Switching from ScreenFlow 7/8 to Camtasia 2018

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Hi everybody.

I am thinking about switching from ScreenFlow Version 7/8 to Camtasia 2018 cause of some issues with macOS Mojave. I am a ScreenFlow user since many years and just wanted to be 100% sure if this change is really worth. 

There are many things I liked in ScreenFlow and hope Camtasia will do a nice job as well. Like recording keystrokes, gestures, webcams, iOS devices, recording my Zoom H4 with an external microphone. 

Anybody has already some experiences with macOS Mojave and Camtasia 2018? 

How is the workflow (integration) with Adobe premiere/after effects and Camtasia?

And last question: Why is the price of Camtasia 2018 so expensive? I cannot upgrade from my SnagIt to a SnagIt + Camtasia 2018 bundle. And it looks like the price on TechSmith is different than the price on the AppStore for the 2018 version.

Thanks for any feedback.

best,
Pascal
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Leif, Employee

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I would wait to decide until Techsmith has a version of Camtasia that is compatible with Mojave. Every major OS release, there is some work that has to be done to stay compatible and performant with the changes the new OS brings.  You will likely not be satisfied with the performance of the current version of Camtasia on Mojave at this time.  However, once we have a version we feel is 100% compatible, then you can download a free trial from Techsmith and see if Camtasia offers you the functionality you require.  If so, go ahead and purchase it.  If not, look elsewhere, or let us know where we fall short of expectations.  We are constantly working to make Camtasia the best it can be for both Windows and MAC users, and customer feedback is always considered when determining upcoming enhancements and functionality.
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I am thinking about switching from ScreenFlow Version 7/8 to Camtasia 2018 cause of some issues with macOS Mojave. 
@mail, I would not make any purchasing or upgrade decisions at this time based on macOS Mojave.  It is way, way, too soon.  You need to let Apple finish Mojave, and then time for both companies to update their apps to work with it.

Having said that, I just switched from Camtasia 3 Mac to ScreenFlow 8 (rather than upgrade to Camtasia 2018) because, IMO, I get more capability with SF8 for a much lower price.
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So I am a Camtasia 3 Mac user, and wondering what ScreenFlow 8 does better. I too am thinking of upgrading soon, and while I find Camtasia quirky, it's usable for what I do. 
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@ Pascal : I did not see this answered, so here is mine: 
How is the workflow (integration) with Adobe premiere/after effects and Camtasia?
I don't think there is any really. You produce vids in Camtasia as needed, and then just import the vid file into Premier or AE as you would do for any NLE. Works fine.
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No of course not. ScreenFlow is an easy tool for everybody. I am using it since many years. But when I compare with Camtasia 2018 free test version it's for sure not on a Camtasia level. I just wanted to think about if it's really worth to spend again money and switch. As a macOS developer I am always working with Beta versions but never had a big issue in the past.

I also wanted to ask somebody from TechSmith if there is no way to upgrad from my snagit to the bundle. I have snagit since 100 years :-). So I really have to spend the whole price again?
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I've often felt Camtasia was a better tool for the beginner/corporate customer, and Screenflow has traditionally been the more technical product. Given you are a developer, I suspect you'll have a quick opinion once you try both. While each tool does largely the same things, they do them in different ways. Much like choosing a car with manual or automatic transmission.  You might even find you prefer both tools, depending on the use case, much like someone might own a sports car and a minivan, there are times when one is the better choice, and there are times when the other is a better choice.  For this category of software, I'm one who owns both and uses whichever one feels right for the work I'm doing. 

As for the upgrade price, definitely reach out to Techsmith support to see if they can offer you anything.

Also I will echo what Leif said, as a software dev, you already know that new beta releases of the OS often break core libraries used by your application, and the same will happen to both Camtaisa and Screenflow.  There's always apple quicktime if you just need to make a quick recording of what's on screen, and since that comes with the OS, hopefully it works through all the beta releases. Sometimes you'll get lucky and a point release will support the beta, but I think both companies official policy is that beta releases aren't officially supported.
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Note: "reach out to techsmith support" means open a ticket with their support system, this forum is not the same thing, even though you may occiasionally see a techsmith employee answer.  To inquire about any kind of deal or upgrade, you'll want to open a support ticket  at https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us