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Kbar for After Effects

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Customizable toolbars for After Effects CC

KBar lets you create one-click buttons for just about anything you want do in After Effects.  Build fun, sleek, customizable toolbars with a slick and easy UI. For Adobe After Effects CC 2019 and above.

Create custom toolbars unique to your workflows. Save time and clicks by putting your most used effects, presets and more at your fingertips. Multiple toolbars let you switch between different tasks and keep your productivity up. Focus on creativity, not digging through menus.

What’s in KBar3?

  • Fun and colorful toolbars
  • Slick and easy to use
  • Shareable with others (NEW)
  • More button types (NEW)
  • Make up to 4 toolbars (with keyboard modifiers!)
  • Bulk import and export buttons (NEW)


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khanyu kbar uiSlick and Easy UI

  • Drag and drop reordering
  • Switch between toolbars
  • Snap to the left or right edge of AE for vertical mode
  • Open up to 4 toolbar windows at once
  • Make buttons do more with keyboard modifiers

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khanyu kbar customizableFun Ways to Customize

  • Text labels including emoji’s
  • Pick from 600+ Icons
  • Use your own PNG or SVG files
  • Adjust the size and spacing


KBar Integration Guide

If you’re an author and want your scripts to work with KBar checkout the integration guide.

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3.1.2  –  Dec 30, 2022

New Features:
– You can disable showing modifiers in tooltips. This is mostly useful for Mac users that think the tooltips are too big.

– The toolbar label wasn’t being saved upon restarting KBar. This is fixed.
– If you press a modifier key and hover over a button the tooltip was wrong.

3.1.1  –  Nov 24, 2022

– Effect button “Loading…” issue is fixed.
– Square text buttons sometimes acted like wide button for mouse events.
– Custom png icon buttons in the icon designer had an unbounded width for the preview.
– `kbar.JSON` and `kbar.aeq` were removed by in an earlier build of KBar by accident.

3.1.0  –  Nov 21, 2022

New Features:
– Wider text buttons (up to 16 chars)
– Spacer buttons
– Toolbar label with a dropdown for easy switching

Other Improvements:
– Tooltips include modifier buttons underneath.
– Tooltips can be disabled.
– Extension buttons can have custom arguments.

– Text buttons with 2 east asian characters shows up on a single line.
– Other minor annoyances

3.0.3  –  Sep 3, 2022

– Customers on 22.6 or the AE Beta were getting licensing errors.
– Run Shell Script Buttons didn’t work correctly when the path had a space in it.

3.0.2  –  Aug 30, 2022

This update fixes 2 issues:

– Some customers on Windows 10 were getting “ReferenceError: url is undefined” at startup.
– Toolbar exports were too large.

3.0.1  –  Aug 15, 2022

KBar was struggling to load toolbar files bigger than 1 MB. This update fixes that.

3.0.0  –  Aug 7, 2022

2.0.8 –  Aug 12, 2021

Bug Fixes:
– Some users were seeing firewall issues at startup

2.0.7  –  Jul 24, 2021

Bug Fixes:
– Adding support for AE 18.4 and the recent AE Beta

2.0.6  –  Jun 14, 2021

Bug Fixes:
– Addresses a small issue introduced in 2.0.5 when activating the product on a new machine.

2.0.5  –  Jun 11, 2021

Bug Fixes:
– URL’s for help buttons were previously broken
– Some customers were having licensing issuesOther changes:
– Scriptlets and script file buttons can access JSON and AEQuery from the kbar variable.

2.0.4  –  Sep 29, 2020

Bug Fixes:
– SVG Icons now work in AE 17.1.4
– Purge “All Memory & Disk Cache…” works without needing to remove “&” from command

2.0.3  –  Apr 24, 2020

– Works with After Effects Beta

2.0.2  –  Mar 3, 2019

Bug Fixes:
– Users were being told to upgrade when they already had the latest version.
– Some users were seeing startup errors related to “setDate”. This has been addressed.

2.0.1 – Feb 5, 2019

Fixes a bug where migrating from KBar1.1 to 2.0 didn’t properly update the toolbar file.

2.0.0 – Feb 1, 2019

Initial Release

  • Open multiple toolbars at once
  • Keyboard modified buttons
  • Custom toolbar file location
  • Clone buttons with shift+drag
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