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Features After Effects CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3
Works with Adobe Stock 
Creative Cloud Libraries
Uninterrupted preview
Adobe Character Animator (Preview)
Simplified preview
Enhanced 3D Pipeline with CINEWARE 3.0 compatibility
Refined user interface with HiDPI support
Keying effects        
Live Text Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro        
Flexible masking options and Premiere Pro Interchange        
Adobe Color Themes 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 with MAXON CINEMA 4D software
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
Roto Brush
Refine Matte effect
mocha for After Effects v2
Searchable timelines and projects and easier nested comp navigation
Compositions exported as layered projects
Integrated workflow for mobile device authoring
mocha for Adobe After Effects from Imagineer Systems
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