After Effects preview icons are saved in macOS extended file attributes, so project files can be renamed, copied, moved and shared. Other Mac users will see the After Effects preview icons and Windows users will see the original Adobe icon.
Preview icons don’t require an additional viewer application, don’t add files to your project folders and don’t change the After Effects project files (only the macOS extended file attributes).
AEicons Lite is a free, lite version of AEicons with limited features, but not time limited. AEicons Lite can add preview icons to open projects, but cannot add preview icons to existing files, without opening and saving new project files. Other limitations are listed in the feature comparison table below.
AEicons Lite is useful for freelancers working on a client’s computer, installing with AEicons to support After Effects (Beta) and for evaluating AEicons before purchase.
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Please read the AEicons Lite: End User License Agreement before downloading or using AEicons Lite.
|Headless script (No user interface)||✓||✓|
|Run from After Effects, File, Scripts menu||✓||✓|
|Support for ||✓||✓|
|Customise preview icons (via ||✓||✓|
|Support for script launchers (e.g. KBar)||✓||✓|
|Logging ( ||✓||✓|
|After Effects Render Engine automation||✓|
|Batch processing of multiple files||✓|
|Maintain file modified dates (file history)||✓|
|Support for Motion Graphics Template ( ||✓|
|Create preview icons from ||✓|
|Add preview icons without opening files||✓|
|Project info Finder comments (e.g. “1920x1080, 0:00:10:00, 30fps”)||✓|
|Delete preview icons (Restore default Adobe icon)||✓|
|Check for updates||✓|
|User settings (e.g. Disable prompt before saving files)||✓|
|Advanced settings (e.g. Maximum render time)||✓|
AEicons Lite does not require a license key and does not include the
AEicons.workflow script (Finder Service) which provides many of the features listed above. With these limitations in mind, please see the AEicons Getting started and User guide.