This site is a historical repository about CoSA and its offspring, After Effects. CoSA was founded in June 1990, acquired by Aldus Corporation in July 1993, which in turn merged with Adobe Systems on August 31st 1994.
PACo (The PICS Animation Compiler) was started in September 1990 as an internal tool for streaming unlimited-length animations with synchronized sound from CD-ROM, on multiple platforms. It shipped as a commercial product (PACo 1.0, and as QuickPICS 1.0 bundled with other apps) in May 1991. PACo Producer 2.0 shipped in February 1992.
In April 1992, the “Lort” prototype was started as an attempt to convince corporate investors to fund the project. In June of that year, “Egg” started as a smaller project, since we were unable to find any willing investors for Lort.
|Six-page afterword from Chris & Trish Meyer’s Creating Motion Graphics
PACo Producer box front & back
After Effects 1.0 brochure
|After Effects 1.0 demo reel
MacUser Eddy Award for Best Special Effects Program and Software Product of the Year
CoSA 15th Reunion
|After Effects 20th Anniversary movie
|AE 25th Anniversary
|Nice roundup in ProVideo Coalition
After Effects’ Academy Award
February 9th, 2019
As part of the annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a Scientific and Engineering award (Academy plaque) to five developers for their contributions to After Effects in the area of motion graphics for film.
Transcript of acceptance-speeches.
|After Effects codenames & credits
|Selected versions and the people who worked on them