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Adobe Exchange – Important Signing and Installation Update


During the Adobe Exchange prerelease program, (which you can sign up for here), we have heard loud and clear from producers that while they understand the need to sign their products, using a trusted signing authority was both time consuming and costly. The Adobe Exchange development team are working on a new signing process that allows users to create their own self-signed certificates using easy to use Adobe tools like Adobe Exchange Packager, Adobe Configurator 3 and CS Extension Builder 2. These certificates will be paired with a new Adobe signed certificate for Adobe Exchange. We have a little more work to do in order to create this system but we wanted to let producers know as soon as possible about this plan, so that you know that a trusted authority certificate will no longer be required. We do require a signed product so we can be assured that the product comes from you and you have the assurance that Adobe has not tampered with your product, however, you can use a self-certificate for this purpose. This is a tried and tested process on many large and successful online stores.


One of the reasons producers felt the need to generate a certificate from a trusted signing authority was that any self-signed certificate embedded in a product would pop up a warning in Adobe Extension Manager that the producer was ‘Unknown’ and this could cause the user potential concern. It also created extra input and button clicking from the user. The number of dialogue boxes presented to the user, particularly when upgrading the Adobe Exchange panel, does not deliver the experience we want to provide. We are therefore looking to suppress many of these superfluous messages to the user. This will require an update to Extension Manager but rest assured it is in development along with continuous and far deeper integration/improvements to Adobe Extension Manager in relation to Adobe Exchange.  The improved signing and installation workflows are another example of us listening to your feedback. We expect this work to be complete in the first quarter of 2013. There are many more user requested features to come and we welcome your feedback to continually improve Adobe Exchange.


Other Updates

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some recent updates that will be useful to producers and potential producers of Adobe Exchange:

Adobe Exchange Assets – We wanted to make it easier for producers to be able to provide images for Adobe exchange including featured images. We recently posted a Photoshop template with Smart Objects which makes the process of creating images for Exchange a lot faster and more efficient. More information here. Just search for ‘Adobe Exchange Assets’ within the Adobe Exchange panel in Photoshop to download it.
Social Media – We ware increasingly using Social Media channels to promote your products quickly and widely. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see when your product gets featured.
New Home page –  We recently redesigned our home page to make it much clearer to users where to find the Adobe Exchange Panel as well as showing featured products. Check it out at:
There are lots more features in development that we look forward to sharing with you as they get released.

 Jonathan Ferman – Product Manager | Adobe Exchange

Discover the hidden powers of HTML inside Photoshop Panels

Adobe Configurator 3 makes it easy to create custom panels for Photoshop and Illustrator. What you might not know is just how much you can do with HTML inside a Photoshop panel, not just look at a Web page but run powerful scripts and capaibilities. If you are programmer, web developer or just want to see what’s possible this panel is for you. The HTML Sample Panel is available exclusively from Adobe Exchange and you can modify it to you heart’s content with Configurator 3 as it is a sample file you can download.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with and seeing your panels on Adobe Exchange.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Template for Adobe Exchange

Are you creating products for Adobe Exchange?
This Photoshop template (in PSD format) will help. It includes correctly sized Smart Objects for each icon and preview you may need when submitting a product to Adobe Exchange.

Learn more.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Exchange – new home page design

The Adobe Exchange homepage has had its first major redesign and is now much clearer about where the Adobe Exchange panel gets installed to in the various supported CS6 applications. It also shows a featured product and lets you follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We hope you like the new look and functionality.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Adobe Configurator 3 video now available

I have had several users request a video that shows what Adobe Configurator 3 is for, how to use it and how to get the panels you make on to Adobe Exchange. Here you go, it’s free and available now on Adobe TV:

Adobe Configurator 3 video


Adobe Exchange Packager 1.5 Released – More flexible/file compatible

I am delighted to announce the release of Adobe Exchange Packager 1.5. This release has significant changes under the hood that allow you to add any file you like to be packaged. For example, you could add a text file (.txt) and would then just need to choose which Adobe point product, such as InDesign that Extension Manager should associate the file with and where it should be installed. You can type the path or simply choose from three cross platform locations in the pull down menu. For common native file types like .psd, .indd, .prproj, .html and more we automatically create the point product association and install location for you. So now it’s easier than ever to create your files with Packager and and distribute them privately or publicly (free or paid).

Packager is ideal for providing creative files like Photoshop files, InDesign files or a whole host of files and once submitted to Exchange users can be automatically notified of any updates to your products, for example if you change one of the files and repackage. You could sell InDesign templates or Photoshop files, or privately share them with friends and colleagues for instance. Packager is not currently suited to packaging extensions and plug-ins by developers but we are working on adding that functionality in a future release.

Packaging and Signing Toolkit

If you want to package up extensions and plug-ins for use on Adobe Exchange please use the Packaging and Signing Toolkit in the mean time:

Download Packager

Download Packager 1.5 now and let us know what you think. It’s available after signing in from the Resources section:

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

P.S. You can also sign up for unlimited paid products via our prerelease program, it only takes a minute.

Learn new InDesign features in a click!

In addition to the Photoshop Features panel, there is also an InDesign Features panel, which gives you access to the great new and improved InDesign CS6 features in a single click. This panel also has InDesign tutorial videos from Adobe TV integrated, so you don’t even need to leave InDesign to watch the features in action.

It’s free and exclusive, you just need the free Adobe Exchange panel which works with 9 different CS6 applications.

Enjoy and let us know what you think of it.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Learn new Photoshop features in a click!

Created with Adobe Configurator 3, the Photoshop Features panel lets you easily explore, try out and learn the new and enhanced tools and features in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended. Arranged in a series of tabs, from the panel you can check out the new tools and features, access the timeline tools and capabilities for video and frames, go to video tutorial websites and if you have Photoshop Extended use all the major 3D tools and functions.

The panel is free and exclusively available on Adobe Exchange. To download it you will need the Adobe Exchange panel which currently works with 9 different CS6 applications.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager


Like Adobe Exchange on Facebook

I’m delighted to announce that Adobe Exchange now has it’s own Facebook page, in addition to an Adobe TV Channel and Twitter account. We hope to use some of the powerful Facebook API’s to help promote Exchange products in the future but right now we need help, we need friends! We’re lonely without you 😉


Be our friend! Please
If you have a Facebook account please ‘like’ us, or just check out the content. You can see our page here:


Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

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