Is there any way to work with the folder system that is self-generated by the addition of plug-ins?
No. Categories are coded into the plug-ins themselves and how many of them can be displayed is determined by your screen resolution.
Thanks, Mylenium. It doesn't seem to be a resolution thing, for the limit is the same on my 1920 screen as it is on my 1280 res screen.
And I guess I'm looking more to work with the folder system within AE.
My drop down for effects has the second column, but only goes about a third of the way down before everything gets lumped into the "other" folder.
I was hoping there was a way to increase the number of folders allowed, for AE seems to be limiting it to something like 50.
Now that my Sapphire folders have been bumped into the other category...yikes...my "other" folder has something like a hundred effects in it.
Not the end of the world, but was hoping somewhere there is a command to increase the amount within the AE framework?
No, these limits are hard-coded. Something to do with how AE caches such stuff for drawing it in the UI.
Okay, question answered!
Back to compositing...
Thanks for saving me some time chasing rainbows, Mylenium.
There are things you can to in the Plug-in file structure to better organize the plug-ins in there. The tricks, depending on the Plug-in also work in the Adobe Shared components folders. I use aliases to bring in 3Rd party plug-ins for multiple versions. For instance, I'll install in CS5, but then create an alias to the plug-in's folders and put that alias in CS5.5. It makes updating and installing cleaner for many. For some, however, this technique doesn't work.
I've also grouped all of my 3rd party plug-ins that get installed in the App>Plug-ins folder in a sub folder called 3rd party. I created an alias to this in CS5 and put the alias in CS5.5. Again, this makes housekeeping easier.
There is no way that I know of to organize the Effects drop down menu though. There are only a few plug-ins that I look for that way any more. I'm always typing a few letters into the Effects and Presets Panel
Thanks, Rick. I'll poke around and see if I can streamline things. And I use the search option most of the time, as well.