Useful Assistants(TM) 1.6: 135 Ways To Enjoy A Fuller Life

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Useful Assistants, the premiere workflow automation tool for Adobe(R) After Effects(R), now ships with 103 assistants that save you time, money and gray hairs. Get out and enjoy more of life by working smarter and faster.

Profound Effects(R), Inc., a leading innovator in special effects technology, is pleased to announce the availability of Useful Assistants (UA) 1.6. Version 1.6 ships with 103 assistants. Thirty two more available on the Profound eXchange for free download by registered owners.

Orrin Zucker, President of Ozone, said, "UA is the best set of add-ons that I've seen in my 10 years of working with AE. It has saved me weeks worth of work, automating dozens of mind-numbing, repetitive tasks. I could get tired of a filter or effect, but these plug-ins are timeless. Thanks!"

New assistants include:

  • Scale Layers to Pixel Bounds - automatically scales selected layers to specific pixel dimensions.
  • Cycle Property Value - automatically cycles the options in the selected list menu property, number in a slider property, or on/off state for checkbox property.
  • Change Color Property Value - automatically changes the color of the selected color property based on different color wheel and hue methods.
  • Rename Text As Source Text - automatically renames the selected text layers' names to their original source text names, updating expression references as needed.
  • Shift Layers to Time - automatically shifts the in point of the selected layers to either the current time indicator or the start of the composition.
  • Pre-compose Layers Separately - automatically pre-composes multiple layers individually.
  • Move Anchor Point - automatically moves the anchor point of selected layers.

Useful Assistants version 1.6 is a free upgrade to existing owners and has a list price of $195 (USD) for new users. Profound Effects can be found on the web at The Profound Effects store is located on the web at

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(C)2004 Profound Effects, Inc. All rights reserved. Profound Effects is a registered trademark and the Profound Effects logo and Useful Assistants are trademarks of Profound Effects, Inc. Adobe and After Effects are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems, Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other references to trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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