Harmony is sold as an After Effects replacement, and I have begun to use Harmony where I would have normally used AE instead. However, it is lacking in a few areas one of which is how Harmony imports.
In AE, I import a PS document (or any image file) and AE will point to the file being referenced. Harmony imports the PSD and makes a copy of the file in the shot’s elements folder. This creates two major issues. One is that file sizes for a project balloon very quickly. Some shots have one more more PSD’s each around 200MB. Throw in a few characters in the mix and I’m looking at close to 500MB for one shot.
The second issue is updating a PSD from Photoshop. As long as the layer structure remains intact, as AE reads the PSD anything you do to the file instantly updates into your AE timeline. If a revision needs to take place to the PSD after it is imported into Harmony, you have to re-import it all over again. This causes headaches as sometimes you have multiplane and layering set up, etc, and as far as I know you can’t replace/update layers in TB like you can in AE. It would be nice to be able to update a PSD in Photoshop, and have those revisions instantly reflected in TB.
The Library on the side at times shows me image files in any open lilbrary. However, I can’t just drag and drop them into my scene. I need to go though the process of importing them. Why? To me, the Library should show me image files in a folder I have opened and when I drag them in they should just import. Otherwise whats the point of showing me? The same should be true of any drawing element (.tvg) created in TB that I see in an open Library. I should just be able to drag and drop it into my scene giving me the option to copy it into my elements folder if I wish.
Anywho these are my experiences with working in TB, and comparing it to my experience in AE.