When you install the After Effects CC (12.1) update, the application will use default settings for preferences, workspaces, output module templates, render settings templates, interpretation rules, and compositions settings templates.
The After Effects CC (12.0) settings that you may have modified are still on your computer, though. You can manually copy them to the correct place for After Effects CC (12.1) to use them, as long as you are also careful to change the version number in the file names for some of the files.
The files and folders are in the folder that we loosely refer to as the “preferences folder” for After Effects, which is in the following locations for After Effects CC (12.1):
- Mac OS: /Library/Preferences/Adobe/After Effects/12.1
- Windows: \AppData\Roaming\Adobe\After Effects\12.1
You don’t need to manually dig for those, though, since you can open this folder in the Mac OS Finder or Windows Explorer from within After Effects. Just open the Preferences dialog box and click the Reveal In Finder or Reveal In Explorer button at the bottom. To navigate to the 12.0 version of the folder, just go up one level to the After Effects folder and then back down into the 12.0 folder that sits alongside the 12.1 folder.
To transfer your settings files from After Effects CC (12.0) to After Effects CC (12.1), first quit After Effects, and then copy the following files and folders from the 12.0 folder to the 12.1 folder and replace any instance of ’12.0′ in any file name with ’12.1′:
- Interpretation Rules.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs-text.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs-paint.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs-indep-render.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs-indep-output.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs-indep-composition.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs-indep-general.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 Prefs.txt
- Adobe After Effects 12.0 MC Prefs
Note: The names of the files and folders are translated (localized) if you’ve installed After Effects in a language other than English, but the general instructions above still apply to other languages.
This method does not work for transferring modified keyboard shortcuts, because the contents of the keyboard shortcuts file have changed significantly from After Effects CC (12.0) to After Effects CC (12.1).
We apologize for this hassle of needing to manually copy files and folders. We had begun work on migrating the settings automatically from After Effects CC (12.0) to After Effects CC (12.1), but the amount of testing to get this right was larger than we could do in the time that we had available. Rather than delay the entire update or take time away from more critical bug fixes, we decided that we could release the update with this relatively minor inconvenience. We thought that this would be acceptable since we have never in any previous version of After Effects migrated settings from one version to the next. What we failed to understand was how this “new version” coming as an update would not be expected to return settings to their defaults in the same way that, say, moving from CS5 to CS6 would do. Again, we’re sorry for not realizing how unexpected and annoying this would be to you.
We’re currently working on a feature to migrate settings from previous versions of After Effects, and we’re hoping to have this feature ready for an update in December. Stay tuned for more information about that.
If you’re near Vancouver, BC, then stop by the Alibi Room (157 Alexander Street) this Thursday evening (14Nov2013) to visit with several members of the After Effects team.
We’ll be at the Alibi Room from 5PM to 6:30PM or so.
Feel free to stop by to ask questions, complain, tell us how you use After Effects, or just chat. Of course, the best place to submit feature requests and bug reports is here; it’s less likely that we’ll lose a submission through that form than one made on a beer napkin at a pub.
The After Effects team members that will be there include Tim Kurkoski, Amir Stone, Seth Monger, and Todd Kopriva (me).
In case you didn’t see it on the Red Giant team’s blog, we wanted to call your attention to their announcement that some of their plug-ins need to be updated to work on Mac OS X v10.9 (Mavericks).
We recommend that you subscribe to the Red Giant team’s blog to stay up to date with the status of their plug-ins’ compatibility with Mac OS X v10.9 (Mavericks).
As of the time of this writing, the Red Giant team has released some news on the Red Giant support site about the status of some of their plug-ins:
- “A Green Light for Red Giant in OSX Mavericks” (8Nov2013)
- Colorista II update (6Nov2013)
- Mavericks Compatibility support post (1Nov2013)
announcing the After Effects CC (12.1) update, one of several October 2013 updates for Adobe professional video applications
Today, we released the After Effects CC (12.1) update, which is now available to all Creative Cloud members.
Among many other changes and fixes, this updates enables After Effects CC to run on Mac OS X v10.9 (Mavericks). This full update makes it unnecessary to install the previous After Effects CC (12.0.1) patch. Unlike the After Effects CC (12.0.1) patch, the After Effects CC (12.1) update can be used to update the trial version of After Effects CC (12.0).
If the update hasn’t yet appeared in the Creative Cloud desktop application for you, you can go ahead and check for new updates from within After Effects or any other Adobe application by choosing Help > Updates. You can also force the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh its list of available updates by quitting and restarting the application. One way to check for updates is by closing all Adobe applications other than Adobe Bridge, and choosing Help > Updates in Adobe Bridge; this ensures that all processes related to Adobe video applications have been quit and can be updated safely.
Ideally, you should install the updates automatically through the Creative Cloud desktop application or by choosing Help > Updates, but you can also directly download the update packages from the download page for Windows or Mac OS by choosing the “Adobe After Effects CC (12.1)” update for your operating system. (IMPORTANT: The After Effects CC updates are not at the top of the page; scroll down to find them.)
If you have difficulty with this update, please bring questions and issues to the After Effects forum. Don’t ask questions in the comments on this blog post, which fewer people will see.
We have also been working with several providers of plug-ins, codecs, and hardware devices to assist them in updating their software to fix some errors and crashes. Please take this opportunity to download and install updated codecs, plug-ins, and drivers from these providers, as relevant to your work.
UPDATE: There is no need to use the After Effects CC (12.0.1) update any longer. Instead, install the new, full After Effects CC (12.1) update, which also adds Mavericks compatibility and can be used for trial versions of After Effects.