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Hit the RAM Preview button on the Time Controls palette.
Your bottom left key isn't a "fn" key? Or it doesn't have the numbers?
What I meant, was that the keypad is gone with the new laptops. The "fn" key remains, but there is no "zero" to function-toggle for RAM preview. It's a critical workflow issue, and having the time controls open to just hit that button isn't going to work.
I'm going to have to script that myself through the shortcut menu, unless someone has a better solution?
Will fn-M still work even though the keyboard isn't marked (with the number lock turned on)?
Nope. Plus, I don't believe there is a number lock, either.
Now I'm starting to worry. I just went to the shortcuts script, and found the RAM preview (Pad0) then realized that the "fn" key means nothing to AfterEffects. It's just an Apple system thing. So, typing in something like "fn+m" means NOTHING to AE.
Anyone else know what to do?
I'm just not having any luck over here either. But I did realize this same conversation is concurrently going on in another thread. You may find some answers there.
Thanks, Steven. I was following that, and a few other threads on other forums about keyedup. I'll likely give that a shot, but I still figure there must be a way to write the script properly in the shortcuts text file.
Yes...fn / M is RAM Preview on a 17" Macbook Pro (I have one as well). You probably don't have your keyboard set up correctly. Go into Sys/Prefs/Keyboard & Mouse and the first screen (Keyboard) check "Use all F1, F2, etc keys as standard function keys"
When this function is selected, press the fn key to use the special features printed on each key.
^Unfortunately, not any more. As I mentioned above, Apple have removed Numpad functions from the current release of MacBook Pros (released February 26 2008). I have a 17" MacBook Pro that is about 8 weeks old, and can verify this is the case. No Numpad toggle. The Numpad variants are no longer printed on the keys because the Fn key no longer provides that functionality.
This issue is being complained about all over DigiDesign and Apple's forums and The Cow. Strangely, a few of the Fn-key variants still work: Fn-Return=Enter, Fn-Arrow keys = PgUp/PgDn/Home/End. But you cannot create Numpad entries using the Fn key.
This is confirmed on the "switch To A Mac" website:
Hey Joey. I already have that system pref enabled. But that doesn't change the fact that there is no numeric keypad overlay with the newest MacBook Pro. Perhaps, yours is just older enough that it still has that feature? Mine is the absolute newest model, and those functions are gone. When I hit the "fn+M" AfterEffects just stares back at me.
You need to go here:
And run the KeyEd Up script from AE's file menu. I bought a MacBook Pro just last week and was a bit upset that they took out the NumPad (with the fn key). But what Apple knows, is that Pros always figure out a way.
EDIT: Just saw that you tried the KeyEd Up script. I set my RAM Preview to be the "/" key, and then it didn't work. The reason is because the RAM Preview shortcut key cannot share other shortcut assignments, so you have to set "unassign" to the others.
Sorry about that fellas...didn't know the BRAND NEW models wiped out the keyboard functions (My MBP I got in November 07). Holy sh!t...I would be pi$$ed, boy if I spent $3800 and that was missing.
Well...I went ahead and bought one of those sexy slim full sized Apple keyboards ($49.00) & a cordless mouse with my MBP to keep in my backpack anyway = no issues.
i have AE on my macbook pro too.
fn+M works fine for me! so maybe you have to adjust something in your preferences...i dont know if pref you have to adjust in your AE app or the apple pref.
either way, fn+M sucks because there both on the opposite sides of the keyboard screen but its alright i suppose...im going to maybe try and see if i can setting my AE keyboard settings to making a more pleasing shortcut
Or just use the Time Controls window to play.. It's not that big in the UI when collapsed down.