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  After Effects CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3
Enhanced 3D Pipeline with CINEWARE 2.0 compatibility        
Refined user interface with HiDPI support        
Keying effects        
Live Text Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro        
Flexible masking options and Premiere Pro Interchange        
Adobe Kuler integration        
Adobe Mercury Transmit        
Adobe Typekit Integration        
Panel Integration support        
Scripting enhancements        
Mask Tracker        
Flexible scaling options        
Property links        
GPU optimizations        
Media Browser        
Adobe Anywhere integration        
Live 3D Pipeline        
Refine Edge tool        
Track Optimization in the 3D Camera Tracker        
Warp Stabilizer VFX        
Global Performance Cache      
3D Camera Tracker      
Ray-traced, extruded text and shapes      
Variable mask feathering      
Conversion of Adobe Illustrator vector graphics to shape layers      
Rolling Shutter Repair      
New and updated effects      
Avid AAF and FCP 7 XML file import with Pro Import AE      
Improved integration with mocha      
Warp Stabilizer effect    
Camera Lens Blur    
Stereoscopic 3D    
Disk caching    
Light falloff    
Improved color LUTs    
Native 64-bit OS support    
Roto Brush    
Refine Matte effect    
mocha for After Effects v2    
Searchable timelines and projects and easier nested comp navigation  
Independent keyframing of x, y, z values, plus 3D compositing improvements  
Compositions exported as layered projects  
Integrated workflow for mobile device authoring  
mocha for Adobe After Effects from Imagineer Systems  
Numerous interface and workflow tweaks  
XMP metadata for asset intelligence  
Shape Layers
Puppet tool
Per-character 3D text animation
Complete color management workflow
Enhanced performance
Innovative compositing and animation tools
Text and vector graphics creation and animation
Extensive visual effects
Timesaving tools
Comprehensive masking and keying tools