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Your Newsletter EditorWelcome to summer!

Here in Michigan we know summer is upon us when we start, seeing more orange barrels on the roads than cars. The construction season can be annoying, but the warmer weather, road trips, and campfires help take away the sting of a longer daily commute.

Summer is a great time to get started on all of those outdoor projects you may have been putting off all spring. The good news is we're here to help! Snagit can help you gather your ideas, organize them, and even see how they look. Whether you want to put in a new fence, plant a garden, or simply add some new patio furniture, we've got you covered. Take a few minutes to watch this video and see how Snagit can help you visualize your next summer project.

If you have any suggestions or ideas about how you're using TechSmith products this summer make sure to let us know. You can always get a hold of us at

I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and are having a great opening month of the summer season!

Justin Simon
Newsletter Editor | @TechSmith | contact support

New Release: Camtasia Studio 8.1

Camtasia Studio 8.1 ReleaseCamtasia Studio 8.1 is here! And if you already own Camtasia Studio 8, this is a free upgrade for you.

We're looking forward to hearing what users like you will say when they get their hands on the latest version. If you think Camtasia Studio 8 couldn't be better, be assured that Camtasia Studio 8.1 offers you even more.

So, What's New?
To start, we listened closely to the feedback we were getting from Camtasia Studio 8 users. We then worked like mad to fix all the things they didn't like.

User feedback is essential to making a great product even better, so thanks for your comments and requests. Next, we wanted to give you more options when editing. So, we added a handful of new and easy-to-use editing tools.

Remove a Color
You can now use TechSmith's Remove a Color feature to superimpose yourself into your videos making it appear as though you're right in the action. Also known as chroma key or the green screen effect, Remove a Color helps you create more professional videos without having to be a video pro.

Crop, Stitch, and Copy
Use the crop tool to show your viewers exactly what you want them to see and nothing you don't. Stitch clips together to avoid having to reapply visual effects multiple times. And finally, copy an effect to quickly apply it to numerous clips – saving you time and improving your editing workflow.

On a Version Prior to Camtasia Studio 8?
When you upgrade to the current version of Camtasia Studio, you'll receive not only the newest features, but also all the great features included in Camtasia Studio 8. Take Camtasia Studio 8.1 on a test drive with our free trial, or upgrade to the latest version now and let us know how it goes!

And as always, if you have questions or want to give us some feedback, we're all ears at our feedback site.

Upgrade to Camtasia Studio 8.1 »

Training Sessions: Camtasia Boot Camp

Camtasia Boot CampWith a new release of Camtasia, there's no better time than now to get some hands-on training. Daniel Park, author of "Camtasia Studio 8 – The Definitive Guide" will be hosting multiple Camtasia training sessions in July!

Whether you are just getting started with Camtasia or are looking to expand your knowledge with advanced topics, these boot camp classes will help you build your screencasting chops.

For a detailed breakdown of the itinerary, or to register, please visit the dappertext website.

Register Now »

Education News: TechSmith at ISTE 2013

Snagit StampsAs we mentioned last month, one of our favorite events to attend each year is the ISTE conference. This year the TechSmith crew is heading to San Antonio to participate in ISTE 2013, and we'd love to see you there!

You can visit us from June 23-26 at the TechSmith booth #10226 for hands-on learning, presentations from educators, and to talk one-on-one about using technology to inspire students, improve learning and enhance faculty development in your district. Plus, by stopping by our booth, you'll have the opportunity to enter our raffle to win $200 in classroom supplies and your own copy of Snagit and Camtasia.

In the weeks leading up to the event, we've been sharing presenter profiles to help you get better acquainted with the people who will be presenting at the TechSmith booth. Be sure to subscribe so that you don't miss any updates, and make sure to check out our archives for past profiles if you're just now joining us.

Read Presenter Profiles »

Pack Your Sleeping Bag: Come to TechSmith for ScreencastCamp 2013!

ScreencastCamp 2012Mark your calendars for our third ScreencastCamp on August 2 – 4, 2013! Once again, we're having it at our TechSmith offices in the lovely Lansing, Michigan area.

We've currently filled the 100 spots available for ScreencastCamp, but we've opened a wait list. If you register you'll be added to the wait list and notified if a spot opens up. We also hope to offer live streaming from at least one room during the event, and recordings from as many sessions as we can.

What's ScreencastCamp?
I know some of you are wondering, "What in the world is this ScreencastCamp thing?" ScreencastCamp is a gathering of screencasters and visual communication aficionados wanting to network, learn, and collaborate on the art of screencasting.

ScreencastCamp is an un-conference that follows the BarCamp model. It means you, the participants, pick, lead, and share your knowledge in sessions, discussions, and demos. The program is not set beforehand. It's created the first day by the attendees in an open learning environment. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

Here are the important details about ScreencastCamp:

  • When: August 2 – 4, 2013
  • Where: TechSmith Headquarters in Okemos, Michigan. You'll also have access to TechSmith's studio and sound room.
  • Cost: The event is free, but we do need you to register here*. TechSmith will provide food, beverages, wifi, and fun.
  • Who: You! ScreencastCamp is for screencasters with years of experience or those just getting started. TechSmith trainers, developers, video staff, and evangelists will be onsite and sharing their knowledge too.
  • Travel: Find travel information here.
  • Social: Stay up to date with all the news on our blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
  • Introduce yourself and propose some topics you'd like to lead or learn about on our wiki.
  • Hashtag: #screencastcamp

Learn More About ScreencastCamp »


Blog Post: 5 Tips for Planning Your Big Move with Snagit

Snagit StampsSo you're in the midst of planning your big move and you suddenly realize it's a much more overwhelming process than you originally anticipated. You need a way to research different apartments and houses, plan out floor plans, and collaborate all of these things with the important people in your life. Thankfully, Snagit can help you out.

Use Snagit to:

  1. Compare Housing
  2. Plan Your Layout
  3. Collaborate
  4. And more...

Get Started
If you'd like to learn more about how to use Snagit to plan your next big move, check out our blog post.

Fun Stuff: New Snagit Stamps

Snagit StampsOur wonderful designers were back at it again this month to create two new Snagit stamps sets for you. You can download them for free, and see how you can incorporate them into your next project!

Use Snagit stamps to annotate your graphics or videos. Our wide variety of stamps let you make the most of your Snagit projects.

New Snagit Stamps for June
This month, we've got two new stamp sets for you: Blueprints and Sketches. And we'd love to see all of the ways you've used your recently downloaded stamps!

Download Snagit Stamps »

User Story: Flipped Physical Education

Shauna HedgepathThe flipped classroom is a buzzword that has been aggressively circulating throughout the education community over the past couple years. Teachers in many subjects, including math, science, and foreign languages are all using technology to switch up the way students learn.

One area that has been seemingly missed, however has been physical education (PE). Well, that's until Judson Sickler, a sixth grade PE teacher from California, started impacting his classes with technology.

Judson creates lessons ranging from line dancing to tumbling, and everything in between. And by assigning videos for his students to watch before the lesson, they come to class prepared and ready to partake in activities.

Read Judson's Story »

Like this story? Share yours! We're ready and waiting.

Ask TechSmith: Send Us Your Questions!

Ask TechSmith ImageIf you haven't visited yet, our feedback website allows you to ask questions publicly to get the help you need, while helping others. Asking your questions this way allows you to get feedback from TechSmith staff and users like you and even engage in helpful conversation.

So, check it out and ask away! You never know what you might learn just by browsing the site, someone may have already asked/answered your question. But if not, TechSmith will be there to help you as soon as possible.

Have a Question? Ask Us! »


Top Blog Posts: Get Up-to-date!

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Download some new stamps for Snagit or a new theme for Camtasia.

Snagit 11: 10 Great Tips and Tricks for Creating Great Images (41 shares)
Download a short, illustrated PDF containing 10 tips and tricks for improving your images.

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Snagit Tutorial: Easily Document a Process

Snagit ImageIf you've ever had to create process documentation, you probably know how time-consuming it can be. But did you know that using Snagit video can save you tons of time when trying to get the perfect image?

First, use video capture to record the entire process up front. Then, play it back to figure out what screenshots you need.

Once you're done, use the Capture Frame feature in the Editor to snag the screenshots. Then, start building your documentation!

Watch the Video »

Have a tutorial idea? Let us know!

Camtasia Studio Tutorial: Remove a Color

Camtasia Studio ImageNew in Camtasia Studio 8.1, Remove a Color (also known as green screen effect or chroma key) is a great editing tool that helps engage your viewers.

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how the Remove a Color effect can be useful for you, how to shoot in front of a green screen, how to add and tweak the effect of Remove a Color in the Camtasia Studio Editor, and some tips for when removing a color.

Watch this tutorial to start using this professional, yet easy-to-use, effect in your future videos.

Watch the Video »

Have a tutorial idea? Let us know!

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