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Maximize Screen in AE 7

AFTER EFFECTS 7 changes hotkeys By Ko Maruyama

In After Effects 7, there is a new feature that allows you to maximize the current panel into the whole application frame, using only one key.  Unfortunately, for many seasoned After Effects users, that "one key" was an important part of their daily finger placement.  My friend Warren asked, where did it go?  Well, here it is.

A fantastic new feature in After Effects 7 makes a fantastic use of screen real estate.  Even someone with two 30" displays will appreciate all of the additional space that you have to work with when you start to use this feature.

In the following QuickTime, I've used a space that simulates 720 x 540, no more space than a frame of NTSC-square.

Yet, in this space I can still have enough room to maneuver, allowing for many, if not all of the elements to be seen.

Now I'm thinking that 15" might be enough screen space for an After Effects user.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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