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Ignore previous artists UI layout / workspace configuration on file open

Explorer ,
Jun 05, 2023 Jun 05, 2023

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Hello!

I would really love if we could have a couple of extra settings please.

I have a widescreen monitor which means i have a very bespoke layout to maximise the real estate of my screen.  Most of the files i pick up from other artists are just from a standard 16:9 layout.  Some files that I pick up just hang when I then switch them into my custom workspace, and i'm wasting countless minutes/hours a week doing this, as sometimes it actually takes AFX longer to switch the layout, than it does to open the file. 

Outside of my own setup, I'm sure every artist loves to customise things to their specific AFX needs, regardless of screen size.

So, I propose that there is an option via a dialogue box when opening AFX files, to ignore the previous users layout, when opening the file.  Obviously, keep things like the same open compositions, and focussed composition, along with things like render queue history, are a must.

There should also be an additional setting, that we can set in preferences to always ignore previous user's workspace permanantly.  Removing the dialogue prompt.  Additionally, it would make sense to have a check box on that prompt to 'don't remind me about this again'.

Maybe taking this a little futher, I for example, never have things like columns for layer time in/out, stretch etc enabled, I like to see as much as my timeline as possible.  So given my initial suggestion, I would expect any columns that the previous artist to have open, would dissapear.  Now, this might in some cases, be wise to have these appear.  Let's say a random layer has been stretch to something like 150%.  It could be that the original artist can force an override of this column.  This could then present another option on the open dialogue, something like, 'accept UI overrides' or something similar.

Thanks!


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Explorer ,
Jun 05, 2023 Jun 05, 2023

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I will add a 'Lock UI' button. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2023 Jun 05, 2023

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I would add to Jaylash's post by saying that I can't see a situation where this behavior of opening someone else's AE file and have AE load their layout and window size benefits anyone in any shape or form, so I'm not even sure why this decision was made.

 

Along with the "auto focus" AE does where upon loading the app it will jump to the front of the screen above everything else, why is that a thing? same thing happens when AE finishes rendering, the whole window jumps in front of everything, and it's been like this for over 10 years.

 

These type of things should be focused grouped by working industry artists and I bet not a single one of them would say these are beneficial behaviors, at all

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Explorer ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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I agree.  Another user preference should be layout (columns, order, width) of Project Panel

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Participant ,
Aug 04, 2023 Aug 04, 2023

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Great, YES! Thank you.

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