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After Effects Set for OS X Release

Version 5.5 gets Maya integration By Dave Nagel
Adobe After Effects is coming to OS X sooner rather than later. Adobe today announced After Effects 5.5, which will natively support OS X when it's released in the first quarter of 2002. It will also receive a number of additional features, including integration with Alias|Wavefront Maya (in the Production Bundle), multiple views, colored shadows, stained glass lighting and the Advanced 3D Renderer, which is used for rendering layers that intersect. Adobe also says that version 5.5 will be the fastest version yet.

After Effects 5.5 also receives several workflow enhancements. These include copying and pasting keyframes onto multiple layers; maintaining track mattes when duplicating layers; five new transfer modes (with Photoshop keyboard shortcuts for cycling through them); prerendering and automated proxy creation; and a new Effects palette for organizing filters.

Other new features include:

  • Colored shadows and projection layers
  • Adjustment lights
  • Multiple comp views
  • New masking enhancements
  • Expressions enhancements
  • Eight new effects
  • Advanced RealMedia output
  • Import Flash (SWF) files
  • Import MPEG-1 files.

New features in the Production Bundle include:

  • Import camera data from Alias|Wavefront's Maya and Discreet's 3ds max
  • Support for additional 16-bit per channel formats, including including Maya IFF, RPF, SGI and QuickTime
  • Import RPF files and apply 3D channel effects
  • Includes Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Classic for modeling titles and logos in 3D from Illustrator files.

After Effects 5.5 will be available for $649 for the standard edition and $1,499 for the Production Bundle. Upgrades to the Production Bundle run $899. Upgrades to the same package from version 5.0 run $99. French, German, and Japanese versions are expected to ship at the same time as the English version. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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