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  1. SERIOUS BUG REPORT: Missing Plug-ins Continues in 17.1.4!!!

    I posted after upgrading to 17.1.3 that every time I opened Ae, I got a list of missing plug-ins (see attached). The help guy kind of fixed it by sticking a plug-ins folder on my Desktop (which is not an elegant solution.)
    I updated to 17.1.4 earlier expecting the issue to be solved but it's still happening and is now ignoring the work around as well (so back to square 1). The 'missing' plug-ins are actually there, in the correct address string, but Ae isn't recognising them for some reason.
    I see from the community, I am not the only…

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  2. Guides need improvement

    The guides at the moment are horrible (granted I don't use them much for most of my work but on the job I have at the moment they are proving quite critical for making accurate masks on shape layers. The three pixel width lines are truly horrible and just make them look like a blurred line. Please just revert back to standard 1 pixel width lines - that is fairly essential for accurately placing them against objects on a visual. Or, if that is an problem for retina screens (which I'm thinking may be the reason they are like they…

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  3. Widget Bar for section

    Adding a Widget Sidebar for the right section so we don't need to change our workspace to find more space on the screen which seems to be an issue with After Effects. If you can click a button to activate or de activate a sidebar or create customisable sections, it solves the issue of not having to go the menu to change workspaces, open tabs etc.

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  5. Bug: Master Properties not displaying property name

    After updating to 17.1.4 everything in Master Properties on the timeline is now displaying as the property type (i.e. "Slider" or "Checkbox") instead of the correct name.

    macOS Catalina 10.15.6

    update: renaming the property in Essential Graphics will rename the property on the timeline (at least temporarily). However, when duplicating the layer, the duplicate will revert to displaying the property type.

    2 votes
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  6. Keyboard Shortcut to move selected assets out of folder in the Project Panel

    It would be great to be able to hit a keyboard shortcut to move selected assets within a folder outside of that folder in the Project Panel.
    When there are a lot of folders, precomps and assets moving items out of folders into the main level simply dragging the items out of folders becomes cumbersome.
    I have a habit of dragging items into the PP from finder/explorer and half the time it ends up in a folder it isn't supposed to so this would be a simple quality of life shortcut.

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  7. Eye safety while loading AE UI!!!

    Dear Adobe. Please care about our eyes!
    While starting AE, before the UI is fully loaded, the window represents a full-screen area of pure white light for a few seconds. With bigger monitors in a dimmed environment this really hurts users' eyes. Please choose dark color for this. Thank you

    2 votes
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  8. Please, Stop stealing focus.

    Seriously, it’s embarrassing. There is zero benefit of After effects stealing focus. Why? Please, stop it. It makes no sense. Y’all ignore my tweets about it. It drives me nuts. No App should ever steal focus. Take some pride in your products. Thank you. I can’t believe I have to tell you this.

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  9. Quantize rotation amounts in the new 3D space tools

    Instead of having the rotation amounts quantize to 45 degrees, have them quantize the 5 degrees. Also using shift+move should quantize to 100 or 10 increments instead of 'fast'

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  10. Context Menu in Wrong Location

    The context menu when right clicking menus with dropdowns is in the wrong location on 17.1.3

    I have 3 monitors, but I'm not sure if this would change the outcome. Right clicking on my first monitor (what the gif is) is a few hundred pixels off, but if the window is on my rightmost monitor, the context menu appears all the way to the right of the screen.

    17.1.3 on Windows 10 1909

    edit: Seems to only affect shape layers, everything between Contents and Transform: Shape controls

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  11. After Effects preferences file isn't updated when Keyboard Layout Preset is changed

    In After Effects 17.1.3, if you change the Keyboard Layout Preset in Keyboard Shortcuts, the preferences file isn't written to until the next time After Effects saves to files because of another trigger.

    Annoyingly, triggering the script app.preferences.saveToDisk(); also doesn't force the "Shortcut File Location" preference to update either, requiring you to execute:

    var path = app.preferences.getPrefAsString('General Section', 'Shortcut File Location', PREFType.PREFTypeMACHINESPECIFIC);
    app.preferences.savePrefAsString('General Section', 'Shortcut File Location', path, PREFType.PREF
    TypeMACHINESPECIFIC);
    app.preferences.saveToDisk();

    I would hope/expect the "Shortcut File Location" preferences field to be updated as soon as you change the Keyboard Layout Preset in the Keyboard Shortcuts panel.

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  12. Switching from "pt" to "en" removes the numpad UI in Keyboard Shortcuts

    As of After Effects 17.1.3 on macOS, if you switch from "en", to "pt" to "en", the numerical pad will disappear from the Keyboard Shortcuts UI requiring you to close and re-open the Keyboard Shortcuts panel for it to re-appear.

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  13. Some commands in Keyboard Shortcuts don't have "human readable" label

    The following items that exist in the Keyboard Shortcuts preferences file, do not have a "human readable" label within the "Keyboard Shortcuts" interface on macOS running After Effects 17.1.3.

    ClearMask, CompToggleMaskFeathersNewKF, CompToggleMaskShapesNewKF, CompTwirlAnchorPointNewKF, CompTwirlAudioNewKF, CompTwirlOpacityNewKF, CompTwirlPositionNewKF, CompTwirlRotationNewKF, CompTwirlScaleNewKF, TwirlPreserveSolo, TwirlPreserveSoloExplode, PreviewNumpad0NFrames, VOutPushFrame, WriteKeybindingsFile, WriteStringFile, WriteVersionFile, WriteVersionFileExtra, ZoomInResize, ZoomNoScroll, ZoomOutResize, BestQualityRecurse, CloseAll, CustResNoDialogRecurse, DebugDroverCreateNewTab, DraftQualityRecurse, FindNext, HighResolutionRecurse, LowResolutionRecurse, MedResolutionRecurse, MemoryModeToggle, NewDebugComp, OpenEffectControls, OpenKeyboardShortcutsPanel, RecentScript00, SwitchTo3DViewFirst,WireframeQualityRecurse, XFactorPreview, XFactorPreviewMisc, XFactorPreviewStop, TwirlPreserveSolo, TwirlPreserveSoloExplode, ClearWithoutWarning, MacSysMenuHideMe

    The following commands also have two many spaces in the label:

    Set Paint Flow to 90%
    Set Paint Opacity to 10%

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  14. New layers created in Illustrated, unable to import to after affects

    I've run into this issue a few times now when working with After Effects and Illustrator. I have an illustrator file, with one artboard, and then several different layers. As I animate in AE I'll create new graphics in illustrator and put them on a new layer. Normally when I import that Ai file as footage and then choose to select a layer, I can pick the layer I want, but for some reason the new layers I just created don't show up. The only way I have found to fix this is to rename my illustrator file, and then…

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  15. Public BETA Mask and Shape Cursor Indicators: Please add a keyboard shortcut to switch between “Tool creates Shapes/Masks”

    It would be great if users could change the behavior to create shapes or masks with the pen or shape tools selected on the fly with a keyboard shortcut instead of moving the cursor up to the tool bar. Maybe with the ALT/OPT key as a modifier. Thank you!

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  16. Can we have a tag next to effects to rate how much processing power the effect will use?

    There isn't a clear or intuitive way to figure out how taxing specific effects may be (lens blurs are a big surprise for all my younger editors). As well as what components certain effects stress out the most. When working on larger projects the heavier effects might go unnoticed but as the composition gets more complex it quickly stacks and slows down significantly, and by then it's too late to rework your comp without such effects.

    I have a couple suggestions to alleviate this problem:


    1. In the effects and presets window, have icons and a rating system for each effects…

    2 votes
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  17. ability to scale the duration of a subcomp by dragging the end like any layer in main comp

    ability to scale the duration of a subcomp by dragging the end like any other layer in main comp

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  18. better keyframe data display

    some idea for better keyframe data display:
    • select and see values / velocity / etc in a palette and be able to change in that palette.
    • keyframe color labels
    • connected value keyframes, so of 4 values, you can link the middle two (like a fade up and down for example)
    • 3 vertical sizes of keyframes in timeline, kind of like changing size of track height in premiere. the taller setting could show ghosted velocity or graph chart of value behind keyframes.
    • locked or grouped keyframes, grab one and all of them will shift the same…

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  19. add 'Compositing Options' to main Effect Controls palette

    The Compositing Options for every effect is a really great addition, but why is it still buried in the timeline? It should be in the effects controls palette, at the very least hidden under a dropdown box or button to reveal. Or have a whoIe new palette to access this. I understand this will make the effects controls palette a little more cluttered, but I think its worth it for this functionality. thanks

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  20. Empty Tab Space

    Sometimes a large, empty space will open up in the tab bar. It's not clickable and not associated with any of the tabs open. Closing and reopening all the tabs seems to help, but it's annoying because it takes up space and we shouldn't have to close everything only to have to reopen. Here's a screen grab showing the issue.

    Marc

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