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  • Adobe clarify reverse compatibility for After Effects CC

  • Aindreas Gallagher

    May 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Todd Kopriva:

    “There is a command in After Effects CC to save a project as a copy that After Effects CS6 can open. We intend to have that command in all versions going forward. (Of course, some features won’t save backward, since they weren’t in CS6.)

    That’s actually kind of a big deal really. That was one of my real problems. PS reverse compatibility is a given. XML is pretty robust, but it was the idea of locking all my mograph whatevers in rented software was really not on my wish list. Its largely psychological this – but knowing that if for whatever reason, I want to shut down CC – I can actually fall back to my copy of Prod.Premium 6 largely unscathed. That does make something of a difference.

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  • Frank Gothmann

    May 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    That functionality’s been there all the time. In AE CS6 you can save your project files as a 5.5 file, simply by choosing that option under “save as”.
    Just normal stuff which will also be in CC.

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  • Walter Soyka

    May 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Aindreas, this is a bit of a “techniques” post, but you should check out Paul Tuersley’s awesome pt_OpenSesame script [link]. It outputs (and inputs) human-readable XML so you can translate Ae projects all the way back to CS3. It’s not without limitations, but it really works pretty well.

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  • Aindreas Gallagher

    May 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Not really no, it hasn’t been there all the time. 6 was the first time they included a save as 5.5 – but to be specific – for whatever reason, adobe after effects wasn’t on the adobe published list of applications with CC reverse compatibility to CS6. That came up in another conversation.

    https://vimeo.com/user1590967/videos http://www.ogallchoir.net promo producer/editor.grading/motion graphics

  • Aindreas Gallagher

    May 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    oh hey that’s cool. brains – you just can’t beat brains.

    https://vimeo.com/user1590967/videos http://www.ogallchoir.net promo producer/editor.grading/motion graphics

  • Kevin Monahan

    May 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    [Walter Soyka] “check out Paul Tuersley’s awesome pt_OpenSesame script [link].”
    Open Sesame rocks! A must have for all AE users.

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  • Walter Soyka

    May 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    [Aindreas Gallagher] “6 was the first time they included a save as 5.5 – but to be specific – for whatever reason, adobe after effects wasn’t on the adobe published list of applications with CC reverse compatibility to CS6. That came up in another conversation.”

    CS 5.5 was the first version with down-save. It could go back to CS5. I use CS5.5 as an intermediate a couple times a month to go from CS6 down to CS5.

    Here’s a COW post [link] from Steve Forde, senior product manager for Ae:

    [Steve Forde] “Ae allows you to save one version back with each version. Ae CC will allow you to save a .aep in CS6 format.

    Also – CC members will have access to all versions of the products starting with CS6. In other words – it’s 2018 and you can download and install Ae CS6 or any version in between.”

    Walter Soyka
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  • Aindreas Gallagher

    May 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I didn’t even realise 5.5 could go to 5. Wildly attentive I am.

    https://vimeo.com/user1590967/videos http://www.ogallchoir.net promo producer/editor.grading/motion graphics

  • Gary Huff

    May 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    [Aindreas Gallagher] “I didn’t even realise 5.5 could go to 5. Wildly attentive I am.”

    Yep, like Walter, I have done it before myself. Life saver.

  • Derek Andonian

    May 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    It’s good to know AE has backwards compatibility now. That makes me feel better about the cloud.

    Of course, the downside to going backwards is the big, new, long-awaited feature in the next version (Cinema 4D) will be useless in CS6…

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