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Adobe Configurator 4 – Preview now available

Adobe Configurator 4

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.


Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Get the updated Exchange Panel for CC apps

Adobe Exchange Panel CC Update

Adobe Exchange is the new way to discover add-ons for your favorite Adobe apps. Today in conjunction with the release of the new Adobe CC apps, we provided an update to the integrated Adobe Exchange Panel. After installing any of the 7 compatible CC apps you will see an update like the one pictured above from within the Creative Cloud application. After applying the update you can access the Exchange Panel from Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange. This update brings the CC apps in line with the version of the Panel we just provided to CS6 users and adds Hi DPI support for Retina MacBook Pros and a number of important compatibility capabilities.

You can see the simple instructions for applying the update here. Once installed you will find an ever growing number of products to enhance your favorite apps. Want to create your own products for Adobe Exchange? It’s easy! Otherwise, just launch the Exchange Panel and remember to check it frequently for product updates and lots of great new products that are being added all the time.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager


Watch the Adobe Exchange – Discover, Create and Share session from MAX 2013

Adobe Exchange Session at MAX

At the Creativity Conference – MAX 2013 we announced that the Adobe Exchange Panel would be integrated into 7 Creative Cloud apps. We recorded a session that explains what Adobe Exchange is, how you can create products for Adobe Exchange, some great tools for designers and developers, the future of extensibility, tips and tricks and finally a sneak peek at the planned CC website integration.

Check out the session recording on Adobe TV:

You can also view and download a PDF of the presentation.

Want to create products for Adobe Exchange? It’s easy, this one page PDF shows you how to get started.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Sign up now for Adobe Exchange sessions at MAX

Adobe MAX 2013


Adobe MAX is where we will formally launch Adobe Exchange and show how it is being integrated into Creative Cloud. For any user of Adobe’s creative apps Exchange will bring lots of great new add-ons to make your experience of those applications so much better. What you may not know is how easy it is to create products and content for Adobe Exchange. Anyone can do it and you do not need to do any coding. You can offer free, paid and even private products. Adobe Exchange will let you get products and content in front of millions of users, or just the ones you want if you share privately. How do you do this? We will reveal all. We have two sessions at MAX:

1) A Preconference that has 2 tracks, one focused on our extensibility plans, being revealed at MAX and another track covering everything you need to know about Adobe Exchange. This afternoon preconference will also give you an opportunity at the end to network, meet the product teams and other users at our cocktail reception.

Please note: this preconference session is included in your MAX pass, there are no additional fees to attend this session.
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2) A 1 hour session – This is for MAX attendees that cannot make the Sunday afternoon preconference on May 5th, or just want to learn about Adobe Exchange.
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Either session is relevant for any type of Adobe creative product user so please sign up and see what’s possible!

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Getting Started: Creating Products for Adobe Exchange

Getting Started

We wanted to provide a simple 1 page interactive PDF that shows you how to create products for Adobe Exchange. We hope you find it helpful. Please note this PDF has been updated to reflect that it’s now really easy to submit content for Adobe CC apps, no packaging required!

Adobe Exchange – Getting Started Creating Products (PDF file)

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Extension Manager 6.0.5 full installer now avaialble on

Extension Manager CS6Previously Adobe Extension Manager CS6 was only available as an update inside Adobe Application Manager (AAM). We had requests to provide the full installer on the Web and I am pleased to say that we created a special full installer build to do that. If you have had any issues trying to update to Extension Manager 6.0.5 please use this full installer available for Mac and Windows, it should solve your issues.

Many thanks to the Extension Manager team for releasing this. if you have CS6 you definitely want to update to 6.0.5 it has some new capabilities we will soon enable for Adobe Exchange improved installations and other useful features and fixes.

Get it now!

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Creative Cloud Exclusive and Free! Flypaper Select – High Resolution Textures Pack

Flypaper SelectHot on the heels of the Adobe Paper Texture Panel Pro release I am delighted to announce FlyPaper Select. Flypaper Select is an exclusive collection of 24 high quality and unique textures which were especially chosen for their all round versatility from Flypaper’s eight texture packs. All of Flypaper’s Texture packs will soon be available on Adobe Exchange, several already are, just search for ‘flypaper’ from the Adobe Exchange Panel.

The Adobe Paper Texture Panel Pro and Flypaper Select are complementary products. The Adobe Paper Textures panel and the Pro version of the panel use low resolution Flypaper Textures to generate their effects. The Flypaper Select pack has high resolution (300 dpi) JPEG files that can be used with lots of Adobe apps and have all sorts of uses including photography, artwork, graphics projects, website design, digital, video and not forgetting old school film projects, book design, scrapbooking, illustration and collage. Flypaper texture uses are endless!

How do you get it?

If you are a Creative Cloud paid member then just search for ‘flypaper’ in the Adobe Exchange panel from within the CS6 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Premiere Pro or Dreamweaver.

You’ll find the panel in Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.

Don’t have the Adobe Exchange Panel? You can download it free. If you’re not already a Creative Cloud paid member you can learn more.


I’d like to thank the team at Flypaper Textures for providing this pack exclusively to Creative Cloud subscribers but get it quickly as it may not stay exclusive or free forever!

Creative Cloud paid member free and exclusive products are our little way of saying thanks to our Creative Cloud subscribers. Please help show your appreciation of these free donations by simply rating after your download. If you are not a Creative Cloud subscriber yet but have CS6, virtually all the products available do not require paid membership, check out the panel to see what’s available.


Become a producer yourself!

Becoming a producer for Adobe Exchange is free and easy. Just sign in/sign up here with your Adobe ID. We have lots of different tools and resources to help you create and package products. If you have simple creative files then you just need to use Adobe Exchange Packager, there’s even an embedded video to show you how to use it. Packager will sign and package your products and then you can submit them to the Adobe Exchange Producer Portal. Adobe will review and test your product and then it will be released. As a producer you can even privately share products with other people, ideal for Education, Enterprise, collaborative working and much more. Adobe Exchange is designed to enrich your experience with Adobe apps, whether that’s with a plug-in, an extension, an InDesign template, a Photoshop file or anything else that is related to our Adobe creative products. I can’t wait to see what our rapidly growing number of producers come up with.

Keep up to date with all the latest developments on Adobe Exchange on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Creative Cloud Exclusive and Free! – Adobe Paper Textures Pro

Adobe Paper Textures Pro - free for Creative Cloud Subscribers

Adobe Paper Textures by Adobe’s Russell Brown is currently the most popular product on Adobe Exchange. I recently met with Russell in Adobe’s San Jose headquarters and we discussed how we might improve it and  how we could add value to Creative Cloud paid members by letting them have a new product for free. In a few short weeks, thanks to the great programming skills of Thomas Ruark and some fantastic new textures from the lovely people at FlyPaper Textures we had a new ‘Pro’ version. Today we are releasing Adobe Paper Textures Pro exclusively on Adobe Exchange for Creative Cloud paid members.

aptp_panelWhat’s New in the Pro Version

1 – New textures added.
2 – Fly out menu lets you select between the two sets of textures.
3 – The Randomizer now lets you set the number of textures used in the randomizing process.
4 – The Chaos check box turns on a new feature that randomly uses OVERLAY and MULTIPLY on any number of textures that you specify.
5 – We will add more new features in the future – when available, Adobe Exchange will show you that there is an update to the product.

Adobe Paper Texture Pro Tutorial video by Russell Brown – Adobe TV


How do you get it?

If you are a Creative Cloud paid member then just search for ‘paper’ in the Adobe Exchange panel from within Photoshop CS6, you’ll find the panel in Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.

Don’t have the Adobe Exchange Panel? You can download it free. If you’re not already a Creative Cloud paid member you can learn more.


Many thanks to Russell Brown, Thomas Ruark and the team at FlyPaper Textures for all their support. I’m excited by what other features could be provided to this panel in the future.


We plan to have more Creative Cloud paid member free and exclusive products available soon. It’s just our little way of saying thanks to our Creative Cloud subscribers.


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Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Extension Manager 6.0.5 is out. Improves Adobe Exchange Installations

Extension Manager 6.0.5 Update

The latest update to Extension Manager; 6.0.5 is now available via Adobe Application Manager. This update is primarily designed to improve the installation experience and provide much tighter integration with the new Adobe Exchange. These improvements will be visible with a forthcoming update to the Adobe Exchange Panel and a Creative Cloud integrated website which is nearing release. Please download the 6.0.5 update so you are ready for the improved installs that Extension Manager provides. This new version will remove many of those annoying dialogue boxes that users told us were unnecessary and also lets us provide a seamless installation from the Web when the new Creative Cloud website is released.

What’s Next?

As mentioned the other thing we have been working on is an improved signing experience, this is primarily for producers of Adobe Exchange. It means you will not need to buy a certificate from a trusted signing authority and will have the reassurance that your product has not been tampered with during the product submission process. There are other benefits and the good news is we think we are almost complete on the signing development work. We will provide more information when the new signing capabilities are released.

In the mean time, if you have Creative Suite 6 or Creative Cloud membership why not try out the Adobe Exchange Panel. New products are being added every day. You can also keep up to date with Adobe Exchange on Facebook and Twitter.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

InDesign SDK blog is back! Check it out


The team working on the InDesign SDK recently updated the long forgotten InDesign SDK blog and it’s a very useful read for any InDesign developer. Let the team know in the Comments section what you think and what else you would like to see featured.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager