The Awful

Mental-ly gone

Tough times for 3D old-timers like me it seems. After the demise of Fabric Engine a few weeks ago, today we have to put on yet another grief-stricken face for Mental Ray. NVidia, current owners of the product have declared the cessation of active development. Surprising? Not really! When was the last time you heard […]

It’s still 2015…

Well, at least according to Adobe. Thus this year’s first new Creative Cloud versions are labeled as 2015.something, which is actually pretty terrible. It’s like the company being in full Corel mode and having zero confidence in their products because they know that a) they are still full of bugs and unresolved issues (trust me, […]

Another Year, another *meh*

Well, just a quick bit of non-news: Features of the upcoming After Effects CC release. It’s totally what I expected – more spotty performance enhancements and gimmicky features here and there, but not a fundamental re-invention of workflows nor anything else. Making things work asynchronously and decoupling functions is not a bad thing, mind you, […]

Kopriva-Goner

Over the weekend the After Effects mailing list has been abuzz with parting wishes and greetings for Mr. Kopriva and so it’s probably fitting to jot down a few thoughts on this as well. There was a time in my life when I actually thought he was a cool guy, but then for the last […]

I told you…!

Here we go again – sadly – and contribute to the never-ending story of “Why does Adobe even bother to release unfinished, buggy software?” It’s unfathomable, really. Aside from the already mentioned obnoxious stubbornness of the CC app itself and its refusal to update and install apps, so far the most obvious issues are: The undo […]

CC 2015 – Forum Gold

A slightly frustrated user just posted this on the Adobe forums: Hi, I hate the live preview! Is there a way to use the old method, where you wait a bit and then play it without any lags, if you don’t have a powerful machine? Another user also requested the return of the “alternate preview” […]

CC 2015 – The Sum of all Fears

It’s now one week after the 2015 release of Creative Cloud and calling it a complete disaster would be doing anyone favors. For the time being I have decided to pass and probably won’t bother with the new versions until much, much later. In addition to my already mentioned issues, some additional ones have made the rounds. […]