Upgrading from 9.1.2 to Camtasia 2018 ? Reasons to do it?

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Has anyone done it, what were the main benefits? I'm pretty much happy with Camtasia 9.1.2. I have a couple of niggles with it, like how long it takes to populate the audio histogram view and that it always wants to create html pages when I generate an mp4, and the length of time it takes to render, but I'm living with them.

I saw that performance was boosted in the 2018 release, but not by how much. For example, if a render currently takes me 10 minutes and they boosted performance by 25% and that would now take 7-8 minutes, that's pretty cool but it's not world-changing (for my usage).

I'd happily hand over my $99 and upgrade if I can be convinced why I should do it. So far I'm thinking there's not much (for me) in the upgrade.
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do you use the Library in your screencasting work; if so, the new Library tool set makes the upgrade well worth it

About Camtasia 2018 Library 2018
http://www.screencast.com/t/0vNg38Kl6WI7

regarding the html thing, if you just want a MP4, do a custom production and uncheck the controller option

and, after producing several hundred CS 2018 projects, and doing some CS9 vs CS 2018 benchmarks, I've found that 2018 produces about 20% faster
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I don't use the library or upload to screencast, I exclusively produce direct to mp4. I know about the unchecking of the controller. I just wish I didn't have to do it as I'll never ever want a controller.

20% is a respectable performance upgrade, but on average I create about 20 videos a week with an average render time of probably 5 minutes and I have plenty of stuff to do during those 5 minutes so I doubt that's gonna make a change. Maybe a 2018.1 or 2018.2 will bring those key upgrade reasons for me :-)
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make and then use a production preset that will produce without the controller
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I would recommend trying to make one of your videos in trial mode with Camtasia 2018 to see if your system can take advantages of the performance improvements and whether the types of projects you make would benefit from them. There are a lot of variables at play, but in general when I go back to Camtasia 9 it is very obvious that the performance has improved in Camtasia 2018 (my primary machine uses Windows 10 with a decent discrete video card). In some cases you may also notice improvements to canvas rendering while you're editing.

In addition to the performance improvements and the Library improvements, the new Theming feature seems like a small thing, but if you make a lot of videos, it ends up being really beneficial over time because it will end up saving you a few seconds every time you make a video, while helping you keep a consistent look and feel across your videos. 
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I have noticed a dramatic increase in performance with my workstation (i7-7700 32GB and using integrated graphics). Seems it's using the graphics engine far more to accelerate production.
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I did it and it wasn't worth it. My production was already fast, so I don't know about that value.
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I suggest reading through some of the other posts on this forum. From what I've seen, between the serious bugs (particularly the contrast issue) and the inexplicable limitations of some of the new features, it really doesn't seem like it's worth it. Since the CS2018 release, instead of getting improvements and bug fixes from Techsmith, users are just discovering more bugs and limitations.

While I love working with Camtasia and think it's a good product overall, CS2018 appears to have been released prematurely and without adequate testing. They also made several questionable design decisions that adversely affect the user experience and performance of the product. I'm not impressed, as it appears that upgrading is risky; you will get some new features, but the bugs may negatively impact the quality of your work and your productivity.

FWIW, my perspective is that of a former Software QA Engineer. I understand the need to meet release deadlines and that you'll almost never get all of the planned features and fixes ready by the launch date, but that doesn't excuse some of what we've seen with CS2018. Techsmith needs to do better. 

That said, I will once again give kudos to the tech support staff, who are doing a great job under tough circumstances. Also, this forum is one of the most helpful and valuable I've seen for any product. It's an incredibly supportive community and Techsmith is lucky to have such a dedicated and innovative group of contributors. Otherwise, their tech support would be inundated and their users would be a lot less happy with the product.  
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