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September 11, 2009 /Region of Interest /

After Effects CS4 Help update, now with easier-to-search keyboard shortcuts

I just pushed a big update to After Effects CS4 Help on the Web. If you tend to work offline, now would be a good time to grab a fresh copy of the PDF version of the document, because there is absolutely no circumstance under which you should be using the local, HTML version of Help that was installed on your hard disk when you installed After Effects. I mean it.

This update is full of a bunch of little changes—mostly clarifications, links to tutorials, and some minor restructuring. I won’t bore you with all of the changes here.

There is one big change, though: As many people have requested, I’ve put all (and I do mean all) of the After Effects CS4 keyboard shortcuts on one page with anchor links. Several people asked that I do this so that they could search on a single page rather than having to click through several individual category pages and search on each of those.

Let me know what you think of this change. Sometimes it’s hard to strike the right balance when parsing a large document into discrete web pages. I want to make sure that this is working for y’all.

Finally, I again urge each and every one of you to add comments to the pages of After Effects Help on the Web. Those comments are the source of a lot of these updates. Have you recently watched a video tutorial that taught something about After Effects especially well? Then leave a comment with a link to that video tutorial. Did you recently post a template project, script, plug-in, or animation preset on your website that you’d like to share with other After Effects users? Then leave a comment with a link. Got a tip? Leave a comment. Got a correction? Leave a comment.

Here’s an example of a page with a comment from David Bogie that is likely helping every person who reads the page. Thanks, David!

Just sign in at the bottom of the relevant page of After Effects CS4 Help on the Web and click the Add Comment button that appears.

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