Just a quick question, I hope. Is there a shortcut to show the Path parameter of a Shape Layer? Something like pressing M when on a Solid with a mask?
If not, I'll explain what we need to get around, just in case you have other suggestions.
We're trying to find a quick way to important Illustrator files in a way that lets us easily get to editing shape/mask paths for complex motion graphics. So we release all paths to layers in AI, import the file as a composition, then convert them all to shapes layers. The easiest way to do animations like the ones we do is to use masks on solids, but that is a tedious process. Copy the path in AI, create a solid, choose the color, paste the path, then position again in the overall composition since it doesn't keep its positioning.