Flash Tool of the Week—Adobe After Effects CS6

Today, we recommend Adobe After Effects CS6 as the Flash tool of the week. It is a Flash tool that enables you to create amazing motion graphics and visual effects. It helps you to polish your work with dazzling effects.

Overview

This Flash program applies for variety of fields such as desktop, mobile devices, film, broadcast and etc. It helps you composing and delivering excellent visual effects and motion graphics.

Features—global performance cache

It is a new feature in CS6 update, which helps you create effects in a fast speed. It optimizes and keeps your previews so you can beat deadlines instead of waiting for frame updates. This revolution “under the hood” makes After Effects fast and responsive by taking full advantage of the computer’s hardware for visual effects and motion graphics.

Features—3D camera tracker

Track 3D elements with complete control over depth of field, shadows, and reflections. Automatically analyze and place 3D track points onto 2D footage in the background while you work.

Features—Variable mask feathering

Precisely specify feather values at any place along a mask, not just at its vertices. Control falloff and shape of feathering, resulting in a big boost to creative flexibility.

Features—compatible with AI

It has full compatibility with Adobe Illustrator. You can instantly convert Illustrator vector art (AI and EPS format) into shape layers, and animate vector art in 2D or extrude to 3D.

Features—updated effects

It adds over 90 new built-in effects, including the complete 16- and 32-bit CycoreFX HD suite. With the brand new effects, you can put your idea into motion.

Conclusion

Adobe After Effects CS6 is an ideal program to create Flash effects. It is suitable for projects that has high requirement of rich media content and user experience, such as ecommerce websites, Flash websites, Flash games and etc. On the other hand, like other Adobe products, it’s expensive.

Pros: global performance cache, improved 3D ability, compatible with other Adobe products, user friendly.

Cons: expensive to upgrade., installation error.

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