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Profound Effects Ships Useful Assistants for After Effects

Software automates tasks and enhances functionality By Dave Nagel
Profound Effects has released Useful Assistants for Adobe After Effects 5.5 and 6.0. Useful Assistants is a tools designed to streamline workflow by providing automated Assistants for carrying out repetitive tasks. It's available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

Useful Assistants provides 35 individual Assistants for automating tasks, and more will be available online at no additional charge, according to Profound Effects. Current Assistants provide tools for copying and pasting whole groups of Expressions, saving work with incremental file names, generating Expressions automatically for tasks like slaving lights to cameras, automatically inserting markers at cut points in the footage and several other functions.

Aside from the preset Assistants included with the software, users can also define their own. The company says that "virtually any sequence of user operations be encapsulated into an Assistant." Users can also save sequences of Assistants.

Profound Effects Useful Assistants is available now for Mac OS X and Windows for $295. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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, Mac OS, 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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