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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…

    50 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…

    27 votes
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  3. Dual-monitor setup now needs extra click when switching windows in 2020

    I am on AE 2020 on Mac OSX 10.13.6.
    I have a dual screen setup where my composition is on one monitor and my timeline is on another monitor. If I select a tool (like the mask tool) on the timeline monitor, I have to first click to 'activate' the composition window on the second monitor, and THEN start drawing a mask. I shouldn't need an extra click unless my switching between different software.

    I want there to not be a extra click to activate different parts of the same program. It messes up my work, when I don't realize…

    9 votes
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  4. 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…

    21 votes
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  5. Layer selection bug After Effects 2020 (v17.0) with dual monitors?

    My setup uses two monitors with the left monitor devoted to the timeline alone and my main monitor for the Project, Composition, etc. windows.

    In all previous versions of AE I could adjust something in the timeline on my left monitor, go to the comp window on the main monitor, then click, hold, and drag a layer to move it around.

    If I do the same thing in AE 2020 the selected layer will NOT drag on the first click. I have to click it once to "activate" that window (a blue outline appears) and then click and drag the…

    4 votes
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  6. Please add option to not load workspace on file, but rather stick to the one you are currently using.

    Opening old files or files from other designers always loads the workspace on the file, which in most cases doesn't match the current one, or simply isn't available.

    I've found that it is very rare that I want to use a different workspace than the one I am currently using when opening a file, so this behavior forces unneeded interaction and interruption to the workflow

    It would be ideal to have a general option to disable this behavior and instead ignore the workspace setting saved on the file.

    Thanks!

    6 votes
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  7. Allow for scripts to access After Effects Color picker

    Writing scripts for after effects is fun as well as frustrating, but scripts allow for the community to bring features to After effects to ease workflow processes.
    And I think adding the possibility to access After effects native color picker would open up a great amount of potentials for scripts.

    Currently we have to adress OS native color pickers which from my experience doesn't match colors with AE.

    9 votes
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  8. Possible bug with timecode override checkbox in a ProRes output module

    Bug Report:

    I suspect a bug in Quicktime Format options when setting custom start timecode (vs using timeline timecode).

    "Output Module Settings"> set to Quicktime ProRes422 > "Format Options">"Quicktime Options">"Set Start Timecode" checkbox and customize value.

    If you check the checkbox, customize the value, click "ok", reopen "Format Options" checkbox is unchecked and value default.

    This is on Windows 10 with AE v16.1.3 & v17.0.0.

    Please let me know if this is a reproducible bug, or if this setting is not expected to work with certain codecs, like ProRes422, as I'm testing it with.

    Thank you.

    4 votes
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  9. 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

    4 votes
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  10. 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.

    9 votes
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  11. 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.

    477 votes
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  12. Remove keybind restrictions

    Certain custom keyboard shortcuts cannot be customized. For example, I want to remap the Selection tool to the "A" key. After Effects does not allow this to happen.

    I am able to make this change in Premiere Pro and Photoshop, and would appreciate if the same can be done in After Effects by removing these restrictions.

    5 votes
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  13. 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…

    96 votes
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  14. 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.

    366 votes
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  15. 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.

    9 votes
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  16. Flip Comp size

    It would be nice, to have a button in the Compsettings,
    that switches the Composition Size from Landscape to Portrait.

    4 votes
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  17. “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

    303 votes
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  18. From the Home window > right click a project name > show in finder.

    While in the Home window, where it shows you all of your recent files that you have worked on.

    right click the file name, show project file in finder.

    that way it crashes, you can quickly navigate back to an autosave.

    3 votes
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  19. [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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