After Effects 14.0 (CC2017) Available Now!

aedeepdiveAdobe has just released the latest update to After Effects, version 14.0 (CC2017), as well as the rest of the Creative Cloud applications. For an exhaustive list of what’s new, take a look at the official announcement on Adobe’s After Effects blog. But here’s the highlights:

  • Updated user interface
  • New Cinema 4D renderer (replace the Raytrace Engine)
  • Better Playback performance of video footage
  • Live Text Templates now packaged with all elements as a single file
  • Date and Time values available for output module naming templates
  • Draggable marker durations (no more going to the marker settings window)
  • Support for macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Team Projects (if you’re on CC Teams of Enterprise)

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-03-38-pmWhen you update, be sure to open up “Advanced Options” and uncheck “Remove old versions” to keep your previous installs, otherwise the CC app will uninstall them.

I’ve been using version 14.0 for a few weeks as my primary version and it’s been really solid for me. It definitely feels more stable and faster than 13.8 or 13.5 (CC2015.3 and CC2015 respectively). And if you’re on 12.0 (CC2014) and don’t require “Render multiple frames simultaneously” I highly recommend updating for the performance improvements.