Zack Lovatt

I focus on toolkitting, building custom studio pipelines, expression rigging projects, and creating data-driven animation workflows.

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November 21, 2019

Saving Expressions for Later

Posted In: expressions

I often see folks asking about ways to store expressions within AE; I wanted to create a little writeup of a few commercial systems out there.

Of course there are ways to store them offline, but sometimes it’s nice to have a product to handle it all for ya.

Now, if these off-the-shelf tools don’t fit your need, feel free to contact me for a custom solution 😉


Expression Libraries

Quiver ($20)

by Workbench

Solely an expression library manager.

Expression Library ($30)

by Sam Kim

An expression library manager, also working with expression controls.

Expression Toolbox ($20)

by Chris Roe

This is made just to be an expression toolbox, with some side features.


Toolbar Managers

KBar ($40)

by KraftFX

The go-to method for creating custom toolbars in AE. You can create all sorts of toolbars containing buttons to control things in AE, including a robust system for saving expressions to buttons.

Tool Launcher ($40)

by Rune Gangsø

A whole system for managing scripts, extensions, expressions, letting you embed dockable panels in their tool, and also create custom commands and buttons in your own toolbars.

Quick Menu ($25)

by Edgar Huanca

Sort of a “Spotlight for AE,” it offers a way to save expressions.


Other Tools with Library Features

pt_ExpressEdit ($40)

by Paul Tuersley

This tool is primarily for finding and editing expressions project-wide, though it has a library feature.

MoCode ($80)

by Danim

This is a whole development environment right within AE, so it offers much more than just an expression library, but it’s in there!

Project Notes ($20)

by Sunrise Moon

Very minimal, this lets you have a list of “notes,” which you can tell the tool to apply as an expression, or script, or just store for your own reference.

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