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  1. 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…

    33 votes
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  2. Add an icon to adjust both dimensions of multidimensionnal properties at once in the timeline

    It would be very handy to be able to click and drag for both dimensions of multidimensionnal properties (or spatial properties only?) in the timeline (like positions), using both axis of the mouse.

    This could be done through an additionnal icon, to keep the current behaviour on individual axis (see screenshot example)

    In case the property has three dimensions, this icon could be used to adjust only X and Y.

    This would make it easier to work with layers while hiding layer handles, allowing us to quickly move the layers without selecting/clicking in the viewport.

    Working with hidden layer handles…

    25 votes
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  3. 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…

    9 votes
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  4. Label Colors for Keyframes

    Allow users to use the same label colors but for keyframes similar to markers. This would definitely be helpful for character animation to help organize different loops or cycles. Simply add a list to the context menu when right clicking on selected keyframes.

    455 votes
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  5. 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.

    355 votes
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  6. 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…

    93 votes
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  7. Don't Auto-Select the Expression Auto-Fill

    When you start typing an expression and the Auto Fill pops up it also Auto Selects it so when you just want to press enter to close the expression it actually auto-fills and closes it at the same time. This is rage inducing. (just sayin). Please don't auto select the auto fill.

    5 votes
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  8. “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

    298 votes
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  9. [BUG + FIX] Commands being removed from keyboard shortcut editor

    BUG: Occasionally unbinding commands with the in-app keyboard editor will remove the command as an option entirely from the keyboard editor for that specific .txt file. From my understanding, when this bug occurs, the command line in question is purged from the .txt file and therefore cannot be assigned in-app.

    FIX: Opening up another .txt without the missing command line, and copying and pasting it, in order, with all formatting considerations applied will bring the keybind back into the app.

    3 votes
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  10. Preserve UI Layouts

    One of the bigger frustrations I have with AE comes up when I open a project created by someone else, and the AE UI converts to THAT person's layout. I can think of 0 instances in which that would be of any use.

    I know I can go to Window->Workspace and call my saved layout back up, but why should I have to? Please change this behavior.

    6 votes
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  11. 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.

    169 votes
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  12. Display Render Progress in Windows Taskbar

    I'd love for AE to hook into the "in progress" API of its taskbar icon, like Chrome does with its downloads, so I can see the progress of my render without having to click back into AE!

    3 votes
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  13. Live Update in several viewers at the same time

    Nowadays, lots of softwares, even CG ones have this feature. Let's say I have two viewers, one with the general scene and next to it, another comp viwer with the character rig.

    It would be super useful that I can see changes in both viewers while dragging mouse, not only in the active view. This way workflow would be pretty much faster.

    7 votes
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  14. Dynamic Zoom on After effects ?

    have a dynamic zoom on After Effects, like on Illustrator or Photoshop ...

    5 votes
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  15. Image sequence frame rate prompt right on import, please.

    One of the most basic attributes of an image sequence is the frame rate, and sometime we import various fps - so it would be very helpful if this was prompted on importing image sequences...
    The default is 30fps but I (and I'm sure many more) use both 24fps and 30 or 60 frequently.
    I know this can be changed via interpret footage but it would save time to have the framerate prompt right away along with the alpha interpretation dialog box. Example mockup attached.
    Thanks

    3 votes
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  16. Button (or Search preset) that shows properties already in Essential Graphics

    While combing through the AE16.1 'Cloak-o-nut' AEP looking for magical wisdom, I wished for a list of properties already active in Essential Graphics. We need a button to show where those properties are coming from in the layers, or at least a preset in the comp Search menu. If there's already a way to do this, I haven't seen it.

    2 votes
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  17. Get rid of Adobe Media Encoder.

    It's funny how the subtitle for AME is "Quickly output video files for virtually any screen" because there is nothing "quick" about AME. It's slow and clunky and it feels like something from the pre internet age. If it works at all. My workflow for posting a fun daily animation is spend a couple hours animating and then spending the next two days troubleshooting how to get it out of the box. Seriously, I'm so glad that you added prores to AE but it's overkill if you just want to play your file. Just add back h.264 movs. You say…

    2 votes
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  18. 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.

    10 votes
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  19. expression pickwhipping a checkbox bug

    Using german version of AE:

    When pickwipping an expression to an
    "expression_control > checkbox"
    (in german "Kontrollkästchen"),

    the cursor is not at the end of the expression.

    2 votes
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  20. Give us 75% zoom level

    This was similar requested many times.

    Let's keep it easy for the beginning - not asking for

    - dynamic zoom like in Illustrator
    - or finer zoom control

    JUST add 75% zoom level.

    50% is so small, 100% cuts of the edges. 75% would be such a pleasure to work with!

    10 votes
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