Just curious - does anyone know of an application that checks to see if all your After Effects plugins are up to date? I have widgets on my Mac that will tell me if I have the latest apps and widgets (and even link you to the download page), so you'd think that would exist for After Effects, right?
Something like that would be great, but I seriously doubt any such thing exists for AE. With so many plugin developers doing their own thing, it seems it would be extremely difficult to write software that could reliably indentify updates that are often hard enough to find manually on the developers' websites.
If it did exist, I'd gladly pay more than $2-3, but only if I were very confident that:
it worked with all, or at least the vast majority, of the bazillion AE plugins out there rather than just the few Trapcode Shines of the plugin world ... um, I mean Red Giant Shine (see #3)
would continue working not just for a few weeks, but 12-24 months later once my AE version and operating system have changed
would continue working once half the plugins I own were sold to other developers and re-written (as has consistently happened every few months for the past decade)
I'll talk to my programmers and see what we can do. It's such a pain to even get the version number of your plugins - just that would be a good first step. I'd probably want it to contain a way of easily storing your serial numbers as well.
After Effects really needs it's own plugin manager that's baked into the application.