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Filip Vandueren
Is there still a viable way to write AE scripts ?
on May 13, 2019 at 12:55:56 pm

my OS X warns me that the Extendscript toolkit is an obsolete app, though it still runs.
But when I try to write a script, it just hangs for half a minute every two lines of code I try to write ?

Is AE scripting just an abondonware at this point, or is there a new workflow I'm unaware of ?



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Andrei Popa
Re: Is there still a viable way to write AE scripts ?
on May 13, 2019 at 1:41:37 pm

I can suggest you 2 ways.

1. Install Visual Studio Code and the ESTK debugger.
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2.Install Atom and use Extendscript only for debugging purposes(This is what I use).
Atom needs this

Andrei
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Filip Vandueren
Re: Is there still a viable way to write AE scripts ?
on May 13, 2019 at 2:10:46 pm

Thanks Andrei,

just what I was looking for!



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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: Is there still a viable way to write AE scripts ?
on May 14, 2019 at 9:27:45 am

Hey Andrei,

this is a great reference, thanks! One thing though - I suspect that through 3rd party applications, there is no way to access objects data models, nor debug with breakpoints? In other words, this could be a reliable only for experts.

Not sure about you guys, but for me on Win Extendscript is even slower than on Mac. Most often I have to interchange between ☺

Thanks!

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Andrei Popa
Re: Is there still a viable way to write AE scripts ?
on May 14, 2019 at 9:43:24 am

Visual studio code has a debugger. But its not as good as the extendscript one in my opinion.

What i do is write the code in atom, and when i finish the script, i open it in extendscript for tests.

Atom is just great. You can run the scripts from it, has autocomplete, better find/replace. Way better colors, runs well with git, has support for multiple kanguages. And the plus is that you can run extendscript in parallel. With visual studio code debugger you can't.

Andrei
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