I’m using this in my latest item Character Promo Kit and can give a lot of but positive feedback about it.
Together with the project it I deliver two .jsx scripts which need to be installed prior to starting the AE project. After installing the .jsx files 1 out of 10 customers will still get the “Missing Effects” error. I contacted the author of this script and he stated that this is a client side issue. I have confirmed this with a couple of customers. It has to do with not running your After Effects as “Administrator” both on Windows and Mac OS and having your permissions set too tight.
The “Missing Effect” error however is nothing but just that. Your project will still work perfectly, you’ll only get an error after each time you start up the .aep. Also don’t forget to Universalize your Expressions every time you update your .jsx scripts.
To create a Pseudo Effect is really easy once you get the hang of it. I have created really big Color Customizers and Character Creator menus (over 100 properties) with it. The only downside I found was having these big Pseudo Effects and wanting to update something. While updating itself is working perfectly… it can be a tedious work.
The way you add certain values and properties to a pseudo effect can only be done by creating “groups” and under a specific group you will have to add in a property such as position, rotation, color etc… Once you want to add a new property and group to my pseudo effect it automatically gets added to the bottom of the effect and you’ll have to manually “click it up” step by step.
This means you can’t drag around your properties or groups freely in the pseudo effects creation window. Which was very time consuming for me since in an later update of my item I had to add some color properties to the top of my effect (which has over 100 properties) so I had to click at least 200 times on the “up” arrow to get these properties up there and that is not the best way you can spend time.
Overall, for big projects with a lot of customization options this is absolutely a must have. Your clients are going to love it.
For small projects you might want to reconsider the usefulness of such a script and the possibility of the error message that might scare people away.
You can check my item’s description page for screenshots or the preview video on how this script works.