welcome to the forum.
most problems of such sort usually have to do with the path the SDK is located at.
it should be located at something like c:/program files/after effects 5.5 sdk.
i don't remember exactly. (i jumped through hoops to locate it somewhere else)
older versions of the SDK had an installer that put them in the right path.
here are a few threads that dealt with such issues:
thanks for the info!
unfortunately unless i have the exact path it's not really worthy trying to move the folder. although i somehow doubt this is the cause of my problem. i don't get any error messages - unlike the issues highlighted in the previous threads you posted, which mostly seem to be about x64 bit issues with 2008 express (i am using 2008 pro).
what i am trying to understand:
is the expected behaviour that i download this, unzip it, load the example solution in visual studio 2008 pro and press rebuild and the whole thing will just work? (that was certainly my expectation) or is there an extra step that i am missing (apart from perhaps moving it to some yet unknow and undocumented location)?
search the forum some more for related problems.
you'll see that the path of the SDK has been the center of many problems on both mac and pc.
if i recall correctly, the CS5 SDK was the first to ship without an installer,
and all the problems with the initial setup with the CS5 SDK came from first-time users, who didn't have older versions installed.
the installer also set up some environment variables who's absence can cause some problems.
so it's highly recommended that you try to find an older SDK and find that path.
do other projects compile correctly on your system?
try downloading some simple app project from a different source and see if it compiles correctly.
ok, i understand. i appreciate it, i should be able to do that myself.
it's just unbelievable that to get the current skd working one has to find the path by installing a previous one because it's not documented anywhere. if the rest of the skd is as clear as the installation procedure i am inclined to give up now...