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Have new features according to user needs, not what your marketing team thinks

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Apr 30, 2024 Apr 30, 2024

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After Effects has become an apalling mess and Adobe is a joke of a company.  Why on earth are the new features etc., being driven by your marketing department instead of what users want and need?  We're in a ridiculous position where updating After Effects with the hope of fixing one lot of bugs just introduces a whole load more.  Can someone with a bit of backbone at Adobe suggest to their bosses that they are f***ing the company?  The ONLY reason I still have CC is because they offered me money off when I went to cancel, but I'm slowly shifting my workflow away from Adobe completely because they cannot make a decent piece of software. 

 

Adobe, please DO YOUR JOB so that I can do mine!  

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Adobe Employee , Apr 30, 2024 Apr 30, 2024

Ok, we are listening. What features do YOU want in AE?

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LEGEND ,
Apr 30, 2024 Apr 30, 2024

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Sadly it's all too true, but it won't change. Most Adobe programs have turned into veritable dumpster fires of broken and incomplete features.

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 30, 2024 Apr 30, 2024

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Ok, we are listening. What features do YOU want in AE?

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May 26, 2024 May 26, 2024

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Well there's about 10 years of basic requests that people have been asking for that you could look through. Top of my list would be timeline folders. 

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May 26, 2024 May 26, 2024

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While my personal feature wish list for Adobe After Effects is getting a bit long, and the ones I've posted haven't received many votes, I'd like to balance this thread with some appreciation for the software:

 

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May 26, 2024 May 26, 2024

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May 26, 2024 May 26, 2024

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@Chriso M8 

There's a prior feature request for this that could use more votes.  Personally, I'd love to see the same behavior as Illustrator for rounded corners.  That is, being able to change the corner radius in After Effects in the same way we can change the corner radius of live shapes in Illustrator.

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Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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Have the AE team ever actually implemented any of the requests made in this forum?

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Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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content aware video fill is trash

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Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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@Sterphy wrote:

After Effects has become an apalling mess and Adobe is a joke of a company.  Why on earth are the new features etc., being driven by your marketing department instead of what users want and need?  We're in a ridiculous position where updating After Effects with the hope of fixing one lot of bugs just introduces a whole load more.  Can someone with a bit of backbone at Adobe suggest to their bosses that they are f***ing the company?  The ONLY reason I still have CC is because they offered me money off when I went to cancel, but I'm slowly shifting my workflow away from Adobe completely because they cannot make a decent piece of software. 

 

Adobe, please DO YOUR JOB so that I can do mine!  


@InfiniteWhale Not sure about this forum, but I've previously requested things and they've come to fruition. The developers used to get actively involved in chats - but this is going back about a decade. My first ever feature request was to have Auto-save ON by default; in the olden days, if you installed a new version of AE, the auto-save pref would default back to "off"...which obviously you'd only discover after a crash had destroyed hours of work! So you've got me to thank if you've ever reverted to an auto-saved version (kind of.....😂).

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Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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It's wild!  They act as if we're not paying a subscription for this software.  

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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No one is acting like that. I am sorry if we haven't picked your feature request. We get 100s a month. We are continuing to prioritize and deliver as we can. Your request for timeline folders is high on the priority list. 

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Jun 07, 2024 Jun 07, 2024

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@InfiniteWhale If you filter the posts in the Ideas forum by the Status "Released", you will see requests that have been implemented and released.

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Well a decade ago Adobe were still putting out (relatively) well made software. Things have changed. 

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Wow, there's like 5 things in there! 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2024 Jun 13, 2024

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@jenkmeisterthank you for the improvements that have occurred in AE since you joined the team.

I'd like improved UI performance on Windows.

 

I'm on Windows 10/AMD CPU/NVIDIA platform, dual-displays, and my timeline responsiveness gets very slow if I have a bunch of keyframes visible/selected or the graph editor open. Typically this involves shape layers, even with outlines hidden. Makes me wonder if the UI can't keep up (and I remember a comment years ago about UI speed improvements coming!). If I shrink my timeline so fewer layers are visible, or I select fewer keyframed properties, voila, speeds go up a bit. If I shrink to a single display the UI gets quicker again.

Thanks!

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 13, 2024 Jun 13, 2024

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@motionben Have you tried the AE Beta builds of late? There is a significant perf update around the Timeline and keyframe UI performance that we have out in testing. 

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Jun 13, 2024 Jun 13, 2024

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Bring back PRO Import on Mac. Working with Aivd editors is an entire workflow to "clean" the AFF through DaVinci then bring it into Premier because it can't understand Avid timlines and nested clips right, and THEN into After Effects. And stop making a new full-length comp for Premier Text elements pasted into aftereffects. either paste them as the raw layer or trim them down so we can see the right durations.

 

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The full type panel from Illustrator so we can use swashes and variable type as native text with scripting access to ALL properties for templating

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Jun 14, 2024 Jun 14, 2024

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Can you just take a bit longer to release a stable, properly working version? This since the annual update cycle started it's just gotten slower and buggier every year.  I feel like I'm in this state of waiting for an update to fix bugs only to see what else has been broken. And working with editors outside of my company who are on different versions - nightmare! 

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Jun 14, 2024 Jun 14, 2024

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@jenkmeisterthanks for pointing me to the beta! Updated to the latest build yesterday and opened a shape-heavy comp, definitely noticed an improvement in timeline UI performance. Still can create some noticeable lag if I select a lot of keys and try to move them simulataneously on the timeline but overall UI perf feels snappier. Looking forward to getting this improvement in production builds. Thanks!

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Jun 14, 2024 Jun 14, 2024

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@jenkmeister On the home window:

  • Recent Projects, such is the case with other Adobe apps. 
  • Tutorials related to the most expert use of After Effects from real commercial productions. Not only absolute beginner tutorials. Entice me to continue paying for Adobe for every single use case, such as compositing, colour and 3D. The forums are a great place to learn from others, but that is a poor excuse for not producing the best, most useful tutorials in the world relating to what people want to learn and promoting it in your most robust app. Adobe should be at the forefront of getting more people to understand how it competes, inside the app.

 

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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AE is never *really* out of beta though... 

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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Timeline folders like in Photoshop and Illustrator.  There used to be a 3rd party app to do this, but your needlesly fast release cycle broke that

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Jul 05, 2024 Jul 05, 2024

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Well it's their job to maintain the software...

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Jul 08, 2024 Jul 08, 2024

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OK so you get 100s a month, and how many do you actually do, and how much time is spent ones nobody asked for? And why are there bugs that have persisted for nearly a decade?  I'm sorry, but I'd be more patient if using AE every day didn't make me hate working as an editor

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Jul 09, 2024 Jul 09, 2024

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There may be some improved speed if you're lucky - but if you're using linked comps and you've got PPro open, forget it - AE will become completely unusable until you quit and relaunch it...then after a few minutes, it'll be unusable again. This issue is so severe, that despite being a staunch AE fan (been using it since the CoSA days), the only reason I haven't jumped ship to othe software is that most of my clients are embedded in the Adobe CC world. PLEASE fix it!

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