January 23, 2006
The Plug-in Ecosystem
One of my goals is to use this blog to share info about the large and growing number of plug-ins available for After Effects. There are so many that I want to cover, that it is hard to decide where to begin. So I thought I'd start off by sharing some thoughts on why I believe plug-ins are critical to the success of After Effects
Since the release of the first set of plug-ins for After Effects called Final Effects developed by our good friends at Cycore circa 1994-5, plug-in developers and the plug-ins they create have been instrumental in their contributions to the success of After Effects.
Plug-ins extend/enhance the capabilities AE, allow users to customize AE for specific workflows that we don't address, and in some cases fill gaps in our feature set, thus freeing our users from having to rely solely on the AE development team to add new features to After Effects.
Similar to responding to user requests for new features, we allocate a portion of each cycle to incorporate API feature requests from our plug-in developers that allow them to add new capabilities to their existing plug-ins or create new types of plug-ins.
So before I begin a series of entries about various plug-ins, I want to take a moment to publicly thank all of our plug-in developers for choosing to invest and build a business around After Effects, and to thank all of our users for investing in the amazing plug-ins these companies produce.