Check out AE Scripts. I downloaded 5 or 6 scripts yesterday and they seem pretty awesome so far. I had always been intimidated about using scripts for some reason, but they are easy to use. I used this one script called created 3D box and I was able to make an abstract 3D cross shape in like 15 seconds. This stuff really looks like it could add a new wrinkle to my work as well as cut down on time.