Start Camtasia multiple times

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Hi I like to be able to record and edit at the same time using multiple instances of Camtasia at the same time.
I'm using the latest 2018 version right now.
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kayakman, Champion

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you cannot run multiple instances of the same version at the same time

but you can run Camtasia Recorders 8, 9, 2018 at the same time

you can also run Camtasia editors 8, 9, 2018 at the same time
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nice workaround but i only have 2018.
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It wouldn't be a practical option anyway. The versions are incompatible by default with newer features as the primary difference.

Theres a hack to downgrade a 2018 project to open in Camtasia 9.Provided it isn't created using any of 2018's newer features.Which would break the project. Then you would need to upgrade it to a 2018 project to open it in 2018 once again, creating this endless loop of conversions. Inviting file corruption along the way. 
Thats' hardly a solution or even a reasonable workflow.

I voted for the idea. It's come up in the past under different terminology.Not gaining much traction.Maybe this time will be different? 
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interesting ...

I've been using the technique I described above for many years, without any problems; I find it very practical

The "hack" referred to is a simple, 1 value change in the tscproj file; that one value can be changed to "downgrade" to an earlier version [2018=>9, or to "upgrade" to a later version [9=>2018]; I've never experienced a project file corruption when doing so; you can always work with a safe copy of the tscproj, if squeamish about touching it

but I do this a lot, so maybe "practice makes the difference"?
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A. Its a hack.
B. It's extra work.
C. You have to be sure to limit yourself to excluding new features like 60fps, new behaviors, etc. Squeamish has nothing to do with  feature requests.
Sometimes upgraded projects get corrupted.Its been reported in this forum on several occasions. It's not a flawless process every time.

It has to do with convenience and common sense.A feature makes more sense.
Yet I will be surprised if you vote for it.
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regarding the "new features" thing, when I tested downgrades that involved new 2018 features, the project still downgraded OK, but the editor flashed a dialog saying that certain features were not supported; certainly no big issue as that was expected

you call it a hack, I call it an edit; no different from changing a project within the editor which just edits the tscproj file at the next "save" action

best to just agree to disagree
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Hmm. Interesting. I've certainly had several projects open at the same time, cross-editing between them, but I've never tried recording in one of them, as all my stuff is shot on cameras beforehand.
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Hi,

in the 2018 version i'm albe to open only one project at the time...
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That's a backward step. I'm using Camtasia 2 on an old MacBook Pro at work, but we're in the process of upgrading to some brand new high spec HP ZBook Workstation Laptops, because we can't get a 17" screen on a MacBook Pro any more. Obviously we've over-specified the hardware to deal with the strain Windows places on it, compared to MacOS, so we should be fine on the speed front, but it's concerniing if we can't have two separate Camtasia windows open at the same time, like we can on the Mac, because we use that all the time.
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Recording the screen while the Camtasia editor running is not a problem. I'm assuming your already aware of this.

Are you looking for the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously?
I would like that as well. I use Premiere Pro, which supports it.

Regards,Joe
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thats why i request this feature. I think it's doable in short amount of time and effort...
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So I'm curious about that process. Would you say the primary goal would be the ability to have two or more projects open and making edits so that it's simpler to just perform a copy from one project so that a paste can occur in another?
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m.martens

the validity of your idea notwithstanding, here is how it can be done now; the described techniques are valid for Camtasia 2018

How To Work With 2 Projects At Same Time In CS9 2017-06-17
http://www.screencast.com/t/nHqdr6bWY86

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Having watched the clip, it does at least provide solutions, but not quite as easy as just having two completely separate Camtasia windows open at the same time. Can't imagine why they stopped that, unless it was only ever allowed on the Mac version?