rd: Edit Text

This script displays a palette for editing the text of text layers in an unstyled form. If your text layer uses a complex animation, or is difficult to access or is hidden at the current time, editing the text when not animated or style can be useful.

Although you must have only one text layer selected to retrieve text (using the Get Text button), you can update multiple text layers to the same text (using Set Text).

Note: You can enter up to a maximum of 255 characters, but if the selected text layer contains more than that, you can still make changes as long as the number of characters does not increase. Also, due to a limitation, if you delete all of the characters on a text layer, the layer will be set to a single blank character.

Note: If the text uses different character or paragraph styling, these differences will be lost when the text is updated.

Note: This version of the script requires After Effects CS5 or later. It can be used as a dockable panel by placing the script in a ScriptUI Panels subfolder of the Scripts folder, and then choosing this script from the Window menu.

Originally requested by Paul Dougherty.

rd: Edit Text

revision history

v3.011-may-2013Updated minimum version to CS5, added small UI tweaks for CC, and cleaned up some code.
v2.02-jul-2007Requires AE CS3. Can work as a dockable panel or a palette.
v1.025-mar-2006Initial release. Use for AE 7.0 or earlier.