No idea, but DynamicLink crashes always mean that it's losing connection to one of the relevant helper services, anything from qtserver32 to dynamiclinkserver itself. Since this happens when switching apps, it could mean that some security setting/ tool is isolating the programs and severing the link whenever they are sent into the background/ hibernation.... As a start, check your system event viewer what actualyl happens when the crashes occur. This might provide a clue....
I opened the Event Viewer and it listed the problem as an Application Error. Here is the information that it gave me. Is the .dll file that it's listing causing my problem?
Log Name: Application Source: Application Error Date: 12/12/2011 9:25:48 PM Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: adsfa-PC
Faulting application name: AfterFX.exe, version: 10.5.1.2, time stamp: 0x4dc4fb01
Faulting module name: NtrigInterfacePressure.dll_unloaded, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x4d2dae27
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000000037e16090
Faulting process id: 0x161c
Faulting application start time: 0x01ccb946c75ad65a
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS5.5\Support Files\AfterFX.exe
Faulting module path: NtrigInterfacePressure.dll
Report Id: 25e2b81d-253a-11e1-9bd8-90004edb40d6
<Provider Name="Application Error" /> <EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID> <Level>2</Level> <Task>100</Task> <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-12-13T03:25:48.000000000Z" /> <EventRecordID>11585</EventRecordID> <Channel>Application</Channel> <Computer>adfsa-PC</Computer> <Security />
<Data>AfterFX.exe</Data> <Data>10.5.1.2</Data> <Data>4dc4fb01</Data> <Data>NtrigInterfacePressure.dll_unloaded</Data> <Data>0.0.0.0</Data> <Data>4d2dae27</Data> <Data>c0000005</Data> <Data>0000000037e16090</Data> <Data>161c</Data> <Data>01ccb946c75ad65a</Data> <Data>C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS5.5\Support Files\AfterFX.exe</Data> <Data>NtrigInterfacePressure.dll</Data> <Data>25e2b81d-253a-11e1-9bd8-90004edb40d6</Data>
Thanks - jjgleim
Mylenium were right. I google the NtrigInterfacePressure.dll error and found out the driver for the touchscreen on my laptop was causing the crash. It's a known issue according to the manufacturer and they are working on an update for the driver.
Here's the link to the website where I found the info: http://forum.notebookreview.com/dell-latitude-vostro-precision/616825-m6600-touchscreen-af ter-effects-cs5-5-a.html.
The site says, "You can fix this by going to: “Windows\system32” and renaming the “wintab32.dll”
This will disable the pen pressure support for adobe programs (After Effects,Photoshop, etc…) but will fix the crash."
I did this and the problem is gone. It's not crashing anymore which is nice.
Thanks Mylenium for guiding me through the process of problem solving this issue. You were a great help!