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Camtasia 9 sorts like DOS used to. I have a set of .png files. In Windows Explorer, I select All (CTRL+A), click and drag them into Camtasia 9's Media Bin. They display in an odd sort order. Slide 1.wav, Slide 10.wav, Slide 11.wav and on to Slide 19.wav, Slide 2.wav. It's like the old DOS days when I had to number them as Slide 01.wav and so on to get a proper sort order. This has been suggested for over five years. Why can't it get fixed?
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Michael

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Dubie

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Have you tried a different sort option?

Right-click in the media bin and  "Sort By" to change the sort option.



I have noticed that sometimes the files I drop into the media bin aren't sorted by name even
though that is what I have sort set to. Maybe a bug.

I just change the sort option to something else and then back to name and the files are then
sorted by name.

:)
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Michael

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The problem, Dubie, is that Camtasia doesn't interpret "1" as "01." So "Slide 1.png" is followed by "Slide 10.png." And then "Slide 11.png," "Slide 12.png" and so on.
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the sorting issue extends beyond the display in the media bin; sending multiple selected clips to the timeline often results in them going on in reverse order, or, the last shows first, with the rest OK

additionally, if you drag/drop a multi selection from Explorer directly to the timeline, they can go on in wrong order too

my workaround solution: use only numeric names for the clips [001, 002, 003, etc], or, use a number at the beginning of each name [001-MySoftware, 002-MySoftware, 003-MySoftware, etc]
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That's right, Kayakman. In fact, I discovered that the way you drag clips FROM Windows Explorer makes a difference in how they go from the Media Bin into the timeline.

I select ALL the files in Windows Explorer, but have to click "Slide 1.png" and drag the group into the Media Bin. They go into the weird sort order in the Media Bin I mentioned earlier, but when I select them all and drag them onto the timeline, they appear in the correct order. 

If I randomly grab - say - "Slide 7.png" in Windows Explorer and drag them into the Media Bin, then select them all and drag them into the timeline, Slide 7 appears first. 

Weird.
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UPDATE

I finally got an "official" explanation ...

CS9 and CS2018 both use "time-placed-in-bin" to determine sort order when multiple clips are placed on timeline at same time; clip name is not involved, just a time stamp that is associated with each clip

if working on the typical screencast project [ i.e., not screencasting a Camtasia tutorial], the sort issue can be avoided by setting Recorder to "add-to-bin"; if a sequence of captures is then multiple selected, they can be sent to timeline in correct order [again, based on the time they individually go into the bin]

however, if working on a screencast of a Camtasia tutorial, there is only one practical workaround if a lot of captures are involved: use CS8 to initially assemble the project where multiple selected clips need to be placed on the timeline at the same time; CS8 does not have the "time-in-bin" limitation, and sorts are based on clip name; so a sequence of logically named captures works

I've also found that if the project involves lots of markers, and perhaps a quiz, CS8 works better because its new marker function and quiz UI are far better than in CS9 or CS 2018; and I still think the CS8 UI is far easier on the eyes than the UI in CS9/CS2018

Once the project is initially assembled, then it can be opened in CS 2018 for further editing and production

How To Use CS8 To Start Build Out Of CS 2018l Camtasia Tutirial Projects That Use Multiple Sequential Captures
http://www.screencast.com/t/iNirIV3gTse