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  1. Open pre-comps as Folders / Groups in the timeline

    Folders and groups are the same concept—as the already existing "Pre-comp". The thought behind the "Pre-comp" is to “group” a set of layers. Rather than reinventing the wheel and making After Effects more complicated with added new features like groups and folders, we can improve the functionality of the "Pre-comp".

    Here is a demonstration of how that would work: https://vimeo.com/137312858

    Suggested Shortcuts:

    / = Split Timeline to show pre-comp. Only works when comps are selected.

    535 votes

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  2. “option” + drag to duplicate keyframes and layers

    In a lot of Adobe programs, you can hold "option" (on mac) and drag a shape or layer to duplicate it. Except for AE, this is however a very fast and interactive way to duplicate something that could even be applied to effects, keyframes, etc.

    Here is a demo video of how this would work: https://vimeo.com/137401276

    444 votes

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  3. 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.

    297 votes

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  4. Workspace Import/Export/Sync Options

    Allow workspaces to be easily imported/exported/synced without the need to manually copy/paste workspace.xml files from the preferences folder every time a new machine or install is used.

    206 votes

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  5. smooth zooming via mouse

    Instead of jumping in intervals when zooming, I'd very much prefer a smooth means of zooming to go along with the smooth panning we have. Its one of the experience pleasantries I have with other apps and wish it were in AE as well.

    Its nice for when dealing with details. Roto, checking key edges, etc.

    164 votes

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  6. Scroll Past End - Vertical & Horizontal

    Allow users to scroll past the end of the timeline - vertically. Right now you can only scroll as far as the last layer but if a timeline window is huge its a pain to only look at the bottom of the timeline to adjust your last layers.

    Also, allow users to scroll past the beginning and end of the timeline - horizontally. Use negative timecode or different colors to indicate the beginning and end. Especially with character animation, it would be immensely helpful to slide layers past the beginning of the timeline, say 00:00:00:00, but still be able to…

    136 votes

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  7. Separate Dimensions on Scale Property

    Allow the separation of dimensions for the Scale transform control. Just like Position does currently.

    128 votes

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  8. Expression Console

    Is there any way we can get a Chrome-like console for expressions? After a certain point, with a complex expression it becomes really hard to test for bugs as you have to basically run the same code on a text layer or some other property and rewrite the code just to get some sort of output for variables. Being able to have a console would be excellent (especially to inspect objects), but a great stopgap would be the ability to post a value to the info palette, like we can with scripting.

    Expressions were already important, and with Master Properties…

    115 votes

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  9. Parent Layers in Time

    The ability to have layers dynamically connect and interact with each other in the layers panel would tremendously increase productivity and save artists clicks. Specifically, the ability to lock layers in time with each other, parent layer in and out points. This would work really well in situations where you need to split a layer to get one part of it on top of the stack, but when you need to adjust it's in/out points afterward, you don't need to do it for each split that you've created.

    A video example can be found here: https://vimeo.com/136890745

    114 votes

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  10. 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?

    113 votes

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  11. 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…

    95 votes

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  12. Allow overscroll in the timeline panel

    Currently the timeline panel stops vertically scrolling when the lowest layer reaches the bottom of the panel.

    I'd like to suggest adding an option / preference to allow 'overscroll' in the timeline panel so that the lowest layer can be viewed above the bottom of the panel.

    The primary reason for the request is that it gets a bit fiddly working on the lowest layers, and having the extra working space would make it more comfortable to interact with them.

    In practice this could be very similar to the 'overscroll' option in Photoshop preferences (Preferences > Tools > Overscroll).

    A…

    93 votes

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  13. Colorama color panel update please !?!?!?

    Colorama is so powerful; but the color picker suck.
    Just use the same picker as the rest of the Program, PLEASE.

    Why this color picker from the 80's, for a such a great effect?

    Also, we should be able to see live update in the composition panel

    89 votes

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  14. Update the way AE handles alphabetizing in the Project Window

    Currently there is an unexpected behavior with how AE alphabetizes items in the project window. The addition of a character after numbers changes the order in a way that makes organization and renaming a challenge and sometimes a complete pain.
    Example:
    04-
    01
    02
    Above the dash will bring the 04- to the top. I'm told this is because numbers at the end are counted as numerals, but as soon as you add a non-number character after a number that number because a regular character. This seems to mean context plays a part in a character's value.

    I would like…

    88 votes

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  15. Add smart guides, snapping & guides like in Illustrator

    Illustrator has done it right.
    - dragging guides out of the rulers is easy
    - guides snap and show relations via smart guides
    - guides can be selected and moves via the keyboard & the position value can be easily adjusted in pixels
    - smart guides help when positioning and resizing layers
    - snapping helps to change the origin for the ruler
    - elements snap to guides

    Its also an Abobe tool, so please copy this behaviour over. In comparison illustrator feels like a very old, outdated software, even though you obviously know how to do it right.

    Cheers

    74 votes

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  16. copy paste keyframes of multiple layers at the same time

    in Ae, you can't copy/paste properties of different layers at the same time, it will intuitively duplicate your layers as a result.

    you can do this using scripts:
    https://aescripts.com/paste-multiple-keyframes/
    https://conigs.com/tools/key-cloner/

    this should be native.

    70 votes

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  17. Copy plugins and scripts to a newer AfterEffects version when I update

    Whenever I update my Adobe applications I would like them to look in the script and plugin folders and copy them over to the newer Aftereffects scripts and plugin folder. If you want this to a creative cloud where in as the product is syncing everything at the least sync the old plugins and the scripts to the newer Aftereffects. Even if there are places where the plugins and scripts might break but I at the least I will know and contact the developers about it.

    68 votes

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  18. Edit/finishing timeline within After Effects.

    I've use AE as a finishing tool for about 10 years and have finished thousands of commercials within in it with clients in the room. It has the potential to be a world class finishing system up there with Flame/Smoke/Nuke Studio. All it needs is an option for a new non-linear timeline much like what is found in Premiere and that plays back from disk as I mentioned here https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911311-after-effects/suggestions/35022373-disk-playback-instead-of-ram I see this as an addition to the layered timeline, not to replace it. It wouldn't need a ton of edit features just so long as we can drop traditional…

    54 votes

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  19. 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.

    49 votes

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  20. Pin Layer like "freeze row" works in a spreadsheet, to keep it at the top or bottom/always visible

    I would like to be able to "Freeze" a layer in the composition panel, similar to how freeze rows works in spreadsheets, where it essentially "pins" the row to the top or bottom of the document. Or in this case, it would stay at the top or bottom of the comp window. Everything else continues to scroll normally "beneath" it.

    This would be a massive help for those projects many layers deep but you need to routinely focus on one or more particular layers while moving up and down though other layers and properties.

    It would also be a big…

    49 votes

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