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  1. Make expressions independent from app language

    Since effects have different names in different languages (eg "slider control") expressions often throw errors if they were created on an installation with a different language than your own installation.

    As an example:
    Expressions I once created when I had AE set to German threw a bunch of errors when I loaded the project up after I changed the language to English, because the effect "slider control" is named differently in German.

    This should not happen ... expressions should always work no matter the set language

    18 votes
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  2. Move/Nudge by 1 full pixel at any zoom level (as a preference option)

    Instead of moving half a pixel at 200% zoom level, 1/4 at 400%, etc. Have the option to always move 1 full pixel. A lot of people are animating interfaces these days and you just want to make things pixel perfect. The current work flow is horrible with always zooming back to 100% or drag the postion values to move elements.

    18 votes
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  3. Dual-monitor setup now needs extra click when switching windows in 2020

    I am on AE 2020 on Mac OSX 10.13.6.
    I have a dual screen setup where my composition is on one monitor and my timeline is on another monitor. If I select a tool (like the mask tool) on the timeline monitor, I have to first click to 'activate' the composition window on the second monitor, and THEN start drawing a mask. I shouldn't need an extra click unless my switching between different software.

    I want there to not be a extra click to activate different parts of the same program. It messes up my work, when I don't realize…

    17 votes
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  4. Improve UI - Viewport, panels and share Workspaces

    It's still a pain to manage workspaces on After Effects, more if you only have one monitor (mine is a full hd ultrawide).

    It would be amazing to lock the size and position of the viewport and other panels, so you could arrange your panels and not mess your workspace by chance. (Doesn't happen to you that sometimes you have two viewports, and when you close one, all your panels shrinks and moves and you have to rearrange them again?)

    With this feature, you could have only one viewport, where you can place more than one composition preview and manage…

    16 votes
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  5. Selection Tool with disableable scaling

    Selecting and translating objects in the viewport gets very frustrating with small assets because the resize handles become impossible to avoid. I would love it if the moving and scaling weren't always merged into the same tool. A size toggling button in the toolbar could allow users to disable scaling in the viewport and speed up their workflow greatly.

    16 votes
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  6. Pin Timeline Tabs

    I would love to be able to Pin/Lock a composition tab so no matter how many tabs are in my timeline window, I can easily switch to my main comp because it will be pinned to the far left of that panel - the same way you can pin tabs in web browsers...

    16 votes
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  7. 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.

    15 votes
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  8. Assignable Keyboard shortcuts CC BB DD etc...

    Love UU. Love EE. Quick easy and no playing twister with your keyboard. What's easier than double tapping a key. Why not make double tapping assignable? Triple tapping? Too easy and logical to ignore.

    15 votes
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  9. short key to reveal shape layer path

    short key to reveal shape layer path, or even all the options into the effect panel!!! sick of toggling arrows in the shape layers

    15 votes
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  10. Please make scroll to zoom (especially in the Comp window) dependent on a modifier key.

    If holding a modifier key to zoom in the Comp window were an option, using the Apple Magic Mouse in After Effects would not be such a maddening experience. Also, you could use the same modifier key+mouse scrolling to zoom in and out in the Timeline window. Maybe holding Z while scrolling? Since Z switches to the zoom tool, that would make more sense than having it just default to zooming in and out of the comp window. I want to keep the scrolling feature of the mouse for menus, so disabling scrolling in the mouse preferences is not an…

    15 votes
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  11. make after effects on ios and andriod

    make it available to ios and andriod users and make after effects user friendly.

    15 votes
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  12. Lock a Layer in the Composition Viewer, but not the Timeline

    Currently, adjustment layers that cover the whole screen must be locked in order to access on layers below them when using the Viewer. This is sometimes frustrating to continually lock/unlock adjustment layers to make adjustments to their effects/properties.

    If a layer could be locked in the Viewer only, it would allow much faster editing of adjustment layers while also maintaining accessibility for all other layer below them.

    This could also serve as a way to lock footage layers which the user wants to always remain in place, preventing accidental position shifts when dragging other items in the Viewer.

    Suggested implementation:…

    15 votes
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  13. Please add option to not load workspace on file, but rather stick to the one you are currently using.

    Opening old files or files from other designers always loads the workspace on the file, which in most cases doesn't match the current one, or simply isn't available.

    I've found that it is very rare that I want to use a different workspace than the one I am currently using when opening a file, so this behavior forces unneeded interaction and interruption to the workflow

    It would be ideal to have a general option to disable this behavior and instead ignore the workspace setting saved on the file.

    Thanks!

    14 votes
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  14. Expression Editing Window

    I just really want a separate Expression panel, like the effects panel, where I can write expressions, and see what I'm writing without having to resize the text box on the timeline every time.

    Don't really care about coloured text or any of that other functionality. Just a simple text box.

    14 votes
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  15. Close Tabs To The Right

    Borrow the wonderful little Close Tabs To The Right option from Chrome (and add a "To The Left" option) and add it to the Timeline Panel menu.

    When working with deeply nested comps, it would be really handy to close a bunch of comps to the right (or left) of the currently open comp. Close Other Timeline Panels isn't always the best option to clear out the tabs you want shut.

    14 votes
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  16. Diagonal Guides

    It would be amazing to have a native way to make diagonal guides in the Composition Window. Perhaps if you click the corner of the Ruler and then have a way to enter/edit specific rotation angles?

    14 votes
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  18. Enable UI scaling.

    Adobe Illustrator added a UI Scaling slider that allows people to scale the UI. Adobe Photoshop has a UI font size selector, and a checkbox to scale the rest of the UI accordingly. Even though I have 20/20 vision, I use these in both programs since I use a large, high resolution monitor and my face is a few feet away from the screen. I'd love to see something like this in After Effects, as I find myself straining to find things. (A light UI instead of dark would help contrast as well, but I'll create a separate request for…

    13 votes
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  19. Shortcuts to twirl and untwirl layers

    As explained in this video from 2:26 to 5:00
    https://youtu.be/5UOfQc1TKaY?t=123

    We need THREE shortcuts in total:
    1. Twirl DOWN the current layer under the cursor
    2. Twirl UP the current layer under the cursor
    (For both of those, you should be able to simply hold the key down while moving the cursor across the timeline, instantly closing all layers the cursor touches.)


    1. TOGGLE the twirl status of the timeline layer under the cursor.
      (This shortcut would probably need to be pressed each time it is used.) It is extremely important that this NOT be the only shortcut for twirling. We…
    13 votes
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  20. Add "Arrow" shape primitive

    Can you, please, add new shape parametric primitive object called "Arrow"?
    So many times I need so many arrows in infographic project, and all this times I do it manualy by expressions wipe between rectangle and triangle.

    13 votes
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