Thanks, Todd! I found Mr. Forde's statement about the new direction of development for AE to be very encouraging.
Also, the new property linking feature is exactly the kind of workflow enhancement I love to see. In fact, I may have filed that as a feature request...
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the new version.
All of this is cool, which one revs me up the most?
Probably the Detail-preserving Upscale effect, echoing the amazing new upscaling ability of the current Photoshop. I wind up mixing in all kind of footage from who knows where, attached who knows how to who knows what, and it will be great to be able to use it more readily even if a full "standard" size down from the project.