Restore Local File Linking for Hotspots in Windows Version

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So, wanted the new functionality and "stability" of Camtasia 9 to produce a large set of tutorials for a large government simulation that could be produced on a DVD. Essentially a large collection of separate tutorial videos selectable from a primary front-end menu video. This was/is completely doable in Camtasia 7 (last version I had). Only after waiting months to get the software purchased and in my hands do I find out that the built-in functionality of "hotspots" to link to local files is now incomprehensibly missing in the Windows version, but is STILL available in the Mac version! Seriously? My coworker has a Mac that he uses for development, and there are no other Mac systems available for me to use, and no, I'm NOT requesting a new Mac purchase! Totally disappointed that any software company would REMOVE functionality, especially something so common as use of a local file structure for linking for tutorials NOT published to the web. So, now I have to either use the old, buggy Camtasia 7 to make this work, or I have to build a custom front-end html page to link to all of the tutorials. I can't even do so using links from one tutorial to a corresponding follow-on tutorial unless it is all in the same video! Just to give you an idea of what I'm facing, if I were to put all of these tutorials into a single video production, with all of them in a single video, it would likely approach 2 GB. and I can tell you from experience that rendering that one video will likely crash Camtasia every time.

Seriously, fix this.
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hi cpangracs,
I want to make sure I understand what you're trying to do. If you want a clickable table of contents inside of a video, both Camtasia for Mac and for Windows will work for you. That hasn't been removed.
You can indeed make hotspots in your video to click "Continue:" on to the next video, because you can use any URL you want there.
Here is a couple of tutorial videos, but there are more:
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/203729428-Camtasia-Windows-Using-hotspots

If you're talking about the "MenuMaker" app that used to be part of Windows, you're right this is no longer supported. It was only used for making CD front-ends (not HTML). We dropped that because any reasonable DVD burning software you have will be able to provide you with a video selection menu that works well and we did not supply anything really better than that. 
This hasn't ever existed on the Mac side though.

Does this help?
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Hi Paul

Of course I'm not cpangracs, but one of the things I suspect is being the source of irritation is that it's a bit difficult in version 9 to create a link to a local file. Perhaps something like a PDF document.

Watch the video I made to see what I'm referring to.



Cheers... Rick :)
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I believe CS 8.4 was the last version that supported relative URLs in hotspots

I wish that functionality was restored

relative URLs made it possible to create one production set [multiple videos in large collections] and yet they would play correctly wherever hosted [local, wen site, DVD]
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Restore Local File Linking for Hotspots in Windows Version.

So, wanted the new functionality and "stability" of Camtasia 9 to produce a large set of tutorials for a large government simulation that could be produced on a DVD. Essentially a large collection of separate tutorial videos selectable from a primary front-end menu video. This was/is completely doable in Camtasia 7 (last version I had). Only after waiting months to get the software purchased and in my hands do I find out that the built-in functionality of "hotspots" to link to local files is now incomprehensibly missing in the Windows version, but is STILL available in the Mac version! Seriously? My coworker has a Mac that he uses for development, and there are no other Mac systems available for me to use, and no, I'm NOT requesting a new Mac purchase! Totally disappointed that any software company would REMOVE functionality, especially something so common as use of a local file structure for linking for tutorials NOT published to the web. So, now I have to either use the old, buggy Camtasia 7 to make this work, or I have to build a custom front-end html page to link to all of the tutorials. I can't even do so using links from one tutorial to a corresponding follow-on tutorial unless it is all in the same video! Just to give you an idea of what I'm facing, if I were to put all of these tutorials into a single video production it would likely approach 2 GB. and I can tell you from experience that rendering that one video will likely crash Camtasia every time.

Seriously, fix this.