A full year after my original post about this subject, I’m back with a recap and explanation of what I did - just in case someone finds this information useful
Did I purchase Open Sesame? No.
Did I find a workaround to save AE projects from CC (or CC14) down to CS5? Not exactly.
So what did I end up doing?
As VinhSon suggested, at first I kept using CS5 for most of my Videohive templates. But after a while I just had enough of using CS5 and started using CC and the eventually CC14 for the templates.
So how do I save back to CS5? I don’t.
What do I do then? I save down only to CS5.5.
How? I go through the process of downgrading from CC14 to CC, to CS6, and then thanks to a friend who still uses CS6, I’m able to downgrade to CS5.5.
Gladly the process of downgrading is super simple and only takes about 5 minutes, therefore I don’t think I’ll be purchasing Open Sesame in the near future.
Has this caused any problems? Did I see a drop in sales?
Not at all. In fact non of my buyers ever contacted me to ask for CS5 (or lower) compatibility. And this makes perfect sense… We’re in 2015, and if someone is still using CS3 or CS4 it means he’s using a 7-8 old version of AE. If they’re using CS5 (which is more possible), it still means the software is 5 years old. In my opinion most people have already upgraded to CS5.5 or above.
(My own) Conclusion for VH authors
- If you don’t mind, just use CS5 for creating VH templates.
- If you prefer CC and have a way to save down to CS5.5 that’s probably good enough.
- If you don’t have a way to save down to CS5.5, Open Sesame might be a great option for you. But remember, you still need to export the project and import it in the earlier AE version in order for this to work. So if you want to save down to CS3 for example, you need to have a copy of CS3 installed on your system (unless I’m mistaking?).
Hope this helps someone out there who’s searching for information about this topic!