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Get CC 2015 Add-ons support now!

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UPDATE: July 7th, 2015 –  The Creative Cloud desktop app version 2.1.2.114 update is now available directly within the application, read on for how to check whether you have the latest version, if not you should be prompted to update or get a notification that it has updated.

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At the time of writing the 2.1.2.114 release of the Creative Cloud desktop application which supports the installation of CC 2015 Add-ons as well providing various fixes, had not had the automatic update released. However, it is available to download and install from the Web, here (just click the download button to begin the download). So if you want to start using Add-ons and have the very latest CC 2015 apps, here’s what to do:

1. Check what version of the CC desktop app you have, (it’s like the one pictured above and lives in the top menu bar on a Mac and in the System tray on Windows). To check what version you have launch the CC desktop application and click the cog wheel in the top right hand corner and then click on Preferences as shown in the picture below:

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2. Check what version you have installed, if it’s 2.1.2.114 (as shown below) or later you already have what you need for CC 2015 Add-ons compatibility for the CC 2015 June release. If you have an earlier version, get the latest version here.

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3. Go to the Adobe Add-ons website and check out all the Add-ons available or create your own.

4. Enjoy!

Adobe Exchange Panel CS6 users: it’s time to move to Adobe Add-ons

Exchange Panel replaced by Adobe Add-ons

The Adobe Exchange Panel for CS6 will no longer be functional after June 2015. All of the capabilities of the Exchange Panel and more are available on the Adobe Add-ons website.

If you have used the Exchange Panel in the past please check out the Adobe Add-ons website. If you have questions, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked ones in the FAQ below.

FAQ

Q. How is the Adobe Add-ons website different to the Adobe Exchange Panel for CS6?

A. The Adobe Add-ons website provides a number of benefits over the Exchange Panel for CS6 and incorporates a lot of feedback from Exchange Panel users including:

  • More Adobe apps supported
  • Larger previews
  • Links to further information and videos
  • About pages for each producer
  • Viewable anywhere – with the Exchange Panel you could only see compatible products for the app you were in, with Adobe Add-ons you can view and acquire Add-ons from any web browser and on devices like tablets and smartphones.
  • Sync install – For products that are compatible with more than just CS6, Add-ons uses Adobe CreativeSync technology to install your acquired Add-ons to all your Creative Cloud enabled computers and updates can be installed automatically or easily removed with a click.

Q. With the Exchange Panel gone how do I install my extensions?

A. If you acquired products with the Exchange Panel please use the same identity and sign in at My Add-ons.  If you acquired your extensions from a developer please look for the relevant .zxp file or installer, or contact the developer directly.

Q. I had acquired various products on the Adobe Exchange Panel and want to install them again for CS6 how can I do this?

A. Anything you have acquired from the Adobe Exchange Panel or from the Add-ons website is available from the My Add-ons section, please ensure you sign in with the same ID you used to acquire the Add-ons in order to see the same ones in my Add-ons. If the product you are looking to install is specifically for CS6 only please click the “Install for CS6″ link and follow the 3 quick steps to install the product.

Q. If the Adobe Exchange Panel is gone does that mean Adobe Exchange and the Adobe Exchange Producer Portal is gone too?

A. No, the Adobe Exchange website is still used for various resources and for the Producer Portal which enables anyone to create and submit Add-ons publicly (free or paid), or for private distribution. To sign up as a producer go here, it’s quick, easy and free! If you are looking to distribute more than 10 products please request a producer account upgrade by emailing avetting@adobe.com with the subject “Account Upgrade Request“.

Q. I am using Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6), how do I get Extensions and Add-ons now that the Adobe Exchange Panel is no longer supported?

A. You can use the Adobe Add-ons website, just ensure the product you are looking to acquire is compatible with CS6. Compatibility is shown on the top right hand side of each product page under “Version”. In addition to the Adobe Add-ons website there are a huge number of CS6 compatible plug-ins, extensions and other add-ons available from third parties.

Q. I am having issues with my extension where can I get help?

A. Where to go for help will depend on where you acquired your extension and what the problem is. If the problem is with functionality of the extension please contact the producer of that extension directly, either from their website or via email. For issues relating to products you acquired on the Adobe Add-ons website or the Adobe Exchange panel please go to the Adobe Add-ons forum, the Help and Troubleshooting section or email asupport@adobe.com, (please note that we are unable to provide assistance with add-ons acquired outside of the Adobe Add-ons website).

Q. Can I now remove the Adobe Exchange CS6 Panel?

A. Yes, removing the Exchange Panel will not affect your CS6 applications and will free up a small amount of disk space. To remove it, launch Adobe Extension Manager CS6 (download it here if you don’t already have it), choose one of the CS6 apps and select “AdobeExchange” and then click the Remove button (as shown in the image below). Clicking the Remove button will remove the Adobe Exchange Panel from all of your CS6 applications.

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How to: Choose which Creative Cloud shared folders you sync

 

Selective Sync

Adobe’s Creative Cloud comes with storage and it’s super easy to share a folder with other people. These folders can then be synced to your computer which is very convenient, but what if you don’t want to sync all those shared folders that have been shared with you or don’t want to sync all those shared folders on another computer? The good news is there is now a way to selectively sync shared folders from Creative Cloud.

Benefits

  • Save hard disk space
  • Control which shared folders you sync
  • Let you have different shared folders syncing on all your Creative Cloud enabled computers.

How

  1. Make sure you have:
    1. Version 1.8.0.447 (October 2014) or later of the Creative Cloud for desktop app installed
    2. File syncing turned on
    3. At least one or more shared folders in order to be able turn off syncing for them. Note: A menu will appear only when you have accepted shares that belong to other people. You cannot turn off your own shares.
  2. Locate the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. To open the Creative Cloud Files directory from Creative Cloud desktop app, select Assets > Files and click Open Folder. Note: You will need to go one level higher to be able to select the Creative Cloud Files directory itself.
  3. Context click (usually a right click, unless you’re left handed) on the Creative Cloud Files directory and click on the Select Shared Folders to Sync menu, this will show all your shared folders. Now just select the folder you do not want to sync.
  4. To select multiple shared folders, repeat step 3 above and click on the name of each folder you want to stop syncing. Any folder that does not show a tick next to the folder name will not sync and you will also receive a notification once the files have been removed.
  5. To sync a shared folder again that you previously stopped syncing, just repeat step 3 and select the folder you want to sync again. Note: Check that the folder does not have a tick next to it, as that means it is not currently being synced to your computer.

So now you can save disk space on your computer and have more control over what shared folders are synced with Creative Cloud.

Please share this technique with other Creative Cloud users so they can take back control of what shared folders are synced, they’ll thank you for it.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

 


 

Troubleshooting

Hopefully you won’t need this section but now that Shared Folder Selective Syncing has been out in the wild for a few weeks I wanted to provide my top troubleshooting tips:

  1. Ensure you have accepted 1 or more Shared folders. If you do not have any Shared Folders in Creative Cloud there will be no menu or sync options to show. You must have accepted shares that belong to other people. You cannot turn off your own shares.
  2. Ensure you have version 1.8.0.447 (October 2014) or later of the Creative Cloud for desktop app installed, you can check this by going to Preferences > General and clicking the Account tab in side the Creative Cloud for desktop app.Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 15.52.09
  3. Ensure you have File Syncing turned on and that it is not paused. To check click the cog wheel in the top right hand corner and select Preferences > Files and check the File Sync is turned On.
  4. Ensure you have restarted your computer. We’ve had a number of Mac users running Yosemite (10.10) saying they cannot see the the selective syncing menu. It turns out that while they have the latest Creative Cloud for desktops app they have not restarted their Macs and so the menu does not show up. As this is a system level menu it requires a restart to be enabled so please restart your computer and see if the menu becomes visible.
  5. Ensure you are selecting the Creative Cloud Files folder, not inside the Creative Cloud Files folder itself. On a Mac it’s best to go to your Home folder and then Control click (usually right click) on the Creative Cloud Files folder. On Windows use Windows Explorer and select the folder a level above the Creative Cloud files folder to then control click on the Creative Cloud Files folder. Or simply click the cog wheel in the top right hand corner and select Creative Cloud Files and make sure to select The Creative Cloud Files folder itself (not inside the folder) and then Control click for the selective syncing menu.
  6. Ensure you are connected to the Internet, if you are offline and made changes to a Shared Folder they will be synced next time your computer is connected to the Internet, this feature requires an active Internet connection to work.
  7. Still not working? Try the forum or contact Adobe Customer Support.

Adobe Layer Namer

Adobe Layer Namer

The new Generator feature for Photoshop CC lets you generate Web ready images from a psd file. This panel makes this feature incredibly easy to use, simply choose the export format; JPEG, PNG or GIF, select the quality and if you want a 2X version and go! You can even have the layer renamed for you. 

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Generator allows you to create image assets in real time as you work, eliminating the tedious steps of copying, slicing and exporting each layer manually, and saving you hours of time. Simply add a file extension to the name of your layer or layer group, and Photoshop will automatically create a JPG, PNG or GIF from the contents of that layer. If you make a change to that layer, the file is immediately updated. This means that you now have a folder of images that are always up-to-date with your Photoshop design.

Adobe Layer Namer is available exclusively on Adobe Exchange from the Adobe Exchange Panel in Photoshop CC for CC subscribers.

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To get Adobe Layer Namer, launch the Photoshop CC app and then open the Adobe Exchange Panel by going to Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.

Photoshop Elves

Santa and his Photoshop elves were very busy creating this little gift, with lots of help and many thanks to Thomas Ruark and Russell Brown for this wonderful Panel and finally Krystal Woods for testing and releasing it.

Wishing you and your families Happy Holidays.  There are lots more exciting things coming on Adobe Exchange in early 2014, until then have a very happy new year.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Photoshop CC Features Panel now available

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Photoshop CC is a remarkable release but how do you learn what the new features are and how to use them? The answer is the Photoshop CC Features panel where you can access new tools and features and watch videos all within Photoshop CC and it’s available exclusively from Adobe Exchange.

Special thanks to Stéphane Baril of Adobe (@sbaril on Twitter) who created this panel with Adobe Configurator 4.

How to get the Photoshop CC Features Panel

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Launch the Photoshop CC app and then open the Adobe Exchange Panel by going to Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.

If you haven’t already, you need to apply the CSXS update to enable the Adobe Exchange Panel first – Details here.

Photoshop CC Features is available for free for Creative Cloud paid subscribers. If you are just trying out Photoshop CC at the moment but want this panel you can get it with the Samples included with the free Adobe Configurator 4. While you are there you can also edit the Photoshop CC features panel to make it even more tailored to your needs.

Update

The Panel has just been updated to version 1.0.2 but don’t let the small version number fool you, it’s a big update with a number of usability improvements and includes the new Photoshop CC Generator feature. Existing users can get the update from within the My Stuff section of the Adobe Exchange Panel now.

Enjoy!

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

P.S. Want to have fun learning Photoshop CC? Check out LevelUp, also available exclusively on Adobe Exchange.

Adobe Exchange Panel – 1.1 Update for CC apps now available

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We’ve just released an important update to the Adobe Exchange Panel for Creative Cloud (CC) desktop apps.

New features

  • The Panel icon is back – no more default lego brick!
  • Facebook icon to like us on Facebook in the lower left of the panel. You can follow us on Twitter too.
  • Various bug fixes to improve performance and installation issues
  • New large view by default – now when you open the Exchange Panel for the first time you will see the large rather than compact view because in this case bigger really is better. Prefer skinny? No problem, click the button on the lower right to make it compact.
  • Non-zxp support – This is a major new feature. Previously if you wanted to submit products to Adobe Exchange they had to be packaged into a zxp format using tools like the free Adobe Exchange Packager, available when you sign up as a producer, which is also free. So now you can submit any kind of file, tell us the Adobe CC apps it is compatible with and off you go. Please note that it’s best to provide the native file rather than a zip when submitting content becuase we can then look to install things in the correct place automatically in the future. Really need to provide a zip file? Go ahead. It will be downloaded to the Downloads folder. Please also note that this feature requires Adobe Extension Manager CC Update 7.1 and works with supported CC apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver, Prelude and Premiere Pro. You can expect to see a massive increase in the amount of content available on Adobe Exchange in the coming months thanks to this new functionality.

How to get the update

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First open the Adobe Exchange Panel by going to Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange from within a compatible CC app.

If you haven’t already, you need to apply the CSXS update to enable the Adobe Exchange Panel first – Details here.

Install/update Adobe Extension Manager CC to version 7.1 using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app or get the installer here.

In the Adobe Exchange Panel Click the Update button (pictured above)

Don’t forget to check out the Adobe Exchange Panel regularly as we are constantly adding more products (Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange).

Enjoy!

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Drive Five is Alive!

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Adobe Drive 5, or Adobe Drive CC as it’s better known, is now available. Lots of Adobe creative users don’t know about Drive and what it provides, so before telling you about the new features, let’s start with what it’s for.

What is Adobe Drive?

Adobe Drive CC (version 5) software enables seamless integration of a digital asset management (DAM) system with Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 desktop applications. Once connected to a DAM server, you can access remote assets through your operating system file browser, through Adobe Bridge, or from the menus of CC and CS6 products that integrate with Drive: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and InCopy.

Adobe Drive CC

This release provides a lot of compatibility, Drive CC is compatible with the Creative Cloud (CC) *and* CS6 supported applications (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy & Bridge. It supports CQ DAM 5.5, AEM DAM 5.6 and now AEM DAM 5.6.1 (released in June) along with a number of DAMs from third party vendors.

Other Key Features beyond CC application and AEM 5.6.1 DAM compatibility:

  • Mac 64-bit support; enables performance improvements when downloading assets from DAMs
  • When integrating with AEM DAM, performance improvements (12-40+%) when browsing a large number of assets in Adobe Bridge
  • Warning when connecting to an AEM DAM that uses an untrusted certificate

Learn more and download

Laurel Hahn Zimmer | Product Manager

Learning Photoshop is just a game with LevelUp for Photoshop

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LevelUp for Photoshop is a fun and free way to learn Photoshop and it works inside Photoshop CC. LevelUp  is a game of missions — and points and rewards — that guide you along the way of learning basic Adobe® Photoshop® CC software skills. If you are a photographer and are just starting to use Photoshop, this is the game for you.

LevelUp for Photoshop CC is available exclusively on Adobe Exchange. You can download it with the Adobe Exchange Panel inside Photoshop CC, Here’s how:

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Enjoy!

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Configurator 4 released

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I am delighted to announce the final release (GM) version of Adobe Configurator 4. Adobe Configurator lets you create your own custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign and now supports Photoshop CC. The latest release supports the new Adobe Exchange. To distribute and share panels you create in Configurator with other Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 users. The Configurator 4 release offers these new features:

  • SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE CLOUD: With this release, you can create panels for Photoshop CC, as well as for Photoshop CS6 and InDesign CS6.
  • AUTOMATIC CONVERSION: The automatic conversion feature has been extended, so that if you open a CS5.x panel for Photoshop, you can convert it to either the CS6 or CC version.
  • OPEN EXTENSIONS FROM A PANEL: A new widget allows your user to open other Adobe Application Extensions from your panel. You must provide the ID of the extension to open.
  • NEW SCRIPTING FUNCTIONALITY: The HTML widget now has enhanced scripting capabilities that allow you to open other extensions and call into the ExtendScript DOM of the host application.
  • HI DPI SUPPORT: You can create panels that will run in high resolution on Apple Retina™ Displays.
  • NEW SAMPLES: See what’s possible or just customize what has already been created with the sample panels available on the Welcome screen and File menu. We’ve created new HTML Sample Panels and a new Photoshop CC features sample.

Download Configurator 4

Learn more about Configurator 4

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Configurator 4 – Preview now available

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I am pleased to announce the release of Adobe Configurator 4 on Adobe Labs. We plan to release at least one more update to this popular application for creating custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign. This release adds 4 key new features:

  • SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE CLOUD: WIth this release, you can create panels for Photoshop CC, as well as for Photoshop CS6 and InDesign CS6.
  • AUTOMATIC CONVERSION: The automatic conversion feature has been extended, so that if you open a CS5.x panel for Photoshop, you can convert it to either the CS6 or CC version.
  • OPEN EXTENSIONS FROM A PANEL: A new widget allows your user to open other Adobe Application Extensions from your panel. You must provide the ID of the extension to open.
  • NEW SCRIPTING FUNCTIONALITY: The HTML widget now has enhanced scripting capabilities that allow you to open other extensions and call into the ExtendScript DOM of the host application.

Configurator 4 is free and in the next release we plan to add more localization to total of 13 languages supported and also HiDPI support for Retina Macs in Photoshop CC panels. So why not:

Download Configurator 4

Share your panels on Adobe Exchange as free, paid or private products.

Enjoy!

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager