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    TechSmith Fuse eases iOS to Mac/PC media transfers


    Users of TechSmith's screen capture and recording applications like Snagit, Camtasia, and TechSmith Relay have always had a dilemma when trying to capture media from iOS devices. For example, while creating some of our recent TUAW Video Reviews, it was necessary to use a third-party app (DeskConnect) to transfer video clips and screen shots one at a time from an iPad to an iMac, then drag those files into Camtasia for video creation. A new and free iOS app, TechSmith Fuse, now makes it possible to send media directly from iOS devices to newly-updated versions of SnagIt, Camtasia and TechSmith Relay.

    A recent update to Camtasia and the other apps added a new menu item called "Connect Mobile Device." With TechSmith Fuse running on an iPhone or iPad, you link to the desktop device by invoking that menu item and then pointing the app at a QR barcode on the screen. Literally as fast as you can get the iOS device camera pointed at the computer screen, you're set up and ready to go.

    While I've had problems using DeskConnect to move videos over about two to three minutes long from iPad to iMac (it has a tendency to crash on files that large), there were no such issues with TechSmith Fuse. You simply go into a facsimile of your Photo Library, select the items you wish to move to the TechSmith apps on your Mac or PC, and then select the app you're sending it to. You can also capture video or photos directly from TechSmith Fuse.

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    Files are sent over Wi-Fi and while it's not exactly speedy, you can be assured that the files are going to arrive in your favorite TechSmith app ready for editing. And unlike DeskConnect, which requires that I send the files one by one, I'm able to queue up a lot of video and photos and move them to Camtasia in one quick action.

    TechSmith Fuse is Universal, requires iOS 7.0 or later, and is optimized for iPhone 5.

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