(I’m not an author, so I don’t know if I should be posting this here. But it IS a request TO authors)
I do high school sports webcasts at 2 different schools, and use various AE templates for bringing up stat overlays for various players during the game.
The problem is that AE isn’t the greatest for entering stat data. Some comps are for a single player, with just a handful of stats. Those aren’t too bad to work with. But other useful templates have many stats for many players all in one comp. These take forever to enter the stats and to get the data reasonably lined up (I had one template that had over 100 separate text entries for a stat table).
So, my question/request would be this: Why not include the optional capability of putting the data in a single Illustrator file? I’m not that adept at either AE or Illustrator, but in a few cases I’ve managed to get something set up that is way more efficient than doing many separate entries in AE. I realize not everyone who uses AE uses (or owns) Illustrator, so the author would have to include both options, but adding an Illustrator choice wouldn’t add that much to the authoring schedule, would it?
Using an Illustrator file wouldn’t have nearly the motion customization that you can get with individual text entries, but for those comps with a lot of stats, the trade-off would be worth it.