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.

maandag 13 november 2017

Ai: 16 bits for Adobe Illustrator?

When creating  Illustrations with gradients, we can only use 8bits. When imported in Photoshop or After Effects 16bits projects, the gradients stick to this poor 8bits - resulting in banding.

Especially when working on normal/displacement maps for 3d materials, 8bits is not enough.

How great would it be if Illustrator had a possibility to switch to 16 or 32 bit mode!

donderdag 2 november 2017

Generate Report does not reflect actual Collect Files operation

Today I ran into an interesting situation.
I wanted to make a safety backup of a project, by ussing the Collect Files… command.
My project contains 3d renders, .ai-files, .psd-files and a lot of imported footage.
The footage was copy pasted from Premiere Pro, which I use to preselect clips.
The clips were shot on Sony XDCAM-discs and some of the clips had the exact same name (e.g
AE does not make any problem of this, and worked like a charm.

When I collected the project, though, I got a warning that several files were not collected, without any explanation.
Investigation lead to the double-name issue.

So, to solve this, I generated a report, hoping to get a list of double trouble. But the report did not mention any possible failures.

I think that AE should give a more discriptive warning, and that the report should include a warning about uncollectible files.
Best would be if the doubles were placed in folders that copy the names of the os-folders where the files were found.
In that way, doubles can not appear in the same folder.

maandag 16 oktober 2017

In-app droplets for Adobe Media Encoder

I find myself using 3 or 4 presets over and over.
And most of the time, when dropping files in the Queue, the wrong preset is applied.

How great would it be when a new window was added to AME, containing customizable dropzones, each connected to a preset!

That's the idea: add dropzones to AME, for instant conversion of clips.

dinsdag 26 september 2017

Ae: Set Matte

I think the Set Matte effect could be much more versatile, if there was a switch to make it independent of scale and position of the masked layer.
In the current and previous versions of Ae, a matte set by Set Matte behaves different than e.g. a track matte.
We would like to move the masked layer around, without taking the matte along.

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

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

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.