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  1. 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?

    42 votes

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  2. 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.

    74 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.

    11 votes

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  4. 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.

    41 votes

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  5. 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…

    83 votes

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  6. 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!

    9 votes

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  7. 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.

    8 votes

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  8. 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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  9. Changeable UI font size

    To be able to change the UI font size.

    12 votes

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  10. Please bring back some way of profiling composition performance.

    I love the new multi-frame render, but on the way, the old data After Effects showed, where you could see on one frame, the heaviest effects and processes so you could optimize is gone. If you could bring it back, or better yet, have a way to assess performance of effects and layers in a visual way, that would be amazing. I mean this data:

    9 votes

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  11. BRING BACK THE TIMELINE BUTTON!!!

    When working with multiple windows, the timeline button is essential. Why Adobe decides to remove it without any workaround. What improvement?

    2 votes

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  12. Fix this! After effects 2021 can no longer read image sequences from network drives

    in the latest AE 2021 when trying to read image sequences from a network drive I get this error. This works fine in AE 2020, or if I copy the same sequence to a local drive. Must be a bug, so I hope Adobe can fix this or provide a solution.

    After Effects error: Can’t import as a sequence. Found no matches for the selected file name.

    ( 39 :: 44 )

    https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects/after-effects-error-can-t-import-as-a-sequence-found-no-matches-for-the-selected-file-name/m-p/10986538#M106354

    1 vote

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  13. "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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  14. Nicer Windows 10 system-toolbar frame

    Can we get same top frame of window system toolbar as Photoshop have? In one line and with customizable colors?

    7 votes

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  15. 3D preferences keep resetting after restarting application

    Every time I go to preferences to turn off 3D Camera Navigation Gizmos the checkbox is checked again the next time I restart After Effects. I'd rather keep the composition markers shortcuts on as my default. Changing my keyboard layout also does nothing as preferences seems to override keyboard layouts.

    AE Version 18.2.0 (Build 37)
    Windows 10 Pro Version 20H2
    Intel Xeon X5670 Dual 2.93GHz Processors
    128GB RAM
    NVIDIA GTX Titan X 12GB

    3 votes

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    Thank you for reporting this bug. I’m not experiencing this problem on my machine, so I’d like to explore this further with you. Can you please tell me:

    What languages are your OS and After Effects are running in?

    I’d like you to try resetting the preferences, and if that doesn’t solve the problem, I’d like to get copies of the preferences files in the before/after states. Please follow these instructions:

    1. In After Effects, open Preferences > General. Click the Reveal Preferences in Explorer button at the bottom. This will open the folder where the preferences files are.
    2. Quit After Effects.
    3. In the preferences folder, navigate up one level. This will be the Adobe/After Effects folder and you’ll see folders for each release of After Effects that you’ve used on this machine (18.0, 18.1, 18.2, etc.). Move (don’t copy, just move) the 18.2 folder to your desktop…

  16. 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.

    17 votes

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  17. Request: Shortcuts for Graph Editor Tools

    Please make all of the Graph Editor’s tools and context menus accessible via custom shortcuts. Make Speed Graph and Value Graph a toggle, so one can easily switch between them with the same command.

    9 votes

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  18. 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.

    4 votes

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  19. 3 votes

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  20. 1 vote

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