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  1. Being able to copy ALL parameters from one puppet and apply it to another

    It would be great if you could copy and paste all rigging and other parameters from one puppet to another. Say you're creating minions, each slightly different looking from the others, but largely the same. Hours could be saved if you didn't have to rig each.

    And if there were then a couple of issues that needed to be adjusted due to the unique properties of one (say he's only got one eye), that would still be much quicker.

    Martin

    4 votes
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  2. Support rigs for quadrupods, birds, snakes, fish and things with more than four legs.

    Hello, it would be grew to if CA would support models of various kinds of creatures along with their movements:
    quadrupods, birds, snakes and fish

    Thanks,
    Rajnesh

    26 votes
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  3. Rigging and animating less complicated, please!

    Rigging is much too complicated. I'd like to have handle bars or slider in order to move the marionette, I'd like to fix the head on the neck and to have the neck squeezing while the head stays in it's form, I'd like to hang arms to the body like in AE, I'd like to animate walk cycles instead of capturing something by the camera, I'd like to squash and sqeeze by mouse.

    1 vote
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  4. 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…

    1 vote
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  5. 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

    1 vote
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  6. Dragger's return to rest is acting strange since 2.0 update

    since the 2.0 update Ive been having a weird bug with dragger arms attached by hinges and how to interact when set to return to rest.

    Before the update, they would return to the default position that was set in the Photoshop file. But after the update, the arm straightens out facing in the direction that the dragger has been moved in and after the duration set under return to rest it will immediately snap back to the default position.

    This does not only happen on my original puppets but it also happens on the stock puppets as well (I…

    8 votes
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  7. 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.

    1 vote
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  8. A true skeletal system

    I'd like to see a true bone system implemented instead of trying to derive a structure from points that can be scattered in different parts of the puppet. Consolidating all the hinge points to a single layer will make editing and debugging a puppet much easier and straightforward.

    11 votes
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  9. Allow Replays to be Unaffected by Independence Changes

    While adjusting settings in my newest puppet I discovered that replays are affected by the dependence/independence settings of the puppet.

    For example, the replays of my puppet were recorded while the torso was set as independent. Once I changed the torso to dependent, the replays became erratic and the arm positions were completely messed up. Almost all of the replays need to re-recorded. Adjusting other settings like the attach style and dependence/independence of other groups did not resolve the issue.

    Please:
    1. Include this in the documentation and info about Character Animator. The current details imply that replays are "set…

    2 votes
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  10. "joysticks and sliders" like option in character animator!

    this would be a game changer for CH. something like this after effect script: https://aescripts.com/joysticks-n-sliders/#

    for controlling facial expression non-live, maybe even the rigging system can improve the live option, this really gives a 3d illustion to 2d animations, and it seems pretty simple in after effects.

    7 votes
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  11. More mouth constants. "Th", "K", "P", "Ch", etc.

    Complex mouths look pretty bad when synced to audio, and it becomes very noticeable that some sounds don't have proper lip pronunciations such as "Th", "Z", "K", "P", and "Wh".

    Getting the 12 essentials would be a massive improvement and allow for more complex designs.

    6 votes
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  12. Support for Rear and 3/4 views

    Hello,

    It would be great if CA would support Rear and 3/4 views of characters along with walk and run cycles for movement.

    Thanks,
    Rajnesh

    3 votes
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  13. Walk Behaviour: Add hip sway walk behaviour & walk forward behaviour like Wonder boy

    Hi,
    1. As most of my characters are woman, I'd love to be able to give them a hip sway to their walk behaviour.
    2. Would be great if you can have a Walk Front behaviour like Wonder Boy. Also include a hip sway with this behaviour.
    Thanks

    7 votes
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    For #1, the just-released Version 2.0 has support for separate Left/Right Hip tags and a Hip Sway parameter in the Walk behavior that can move the handles to simulate hip sway, more so for quarter-drawn characters. See this tutorial for more information: youtube.com/watch?v=b1GLkNVVEGk

  14. Getting dangle and collision effects to work together.

    To have objects that dangle be able to collide properly with other objects when they dangle. At the current time the object just appears to be dangling but actually stays in the same spot.

    https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2520232

    6 votes
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  15. Add additional Mouths

    I want to be able to add a mouths with smug and sad to my animation. Right now you are set to the provided number of mouth expressions.

    6 votes
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  16. Parenting to Dragger etc.

    Would be nice to be able to parent items to a null or dragger. For instance if I want to parent both pupils to dragger, I could then just move the dragger around to control them.

    6 votes
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  17. Can we have CYCLE LAYERS be automatically the same way the EYELID behavior is added (by typing it)?

    I find that adding the CYCLE LAYERS takes the most time (besides assigning MIDI triggers to multiple hand positions) after importing. It can also be a challenge to explain this to a client when passing off work.

    WHAT IF:
    In Illustrator or Photoshop, you could just write "CYCLE LAYERS" and the behavior would already be added? You could even give us a letter to add for "hold on last layer" "cycle once" and "when trigger released" [Or give us the ability to change the default of CYCLE LAYERS in ACA].

    THANK YOU!

    11 votes
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  18. Trigger control improvement

    In the control section for triggers, in layout you can drag the icons to where you want, and you can even drag one icon on top of another, but, when you press it, it still only triggers one of the icons. It would be great if you could layer icons on top of each other, and then you only have to press the one to trigger them all at once. The reason for this is because if you create a trigger group, all the actions in that group has to be the same lengh in frames, otherwise it causes bits…

    4 votes
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  19. Quick Behaviors and Auto Rigging

    Wishlist, with Create Trigger dropzone - Would be great if there was one that created both a Trigger and add Cycle Layers Behavior.

    Would also love a way to set Cycle Layers, Triggers, Bones, and Attach from layer names in Illustrator and Photoshop. (Similar to independent.)

    Sometimes I have to restructure my puppet and it’s tough having to re-rig when plans change.

    Inverse kinematics – Similar to the after effects riggin plugin DUIK, adding more realistic control to limbs. Makes them only bend one way

    Love any shortcuts that keep things from becoming repetitive.

    4 votes
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  20. Walk behavior should work with only one profile

    As far as I can tell, if you have Frontal and Right Profile the puppet will not switch from frontal to the profile when you use the arrow key. You have to create Left Profile as well for the flipping from “Frontal” to “Right Profile”. If the right profile is the default (like walkbot), then walking works. So it is not the walk behavior that seems to be the problem, but rather the code to decide to flip from the default profile to the walk direction profile refuses to work without Left and Right profiles both defined (and rigged sensibly).

    2 votes
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