Posts in Category "General"

Okay, chump…

(“Chump” is self-referential…) Kids are crazy for the blogging these days. What started as an effort to communicate items of interest to developers in a more timely fashion seems to have become something more. At least, based on the feedback I get, people seem to want it to be something more. They also seem to want discounted erectile dysfunction drugs at rock-bottom prices, and pictures of adventuresome poly-sexuals. But hey, one need at a time.


So, I’m going to start adding posts on development methodology, books and articles I’ve found helpful (not necessarily all code-related, but within the bounds of an corporate blog), and developer-related goings-on at Adobe. That, and pictures of my kid; can’t change everything at once.

No one’s posted any feedback about my quick start development guide, which could mean any number of things. I choose to hope it means you’re all well into your own development processes, and don’t have time to waste posting about it on some fool’s blog. So, how about it; what books, articles, or general ideas help you get your Geek on? I’ll start:

Back from Europe, back from NAB…

Amsterdam and Stockholm were fabulous. Thanks to Jens, Nils & Peder for their offers of hospitality and assistance around Stockholm. I could visit Stockholm at one end of my IBC trip; let me know if you’d like to meet. I know this place that serves awesome reindeer…
My prediction of new SDKs containing XCode and .NET 2005 samples was overly-optimistic; the Jell-O is still setting. I’ll let everyone know when they’re up.
I quite enjoyed this year’s NAB (my 9th); very pleasant this year. Adobe’s booth looked wonderful, standing room only. The Plug-in Pavilion had traffic and the Adobe-adjacent position seemed ideal. Over the next month or so, I plan to meet with multiple Adobe VPs to discuss improvements to how we work with developers.
Your input is appreciated.

And now, the content that made me flag this with the “irrelevant” topic:
Me, looking thoughtful (and furry):

Bigger Picture

So, XCode-related outbursts aside, here’s a high level view of where we are, and where we’re headed.
Our NAB presence will be (unsurprisingly) all about the Production Studio. Adobe likes suites. If you’re a developer who’s exhibiting at NAB, and you haven’t already been contacted by me or Adobe marketing, please send me information about your booth presence, and what Adobe product(s!) you’ll be running.
I plan to release updated SDKs before NAB. The sample projects will have been updated for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2005 and XCode 2.2.1. I’ve added a couple suites to AEGP_SuiteHandler, but the AE-related headers will not have changed. The docs will have undergone only minor changes. I’m pressing ahead with my new InDesign-based “tips ‘n’ tricks” document…wish me luck.
For our position and schedule for releasing Intel-compatible Universal Binaries, see:
As always, feel free to ask me AE-(and-hopefully-API-)related questions.
Oh yes, for more (and better) high-level Adobe and After Effects Marketing Vision, see Steve Kilisky’s blog.

Terror of the blank page…

Well, all the kids are doing it, so I suppose it’s time the After Effects API has a blog.
Having shipped the 7.0 SDK, I’ve taken some time to pause and reflect upon the state of the API, the SDK, and developing for Adobe. As comfortable as it would be to think I’m right about everything, I’d like to work with the developer community to confirm our vision(s). Or something.

Continue reading…