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After Effects Interface question

As you can probably imagine, there is a lot of internal emails that fly about inside of Adobe and its extended developer community.  One such email came from a developer who made a comment.  In essence, he said that some users prefer After Effects 6.5 since it is the last version with a ‘decent Mac interface.’

This struck me as very odd, but it reminded me that some users didn’t like the panels driven interface.  Certainly, it is a minority but its out there.  My question to those users is why?

My defense of the AE user interface isn’t based on the fact that I am an Adobe employee, nor is it based on the fact that I came to AE after 6.5 (I didn’t).  And while we’re on the subject, why is 6.5 a Mac interface?  Is it not a PC interface???

To me, Mac or otherwise, the standardized UI across all of the Adobe apps represents a significant improvement over panels flying all over the screen.  Whats more is the interface will automatically adapt to any screen resolution you have – giving you maximum utilization of your screen real estate on any given system.  As an aside, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve appreciated that feature as I fly about the country demonstrating various Adobe apps on different screens, projectors and systems… ;-)

The other thing besides not pushing panels about constantly is the fact that reconfiguring the interface is improved as well. If I need more timeline area, I can drag it up and all of the affected other panels automatically conform to fit.  In the past, I would resize one window and then push another two or three around to make it fit again. 

Like I said, I don’t get it and am curious to learn what I may be misunderstanding.

To those of you who prefer the floating panels, there is a workspace option that allows you to undock all of your panels.  This in effect would give you the ‘classic 6.5 look.’

But back again to the question – if you are a long AE user and prefer the 6.5 way of things, can you tell me why?  I’m very curious.

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