Now that Adobe has launched CS6, it’s time to move your plugins from CS5.5 (or previous) to the new install. At first, you might think there will be a lot uninstalling and re-installing, but that’s not the case. I will show you how aliasing will be your new best friend.Do not uninstall your previous installs of creative suite! Uninstalling CS5.5 (or previous) will require you to reinstall your plugins all over again.
Once you install CS6, your first step is to open up two Finder windows. One window will feature your After Effects CS5.5 (or whatever you had installed prior to CS6) install and the other will have your CS6 install.
Click on your “Plug-ins” folder in both CS5.5 and CS6. Now, select all of your plugins found inside the CS5.5 plugins folder. Do not select the Effects, Extensions, Format, or Keyframe folder. These come with every install of After Effects and are already inside your CS6 plugins folder. Once you select everything else, right-click and choose “Make Alias” from the pop-up menu. This will make alias shortcuts for every file you selected. When it’s finished, keep those aliases selected and drag them into your After Effects CS6 plugins folder.If you would like to keep your plugins folder neat, you can create a folder inside the plugins folder titled “CS5.5 Plugins”.
After they are dragged over, you can close one of the Finder windows. In the open Finder window, head over to Library > Application Support > Adobe > Common > Plug-ins. Inside this folder you will see folders for every install of creative suite you have installed on your machine. In each of these folders there will be a folder called “MediaCore”. Instead of making an alias for each file and folder inside the “MediaCore” folder, you can select the “MediaCore” folder in CS5.5 and create an alias. Then drag the alias over into the CS6 “MediaCore” folder. And you are done!
Since you are making aliases (shortcuts) of the plugins, you will need to keep your install of CS5.5 (correct me if I am wrong). If you would like to uninstall CS5.5, copy over the plugins into CS6 and make a backup just in case.While this tutorial was specific to After Effects, you can apply the same procedure to any of the creative suite applications that have a plugins folder.
This tutorial was modified from Michele Yamazaki’s Transferring your After Effects CS5 plug-ins to After Effects CS5.5 video tutorial.
Note: this tutorial was written for Mac users. If you are running on Windows, check out Michele Yamazaki’s How to Transfer CS5 Plug-ins to CS5.5 in Windows video tutorial.