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Feature Focus: Effect Manager & Startup and Repair

Adobe Employee ,
Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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We are pleased to announce that in After Effects Beta 23.2 build 26 we have two new features: Effect Manager, and Startup and Repair preferences panel.

Effect Manager

Frequently, when After Effects crashes, it’s because something went awry with a rendering effect and wouldn’t it be great if you knew which one? With Effect Manager, when launching After Effects after a crash, we now show a dialog explaining what effect may have crashed during the last session and allows you to keep it enabled and proceed as-is or disable the effect on your After Effects installation — particularly helpful in the event the effect is crashing on project load.
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But dialogs are fleeting and ephemeral and you need to know the state of your system at a glance. Now, in the application-level Effects menu, our new Effect Manager dialog allows you to see a list of all your installed effects, with all the details you’d expect of a Manager: Effect Name, Category, Version, File Path on disk. But most importantly: each effect has a checkbox to enable or disable each effect on next startup, and a column listing the date this effect last crashed. Effects that have been disabled will no longer be available in the Effect menu, or Effects and Presets panel but can always be re-enabled in the Effect Manager. Any projects opened that uses a disabled effect will show that effect as “Missing.”

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With a search bar for easy filtering, a Show All Effects switch to see an exhaustive list that includes Adobe-installed effects, and two easy buttons to Enable All or Disable All, the Effect Manager will let you better understand and take control of the Effects part of your After Effects installation.

Startup and Repair Preferences

Every After Effects user has preferences for the way their system is setup, and they spend a lot of time dialing them in. And in the event of After Effects instability, the first thing anybody is told is to delete the files where those preferences are stored and start over from scratch.

 

In the new Startup and Repair preferences panel, After Effects empowers you to troubleshoot these preferences, keeping them safe unless you’re sure removing them will solve an issue.

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Start in Safe Mode: After Effects will restart, temporarily using the default After Effects preferences (and it will also ask if you want to temporarily disable third-party plugins for the session) allowing you to use After Effects and see if this solves your issue. Going back to that precious personal preferences file is as simple as restarting again.

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Empty All Caches: Full caches can cause some problems, and emptying them can resolve some issues so give it a try.

Reveal Preferences In Finder: Opens your preferences folder, allowing you to back them up manually if you so need to, or send them to Adobe if an engineer requests them.

Reset All Preferences To Default: In case you don’t feel like doing a complex keyboard shortcut at just the right time, this permanently wipes your preferences files on disk and on next launch of After Effects, restores the default files.

Migrate Previous Version Preferences: Opens the dialog seen during first launch of a new After Effects version that allows you to copy in preferences files from any other installation on the computer.

 

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The new Effect Manager and Startup and Repair preferences panel give you valuable insight into the most frequent causes of app instability, and useful actions you can do on your own to help get you back to keyframing! As this is launching in Beta, please let us know what is working for you and what isn't, and we will keep this thread updated!

 

 

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Explorer ,
Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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I love the Effect Manager! Was on my wish list for years.

Does this feature has any effect on plugin developers?

 

Thanks!

Ron

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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One of our goals in building the Effect Manager is to enable both us and our plug-in partners to locate and fix issues more quickly. We also hope it will make it easier for users to find updates once things are fixed.

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Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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This is huge! I love the fact that you can sort by the maker and kind. Such a great tool for managing plugins. Also very useful for tutorial makers who need to demonstrate Ae Vanilla. Thank you!

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Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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Very happy to see this! Like a lot of you, I have a zillion filters installed so this is a very welcome feature.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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This is great!  Thank you adding these features in — much appreciated.  Awesome to see Dataclay Templater listed in the example screenshot.  

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Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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This is a great addition! Effects manager is big blender vibes, very helpful to enable and disable scripts and plugins!

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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Thanks @Taylor Jon Peters! Scripts are not included with this first version of the Effects Manager, but would that be helpful in your workflow? How would you imagine utilizing it for scripts?  

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Feb 10, 2023 Feb 10, 2023

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Specificallly scriptUi panels! not nescesarily one off scripts. I find the majority of "plugin" type tools that I use are .jsxbins and not actual plugins

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Explorer ,
Feb 11, 2023 Feb 11, 2023

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I guess that could be considered an entirely different area of focus the more I think about it haha. This was considering testing the instability of after effects as a whole and not just what's happening in the project space. 
ie if a workflow script was causing issues with performance or what ever. If that makes sense. 

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Feb 19, 2023 Feb 19, 2023

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Super happy to see this in the Beta.  Looks like troubleshooting issues just got a lot easier.

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