We have had most of the After Effects team dedicated to performance improvements for most of this year, and an even larger fraction of the team is continuing down this path for the next half a year or so.
The UI redesign is done largely outside of the core After Effects team, so this doesn't affect the performance work much.
Adding on to Todd's statement: you haven't seen any of the performance improvements because we haven't released them yet. We're still working on it.
Thanks Tim and Todd for your responses, I'm glad to hear this is still priority #1. I'll put down the pitchfork and douse the fire for the time being.
That's really good news to hear. very much looking forward to some performance improvements in the future:)
It would be really good to get Dynamic Linking working on Mac OSX with the same speed and dependability that it does on the PC version. Currently I have to close AE to get any responsiveness from my linked projects in PPro... which really defeats the purpose of the whole idea. Another question arises around accessing the dual GPUs on the nMPs. Where is that one heading? Quite a few folks have made a considerable investment in new hardware, would be nice to know that it was money well spent.
If the performance enhancements aren't ready yet, is there any time frame for their release?
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third unkle, it would be best if you start a new thread about your specific Dynamic Link issues so that the community could help you troubleshoot.
The performance improvements we are currently working on are related to how After Effects uses threading on the CPU. This will not directly impact Dynamic Link, nor does it change how After Effects uses the GPU. Changes in those areas may come in the future, but what we are currently working on is more fundamental and needs to happen first.
We aren't yet talking about a release date for this work. If you re-read Todd's response above you may make a guess as to when we expect it to be ready.