Recently, on an After Effects forum, I asked someone why they were using plain ol’ Google search instead of the much more efficient After Effects Community Help search. The answer was that he wasn’t sure that the Community Help search would find all of the good things that Google would.
Since I’d bet that many other people have the same idea, I thought that I should try to remove this misconception. Hence this post.
I assure you that the After Effects Community Help search will find virtually everything worthwhile about After Effects that a regular search on Google.com would—and the Community Help search will filter out a tremendous amount of noise/garbage.
The Community Help search is actually a Google custom search engine that I maintain. I enter websites that I have vetted as being of high quality and as providing free resources about After Effects, as well as other Adobe software.
If you find something free on the Web that is useful for After Effects users but doesn’t come up in a Community Help search, tell me, and I’ll evaluate it for inclusion. (One of the ways to tell me about a resource is to add a comment to a relevant page of After Effects Help on the Web, pointing to the resource.)
The After Effects Community Help search is available from the upper-right corner of the After Effects CS4 application and from the upper-right corner of every page of After Effects Help on the Web.
You can also do this search from the main After Effects support center page.
Note that you can just search within the After Effects CS4 Help document, too.