Interface is Slow and Laggy
Please stop everything that you're doing with the development of new bells and whistles and doodads and put all your resources and firepower into resolving the years-old issue of the Slow and Laggy Interface in After Effects. Seriously. It's been YEARS. I kept thinking, "ah, they'll fix it soon.." and hope for the best and I end up feeling like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football every time a new update for After Effects comes out. "Maybe they fixed it!" And it's still not fixed.
When I contact Support I'm told, "the issue that you are facing is a known issue and the same has been highlighted to the designated team who are working on getting the issue fixed in the future releases," but it has yet to be fixed.
Old After Effects was FASTER on OLDER laptops - I have been on modern workstation-build DESKTOPS that are slower in response. Makes me not want to work in After Effects. I feel bad for those starting out in motion graphics in 2020 and this is what they are introduced to.
SpaceX put two astronauts on the space station. Surely we can get a butter smooth interface in After Effects.
adam singer commented
Honestly, I have been using after effects for 20 years and I hate it more than ever, with each passing year. I'm at the point where I use it only as a last resort and I can not WAIT until a decent competitor comes to market, and I will happily say goodbye to AE forever. The fact that this program has had almost no real development in over a decade tells one all they need to know about Adobe's management. I feel bad for the developers. For the love of God, please bring this program into the 21st century already. It just seems to get worse and slower with every update.
Christopher Jeffries commented
Oh look! I built a new workstation! (Specs: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Cx/saved/gWRk99 )
What's amazing: Cinebench scores are fantastic! Lowest rendering time (quickest!) of the many years I've been running the AE Total Benchmark scene! Everything else I run other than AE is much improved!
What's not amazing: AE previews are still slow and the UI is laggy. And there's seemingly nothing I can do about it.
PugetBench results: Overall score of 1156. (The School of Motion article listed in the response from Victoria Nece shows a score of 985.)
CPU-Z benchmark results: 16336 (multi thread) / 499 (single thread)
I am beyond frustrated at the state of this application. It is, without hyperbole, the greatest pain point in my professional life.