Stop After Effects (and other Adobe apps) Focus Stealing on Windows
When triggering any process that requires some time to calculate in After Effects, After Effects jumps into the OS foreground the moment it completes the process. This interrupts email typing mid-sentence, it interrupts drawing in other apps, and it's driving me mad. This happens on launch of AE and other Adobe apps too. Here's how it happens:
Alt+Tab to Chrome and start replying to an email while AE loads.
Be mid-sentence and BAM! AE takes the focus.
Start Auto-Tracing a layer in AE
Dialogue indicates 55 seconds remaining
Make use of that time and do something productive elsewhere.
BAM! AE in your face!
What makes it even worse is that this focus stealing bypasses the Windows Alt+Tab app switching history.
Auto-Trace a layer in AE
Check something in PP while AE is busy.
Alt+Tab to Chrome and start replying to an email
BAM! AE in your biz!
Alt+Tab once to get back to Chrome
BAM! Premiere Pro say hi instead!
This is not an issue in Mac, I recently switched over to Windows and this is killing my productivity. Pleeeeeease let AE stop jumping at me every time it finished a task. A simple audible ping in the background would suffice, or an OS notification like Blender does.
(Coincidentally, AE stole focus while I was typing this.)
L. M. Morone commented
This bug is absolutely infuriating.
AE steals focus when:
1. It finishes opening;
2. It is closing. More than once;
3. It auto-saves;
4. It finishes any process;
5. It starts rendering;
6. It stops rendering;
7. It is doing apparently nothing at all. Sometimes it just switches back to AE with no apparent trigger whatsoever.
Always bypassing Alt Tab history. I have mouse buttons that perform different functions according to what program I'm using, and it bypasses that as well. Absolutely maddening.
Till Markull commented
Its unbelievable how much this kills my patience while working. Make this a checkbox in the general settings!
System Administrator commented
This kills my effictiviness by nearly 800%!
PLEEASE stop this Focus Change!!!!!
Michael Demetriou commented
Not sure if this is a bug or a windows issue...
But if I'm rendering something in the background in After Effects while Im using Premiere or Photoshop etc.. When AE has finished rendering it pops up, then I have to minimise it to get back to Premiere.
This is very frustrating esp if Im cutting or watching something etc.. or rotoscoping in photoshop etc.. Why does it have to take focus? Can't it finish rendering, play the sound and stay in the background?
Corey Dimond commented
Why does a program that has 99% of the market share have to be so heavily kludged together? I’ve heard they have a very small Dev team. Why is that? And they keep coming out with “new” versions. They could clearly update their interface and trim a lot of fat and get rid of a lot of really bad legacy decisions such as focus stealing. That audio issue that f*cks up RAM preview. And update all of the effects so we don’t have to use 3rd party plugins. Why do I need to use trapcode? Why isn’t there a chroma or decent motion blur? Or depth blur? Or film grain that doesn’t take forever to render? Why does the collapse transforms button do so much stuff? Sometimes I want transforms to work and still use my effects. How about adding h264 back to the render queue? Why even have all of the basic effects that have been in AE for 25 years without updating them? Len flare? Glow? All of that needs to be updated. You have the money Adobe.
the dudes commented
It's not just Windows. This is clearly a matter of programming. I don't have this annoyance with other software. Just Adobe stuff. It's a joke that they're claiming to be at the helm of UX.
Corey Dimond commented
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.
Martin Ritter commented
I also find this very annoying - but this is rather a bad user experience with Windows, than a issue with Adobe apps.
Windows should not give focus to anything automatically.