End of an Era?

Some sad (or not so sad?) news has been crawling ze web for the past few days in that GridIron Software will definitely pull the plug on Nucleo Pro and cease all support. Should we care or even worry? If you are a current user and heavily using it, no doubt this will piss you off as your currently working version could go kaput with the next version of After Effects. If, like me, you had a license, but essentially never used it, it will probably be an easy parting. Well, and if you were planning on buying it some day, but never did, the only thing you may regret is not having known it. Personally I never really knew what to do with it. In part of course this could be attributed to the lack of proper hardware, but it’s also a matter of workflows – rendering, after all, is only the last step and when crafting expressions code or constructing other elaborate stuff that would render slow as hog either way, I wasn’t exactly dependent on spec previews nor really looking forward to seeing my processors glow in the dark. On the other hand you have to give it to the developers – it was a not so minor engineering feat to run additional instances in an encapsulated environment and let them cooperate with your working instance of After Effects at a time when many computers were running 32bit operating systems with only 4GB of RAM. In fact After Effects didn’t even have its own multiprocessing then. While this may be a serious blow to some users, there is a streak of hope. As reported, Steve Forde is now running the show and no doubt his experience will influence development of After Effects in versions to come…

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