Review: Camtasia For Apple Mac

If you’re a tech writer who uses Apple Mac products, you’ll be delighted to hear that Techsmith have released Camtasia for Mac. This release comes with some lovely features and is a welcome addition to my suite of technical writing tools.

Before I forget, you can also get Snagit for Mac for FREE on the site also.

Camtasia for Mac 1.2.0

Some of the key features are:

Recording

  • Recordings with screen video and microphone audio have improved consistency in audio duration

Editing

  • Add markers to the timeline
  • Generate a table of contents from markers on the timeline
  • Automatically generate a table of contents from Keynote and PowerPoint slide titles
  • Import caption data from SAMI files
  • Manually caption videos within a project
  • Import content from Camtasia Relay* for editing

Production

  • Share videos with table of contents to Screencast.com, Camtasia Relay*, and locally
  • Share videos with closed captioning to Screencast.com, Camtasia Relay*, YouTube, and locally
  • Share videos with open captioning in common video formats
  • Search for slide content from Keynote and PowerPoint after sharing to Screencast.com and Camtasia Relay*
  • Export captions into a SAMI file

Searchable Video

Camtasia for Mac also produce videos in Flash or sends them to Screencast.com. You can do a quick search of any word found in captions or displayed on a slide in the presentation.

Automatic Table of Contents

One of the nice touches is that Camtasia for Mac can automatically generate a table of contents from any video project you have, giving viewers an easy way to navigate through your videos.

This lets you add video markers manually in any project, or automatically based on PowerPoint and Keynote titles.

Do Tech Writers Use Macs?

As someone who’s started to use a Mac recently, I’ve been a little surprised at how few other tech writers use Macs.

Maybe I haven’t tried hard enough.

How many tech writers do you know who use Macs?

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Acceptance Test Plan

Contingency Plan

Software Development Templates

Acquisition Plan

Conversion Plan

Software Requirements Specification

Action Plan

Cost Benefit Analysis

Software Testing

API Documentation

Database Design

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Audience Analysis

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Availability Plan

Deployment Plan

System Administration Guide

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Design Document

System Boundary

Business Case

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System Design Document

Business Continuity

Disposition Plan

System Specifications

Business Plan

Documentation Plan

Technical Writing Templates

Business Process

Employee Handbook

Test Plan

Business Requirements

Error Message Guide

Training Plan

Business Rules

Expression of Interest

Transition Plan

Capacity Plan

Fact Sheet

Troubleshooting Guide

Case Study

Feasibility Study

Use Case

Change Management Plan

Functional Requirements

User Guide

Communication Plan

Grant Proposal

Verification and Validation Plan

Concept of Operations

Implementation Plan

White Papers

Concept Proposal

Installation Plan

Work Instructions

Configuration Management Plan

Interface Control Document

Software Development Templates

Acceptance Test Plan

Maintenance Plan

Software Requirements Specification

Acquisition Plan

Market Research

Software Testing

Action Plan

Marketing Plan

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

API Documentation

Needs Statement

Statement of Work

Audience Analysis

Operations Guide

System Administration Guide

Availability Plan

Policy Manual

System Boundary

Bill of Materials

Project Plan

System Design Document

Business Case

Proposal Manager Templates

System Specifications

Business Continuity

Proposal Template

Technical Writing Templates

Business Plan

Quality Assurance Plan

Test Plan

Business Process

Release Notes

Training Plan

Business Requirements

Request for Proposal

Transition Plan

Business Rules

Risk Management Plan

Troubleshooting Guide

Capacity Plan

Scope of Work

Use Case

Case Study

Security Plan

User Guide

Change Management Plan

Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Verification and Validation Plan

Communication Plan

Setup Guide

White Papers

Concept of Operations

Social Media Policy

Work Instructions

Concept Proposal

Contingency Plan

 

Configuration Management Plan

Conversion Plan