Archive for August, 2012

Adobe Extension Manager CS6 – 6.0.2 Update Out Now

Extension Manager 6.0.2 Update

Available today via the Adobe Application Manager, this latest update of Extension Manager (now at version 6.0.2) provides a number of key fixes, detailed below.

  • The “Author” and “Description” fields now handle escape characters correctly. [3286224]
  • Extension Manager no longer hangs on the message “Loading extensions” if the user name contains an apostrophe. [3226968]
  • Extension Manager now correctly renders the XML-encoded character entity ampersand (&) in MXI-based extensions. [3207235]
  • An extension with a soft link can now be installed in Extension Manager CS6 in Mac OS 10.7, and the soft link is maintained in the extension package. [3084978, 3082867]
  • The description link for an extension now correctly appears at the top of the description tab of the license dialog and in the description panel. [3294980]
  • “File already open” errors no longer occur in complex workflows for Adobe InDesign/InCopy. [3112275]

The release notes above are also listed here. All CS6 users should apply this important update to ensure they receive all these fixes.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Configurator 3.1 now live on Labs, AAM Update tomorrow

I am delighted to announce the first ever update to Adobe Configurator. Configurator lets you create custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign. The 3.1 update contains a significant number of bug fixes and new features based on feedback from users. It also contains a number of enhancements to support the new Adobe Exchange, a marketplace for Creative Suite 6 add-ons and content, which went live last month. You can download Configurator 3.1 from Adobe Labs, or if you already have Configurator 3.0 installed look out for an update to 3.1 due tomorrow via the Adobe Application Manager.

Configurator 3.1 Key New Features

1. Button Icons: In CS6 panels, you can associate your own images with a button object as icons for different states (button up, button down, and mouse over). You can have icons for Command, Script, Script file, Action, and Popup buttons.

2. Panels for Adobe Exchange: This release offers additional support and features that help you create panels for Adobe Exchange.

  • New attributes allow you to specify the Author and a Description for a panel that is exported as a CS Extension, and attribute names have been simplified from “Extension ID” and “Extension Version” to “ID” and “Version.”
  • MenuName and Author values are required; if they are empty or invalid, you cannot export the panel as a CS Extension.
  • The Create Certificate dialog has been simplified.

3. Scripting Support: The HTML widget now allows you to invoke predefined and developer-defined functions and scripts, which gives your panel access to the JavaScript API for Photoshop or InDesign.

4. Additional Color Theme Support: The HTML widget can now detect the user’s change of color themes in Photoshop CS6, so that you can provide light and dark versions of any panel content.

You’ll find further information in the 3.1 Release Notes.

With Adobe Configurator 3.1 your panels can be more customized than ever before and you can distribute them as either free, paid, or private products via the new Adobe Exchange.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Available on Adobe Exchange Badges

With more and more producers getting their products on Adobe Exchange we wanted a way for you to be able to promote the fact your products are available from Adobe Exchange, so we came up with some badges that you can use on your websites, email, etc.

Main Badge

 

 

 

This is the main badge we suggest you use for promoting the fact that your product is available on Adobe Exchange.

Smaller Badge

 

 

 

Where space is at a premium we also have a smaller badge, shown above. To use either badge, right click (Mac users Ctrl+click) and choose “Save image as…”, or “Download linked file”, depending on the Web browser you use.

Please note:

  • Link either badge to the Adobe Exchange website, so users can download the Adobe Exchange Panel and get access to your product.
  • Do not alter the badges in any way. If you have any questions relating to the use of these badges you can ask them when submitting your product.

Other ways to promote your products on Adobe Exchange

We have integrated Twitter into Adobe Exchange and producers can automatically tweet to their followers once a product is released or featured, you just provide Adobe Exchange with your Twitter details when setting up your Producer account. We have some other work in progress in terms of Twitter capabilities and are looking at several ways to promote products on Adobe Exchange, we will let you know about these capabilities as we introduce them but wanted to share these badges now they are ready.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Now offer 2 paid products for free with Adobe Exchange

This week we released the latest updates to Adobe Exchange. Most of the changes are behind the scenes but there are three main changes we wanted to make you aware of. The first is a great change for anyone signing up for the free subscription level. Previously you could only provide free or private products, now you can provide 2 paid products. So what are you waiting for? You can sign up for free and while we are in prerelease you can sign up for the unlimited plan and submit multiple paid products as well.

1. Free Level subscription can now include 2 paid products
As part of the free level subscription to Adobe Exchange a producer can now submit up to 2 Paid products as part of their 10 overall products. So for example you could have 2 paid, 6 Free/Public and 2 Private products = Total 10 Products.

2. New MXI-based extension requirement
We have implemented a change on the MXI-based extensions requirements to ensure they install properly for users.  The new requirement is that the filename you give the MXI file has to match the Bundle ID of your extension.  So for example, a bundle ID of “com.adobe.exchange” means the MXI would have to be “com.adobe.exchange.mxi”.  Note that the constraint is not case sensitive, so “COM.ADOBE.EXCHANGE.MXI” would also work. The reason for this change has to do with how extensions are installed by Adobe Extension Manager.  Essentially, the filename of the MXI is part of what makes the extension unique, so you’ll only be able to install one extension for each unique MXI filename.

Please note:
1. This only applies to MXI-based extensions.  Manifest.xml extensions are not affected.
2. Existing extensions on Adobe Exchange will be left alone, but from now on, you’ll get an error if you upload a ZXP that doesn’t fit this constraint.
3. The latest releases of Packager, Extension Builder, and Configurator follow this naming requirement automatically.

3. Adobe Exchange Packager
This latest release provides:
1. User interface improvements for using Packager on lower resolution displays, including scrolling on some of the screens.
2. Remember Package Details and Setting – Available from the Settings menu, Packager can now remember various settings such as Publisher name, to reduce repetitive typing across multiple products.

If you haven’t already, why not download the Adobe Exchange Panel and take a look at the products that are already available and then get started on adding your own products.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager