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December 6, 2012 /After Effects /

Comments on Top Feature Requests of 2012

The After Effects team’s own Todd Kopriva put a great post on the team blog about the top feature requests we hear from folks and some context to things that have already been shipped in After Effects. Here’s the link: Top Feature Requests for After Effects in 2012

I thought I would add a little colour to the conversation around a few specific things.

1: When is After Effects going to get ‘nodes’ – like Nuke.

I hear this from folks who use both applications.  Folks are passionate about which tools they use to accomplish creative tasks, and as some move between different applications like After Effects and Nuke, they tend to ask one tool to become more like the other.  Here’s my opinion on the matter (remember – just my opinion!) – After Effects is a CREATIVE motion graphics and VFX tool (strength = timeline). Nuke is a procedural compositor (strength = nodes).  Frankly – the Foundry has done some great work with their tools IMO and did so because they focus on their strengths.

Therein lies the point.  After Effects is strong because we continue to focus on its strength (animating / compositing elements and movement over time).  In fact, it’s why I believe that the applications could work even better together in the future vs. one application trying to become the other.  By taking this approach, After Effects has a ton of innovation to offer in the future with the timeline being its core.

Now this isn’t to say that we can’t improve organizational capabilities within After Effects in support of the timeline, but our view will always be to ‘go from idea to comp as quickly as possible’ with a focus on creativity.

2: After Effects on Linux – When?

My colleague Todd has written on this topic in many places recently, but thought I would throw in my $0.02 on the subject as well.  First – we realize and understand that there are a few VERY passionate individuals who feel we (Adobe) should be porting our software to Linux, After Effects included.  Obviously there are development, testing, support and delivery ramifications of doing so.  I will also state that I have NEVER seen any evidence to support some of the crazy accusations I have seen on the interwebs that we (Adobe) are somehow paid to NOT deliver on Linux.  (Sorry zealots – it just ain’t so)

Frankly, not porting After Effects to Linux is a business decision – pure and simple.  There is no data (rants on the interwebs don’t count as data) to support that porting to linux would be a sound business decision.  I realize other companies that provide software on linux have data that supports their development, testing, delivery, support AND business model.  From our perspective and how our business operates, it just doesn’t add up.

That isn’t to say we are saying ‘never’, but it does say that until it becomes a sound business decision (and real data proves it) – it’s not very likely.

I truly believe in transparency and open debate (civil discourse please), and wanted to give you some idea of how we prioritize.


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