With Camtasia 9 is there just one version for Mac and Windows?

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I have looked at all the marketing information and I don't see a straight answer to this. It does say that projects can be transferred between Mac and Windows System requirements show that for Mac and Windows.

Is it Camtasia now fully cross platform? If I upgrade Camtasia 8 to the new version can I run it on my PC or my Mac with the same license?
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Paul Irvine

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Simple answer is yes. Identical software.
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It is not quite that simple.  There is still a Windows version (9.0) and a Mac version (3.0) of Camtasia, and they are very similar, but not identical.  There is a single license, so if you buy the latest version, you could use it on a PC at work and on a Mac at home.  Any project you create on one platform can be opened and edited on the other platform.

The look and feel of the application is very similar, but their are differences.  Some of the differences are just because one is a Windows application and the other is a Mac application, but there are other significant differences.  For example the export options are very different looking on the two platforms, the UI for grouping is different, and the Mac version does not yet have a library.

Any project created with one can be opened by the other, but there are some features that are not fully supported across platforms.  For example the Mac version has a Mask effect that is not supported by the Windows version.  The project will open, and can be edited, but the mask will not render in the Windows version.  All the commonly used features are fully supported on both platforms, and we hope to fix the remaining parity issues in the future.

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I am glad you guys finally did this.  I wish more companies would do the same.  It just makes it easier for the end user to not have to worry about buying two licenses of the same app and still run it on either their PC or Mac with a single license.

For me, I use a MacBook when I am on the go and a PC at home, for gaming mostly, but don't tell anyone.  :)

Also, it might be good if this fact was made more clear on the sales page, so the potential buyer doesn't have to dig too deep to find it.

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For more information on this, you can see this help topic:


This explains the Cross Platform workflow in more detail and talks about the features that are still different.

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Good information...thanks for posting Kelly.
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Kim Celinder

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Thanks for the link, will any of those Visual effects that only is on Mac now also come to the Windows version?
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It should probably be noted that the license is only cross platform when purchased from Techsmith. Ie, don't buy this on your mac from the mac 'app store' as that store is controlled by apple and purchases there only include the mac version.
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For App Store users, you can get a Camtasia Windows key by calling TechSmith Customer Support (517-381-2300 x636) with proof of purchase (like a screenshot of an App Store receipt). 
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I would like to use the screenDraw functionality of the recorder included in the windows version , but I cannot find it in the Mac version of Camtasia 3.  For me this is  an essential tool  for video tutorials. Having to use a third party just slows down my Mac.