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reset your preferences -
after effects: http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/preferences.html
Thanks for the quick reply!
Just tried resetting the AE and deleted the Premiere Pro preferences and was able to do so. Opened both programs to ensure that the changes had taking place and they did. Rebooted the computer and no love.....
Still in the same boat it seems.
that's unfortunate because the next step is a thorough cleaning and reinstall.
uninstall everything cc including preferences, https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/uninstall-remove-app.html
then uninstall the cc desktop app, https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/uninstall-creative-cloud-desktop-app.html
clean your computer of cc files per http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html
restart your computer (don't skip this)
reinstall the cc desktop app, https://creative.adobe.com/products/creative-cloud.
if you're unable to install the cc desktop app at this stage, use an administrator account (solution 3 here, https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/creative-cloud-missing-damaged.html)
use the desktop app to install your cc programs/trials
I appreciate the help. Unfortunately, I went through these steps last night and completed a full cleaning of everything to the best of my ability. In addition to the steps you gave and what was linked, I got a IT buddy on Team Viewer and went through the registry as well. We kicked out nearly everything adobe and still no luck. The reinstall went fine but AE and Premiere Pro still do not dynamic link and I can't open AE from the CC Desktop App.
I'm starting the think there is some sort of association issue with the location of After Effects as it's installed to my PC that can't be found by whatever carries out the dynamic linking. Also, the fact that I can't open AE from the launcher app seems like it must just be located in a place where it can't be found by adobe. Finally, when I try to replace a Premiere Pro clip with an AE Comp and I get the error "Adobe After Effects must be installed to import this file." this again leads me to think that it's just not in the right location all together.
So considering the fact that we DEEP cleaned the registry, and went through all the uninstall methods you've linked to above, and having the same problem right off the bat on reinstall, I would imagine that there is some sort of association going on with old settings saved to the Creative Cloud that are prohibiting this from working as is. Is there any way to get rid of setting in CC?
Just did a little experimenting.
I installed the After Effects CC 2015.4 version of AE and tried to dynamic link. No luck doing so from a clip in the latest 2017 version of Premiere Pro.
So I uninstalled both latest versions of AE and Premiere Pro and installed the 2015.4 version of both. TUDUH!!!!!!! Dynamic Link works like it should and everything launches from the desktop app.
I'm happy to stick with the older version if I could figure out a way to open the project files saved in the 2017 versions. I get an error saying "This project was saved in a newer version of Adobe Premiere Pro and cannot be opened in this version." when I try to open a project saved with the latest version via the older 2015.4 version. Any work around here that you know of?
using a browser that allows popups and cookies, contact adobe support during pst business hours by clicking here and, when available, click 'still need help', http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/service-ccm.html
Will do. Thanks again.
Moving this discussion to the After Effects forum.
So after exhausting every avenue that has been mentioned above, I finally got on a chat with customer service and they fixed me up over a remote screen share session. Mohammad Aamir Khan took over and fixed my problem in no time at all. It appeared to me that what wound up fixing things was that he changed some settings in Chrome and in the permissions of each app. There was a lot more that was done but I didn't catch everything as I'm not an IT guy.
Sort of kicking myself for not doing this in the first place, or at least after a small amount of effort on my part. Thanks for the replies guys! Problem solved!