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In the first part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply and use the 'Dictionary' preset to a paragraph of text and then customise the word selection to match the words we want to use. Andrew shows how to select the words, modify the original text, change the text colour and begin to show what this preset can do as part of a bigger animation where this preset is used to include words which will eventually be individually animated to create a coherent sentence when extracted from the paragraph. In the second tutorial Andrew will show how to create an exclusion group such that the other text can be faded into the background and the final tutorial will show how to animate the selected remaining words into place.



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Modifying the Dictionary Preset
by Al Avery
Is it possible to modify the dictionary preset so that it only selects the first or nth instance of a word in a paragraph?

Also, it doesn't appear that a word followed by punctuation can be selected using the wordDictionary. Has anyone figured out a workaround for that?

Thanks for looking!
@Al Avery
by Andrew Devis
Hi Al

To be honest with you, I am not really the right person for modifying expressions. Can I suggest you put a post in the forums http://forums.creativecow.net/adobe_after_effects_expressions about this as I know that people with some really great scripting/expression skills follow the expressions forum and would be able to help far better than me.

All the best
Andrew

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Limit to the Dictionary Preset?
by Al Avery
This is exactly what I needed for a project I am working on - thanks!

In my case, I have up to 35 words on screen that I would like to use the Dictionary preset with. I receive an error when I try to apply the present which reads:

Class 'Array' has no property or method named '33'
Expression disabled
Error occurred at line 8
[comp and layer details]
Property: 'Amouunt'

When I reduce the amount of text the preset works.

Does the preset/expression only work for a limited number of words? If so, any chance it can be edited to work with more?

I am using AE 11 (CS6) on a Mac.

Many thanks for looking.

Al
@Al Avery
by Al Avery
I figured it out - the Dictionary preset only works on a single paragraph. I had two paragraphs so I just need to split things up a bit more than I was planning on.


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