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  1. Shift Forward Slash

    I SWEAR that if I was working in the Effects panel .. the Effects panel active ... I could press Shift Forward Slash to fit my comp viewer to All. Now I can't do that. In order to get Shift Forward Slash to work I have to activate the timeline panel or the comp viewer.

    I know this has to have worked in the past - I apparently have the muscle memory of using it when the Effects panel is active because I keep trying to invoke it and my "why isn't this working" frustration is fairly recent.

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    Hi Marc,

    Thanks for filing this bug. This is a known issue in After Effects 18.4. If the Composition or Timeline panel are not focused, keyboard shortcuts for zooming the active viewer panel do not work.

    This has been in fixed in After Effects Beta (v22.1). Please install the latest build to confirm the fix. Apologies for the disruption.

  2. AE 17.5 Alt key functions broken - switches to camera regardless of active tool

    Regardless of the tool used, holding the Alt key switches to the camera tool.

    Hoping this is a mistake - it makes zooming out (z, Alt-Click) or adjusting vector bezier curves (G, Alt-click) frustrating without the shortcuts.

    7 votes

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  3. Bug: Master Properties not displaying property name

    After updating to 17.1.4 everything in Master Properties on the timeline is now displaying as the property type (i.e. "Slider" or "Checkbox") instead of the correct name.

    macOS Catalina 10.15.6

    update: renaming the property in Essential Graphics will rename the property on the timeline (at least temporarily). However, when duplicating the layer, the duplicate will revert to displaying the property type.

    11 votes

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  4. Bring back the unified camera tool

    Why did you get rid of it in the first place??? We were used to it. It worked!

    You added all these nifty camera tools, like orbit around cursor or scene. Which would be fine. Except I want to change something and now it doesn't work the way I'm used to. Like using my center mouse button, which was super useful.

    So I have to spend time looking at your documentation. Which is TERRRIBLE by the way. It's super confusing and I don't understand which is the most like the old behavior.

    Stop breaking things we're used to even if…

    1 vote

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  5. Shift + a number key doesn't add a numbered comp marker

    Well, that shortcut does add numbered markers for numbers 4 through 0, but not numbers 1,2 or 3.
    I'm assuming it's a small bug.

    1 vote

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  6. Set Work Area from Selection

    I would like to set the Work Area to the In- and Outpoints of the current selection.
    That would be a huge timesaver.

    1 vote

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  7. revert keyboard shortcuts for working with masks

    Selection tool used to select all mask points with alt and add point with shift-alt, now you have to use the pen tool. why?

    1 vote

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    Thank you for filing this request.

    Please update to the latest version of After Effects. As of today, 11 January 2021, the current public version is 17.5.1.

    The October 2020 release of After Effects, version 17.5, did change the behavior of using the Option (macOS) or Alt (Windows) key to dynamically change the behavior of different tools. This was done to accommodate the improved 3D camera tools. In After Effects 17.5, when there are 3D layers present, holding Option/Alt while using any tool would switch to the Universal Camera Tool.

    This behavior can be disabled via a new option: Preferences > 3D > “Activate Option/Alt – Left/Middle/Right mouse click for camera navigation”. This is on by default, and disabling this will restore the previous behavior of tools when there are 3D layers in your comp.

    That said, the feedback we heard was that this new behavior in After Effects 17.5…

  8. COMP MARKERS 1-3 not working (no more jump to numbered comp marker)

    For some reason AE won't allow me to drop a numbered composition marker (shift+1) for the numbers 1-3. Also I can no longer use the numbered composition markers as shortcuts by pressing the number on my keyboard to "jump" to that marker. Is this a bug in the new AE?

    1 vote

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  9. Fix expression editing within graph view

    In both AE 17.0.0 and 17.0.2, I did not test it in 17.0.1. Using Win10 with a Ryzen 3700x and a GTX 1060 6gb

    When editing or writing expressions while in the graph view mode, it is hit or miss whether or not the new code will be commited.

    It was suggested by another user to use the 'enter' key on the numpad to commit changes, but this didn't work every time either, so it doesn't solve the problem.

    When editing expressions in the normal layer view everything works and saves/updates as it should. You just type out the code…

    12 votes

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  10. fix the timeline markers on OSX. they broke in cc 2021

    the timeline markers broke. I cannot place with CMD + 1, 2 ,3 and I cannot recall timeline markers with keys 1,2,3 anymore. I cannot bind new hotkeys to these either. please fix asap.

    1 vote

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  11. Bug: AE and AME Tool Panel UI color after update 17.5 (Win10)

    After updating AE (and AME) to 17.5 (on 10/20) for Windows 10, the tab area on the Tools panel is white at startup. References attached.

    Turning the Tools panel on/off (Ctrl+1) or un-docking and re-docking the Tools panel will revert the tab area back to the intended color.

    On the subject of bright white UI elements, bright white is extremely abrasive and distracting, especially for users working in AE day-to-day for 8+ hrs.

    Please, please, adjust the AE UI on Windows 10 so that the Menu for AE, AME, and PR respect Darker brightness settings for appearance, or, adopt the…

    1 vote

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    Thank you for filing this bug. We can confirm that this issue occurs. It has been fixed in the Beta builds of After Effects (17.5.1) and Adobe Media Encoder (14.5.1), and will be rolled into the public builds when those versions are released from beta. You can verify the fix now by installing After Effects Beta and Adobe Media Encoder Beta from the Creative Cloud desktop app.

  12. (BUG) Preview in after effects 2020 creates a "new" window.

    When i try to preview my scenes a "new" preview window appears and is "off center" and it plays in real time with out lagging. Sometimes that new "window" is not even visible (depens on how much you have zoomed into the scene) adn the original workspace area is just static. I hope my screenshots makes the matter more clear, since it is hard to explain in words. Also, sliding the current time indicatior manually works - Then the "real" preview window is showing what it should.

    Both screenshots is taken during preview. When preview is stopped everything looks normal

    2 votes

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  13. AE 17.0 ram preview is offset from the comp view

    The ram preview plays but is displayed about 200 pixels right and 200 pixels down in the comp window, you can see the current comp frame behind it. its cut off by the edge of the comp window

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  14. When throwing errors in expressions show the Error message on Windows properly

    Throwing Errors is very helpful when debugging expressions (see https://twitter.com/mamoworld/status/1101168951185289217 )
    However, currently on Windows the thrown error message is not shown in the status bar. On Mac this already works nicely.

    The reason seems to be some subtle differences of how exactly the banner messages are shown on Mac/Win (see https://twitter.com/1ResCreation/status/1117325915007016962)

    Please make Win behave the same as Mac for this and show the message directly in the status bar.

    4 votes

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  15. Bring back the link to opening finished renders in the Render Queue.

    Bring back the link to opening finished renders in the Render Queue. In earlier versions clicking the link would open the file's location. This would be the text generated in the "Output to" field.

    2 votes

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  16. Edit text from Photoshop file directly in After Effects

    It would be great if after importing a Photoshop file you could edit the text directly in After Effects. This is a feature you can already do in Premiere Pro but would be great if you could do it in After Effects as well.

    2 votes

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    Thank you for filing this request.

    This is already possible. In After Effects, you can convert a Photoshop text layer into an After Effects text layer: right-click on the layer in the Timeline panel, then choose Create > Convert to Editable Text.

    More information is here:
    https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/creating-editing-text-layers.html#convert_text_from_photoshop_to_editable_text

    If this functionality doesn’t meet your needs, please file a new request with more detail about how you’d like After Effects to behave with text in a PSD file.

  17. Selected Puppet Pins in 2019 aren't hilighted in the viewer

    In 2019, the position puppet pins and legacy pins do not display any differently in the viewer when selected. When the mouse button is held down to select one, it's possible to see which are selected, but once the mouse is released, the view looks as if none are selected.

    2 votes

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    Thank you for filing this request.

    A change to the appearance of selected puppet pins was made in the October 2018 release of After Effects CC (version 16.0). Please see Joy’s comment on this page about the new appearance with the dot, and how to increase the size of the dot via the Path Point and Handle Size preference.

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