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  1. Add a 'slow parent' option similar to Blender's where the motion of a layer can be bound to the motion of another layer.

    I am trying to add a moveable highlight to Blank's eyes, and it's absurdly difficult; IWBNI there were something like the 'slow parent' constraint in Blender's where I could marry the motion of the highlight directly to the motion of the pupils, but at some multiple of their speed...

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  2. Giving support to SWF files from Adobe Animate / Flash.

    What if Character Animator had support to SWF files?

    It could have all the pinning options and a toogle for Capturing keypresses from only the swf, or from only the CA interface or from both.

    through AS3 codes, every limitation that CA has would disapear.

    Adobe after effects already supports importing and distorting SWF files,
    but it can't read AS3 codes.

    Please guys, this can allow us to do big things with CA.

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  3. Recursive Swap Sets

    At present, Character Animator (v3.4) supports Swap Sets that enable users to select a single layer to be visible within a layer group.

    For example, say you want to create multiple pre-drawn facial expressions for your puppet, "Normal" and "Sad". In each expression, you want to be able to change the eyebrows, eyelids and entire mouth swap set.

    How would a user achieve this with a simple puppet structure like the following?

    +Head
        +Eyebrow Left
        +Eyebrow Right
        Eye Left
            Eyelids Left
            +Pupil Left
            Eyeball Left
        Eye Right
            Eyelids Right
            +Pupil Right
            Eyeball Right
        Nose
        Mouth
            Neutral
            Smile
            Surprised
            M
            ...
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  4. Ability to remove all tags from a layer or group

    It is often useful to un-tag a layer, or a number of selected layers, en-masse.

    This is helpful when layer naming triggers auto-tagging in error, or if multiple tags have been applied by the user in error.

    A simple right-click->"Clear All Tags" in the Puppet Panel would do the trick.

    If a single layer is selected, clear all tags from that layer.

    If multiple layers are selected, all tags should be removed from all selected layers.

    If a group is selected, all layers and groups contained in the group should have their tags cleared.

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  5. Ability to flag layer as "ignored" with prefix

    Character Animator currently supports flagging a layer as independent by prefixing it with a '+' character.

    I would like to suggest a new prefix (suggest '~') that tells Character Animator to ignore layers and groups while importing / updating artwork.

    I often have layers and groups in my artwork file (psd or ai) that I want to keep for editing purposes (a color palette layer is one example), but do not want them "seen" by Character Animator.

    As it stands, Character Animator searches all layers for auto-tagging and behaviour inclusion, and I have no way to control this process.

    That…

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  6. Prevent Head Movements from effecting the body and arm movements

    When the head moves, the body and arms move also.
    We should be able to move the head without the arms shaking or moving also. It does not look right. The Head should move independently of the body or at least have the choice to keep the body, arms and legs still when the head moves.

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  7. May we have negative movement for a nutcracker jaw

    It would be useful to have negatice setting for the nutcracker jaw to animate for example an upper jaw or mouth as seen here:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/character-animator/how-to-animate-a-hand-drawn-animal/m-p/11405659?page=1

    Thanks

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  8. Enhanced Display of Rigging: show/hide tags, behaviors, by filter(e.g. handles w/tags)

    I am constantly fighting with the rigging UX so many things that should be just simple and easy, are difficult. Compounded with the fact that tags often overlay pins it can be very frustrating.

    1) Ability to turn on/off the display of tags/behaviors so that I can see only handles or sticks.
    I draw the rig in illustrator in a sepearate hierarchy so I can trace over it, manipulate it etc, and most importantly MIRROR it! much easier to do that way than manually trying to implement the sticks and handles in all the right places. I also color code…

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  9. Blendshapes for Limbs

    I come from a 3D background and for rirgging whenever we have a shape that bends in an undesirable shape we create blendshapes, which is a shape that morphs from one shape to another when the control moves toward that particular problem area.

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  10. where is the limb IK tool??? i have the last version, but i only see the old arm IK.

    where is the limb IK tool??? i have the last version, but i only see the old arm IK.

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  11. Auto-merge Triggers

    I have 2 different swap sets of hand poses, namely the right hand and the left hand. Both swap groups has the same hand poses. However I would like to have it in one trigger swap set, instead of two. I can do this by creating swap set of, as example, the right hand, then manually move individual hand poses from the left hand group to the right hand swap set. It's a lot of work. Is it possible just to create for both hand groups its own swap set, then in the trigger panel, I drag either hand swap…

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  12. Precise Rigging

    I'm kinda perfectionist, so here we go.

    I would love it to have Character Animator has more control in Stick and Handle. Like the length of the stick, the rotation, and position. I want a precise and even position and rotation of the stick, for example, on both hands. And so the handle position too. I want it to be precisely positioned for both right and left arm.

    Who else with me fellow perfectionist?:D

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  13. Swap Set / Layer Picker flow between intermediaries

    Please enable a feature on layer picker or swap sets where it works just like a swap set, but it also plays the layers between each trigger to arrive at the new held frame.

    So if I had a group with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 in it, If I pressed 5, it would play 1,2,3,4,5 and hold on 5 (if latched for example) then if I hit 7, it would play 6,7 and hold on 7. Then if I hit 2, it would play 6,5,4,3,2 and hold on 2 etc.

    If there was a default layer, then if a trigger wasn’t latched it…

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  14. Cycle through swap set with one trigger

    Can we just use the default swap set shortcut (first one in the list) and cycle through each swap set if others haven't been assigned. That would be a quick implementation right?

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  15. Fixing the problem

    No ridding and fix

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  16. Chainable independent objects

    I love to be able to have an independent Hand connect to an independent forearm to an independent upper arm. etc.

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  17. Idea for mouth movements in Lip Sync function

    Presently the mouth shapes for "ah" and "oh" are inserted as still frames as determined by the speech file.

    How about we have intermediate frames for these mouth shapes? Like the transition from "ah" to "oh" could have just a few frames of transitionary shapes between these two (which we could upload ourselves). The program could then insert these transitionary phases in automatically depending on the order of the shapes. It would be very easy for the program to do this.

    It would make the whole thing look so much smoother, and if it worked, I think would be an…

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  18. Illustrator symbols

    Currently layers that contain Illustrator symbols are not parsed correctly in Character Animator showing only one instance and recognising the layer name.

    It's useful to be able to include Illustrator symbols to avoid creating and editing multiple times the same artwork (e.g. eyes, pupils, eyebrows, etc.).

    I hope this is considered as a compatibility feature request and gets added to the backlog.

    Best

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  19. Preset Behaviors

    A set of basic behaviors likely to be used repeatedly...

    Bounce
    Rotate
    Jiggle (with some kind of randomization)

    With parameters like duration, speed, randomization, ease in/out...etc

    ...All I can think of at the moment but I'm sure there's more ones likely to be used repeatedly.

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