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Paulo Mateus
Error parsing properties list
on Jan 25, 2007 at 4:33:29 pm


The application crashed and then I can't open it anymore. Every time I try to open it, the following error message appears: Error parsing properties list.

I'm running After Effects 7 Pro, on a Power Mac Dual G5, my OS it's the Tiger (10.4.8).

There's anyone knows what to do? Maybe I have to reinstall it.


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Re: Error parsing properties list
on Jan 25, 2007 at 5:00:09 pm

Searched the forums:

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Paulo Mateus
Re: Error parsing properties list
on Jan 25, 2007 at 6:19:31 pm

I deleted the "Adobe After Effects 7.0 Prefs" as explained in that post, but it stills doesn

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paul pren
Re: Error parsing properties list
on Feb 17, 2009 at 11:08:44 am

hi Tom. thx for your advice on a effects. worked perfectly.

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Tom Womack
Re: Error parsing properties list
on Feb 12, 2009 at 3:55:23 pm

I had same error - After Effects CS4 - locked up -
I found several posts for this error message

'error parsing properties list'

The issue for me was the difference in Adobe data location in Vista and XP. The 'cure' appears to be the same for both and that is removal/recreation of the AfterFX#.ini where # is the release level of After Effects, in my case, AfterFX9.ini, yours AfterFX7.ini

on XP the Adobe data should be in Document and Settings/Local Settings/Appliction Data/Adobe

AppData moved on Vista

on Vista ( not yet documented at Adobe site), this file and data can be found at

users/USERNAME/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/AfterEffects/9.0 where 9.0 is release level and USERNAME is username of pc user account.

I was told to delete entire After Effects directory here, I also see forum posts where deleting the .ini file is all that is necessary.

I deleted folder, accessed AE CS4 immediately.

Hope this helps,


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juan navarro
Re: Error parsing properties list
on Sep 2, 2009 at 4:00:56 pm

never is to late...

Rename the .xml files from the following folder and its subfolders from .xml to .bak:

Windows XP -- C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Adobe\After Effects\9.0

WindowsVista -- C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Adobe\After Effects\9.0

Mac OS -- [user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/After Effects/9.0


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Sandy Scott
Re: Error parsing properties list
on Nov 23, 2009 at 9:02:51 pm


I just got the same error reading on my After Effects program. Here's what I did to fix it and it workes great again and it's very simple. Try this.

go to your C drive
click on your user name in the left menu
click on AppData
click on Roaming
click on Adobe
click on After Effects
click on 9.0
then scroll down and click on the file: AIFEffectCache.xml and rename that file AIFEffectCache.bak

Then reopen your After Effects program. It should run perfectly again.

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Shravan Behara
Re: Error parsing properties list
on Jan 31, 2010 at 9:15:26 pm

Thanks very much. changing to .bak made my day. i m a much happy person nw. it cleared all the glitches i had from so many days.

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