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Possible to edit effect files using Visual Studio or Brackets?

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Is it possible to customize .aex effect files using an editor like Visual Studio or Brackets? For example, if I wanted to add an extra slider or point control, what's the general workflow for this? When I open an .aex file in Brackets the code is scrambled and in Visual Studio it just launches Ae.

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Possible to edit effect files using Visual Studio or Brackets?

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Is it possible to customize .aex effect files using an editor like Visual Studio or Brackets? For example, if I wanted to add an extra slider or point control, what's the general workflow for this? When I open an .aex file in Brackets the code is scrambled and in Visual Studio it just launches Ae.

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Here's what the four lines fo code from an AEP file that describe some effects settings looks like:

tdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0001pardîTransition Completion`ddtdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0002pardîWipe AngleCompletionZddtdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0003pardîFeatherleCompletion.Z}dtdmn(ADBE Effect Built In Paramspardî	LISTftdgptdsbtdsntdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0000LIST⁄tdbstdsbtdsntdb4|€ô]®?6‚ÎC-????Äcdat(tdpi-tdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0001LISTtdbstdsbtdsnTransition Completiontdb4|€ôˇˇˇˇ]®?6‚ÎC-????cdat(@XtdumtduM@Ytdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0002LISTÿtdbstdsbtdsnWipe Angletdb4|€ôˇˇˇˇ]®?6‚ÎC-????cdat(@p‡tdmn(ADBE Linear Wipe-0003LISTÙtdbstdsbtdsnFeathertdb4|€ôˇˇˇˇ]®?6‚ÎC-????cdat(@GtdumtduM@Ytdmn(ADBE Effect Built In ParamsLIST\tdgptdsbtdsnCompositing Optionstdmn(ADBE Group Endtdmn(ADBE Group Endpguitdmn(ADBE Polar CoordinatesLISTsspcfnam0Polar Coordinates@ƒ!{ˇ ◊#Ä¿‡ú!{ˇ¿á˙WLISTdparTparntdmn(ADBE Polar Coordinates-0000pardîÁËsˇˇˇˇ¿(~TÄ¿"“	
tdmn(ADBE Polar Coordinates-0001pardîInterpolationtdmn(ADBE Polar Coordinates-0002pardîType of ConversionpdnmRect to Polar|Polar to Recttdmn(ADBE Effect Built In Paramspardî	LIST:tdgptdsbtdsntdmn(ADBE Polar Coordinates-0000LIST⁄tdbstdsbtdsntdb4|€ô]®?6‚ÎC-????Äcdat(tdpi-tdmn(ADBE Polar Coordinates-0001LIST˙tdbstdsbtdsnInterpolationtdb4|€ôˇˇˇˇ]®?6‚ÎC-????cdat(?tdumtduM?tdmn(ADBE Polar Coordinates-0002LIST‡tdbstdsbtdsnType of Conversiontdb4|€ô]®?6‚ÎC-????cdat(?tdmn(ADBE Effect Built In ParamsLIST\tdgptdsbtdsnCompositing Optionstdmn(ADBE Group Endtdmn(ADBE Group Endpguitdmn(ADBE Geometry2LIST–sspcfnam0Transformfl%Ä¿@ƒ!{ˇ∞fl%Ä¿‡ú!{ˇ¿á˙WLISTêparTparntdmn(ADBE Geometry2-0000pardîÁËsˇˇˇˇ¿hÄTÄ¿"“	
tdmn(ADBE Geometry2-0001pardîAnchor PointÄÄ22ÁËsˇˇˇˇ¿hÄTÄ¿"“	
tdmn(ADBE Geometry2-0002pardîPositionÄÄ22ÁËsˇˇˇˇ¿hÄTÄ¿"“	
tdmn(ADBE Geometry2-0011pardî@22ÁËsˇˇˇˇ¿hÄTÄ¿"“	

 If you can figure out what all that weird code means then you can probably figure out how to edit the project file to add an Effects Control Slider, but you would probably have to create the slider in AE first, figure out how it relates to the layer it lives on, then copy the code and paste it in a new comp. 

 

Sounds like a lot more trouble than it is worth. It would only take about 2 minutes to open up a project file, add a slider to a layer and tie it to some property, then save the project and be done with it. 

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People have done it, it's not easy. As you can see from Rick's example above preset files are encrypted. If you want to build your own presets, I'd recommend getting a tool like Pseudo Effect,

If you wanna do it manually, there's also a hacky (unsupported) method:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PlmvWH8GSE

Do you make your own presets? Are you looking for a way to make them more organized and professional looking? Well Pseudo Effects are the answer. Pseudo Effe...

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