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As someone who has been around since the Beta versions and was part of the beta program...
I took a break about 2 years ago from CH to let it catch up and relieve myself of all the unneccessary stress. As a beta it had so much potential. It was worth the months of crashes, bugs, brute force workarounds, struggles, and redoing the same crap 40 times because the artwork sync method was so horrendous that the tiniest change would blow up 100s of hours of work in one second.
Now its late 2022, the new features were super enticing so I came back to try it out. I am remembering why I left. Using Illustrator with CH is the most unfriendly combo in history. Illustrator can't handle moving items in hidden (not locked) folders (which in this workflow is a fugging nightmare) it also can't duplicate layers without revising the layer name, and even if you can get over that, the files still corrupt during sync even when no layer structure has been changed. I have spent 12 hour today and literally have zero to show for it. Using Illustrator from a layer control heavy workflow opened my eyes to just how flawed Illustrator is. Hidden is not Locked, ADOBE! They are very different terms with very different purposes. CH Team: Your product will never succeed if you don't get better communication with the other product teams. Tell the Illustrator team you need changes to support your cross app compatibilty. Photoshop handles hidden layers correctly. Maybe go ask their team.
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Totally disagree with all this. Not sure what system you are working on, but I have only crashed once or twice in the years I have been working with Character Animator. I find it really stable. And I have also been working with it since the Beta days. The artwork sync method works fine. So you are doing something seriously wrong there. I work between the two apps and haven't had any issues with it.
I use Illustrator for almost all of my puppets, and I've built HUNDREDS. Not sure what your issues are with locked layers. I don't use those, but I can understand your frustration with duplicating layers and having to rename them. There are scripts you can use to do this - or have you tried duplicating within Character Animator? I also get your frustration with not being able to move things that have the visibility off - but again, you can move everything (in say a head group) in Character Animator without having to turn on all the invisible layers in Illustrator.
You sound very frustrated, and I am sorry for that. But the community and the Character Animator team are some of the most helpful I have come across. What the Adobe Character Animator team are doing is AMAZING and they are so easy to get in touch with and help with any issues. So please take a breath and just ask for help if you get stuck with something.
All the best!