What version number of AE are you using (down to the last decimal)?
I'm running After Effects CS6 (11.04.2) running on Windows 10.
I'm afraid you're pretty much stuck then.
One of the big, nice changes in CC 2015 is that the UI and the renderer are now separated. You can keep on working without waiting for the renderer to do anything. I think the other CC apps also listen for interrupts better than CS6 did. At least, it seems to work better for me.
Thank you very much for the insight. Upgrading to CC at home is on my infinite list of things to do.
Marc Trzepla wrote:
Upgrading to CC at home is on my infinite list of things to do.
Haha. I know what you mean! I'd suggest bumping it a bit up the priority list.
Keep in mind what I said about CC 2015 though. It's a HUGE change in how AE works under the hood and not all of the bugs are worked out.
For me, I've had great experience with the latest updates since 13.6.0 on both my Mac and Windows machines, but even in 13.7.0 some people are still experiencing some bugs that are pretty annoying for them in their workflow. So, keep in mind that your CC subscription gives you access to CS6, CC, and CC 2014 in addition to CC 2015. It can be a bit tricky to find the old versions, so refer to this if you need to: How to Find and Install Previous Version of Adobe Apps in CC 2015
Updating to CC is worth it even if you just use CC 2014.
I work in CC 2015 because it's a lot faster for me when I'm working, then I open that same project file in CC 2014 to render with multiprocessing since it usually renders faster.
Make sure you read up on the new architecture! RAM preview is gone, for example. (It's not really gone, but it works entirely differently.)
all about previews in After Effects CC 2015 (this new preview engine has been greatly improved in the updates since 13.5 was first released, by the way)
And, since you're coming from such an old version, it wouldn't hurt to see some of the other new features you've been missing (now that Adobe has gone to a subscription-based model, point releases now include new features too):
There was also a useful blog series recently on some of the added features since CS6. A lot of these aren't splashy new features that people talk about, but are VERY useful additions to the workflow in AE.
I've put them in the order of my favorites!
The addition of the property links feature is reason enough to update!
Something people aren't really talking about is the new panel stacking/soloing business in CC 2015's latest update. When you go to use it, choose the "All panels" workspace at first. It's GREAT! That's what I built my workspace off of.
I know this is a lot, but I'm just really excited for you. There are so many improvements to your workflow in your future!
This is a really great collection of links. Super helpful and comprehensive. I appreciate your taking the time to put these under one roof - I even forwarded them to my colleagues.
Thank you again,
No problem! I really like the focus the AE team has had since CC on improving actual workflow (like accidentally pressing too quickly on shift no longer pops up that pesky flowchart - if you like that flowchart, it now lives [much more sensibly] on the Tab key). Little workflow interrupters like that (and major ones like expression errors) are being dealt with at last! As they get the rest of the bugs ironed out of the new architecture in CC 2015 and bring in the new renderer in a future version, it's going to be great! Again, I'm really enjoying CC 2015, but if it's got weird issues that we forum folk can't solve for you, you can always use CC 2014 which is significantly improved over CS6.
One big thing I forgot to mention: When you do go to CC, it likely will default to removing old versions whenever you do a big update. You probably want to disable that as the AE team mentions here: keeping previous versions installed when installing CC 2015 applications That "feature" was introduced when CC 2015 launched to the surprise and chagrin of many.