When will Camtasia Studio 9 be available?

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Its been almost 4 years since the release of camtasia 8. I've been using it from cs-7. I really like cs-8 but since its been a while, i think it'll be good for you guys to come up with the new version of this amazing software.
So, is it gonna happen anytime soon?
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I agree with you. There is a long time.
I didn ́t buy it yet camtasia 8 and I am using an old version. I would like the camtasia 9 release , so I could buy the new one. I wouldn ́t like to buy it now and in a couple of months have the new one and must to pay again.
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Ditto-- TechSmith please provide us some estimate on when we might see a Studio 9 release. 
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Richard Campbell, Champion

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Techsmith - like most software companies - does not provide specific feature sets or release dates on forthcoming products.
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Specific release dates are not required, but it would be really nice if someone would at least state, "Camtasia 9 is targeted for X Quarter 20XX". That type of statement is extremely normal.

I'm not a Camtasia user yet, but was looking to possibly purchase. With a thread like this sitting for over 7 months without an official response, it makes me wonder if the company stands behind their products. 

I heard Camtasia was very good, and I was going to just buy it, but after finding this and that the PC version is 3X the Mac version cost, I'm going to at least look at other options.
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TechSmith have left it way too late to release CS9.....I've been waiting over 1 year for CS9....and in 2 months (June 2015) it will be 3 years since CS8 was released! 3 years between major releases is too long.

Video software has exploded in the last 2 years - and now CS has major competition (in features - and price) from videomotionpro, which launces tomorrow, Tue 21 April. I will be buying vmp!


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Xacobo de Toro Cacharrón

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I am watching the demos. It looks nice, but I can ́t see hotspots areas ou quizz possibilities. I like them.
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No, Video Motion Pro does not offer hotspots or quizzes. It is not a fully featured program, so the launch price was only $62.
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How does VMP differ from CS? Seems that it offers similar features but some seem to be missing..... It's also a great price...
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Personally, I think it is wrong to mention other products on the Camtasia forum. I admit I have switched to a different product while awaiting a Camtasia 9 delivery, but I have not mentioned that product name, nor will I, at least not here at TechSmith. 

That said, VMP was something I bought along the way. My opinion? Crap. In my view, it was put together by online marketers looking to make a buck, not skilled programmers. When it comes to tools, VMP is a toy hammer and Camtasia is real, professional hammer like a craftsman would use.
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I wish I had not mentioned VMP (above 6 months ago). At the time it was being promoted as a Camtasia alternative - which it is not.  
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I love CS8. For time being and my needs I`d like to see in CS9 intros and  outros and lower thirds as in VMP.  They look more professional without need to code in After Effects or other programs. Right now I use Photoshop or Illustrator and animate in another program, then render and add to CS. A lot of work, but better then what CS has included. Anyway, I will stick with CS after all :)
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I am disappointed the TS has not released version 9. I have been using Camtasia since version 3, and began buying every other release--5 and 7 and should have had 9 by now. This is particularly bad since TS more or less abandoned 7 when it came to working correctly on Windows 8.

My concern is that I will buy version 8 because I need it, then have to pay another $149 for version 9 if it happens to come out in the next few weeks. Of course, it could come out that soon because it is at least a year or so late. Also, will TS abandon version 8 on soon-to-come Windows 10?

I am a huge Camtasia fan. However, I do wish TS would show a little more respect to their user base.
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It's just getting silly now, 4 years! For example, the transitions are so dated it's looks like some kind of ironic 1980's joke!

cube rotate?! is anyone actually using these? i think fade is the only real option for anything that is meant to be from the last 10 years LOL

the thing is that camtasia is actually an AMAZING bit of software, i would hate to ditch it, but if they don't sort themselves out soon and release version 9 people are going to be forced to leave, and that means users and techsmith suffer.

8.6 is the least crashing yet, but it still crashes sometimes, 64 bit for big projects is needed yesterday. people are banging their heads against the wall.

do you guys need a loan to hire some more programmers and get this sorted? maybe we can have a whip around :) its getting passed the coming soon zone and entering 'abandonware' :(

THIS is the kind of text effect that is 100% free and available now, just imagine it was built into Camtasia 9... will we live to see it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcjJLhdeBz4

sorry to sound like a dick, but i am a real fan of your software and am fed up with being told 'coming soon', major things are missing:

64 bit
4k
modern effects
modern stock libraries
full use of GPU/CPU to render faster
proper text editing box that can resize and fit large fonts
NO MORE CRASHING

i have no problem paying for the update, but none of us is getting any younger... fingers crossed for a happy christmas bit of news :)
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David you are soooo right man. This software can not even capture 60 FPS from a god damn desktop and they demand 300 USD for it. Are you nuts ?

No GPU support, no 60 FPS, no 4K recording, crashes most of the time... Jeez!
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Even software as complex as Autocad is updated each year. MSOffice, which include a bunch of applications, is updated every 2-3 years. Why is Camtasia taking almost 4 years? I don't get it. After working so hard to make like the "easy" standard, it seems like you're abandoning it!
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TechSmith provide this community forum, so if we are going to be critical, let's have our facts right: 

CS8 was released 3.3 years ago (in June 2012). It has been the longest version duration in CS's 13 year history.

The previous longest version duration 2.2 years for CS7.

The median version duration for versions 1-6 was just over 1 year.

To be fair, unless TechSmith are making many $ millions per CS version - and have top-notch, creative techies - it is not good business to launch a major new version more often than every 2 years. 

Also, if CS is the recognised standard - and if all 8 versions reputedly crash/ed regularly - this suggests that reliable, feature-rich, video software is a nightmare to create....and/or that TechSmith techies are not top-notch. 

Meanwhile, users' "must have" feature wish lists grow by the month. And most reviewers ignore the crashes and say that CS is fab software, but expensive. For many people, making and editing videos is stressful - so paying $300 for out-of-date software, with a reputation for crashing (plus losing time and work) is madness. So, I'd really love CS9 to come out and for me to be a raving fan. 

Almost everything in business ends up coming down to money, so it is likely that the long wait for CS9 is related to a money issue/s somewhere. Hopefully, it will soon be resolved happily for TechSmith and their customers.

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It appears TechSmith is changing their pricing model now. You buy, then pay about $75 annually for updates.

If this is the case, what do you think. A good deal or another reason to abandon Camtasia?
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I am not sure if it is a good deal or not. It depends on 2 factors:

1) How "updates" are defined..... 

You buy CS (at say $300) + pay $75 p.a. for updates to the version you bought?? If so - and that version lasts 3 years - it will cost $300 + $75 x 3 = $525. Divided by 3 years = $175 p.a. 

Or, did TechSmith mean that you buy CS just once - and $75 p.a. provides eternal updates AND upgrades to new versions? If so, then it may be a very good deal - but only IF the software is reliable (doesn't crash) AND the updates-upgrades provide users with the feature sets they need.

2) How vital is CS is to you? Put another way, if you abandon CS, what are your best alternatives??

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Where do you see that? News to me! IMHO, Camtasia is significantly UNDERpriced. Camtasia makes money for me everyday.
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Underpriced ? 300 USD! I say overpriced. Should be 99 USD.
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Richard, clearly CS is good value to you, in both price and performance.

If CS makes money for you every day, then it is likely that you are intelligent and active user. 

So, you will appreciate that CS has a broad range of users, from daily users to the hardly ever users - and a range of users who make significant incomes from using CS, to those who make little / nothing.

So, the relative differences in CS usage and income values, means that to users like you, $300 for CS is The Deal Of The Century - and to others like Recep BaltaS, $300 is overpriced, by a factor of 3x.

However, the paragraph above assumes that you pay full-price for CS. Do you?

I hope you do. Because IF you do not pay full-price (or close to it) you do not have the ethical / moral right, nor the credible authority, to post comments on prices. 

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I appreciate you positive approach, Richard. Do all "Champions" give total support for all that TechSmith does. I have been a Camtasia user since version 3.1 and appreciate TechSmith in many ways, but still retain my objectivity. 

I saw the pricing when I was solicited by them to buy a copy of Camtasia. I'd be an upgrader to version 9 when and if it appears, but the pricing option remains a deciding factor. 
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You are a CS veteran!

As you have been a user since v3.1, may I ask you some Qs please?...

What CS version number do you currently have?

How many different versions have you bought over the years?

How many of those versions have had crashing problems?

Were the version updates helpful?

Many thanks in advance for your replies.

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Hello mfallon,

Yes, I have been a loyal Camtasia/ Snagit user for many years. I feel the present problem at TechSmith might be economic/management since their products are useful and sound, 

Let me bundle my replies: I buy Camtasia every other version because updates are not usually huge. 7 to 8 might have been a big deal,. I used the version 8 trial on Windows 8.1 (version 7 has issues on Windows 8) and it was satisfactory but did not astound. I will upgrade to version 9 when and if it arrives if they don't get into pricing gimmicks.

In my experience, Camtasia always crashes or has other problems when first released. I always wait until after the 2nd maintenance update before I buy the upgrade.

In my view, Camtasia 8 is outdated in terms of many of its file types, graphic features like transitions and so forth. The world has moved on over the last 3.5 to 4 years. Some of their transitions and call-outs were leading edge years ago, but are looking dated now. Others have addressed those failings on this forum, so I won't go further into them now. 

I have started using another product in the interim on Windows 8.1 (and W10) at this point. Should you buy Camtasia 9 after the second maintenance upgrade has been released?  Absolutely. I recommend it.  If the price is right.

Hope this helps. I am not a Camtasia "Champion" or anything, so this is just an objective grass-roots perspective from an experienced Camtasia user. 
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Many thanks for your reply - appreciated!
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Official Response
We just posed a roadmap for the next major release of Camtasia:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/techsmiths-camtasia-future-roadmap

Please post your comments in that thread.

-Glenn

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