Alot of people have been telling me adobe's after effects 5.5 is great for flash effects, as it can export .swf files. First, exactly what is or isnt capable with after effects. Second, what is possible with all of its plug-ins, and finally, do I need it?

A side question...what is a good pen and ink renderer for 3ds max? i remember reading about one a little while ago, it was capable of all sorts of cel shading effects and the like.

Finally, if i use shag:hair in 3ds max and do a plasma render, how much will that increase (web) file size? Would they be too large for the web?

Thank you for your help,
Ryan D. Davies

formerly of www.xeofreestyle.com
starting www.xpanddesign.com (not up yet)
email dougm0n3y@msn.com
im: dougmoney1616

ps: i am avaliable at the present to do any freelance web design work, including dynamic sites in php/mysql, flash, raw html, and all sound work...