As part of our technical authoring service, we sometimes produce screencasts and web videos to go with our user guides. It’s not a service we’re promoting aggressively at the moment, but screencasting does work well for user help.

We’ve used both BBFlashBack and Camtasia Studio 7 in the past, and I’ve been on several excellent screencasting courses where I learned Camtasia Studio 7 pretty much inside out.

TechSmith have just announced that Camtasia Studio 8 is on the way, and promise that it’s “completely rebuilt”. I quite like the Windows version of Camtasia Studio as it is, so it will be interesting to see how the screencasting tool has changed and whether it’s worth us upgrading.

Personally I think the Mac version of Camtasia is more due an update: it seems very much like the runt of the litter, and it’s priced far lower than the Windows version which only backs this up. With browser-based screen capture becoming established, Camtasia for Mac could easily get left behind. I really hope TechSmith don’t neglect it.

Anyway, this blog post from TechSmith drops a few hints about the new Camtasia Studio 8 for Windows, but the video is lacking any technical information or screenshots sadly.

Camtasia Studio 8 is Coming Soon! (TechSmith)

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