Useful recording bar

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I sincerely hope that CT8 will go back to the thin recording bar with full info including volume level, used in V5. The change to fat, ugly, not useful recording bar with 6 was not a move forward. As I present full screen from my mac, and record on the PC on my right, watching the screen to see what the students see, and that my volume is good, 8-10 times a week since CT v2, this is an important feature to me. Fancier is not better, better is better.
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John Gonder

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Exactly - that's why I still record with V5 - the recording bar is clean, clear, simple, space efficient, tells me at a glance my mic volume -
V6 on is big,fat ugly, useless and stupid.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it -
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What would be nice would be an option that allowed the end user to select the look they want.
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Hey John,

I can see how that would be useful, for sure. I'll make sure to pass this idea along to the team. Thanks for the feedback!
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Yes - as Rick said, if there /is/ some possible reason to have it the way it is now, let users at least have a choice - big black brick somewhere, or the V5 bar on top or bottom - AND be able to ditch the low contrast hacker-look grey on black for far more easily read black on white. Function Drives Form. Make sure the 20 something coders realize it's the 50somethings who are using this and paying for it. We don't have 20-20 eyes any more. But in any case - what would be interesting to hear is what was the case put forward to say the this is better than what was - I can't imagine what that might be - I see no use case for which this is an improvement. And - always - making information less easy to grasp is never an improvement. ref: Edward Tufte "Visual Presentation of Quantitative information" I highly recommend it.
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LOL on the 50 something! (I begin trip number 57 around the big ole ball of life this year)

Just sort of an observation here, but it may not be that we have young coders at work with things like this. My own gut says that perhaps it's more of a situation where the developers have been blessed with a super huge monitor. And on those, maybe that big ole recording box looks darn small and the older and thinner one becomes nearly unusable.

I share the same issue (and wonder the same thing) about the extra huge "tracks" or "Lanes" we see in the Camtasia editor.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Well - I'm north of 50 too - and yes, we see a lot f that UX stuff in the Cisco curriculum too - coders need to use the tools of the user to get the UX.

Here's my use case: I use Elluminate - students get my lectures live in person, or log on to Elluminate, or get it later. I present with the Macbook Pro - share the whole screen - lots of VMware and apps. The PC on the right is logged on as a student, and I use Camtasia to record the audio (mixer for MBP intro music + headset mic + remote client audio - split to the landline.  The mixer w/ limiter inline goes to USB A/D on the PC) and video that the students see. The V5 recording bar shows me at a glance all about my status, audio level, etc, and I can see what the student sees too.




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