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  1. ACTUALLY LET US MAKE A DIRECT COMPLAINT

    How about instead of making us VOTE for features we want you to repair. You take the money we give you every month and fix the problems. No broken feature should require a popularity contest to get fixed. It's pathetic.

    23 votes

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  2. Lock Workspace

    I think it would be useful to borrow the Lock Workspace feature from Photoshop for After Effects, esp with the wide use of so many scripts and CEP panels in many workflows. I accidentally pull off tabs or slide them around in my day-to-day use of AE, esp since I’m using a Wacom pen most of the time.

    I’m sure there’s some wrinkles to consider, esp when switching Workspaces while locked - do you prompt with a pop-up or automatically switch it?

    58 votes

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  3. an indicator to show which expression engine is in use

    Currently there is no way to tell what expression engine is in use, without opening up the prefs to check. Using the legacy expressions engine causes annoying expressions errors, that can be hard to debug if you don't realise that the legacy expressions engine is running.
    An indicator (or switch) in the UI, maybe as part of the expressions editor would be helpful.

    21 votes

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  4. autosave/save in background

    Waiting for up to two minutes and having After Effects locked while saving is quite frustrating. Illustrator, Premiere and Photoshop all enable a user to save while working. I'd really appreciate this being added to AE.

    85 votes

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  5. Return UI to customize markers

    I would like to bring the old user interface for markers back to the new version of After Effects.

    9 votes

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  6. No more ugly splash screens please.

    Whe we launch After Effects, it could be great if the splash screen would be:

    • Beautiful
    • Inspiring
    • In relation with After Effects, somehow.

    We're not just users, we're also artists, and our environment is very important to our creativity, we're always looking for new stuff, for inspiration.

    46 votes

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  7. Sub-composition doesn't render on screen

    This is a bug:
    Create a new project.
    Create a new comp 1920x1080 (main).
    Create another comp 128x128 (small), draw a red rectangle on it. You'll see the path, but not the red rectangle!
    Place "small" onto "main". In "main" you can see the red rectangle. But if you open "small", you still see nothing.
    If you change the width of "small" comp to 593 or more, you see the red rectangle on screen. If the width is 592 or less, you see nothing.

    2 votes

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  8. keyframes valuechange

    please indicate if there is a valuechange between keyframes.

    If there is no value change, use a dashed line.
    If there is a change, use a solid line.

    6 votes

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  9. Flip Flop After Effects!

    Please change the effects “Flip” and “Flop” to Horizontal Flip and Vertical Flip! It seems very unnecessary and strange that they are called that and should match Premiere/the rest of the industry! PLEASE!

    11 votes

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  10. Changeable UI font size

    To be able to change the UI font size.

    15 votes

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  11. Output Folder render token

    The render token for automated naming of the output file are great. Please add "Output Folder" as an option.

    2 votes

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  12. Revert the icons to the multi-colored versions!

    This is an Adobe CC wide issue but AE is where I notice it the most.

    Please revert the icons to the multi-colored versions! It makes no sense to make them the same color when the "themes" break down beyond video and photo use. I used the colors to quickly locate the software I needed to open, now I have a taskbar full of purple and have to squint to tell which letters I am clicking on.

    It seems like a very poor design choice that was likely made by the boardroom, not the creative team, and I beg you…

    86 votes

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  13. Toggle to switch between using property index or property name as default when pickwhipping

    When pickwhipping an effect while holding Alt/Option, After Effects refers to the property by index, eg. ("Slider Control")(1), instead of by property name, eg. ("Slider Control")("Slider").

    I often use this, as I deal with clients in multiple languages, and the property index reference is more robust in this case. I would appreciate a toggle in Preferences to switch this behaviour so that using property index is the default for pickwhipping (no modifier keys needed), and property name is used when holding Alt/Option.

    3 votes

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  14. Return from the Dark Side

    I have a real problem:
    Dark user interface triggers my horrible migraine.

    Latest Photoshops fortunately have restored
    the option to change UI light.

    I suggest that the same would be done to After Effects.

    I physically can't use it now but I know that also a lot of
    other artists find lighter UI more relaxing to the eyes.

    9 votes

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  15. let me change the language easily

    I want to change the language easily. Even I've done to change it, It go back to first option what I don't want after new updating. It makes me annoying

    3 votes

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  16. "Dropdown Menu Control Effect" disappearing from the Essential Graphic Window

    BUG:

    When I edit a property of a "Dropdown Menu Control Effect" (Adding or removing a Name), it disappears from the Essential Graphic Window, I have to drop it back again and re-input the name it was given. (same issue for AE 2021 and AE Beta)

    If we can fix this it would be great. With Love

    1 vote

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  17. Cant make the Layer switches pane smaller if i use the german version of after effects

    If you use the german language there is a huge empty space, which can not be close, when the parenting switches are draged to the left.
    This causes that the useable timeline space is much smaller in the german version, than in the english version.

    The example picture shows the settings for the minimal widht for the english and german version. It shows that the empty space in the german version (marked red) is completly useless and i think everybody would enjoy it, if there would be a way to get rid of it.

    7 votes

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  18. User Preset Bug - 3rd Party Effect not saving settings unless paired with another effect

    Interesting bug:

    When trying to save a preset for the Video Copilot 3rd party plugin "Saber" (yes, I know, I'm basic), I can save easily using the "Create new animation preset" under the effects & presets box, but when I do, none of my settings are actually saved.

    HOWEVER, I found a workaround. If I also have another effect, say "Levels" to make my animation preset include two effects, not just the one 3rd party effect, then it DOES save the actual parameters for both effects.

    And yes, trying to save just "Levels" by itself also saves the parameters.

    Thanks,…

    1 vote

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  19. Have certain windows like project as sidebar. Icons to toggle windows on and off

    Instead of having the project window taking up space or other windows, have a icon that is clicked so the window can be toggled. It could even just be the project and effects window as an icon

    1 vote

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  20. After Effects 17.5 Separate 3D Gizmo and the Bounding Box in the 'Handles' option for 'View Options'

    We often use Cyclops in order to create behind the scenes breakdowns of our shots. However with the new 3D Gizmo, it's not possible to show bounding boxes of different layers without also having a giant brightly colored 3D Gizmo on every layer as well.

    Behind the Scenes footage is a backbone of our studio workflow, so it's a bummer that we won't be able to update and utilize the 3D tools while this is a thing.

    At the very least maybe have options for Gizmo size/opacity, something to make it less in your face.

    20 votes

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