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Add Overlord Features to Default AE / Illustrator

Community Beginner ,
Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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Working with vector Illustrator files in After Effects is still very clunky.  Yes, you can import .ai files into AE, and even convert them to Shape Layers in your comp.  But what if you make changes to your Illustrator file?  Or what if you add something in AE that you want to update in AI?  Or want editable text?  You're out of luck.  The script called Overlord by battleaxe.co solves these issues and more.  Their solutions are excellent, but we shouldn't need to buy an additional script just for simple workflow stuff that should be built into your software.  You'd think AE and Illustrator were made by two completely separate companies based on how poorly they talk to each other.
Adobe, please make some progress here!  Things have really stagnated the last several years when it comes to simple workflow stuff like this between your programs.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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An excursion to Wikipedia would indeed tell you that the apps originated at completely different companies and that legacy weighs heavy. That aside they are of course developed by separate teams in and priorities are different. I don't think it's the most urgent matter on both ends, so I don't think you'll see any major improvement any time soon.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 12, 2023 Apr 12, 2023

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Thanks for the reply, Mylenium.  I could have guessed based on Adobe's history that they were completly separate at one time, but that must have been decades ago, right? ah well, one can hope!

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LEGEND ,
Apr 12, 2023 Apr 12, 2023

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Time doesn't matter in Adobe land. Adobe be Adobe, AE be AE, AI be AI. Things don't change.

 

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Apr 16, 2023 Apr 16, 2023

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Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects have been living together for thirty years, but now they barely communicate with each other. It's as if they are multiple old couples who have stayed together out of habit and now give each other the silent treatment despite any attempts from social services to intervene.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 17, 2023 Apr 17, 2023

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Yeah, gotta love it! I just realized my profile says "community beginner," since this is my newer account through work.  I've actually been using Adobe products for almost 20 years, so I'm well aware of the disfunction!

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Apr 18, 2023 Apr 18, 2023

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Please Adobe, can you please taking charge of the communication between your own software? As a longtime user of After Effects (30 years), I've been waiting for Photoshop layer folders to be cropped as After Effects compositions, and for native resolution support for dynamic objects. And why can't we convert Illustrator text to text layers, like we do with Photoshop? And what about converting Illustrator gradients in the shape layer gradients?

As a humble user, I'm a bit sad that communication between your software doesn't seem to be a priority for you. We know you're busy and it can be tough to juggle everything, but these features are important to improve our workflow.

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