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  1. AE CC 2019 Remove or Move Home Button in Toolbar

    In AE CC 2019, please remove or move the new Home Button in the toolbar.

    It's in the same place that the Selection Tool used to be. Having used AE for many years, I'm used to clicking that spot automatically.

    I'm not sure why the Home Button is the first tool in the toolbar now. I'll never use the Home Screen to access projects or create new ones.

    If the Home Button needs to be in AE somewhere, please move it out of the toolbar.

    195 votes
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      70 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      328 votes
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        13 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        258 votes
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          15 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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…

          62 votes
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            11 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • “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

            227 votes
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              5 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              131 votes
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                9 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve the expressions panel with basic scripting UI

                Revamp or make the AE Expression panel look more like scripting in e.g. Atom or Eclipse - with color-coding, auto-suggest, numbered lines, larger text size. Look to the plugin "Expressionist".

                165 votes
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                  19 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add composition's contextual menu “Reveal layer source in project panel” to customizable shortcuts.

                  The new shortcut editor is great, but actions only accessible as contextual actions inside the composition panel are unavailable in the shortcut editors.

                  It would be great to be able to add shortcut to those. Especially since 15.1 added a new level of context to “Reveal layer source in project panel”.

                  147 votes
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                    15 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    49 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      41 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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…

                        89 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          40 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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

                            80 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make guides and rulers snap to whole pixels.

                              Rulers and guides that snap to whole pixel values when being dragged into place. Additionally adding a function that can adjust these rulers and guides to specific values.
                              Eg. If I want to now, I can't place a ruler exactly on 400pixels on the x axis, I can only drag the ruler to a rough guess.

                              67 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Move protected areas inside mogrt

                                I love the way responsive time has been implemented inside after effects. It's efficient and practical. Especially since, in Premiere Pro, I cannot visualize the protected areas.

                                But one thing I'm missing in Ae would be the ability to drag the protected areas around so that I could sync a transition to the right keyframe/image/sound.

                                I built a small prototype in Xd, but the auto-animations don't work yet on the web. So you've got a video too :)

                                https://xd.adobe.com/view/655b20d0-0f78-4f01-545e-8a42f1312d48-136a/

                                7 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • auto save during inactivity

                                  It would be great if auto-save had to option to save when x minutes of inactivity have occurred. Setting it to save every 20 minutes or so just interrupts workflow and always seems to happen at the most annoying moment.

                                  31 votes
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                                  • Separate Dimensions on Scale Property

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

                                    59 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Just for fun. Or for some analytics. How about add some statistics to project?

                                      It's very interesting sometimes to know how giant you project.
                                      Like in MS Word, you can see quantity of pages, lines, words, characters.
                                      Add entry to File menu "Project statistics", and it's shows something like:
                                      ___________________
                                      You project contain 32 comps,
                                      64 solids, 98 sequences, 32 images,
                                      512 layers,
                                      128 expressions,
                                      8192 key frames.
                                      ... effects
                                      ... texts
                                      ... shapes.
                                      _______________

                                      I interested in key frames number especially, really wanna know how much key frames in my large and old fifty MB project.

                                      4 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • phantom time indicator

                                        When I select a layer and hit "i" or "o," there is a phantom time indicator that appears there, but the physical one stays where it was. I've attached a picture of what it looks like. Thanks.

                                        3 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for filing this bug report.

                                          To investigate this, it would be most helpful if you could send us a project file that demonstrates the issue. My suspicion is that this only happens when the layers are in a specific state.

                                          Post a link to your files here, or if you prefer not to post publicly you can send it to aebugs@adobe.com. (If you send to that address: A) Do not send .zip files, they will be blocked; renaming to .thisisazipfile is OK. B) Post a comment here when you have sent the email. I need to manually check that inbox.)

                                        • Master Properties Enhancements

                                          Master Properties are excellent. I have a couple of suggestions for now that might make things a lot easier to set them up. Hopefully this isn't already on here. It's kind of hard to find specific things like this on here.

                                          First, can we get some sort of UI element to add an element to Essential Graphics using the name we've already name a property? For example, say I have a Slider Control that I've named Amplitude. Maybe there's just a right click menu option to add that slider to Essential Graphics and the name is automatically linked so that…

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