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Adobe Updates After Effects
New version fixes bugs, adds Photoshop 6 support

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Adobe today released a free update to its flagship compositing and effects package, After Effects. The update works for both Standard and Production Bundle versions, although none of the Production Bundle's specific elements are updated. After Effects 4.1.1 incorporates several bug fixes and performance enhancements, as well as support for Photoshop 6 files.

For the Macintosh version, specific improvements include proper display of images wider than 4,095 pixels in Mac OS 9, full support for ElectricImage EIZ files in Mac OS 9 and improved resampling accuracy for alpha channels.

Other new features include:

  • Improved performance of large projects when using the "Synchronize time of all related items" option;
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop 6 files with both vector and raster layer masks;
  • Improved Render Engine failure handling;
  • Improved stability in Flowchart View;
  • Path names remain correct when using "Collect Files" for projects with the same file imported multiple times and with Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator files imported as comp;
  • A clearer error appears when "Collect Files" is performed on "Will Continue" render items;
  • Photoshop 5.0 layer effects appear as an empty layer rather than as a solid;
  • Keyboard shortcuts are not disabled erratically;
  • Correct calculation of mask opacity for all mask lines;
  • Projects corrupted due to a failed render in the Render Queue open with a warning rather than failing to open;
  • Improved stability when checkerboard background, rulers, grids or guides are enabled in the Composition window.

The After Effects 4.1.1 update is free for 4.1 users. The full Standard version is $649. The full Production Bundle is $1,499. For more information, visit

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