User preference options for "standalone saves"

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I work in an environment where Camtasia projects are being shared regularly and I'm constantly getting projects with missing files because they were simply Saved and not Saved As'd with the Standalone option set.

I've read other posts that don't want Standalone set, but in my situation, it would be much better to not only have Standalone be the default, but to have standalone saves even when doing a simple Save. We have very little duplicate content between videos so that is not an issue for us.

Given the diverse needs around this feature, it would make total sense to give us an options setting to decide what's best for our environment. In my environment it would be best if any type of save at all were a standalone save.

Thank you,

- Steve
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Steve Maguire

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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That's odd, Steve- saving standalone, with all your media in the project, is the default in Camtasia for Mac. When you create a new project, and save it for the first time, it should be doing it with that option on by default, unless you uncheck the box.
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Steve Maguire

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Paul, from what you're saying, am I right then that if I "Save As" a project with the standalone box checked, then from that point forward, whenever I simply do a "Save" or use cmd-S, the project will continue to do standalone saves? If so, that would be great. It's just not what I seem to experience. I'll have to test that out. Thanks.
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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That is indeed what it should do, as you describe. When you first save it, with "Standalone" checked, that project should stay that way. As you add more media from around your hard drive, it gets copied into the project (instead of referenced where it was at).
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chedrick

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So, if one were to do a zip file up the file, all resources (media/files) should be included...Yes?
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chedrick

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Is the Save as Standalone checkbox only available when you save it the first time? Because I've been working on a file for over a week ( and have saved multiple times) but now when I do a Save As, i do NOT see that option...
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chedrick,  you are working with a .tscproj file, instead of the .cmproj package.  The save as standalone option is only available for a .cmproj.  Where did this project come from?  Are these projects that were originally created on the Windows version of Camtasia?

-Stephen
 
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chedrick

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however, if i start a brand new file and do a Save As, it is available to me...
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chedrick

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ohhhh, i might have created originally on windows but edited on a MAC....
Where does that leave me now if I want to save and share with others?
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Stephen Wagner, Employee

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You can use the 'Export for Windows' option to create a zip file, which is how project sharing is done on the Windows side, but it is kind of clunky.

Here is a hack that should work.
  1.  Create a new folder somewhere
  2.  Copy your .tscproj into that folder
  3.  Rename the .tscproj file to project.tscproj
  4.  Rename the folder MyProject.cmproj  (Finder will give you some prompts about whether you really want to change the extension or not)

We should really add an option to the "Save As" dialog to convert .tscproj files into .cmproj packages.

-Stephen
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chedrick

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OMG, it worked!!! I would love to buy you a beer :)