Hopefully others have different and better ideas. Rick :)
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JMichaelTX

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ScreenFlow has something like this called  Global Media Library .  Really handy.
@TechSmith:  Please consider this a feature request to provide same.
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Thanks for the info.

Surprising there isn't an option to save a preset. I was hoping for a single process, but I may end up just bringing it into Final Cut to add annotations. I'll be using that for the intro / outro anyway. 
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I don't know how much you want to customize them.  You can pick the shape, background color, text font and color, border color and width, where the tail is pointing, and adjust the width and height as needed (open the properties panel to adjust the parameters).  You can then save it back in with the Annotations for reuse in any project you want (use the Save style icon in the top/left of the Callout properties panel).

If that is not enough customization for you, then you can also make your annotations outside of Camtasia.  Since we can import many image formats as well as PDF files (note if you use a pdf file you can't share the project with Windows), you can make whatever you want in an image or pdf editor and bring it into your project. The only downside is you have to bring them in to every project.

To reduce the time overhead, bring all of the images you want to reuse into one project and save the project (maybe name it 'template' or something so you know not to overwrite it - you can also make it read only in the file system so you can't accidentally overwrite it).  Then when you want to start a new project, open your 'template' project and then do a Save-as and name it whatever makes sense for what you are working on.  That way your template file is still unaltered for the next project you want to work on.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks Leif! I looked for that Save Style but did not see it. I will look again. 
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Leif, Employee

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It's not completely obvious.  It's an icon that looks like a little callout with a + on it.  If you hover over it, the tooltip will say 'Save style to Annotations'.  If you haven't changed any of the style properties, or it is identical to a previously saved style, then it will just beep at you and not save the callout.  When it does save the callout, the tool panel will switch to the 'Annotations' tab, and the dropdown style will be set to 'user' and your callout will show up there.  If you don't need it anymore or accidentally save one you didn't mean to, you can always right-click on the callout in the 'Annotation' bin and choose 'Delete' from the context menu.
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I'm using v9.1.2 and I don't have that little save button.
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Rick Stone

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9.2 is the PC version. I believe what is shown applies to Mac version.

Feature parity would be a very good thing, no? ;)
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Maybe that was too simple