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Archive for February, 2010

Increasing Efficiency in After Effects with Pre-Composing and Copy/Pasting

After Effects is a complex program. It often takes many layers to accomplish the animation you have envisioned, and while the After Effects interface has plenty of flexibility, without proper organization, you might soon discover that you are spending more time scrolling through your layers than actually working on your animation.

In this post we will explore how to go about organizing compositions in a way to make them more manageable, while still maintaining complete creative control over the project.

I’ll also show you a trick about duplicating Transform properties across multiple layers that should save you lots of time in certain scenarios.

Before we look at the video though, let’s talk about pre-composing. Pre-composing is the process by which we can turn multiple layers into their own composition. Every After Effects project is made up of compositions, which can contain any type of media, including audio, video, graphics, and other objects in any combination, or even other After Effects compositions. We must create a composition to begin working in After Effects.

Let’s see how to do this after the break.

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You want fries with that MacRibbon?

So it’s official now, a ribbon is coming to the upcoming Office for Mac 2011.

This ribbon will combine features located in the Formatting Palette and the Elements Gallery. But don’t freak out, because the menu bar and the standard toolbar will still exist.

Wanna catch a glimpse of the new interface? See the rest of this post…
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Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta – Free Download

In a previous post, I discussed several free alternatives to Microsoft Visio for diagramming and flowcharting.

It has just come to my attention that Microsoft is offering a Beta version of Visio 2010 for free download.

Please be aware that the reason Microsoft is offering this for free is to use you as a guinea pig (in the nicest way possible, of course). The software is not quite finished and Microsoft is giving you a temporary license so that they can gather data about any bugs or other issues in advance of the actual launch. This also means that Microsoft will rescind the license when they issue the final, non-Beta version… so, like Cinderella’s coach that turned back into a pumpkin at midnight, this deal will not last forever.

Version Control in Dreamweaver CS4

Version Control allows you to go back in time
Version control (also known as source code management or source control) is a formal system by which changes to a set of documents are tracked and managed. Used in software and web development, law, and business, version control systems provide a historical audit trail of when changes were made, who made them, and what was changed. Version control systems make it easier for multiple people to modify the same documents without stepping on each other’s toes. And even if you’re working by yourself, version control provides an easy way to back up and have multiple versions of your documents.

In this video, we will explore what version control is and how to use it when building a website in Dreamweaver CS4:
First Frame of Video Tutorial

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