Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Upgrade Info - Adobe CS6 and 3rd Party Plugins

So I got my Adobe CS6 Production Premium Suite updates yesterday! Wahoo! I proceeded to install and everything went nice and smooth considering it was about midnight. I had to wait for some other tasks to finish first on yet another project. In any case, today or should I say this morning I am in the process of updating all of my plugins. They are:

So here is how it all went down, or simply how it went:

Red Giant Trapcode Suite:

  • Red Giant publishes that there are still issues with Particular 2.x as well as some possible issues with Form. But these are to be fixed soon. So due to this, I of course leave my CS5.5 install intact until I am assured everything is honky-dory. As far as the install/upgrade process - a cinch.. just install and select for CS6 when it asks. It will pick up your serial numbers automatically from prior installs.
  • Red Giant Magic Bullet - Looks, Cosmo and MisFire - same results as with the Trapcode Suite.. pretty quick and easy.
Boris FX:
  • BorisFX Suite (BCC Units - 3D stuff) - This is similar installation wise as RG, however, it installs everything and for the items you don't have licensed, it will simply do the 14 day trial. This kind of sucks as I now will have to manually remove those plugins that I didn't own to start with. And let me tell you, the way BorisFX names their stuff (totally confusing) this will not be that easy to figure out. It took an act of God for me to figure out what the different suites are actually named and how they are organized. TO this day I couldn't tell ya. Perhaps BorisFX should take note on this. Their whole licensing model is a total clusterf&&^. I hate it, but am stuck with it. So I digress.
Digital Juice:
  • Digital Juice - ColorRules - DJ has no mention of any upgrade regarding CS6 as of today. So I took a chance and simply copied their plugin from one directory to another. Or, should I say from the Program Files/Adobe/Adobe After Effects CS5.5/Support Files/Plug-ins to  Program Files/Adobe/Adobe After Effects CS6/Support Files/Plug-ins and then tried it.. whew! It worked!
  • Then there is the Andrew Kramer stuff - you know that cool set of tools from VideoCopilot. Again, no mention of anything special for CS6 - so I used the same method as I did for Digital Juice - so far so good.. I tested in particular (pardon the pun) Optical Flares.. came right up without a hickup. Nice! As far as Twitch and the other goodies - I have full confidence that they too shall work without issues. Hey, the stuff is from Andrew and I wouldn't expect anything less. 
So now it's time to play and see the new features in action and maybe create a couple of AE projects for the purpose of selling them as stock media. Stay tuned.. 

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