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Testing Adobe After Effects cs6

May 13, 2012 7:09 AM

Hey, I've got recently the trial of Adobe After Effects Cs6 and i wanted to know if there's anyway i could copy the same shortcuts i was using in cs5 to place them in cs6 cause there's some minor troubles while i'm working with it.

 

I've tryed the Shortcut Script Editor found in Adobe but coulnd't get it to work since i din't understand a think.

 

The biggest problem i have is in here.

 

 

Pen Tool (CS6)

 

<img src="http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/3163/b348e9107e5089d60470690.png" />

 

 

Pen Tool (Cs5)

 

<img src="http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/5480/f4e4f6ef2ad86a65af2738e.png" />

 

 

As u can see i cannot cycle anymore through the options to get to the add vertex. i've changed already some shortcuts modifyin the "Adobe After Effects 11.0 Shortcuts" file inside of roaming and it worked fine but i can't find the actual "way" or names.. to make it cycle like in Cs5

 

IS there any way of doing it, Can i import my old shortcuts? or how do i modify thoese.. And how to make it so when i press "Ctrl" i can move the points like in Cs5..

 

I find this change in the shortcut the major disavantage in the new AE for me at least.. 

 

 

Thank you,

 
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    May 13, 2012 7:13 AM   in reply to alianj

    Nope, not that I know of.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 13, 2012 9:37 AM   in reply to alianj

    There is none. The command name is pen tool toggle, but the behavior doesn't change. They have simply optimized it "kaputt" by trying to make it too smart.

     

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    May 13, 2012 4:42 PM   in reply to alianj

    The easiest way to change keyboard shortcuts is with the KeyEd_Up script mentioned and linked to in After Effects here:

    "Modify keyboard shortcuts"

     
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    May 13, 2012 10:50 PM   in reply to Todd_Kopriva

    That doesn't fix the issue discussed here, Todd.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 14, 2012 10:16 AM   in reply to alianj

    There was much discussion over how the shortcut for the Pen tool - the G key - should work in CS6. Adobe wanted it to work  for switching between the Pen tool and the variable mask feather tool. Knowing that some users might prefer the G key to toggle thru all the Pen tools, they made this a Preference.

     

    Open Preferences > General Preference and toggle OFF the option for "Pen tool shortcut toggles between Pen and Mask Feather tools"

     

    Adobe also fixed a big problem with mask editing. Previously, after you drew a mask with the Pen tool, if you selected a point it deleted it! In CS6, going back to an existing point gives you the Selection tool, so you can move a point easily. So now, you may not need to switch between the other tools just to avoid this problm - you should be able to do everything using just the Pen tool, and use simple shortcuts to switch to other tools.  On Mac, when editing a Mask with the Pen tool:

     

    press Command when over a point to get the Delete Vertex tool

    press Option when over a point to get the Convert Vertex tool

    and just click anywhere along a mask outline to get the Add Vertex tool

     

    By using these shortcuts and using the default Preference (toggle is ON), you can then use G exclusively for switching quickly between the vertex editing and Mask Feather editing.

     

    cheers, Trish

     
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    May 14, 2012 10:20 AM   in reply to Trish, Crish Design

    Oooh yeah... Would have helped to choose the smarter default option, i.e. the old behavior, would it not? Anyway, thanks for clarifying.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 14, 2012 10:37 AM   in reply to Mylenium

    Why would it be smarter? They've added  a new Mask Feather tool which is impossible to get to except by using the G key. When you are using this tool you need to constantly switch between the Pen tool and the Mask Feather tool as you are editing. If you had to cycle thru all the tools to switch, people would complain!

     

    So I prefer the new default. Just takes a little getting used to.

     

    Note that the Command key will toggle to the Selection tool when any Pen tool is selected, another small but nice improvement.

     
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    May 14, 2012 10:46 AM   in reply to Trish, Crish Design

    Yeah, I'm sure you have discussed this on the Beta until the paint peeled off the walls. Still, I humbly disagree. Just forcing it to this default toggle behavior is just a bad compromise. You know, there are people who actually use masks for lots of other things than roto and that never having been AE's strong suit, there may in fact be more people expecting the "old" behavior for their more graphical work. Ah, now wouldn't it be nice we had a proper keyboard shortcut editor instead of Adobe wasting all their resources elsewhere... It's the simple things in life that make you happy...

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 14, 2012 2:13 PM   in reply to alianj

    Is there any issues having AE 5.5 and 6.0 on the same machine?

     

    I'm looking around .. cant find info. Mac User

     
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    May 14, 2012 2:16 PM   in reply to Pharther Phurther

    > Is there any issues having AE 5.5 and 6.0 on the same machine?

    No.

     

    I have CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 on the same machine with no problem.

     
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    May 14, 2012 4:10 PM   in reply to Todd_Kopriva

    But you need PP 6 to use dynamic link with AE 6?

     
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    May 14, 2012 4:24 PM   in reply to Pharther Phurther

    Yes, Dynamic Link only works between applications of the same version number---e.g., CS6 with CS6.

     
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    Aug 1, 2012 12:47 PM   in reply to Trish, Crish Design

    I use the bezier tools frequently, so I was pretty shocked and lost some time trying to figure out why the shortcut didn't work the same as in 5.5. and THEN I had to go post a reply in the FORUM! the ignominy!

     
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