All requests and remarks posted on this blog, have been shared with the developers of the concerning products. The Feature Requests blog is my independent way of sharing, and recording both ideas and annoyance about software. Improvement is the main goal.

woensdag 16 augustus 2017

Adobe Illustrator GUI: highlight activated Window/Panel

Once in a while, a Panel or Window is lost in the GUI clutter. Choosing it in the menu shows a checkmark to tell that the element searched after should be somewhere. Wouldn't it be great if Ai highligted the GUI-element when hovering the menu?

donderdag 20 juli 2017

Better .pdf support for AE?

I use an InDesign - After Effects workflow in many projects that involve some less basic typography e.g. paragraphy styles, grep styles, intials and all things AE can not do very easily. This workflow is great and very CC-ish, since it uses 3 apps in conjunction. There are two things to be aware of, listed at the end of this post.

In short, this is the workflow (60% InDesign, 40% After Effects):

-Create pages in InDesign for each title
-Export to .pdf
-Extract separate pages in Acrobat
-Import each page.pdf in AE
-Create a Comp with each of the pages
-Render all Comps

A more advanced,  is this (95% InDesign, 5% After Effects).
This method is especially productive when repetitive typographics complex titles have to be made;
it takes some time investment at the front, but will save loads of time, annoyance, boredom and errors in the end:

-Create pages in InDesign for each title
-Export to .pdf
-Extract separate pages (these get sequential numbers)
-Import pages as image sequence in AE
-Place the image sequence in 'Comp 1' (can be any name, as long as it ends with the digit '1')
-Use expressions and Time Remap to get the right page, based on the number in the Comp name
-Duplicate 'Comp 1' to get Comp 2, 3 etc. - the Expression makes sure that the next page is loaded
-Render all Comps


BUT
When reloading footage (the .pdf image sequence), AE is complete broken, and has to be Forced to Quit

AND
How great would it be when AE can handle multipage .pdf's as an image sequence, without having to extract separate pages first!

maandag 3 juli 2017

AE Expression editor - upgrade

Please add line numbers and a possibility to print/output/monitor values of variables.

How would you like the feature to work?
Please add line numbers and a possibility to print/output/monitor values of variables.

Why is this feature important to you?
Since I'm counting line numbers by hand all the time (Ae refers to numbers in it's error messages, but there are no visible numbers)

More... there is no satifying way to get the values of variables out of the expressions. Sometimes copy to a text layer will do, but in general, some kind of console//monitor would be very helpfull.

woensdag 21 juni 2017

AE: Alt-Drag to replace Layer Source should leave the dragged footage selected

An example:

We have 10 compositions with a Layer that refers to a certain Project item.
We want to replace that item in each of the 10 compositions.
To do this fast, it is nice when AE keeps the last modified Composition selected in the Project window.
But - when Alt-Dragging the new item (to replace the Layer Source), IT SELECTS THE DRAGGED ITEM!

This is very inconvenient for the workflow, since the last modified Composition is not highlighted, making it hard to subsequently change a bunch of Compositions.

dinsdag 20 juni 2017

After Effects: Paused Render Queue - allow to reshuffle / de-activate

How would you like the feature to work? 
When Rendering is paused, let the user uncheck next render items / reshuffle the order.

Why is this feature important to you?
Because when a Render Queue is started, we can get a feeling about the estimated render time, resulting in new priorities, we would like to see reflected in the Render Queue.

Default Layer Styles for After Effects?

I hardly ever need a 3 px red stroke - so why is that the unchangeable default for the Stroke Layer Style?

Wouldn't it be great if Ae remembers the last settings used? Of even better: offers a styles panel (like InDesigns Object Styles)

donderdag 15 juni 2017