We need to be able to open two instances of Camtasia at the same time (Reopened)

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I have 3 versions of Camtasia installed: 8.6, 9.1 and 2018. I can open any two of them, the only problem is you should change F9 and F10 keys on one to avoid which version owns F9 and F10.  Pic show 2018 in back, 9.1 in front.

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So can you open two instances of One version of Camtasia?  I have a corp computer where I can only have one version installed at once.
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I couldn't edit this to the original post....so I will add it as a reply......

Exactly 1 year ago....I opened a thread with the following.  But it was closed last night.  The issue is still an issue and shortcoming with Camtasia, so I am reopening a new thread as focus needs to be maintained for TechSmith to be able to offer a solution.......

Here is the original post a hear ago in this thread HERE 
I often need to share parts of one project with another. We need to be able to open two instances of Camtasia at the same time for each copy and pasting between projects.....or work one project while another is rendering.
As far as I can tell Camtasia 9 does not allow this?  IF so, is there anything special I need to do to accomplish this?
If not....this has been a major request for several years.
Here are some suggestions and feedback during that original thread
wayne --If you are on a single system, install a virtual machine, and install another instance of Camtasia on that system. You can copy from one window into the other.
I have never tried it with a program such of this, with copy and pasting, but I am pretty sure that it SHOULD work.
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Hobbes --Thanks for the workaround suggestion... that would probably work great on my personal computer but I find this need mostly on my corporate assigned computer that it is challenging to get IT approval for new software approval and installation due to the fact we have strict security measures due to the nature of our company.  
Ideally this would be Camtasia supported available opportunity.

Jayne Davids --- You may wish to consider using the Mac version (if you have access to a Mac) as you can have multiple projects open at the same time.
When I've shared media from one project to another in Windows, I copied the media, then opened the 2nd project (which closes the opened project) and pasted the media. Not perfect but it is possible.
I hope this helps, Jayne
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Hobbes -- Jayne.....thank you for you help.  Since it is a corp environment, I can't choose between Windows / Mac, but that might be a point to know for others reading this thread.
And yup...that is what I am doing, opening one project, finding the elements I want to copy, opening the 2nd project (which closes the 1st project) and pasting.  Then I can see how it all fits together and often times must close the second project to bring up the first and start over to find elements needed again.   And again great tip that might help anyone reading this thread.

It does physically work (and is apparently the only option) but when doing a larger volume of sharing components between videos this process of opening / closing projects to share components adds a massive amount of avoidable extra time.

So....apparently thanks to Wayne and Jayne, it answers my question that I am not missing how open two instances of Camtasia because Camtasia 9 does not support opening two instances.  And I know the process I am doing is really the only option and I am not missing a more time efficient method. 
A few points that were people were trying to read into my original intent and other helpful info:
  • I am on corp computer, so I cannot install another other software, i.e. virtual machines, two different versions of Camtasia, etc....
  • I am NOT looking the ability to render one project and work on another (that is a different issue for another thread)
So Adobe Premiere allows multiple instances open for the same project / two different projects to copy and paste between back and forth.  

Think if Photoshop / Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Premiere did not allow the ability to open two docs at the same time to copy and paste between them.  This is the challenge here.



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It would be a wonderful to open two instances of Camtasia on the same machine. Fortunately for me, work decided to give me an additional computer that I only use for rendering. However, this doesn't help when trying to copy and paste.
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kayakman... thanks for sharing.  This might help help users in need of working between two projects because Yes that is the ONLY way to copy and paste between two different projects.....a USER solution.....not a developer solution.

The user has to manual load a project, find the element to copy, copy it, open the second project, find the spot you need to paste the copied element, and paste.

Now you need second element, you have rinse and repeat.   If you have larger projects, or even small time length videos but with a lot of elements you have to find your spot again each time you close and open the other video, which is often times easier said than done.  

My first computer didn't have a hard drive, it didn't have a floppy drive, it had an tape recorder (like a Walkman) as a "harddrive".  The solution shouldn't be a time intensive USER workaround for a shortcoming that reminds me of the days over 30 years ago in the 1980's when I first heard about an OS supporting something new called "multitasking" and the thought of having two documents open at the same time was mind blowing.
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I certainly don't disagree with you; a built-in Camtasia solution would be best

regarding navigating around the projects to "find your spot", I use temporary captions; they work very well, and offer fast navigation; much better than markers as you can use the captions UI to chose where to go

I too go back a long ways, computer-wise

started with"minicomputers" that were programmed in machine language, using toggle switches; then there was paper tape, then magnetic tape, then soft disks, etc; 

i'm used to having to do things the hard way; I once wrote a double entry accounting system, in machine language, that ran off a magnetic strip on a HP 65 programmable calculator [still have it]

those were definitively not the "good old days"

thanks for chiming in ...
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pattie

maybe could watch the tutorials on another computer, somewhere else?
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ya; I worked with these before, too; but only in collage doing Fortran stuff


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