Animator’s Toolbar Pro › Tool Groups › Preview

* Pro feature only

You can save yourself some render time by defining a Work Area in the Timeline before you preview your animation. In addition the toolbar will automatically loop the Work Area when the toolbar’s  Step Forward/Backward buttons are used. Making it possible to do a basic form of “flipping”.

Set Start of Work Area

Mark the beginning of the Work Area at the current position of the playhead in the Timeline.

⇧ Go To Start of Work Area

Change the playhead position to the first frame of the Work Area on the Timeline.


Reset Work Area

Mark the Start and End of the Work Area to include all content on the Timeline.


Set End of Work Area

Mark the end of the Work Area at the current position of the playhead in the Timeline.

⇧ Go To End of Work Area

Change the playhead position to the last frame of the Work Area on the Timeline.


Go To Frame

Navigate to a specific frame on the Timeline  by entering the frame number useful for correcting specific frames or when working from a dope sheet.


The Step Backward and Step Forward function of the toolbar are similar to the animation playback controls with the exception that the toolbar buttons will automatically loop the Work Area.

Step Backward

Move the Playhead back one frame on the Timeline. When the beginning of the Work Area is reached the Playhead will jump to the end of the Work Area.

⇧ Go To First

Move the Playhead to the first frame on the Timeline.

⌥ Select and Step Backward**

*Mac only Hack – For this hack to work the Timeline option “Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys” has to be activated. This function simulates two key strokes to trigger keyboard shortcuts 1) Select the Previous Layer in the layer stack. 2) Place the Playhead at the Layer’s in point.


Step Forward

Move the Playhead forward one frame on the Timeline. When the end of the Work Area is reached the Playhead will jump to the beginning of the Work Area.

⇧ Go To Last

Move the Playhead to the last frame on the Timeline.

⌥ Select and Step Forward**

**Mac only Hack – For this hack to work the Timeline option “Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys” has to be activated. This function simulates two key strokes to trigger keyboard shortcuts 1) Select the Next Layer in the layer stack. 2) Place the Playhead at the Layer’s in point.


Toggle Onion Skinning

Turn the Timeline’s Onion Skinning function on when it’s off and off when it is on.

⌥ Open Onion Skin Settings

Quickly open the Timeline’s Onion Skin Settings.


Toggle Zoom/Fit

By clicking this button the zoom level toggles between the current zoom level and the “Fit Screen” command. If the current zoom level is the same as the zoom level to fit the screen, nothing happens.

⇧ Zoom 100%

Hold [SHIFT] to view the canvas at 100% zoom. Clicking this button again will return to the previous zoom level.

note: It’s not possible to adjust which part of the canvas is shown in the viewport. Switching between zoom levels often requires repositioning of the viewport.

At this point the toolbar doesn’t like it when the function is used when switching between multiple documents. This will be fixed in future updates.