Why getting: "project created in an earlier version..." "project must be converted"??

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I just worked on a file yesterday and now when I try to open it (on the same machine - and no I didn't upgrade between now and then) I'm getting: "project created in an earlier version..." "project must be converted"??

So when I click "no", nothing opens. And when I click "yes" it opens a blank project and creates a backup that when I try to open gives me the same message. I closed the program. Restarted my computer and I get the same results.

Now I'm afraid to open any other project for fear it will do this with them as well. How can I open my project?
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what version of Camtasia are you using?
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8.6
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thanks

try this ...

make a copy of the project file

open the copy with a text editor [I use free Notepad++]; you can open with regular Notepad but you'll first need to change the file extension to .txt

near the top of the text file is a value for the Camtasia version; if it says "8.0", set it to "7.0"

if appropriate, change the file extension back to the original project file extension [.camproj]

try to load the [edited] project again; it should prompt you regarding the conversion; just proceed [you're just using a copy of your project file]

does it load/convert this time?
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Hi Kayakman,

I got the same error. I worked on the project a few days ago and today I received the same notification. Camtasia version is 8.6.0.
I tried to follow your guide, but in Notepad++ I see only one line with the text [NUL][NUL] and so on...

What should I do in this case?
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this is what the top few lines of a Camtasia 8 project file look like ...

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<Project_Data Version="8.00">
<Project_Settings>
<ProfileName></ProfileName>
<ProjectWidth>1920</ProjectWidth>
<ProjectHeight>1040</ProjectHeight>
<IsCustomProject>1</IsCustomProject>
<SavedProjectSettings>1</SavedProjectSettings>
<LastFlashTemplate>-1</LastFlashTemplate>
</Project_Settings>

maybe post the text you are seeing?
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If I open the real project via Notepad++, I see the line as on the screenshot 1.
But when I click in Camtasia Yes,Campasia creates a new empty project and if I open this new project with Notepad++, I can see the right lines (screenshot 2).
Unfortunately, if I change version 8 to 7 in this new project, this will not help restore the project, it is still empty.
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your 2nd screenshot shows what looks like a normal .camproj file

HOWEVER ... both x,y dimensions are shown at "0" ???

do you know the original project dimensions?

if so, try setting those values, save, and try again ?

I've not seen this before; do these tests with a copy of the project file