Incorporating an interface that will be familiar to users of After Effects 7 Professional , Adobe has added impressive new animation features and improved functionality to this version. It runs natively on Intel Macs and works seamlessly with other members of Adobe's new Production Premium video suite. Adobe has obviously been listening to its users.
But, in contrast to Adobe's faithful timeline video editor, the flagship compositing tool has undergone what Adobe calls "one of its most significant updates". And, once you've used it for a few days, you'll see that even this is a bit of an understatement. The new layer category called a Shape Layer is one of the most important changes since 3D layers arrived.
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