I downloaded and installed the trial version of Adobe After Effects 6.0 last night and worked on a project for quite some time. This morning, when I tried to open the project, it gave me: After Effects Error: this file was created with a newer version of After Effects [3.0 (unknown)] -- time to upgrade your application.
The message is annoying. This means that if anyone send me an After Effects File from future versions, I cannot load them. Even Microsoft has converters for backwards compatibility
It is costing me time to evaluate the product, and lowering my opinion of it since it obviously has bugs
Ah, I see. So you are using 6.0, not CS6? Yes, in that case things are just as they are - AE is not forward compatible. Only CS5.5 and CS6 allow to save one version back (that is CS5 and CS5.5, respectively), but beyond that AE never offered this feature. anyway, AE 6.0 is hopelessly outdated. It doesn't even work on contemporary operating systems nor does it work properly with current versions of Quicktime and just the same it doesn't support any modern media formats, so that's like trying to fly to the moon with a WW I. airplane... and to make matters worse - AE 6.0 was one of the most bug-ridden versions of the program in the first place.
I see my error now. I mistakenly loaded my old 6.0 version, not the new trial version.