Why removing functionality in a new release? (CS7 -> CS8)

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Camtasia Studio 8: Features removed and/or lacking

I've been playing around with Camtasia Studio 8 trial version (8.0.4 Build 1060) for a couple of hours now and quite frankly, I'm a disappointed. Some of the features I use a lot in CS7 seem to have gone lost.

1) Where have the title clips gone?

I know, I read the forum and I know I can still achieve the same result, but far less convenient in my opinion. I have to perform much more manual operations to get the same result.

2) Where have the edit boxes for callout dimensions gone?

I want to be able to set the dimensions of a callout manually, to be sure about its exact dimension. Scale is not the same as dimension.

Imagine I place a round rect callout with some text in it, in order to make the text fit, I need to resize the callout.
Then I place another callout with different text in it and I want that to be equally large and at the same position.
I used to be able to enter the dimensions manually, now I cannot anymore, I now have to resize them on sight, dragging the handles: far less convenient.

When starting to work with CS7, I submitted a request for more ways to "manually tinker" with items on the time line, like e.g. entering a starting time for a callout (http://gsfn.us/t/2ka0e). Instead adding more of this functionality, it gets removed... :(

3) Animated callouts, why is that implemented only partly?

I was so looking forward to using these. But my very first attempt with it was rather disappointing. I created a rounded rectangle with some text in it, which I wanted to grow from a dot in the center of the screen to its final size. The rectangle animates perfectly, but where's my text gone? I can move them around with text, fade them with text, but why not scale them, with text?

OK, not all is disappointing, there are some useful new things added too, like:
- multiple video tracks
- callouts spanning more than one video clip
- grouping

But, I'm not sure yet whether CS8 is an improvement over CS7 or not...
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Hey Erik,

Great questions. I'm going to merge this topic with a similar one.