You can now buy CS Extension Builder 1.5 on the Adobe Store. We had a large number of requests to put the product on the Store rather than having to sign up to an Adobe Partner Program. We wanted the price to be appealing and affordable for developers, so it’s starts at just $10 a month and we are working hard to create new ways to monetize and distribute your extensions. More on that in 2012. Until then, you can check out the CS Extension Builder product page for the ability to buy the product, try it out or simply learn more about it.
May I also take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Holidays.
Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager
It has been a few weeks since the announcements about Flex and Flash became public and during this time we have received a number of inquiries on what this means for the Creative Suite SDK and Creative Suite extensibility (the Flex team has posted this FAQ) overall. With this post, I would like to explain our thoughts and commitments to the extension developer community.
- Flex development remains absolutely critical for a significant number of use cases especially around enterprise application development. There is are a significant number of developers using Flex to develop extensions for the Creative Suite (as well as other apps) and we are committed to continue supporting them.
- As an organization we have made a significant investment to support Flex development in the Creative Suite. We believe that we have a top class development environment (CS Extension Builder and the CS SDK) that provides significant developer productivity features, makes extension development simple and easier to use, and is low cost and efficient. We expect this approach to continue for at least the next few years.
- We do not believe there is currently a compelling alternative to ActionScript extensibility or a need to move away from Flex. Despite the enthusiasm around HTML5 and the potential it has, there are significant challenges both around the runtime and the development environment. This is not to say that those will not be addressed, but we strongly believe that we are a few years away from that.
Based on the above, I would like to state that:
- The Creative Suite SDK and CS Extension Builder will continue to be developed and enhanced with new features and support for Creative Suite applications.
- We will make CS Extension Builder available through the Adobe Store at a compelling price point. We want the tool to become broadly available, so that every Creative Suite developer can enjoy its benefits
- We will continue our investigation on new technologies (e.g. HTML5) for extension development and occasionally share our findings with the developer community. We want to be transparent with the community and keep you involved in our planning.
We are firm believers that the CS extensibility story will continue to evolve as it has been doing for several years. Our ongoing goal is to make this story compelling for you by providing best of class development and distribution tools and help you reach as many customers as possible. Ultimately, your success is our success!
Hope this addresses the concerns some of you have recently expressed. Your comments are welcome as always.
Few weeks ago an error was reported that prevented users on Lion from installing extensions using Extension Manager. Back then we had released an manual fix that solved the problem (blogpost, forum thread).
Today we are releasing an update to Extension Manager CS5 and CS5.5 that fixes this issue. Note that this update is not yet available through Adobe Update Manager. However, anyone can download it below and address the signature issue:
* patch for CS5
* patch for CS5.5
Who should download this patch?
This update applies to users who have:
* Mac OS 10.7 and above
* Extension Manager CS5 or Extension Manager CS5.5 (if you have both versions, you need to install both updates)
Note: After you install this patch, you will not be prompted to install again when it becomes available through Adobe Update Manager.
* Download the zip file and save it on your machine
* Extract the contents of the zip file. The zip contains a *.dmg file that is the patch
* Quit any instances of Extension Manager that are running
* Double-click the dmg file
* Run the AdobePatchInstaller and follow the installation instructions
* Start Extension Manager and install your extensions
Please let us know if you run into any problems by replying back on the forum thread.
I would like to inform you that we have released an update to CS Extension Builder 1.5 that is fully compatible with Flash Builder 4.6. This update does not include any other features or bug fixes. The version of CS Extension Builder remains the same, ie 1.5. You can download the trial from here. If you are an Adobe partner you can download it from the partner portal.
The Creative Suite Host Adapter libraries, delivered with CS Extension Builder 1.5, enable deeper integration with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and InCopy Creative Suite applications than is possible through scripting with the Creative Suite Actionscript Wrapper (CSAW) libraries. For example the InDesign Host Adapter library supports the listening of ExtendScript scripting events within Actionscript and the retrieval and setting of XMP Metadata through a native C++ plugin.
Therefore if you are developing a workflow that requires the updating and/or retrieval of XMP metadata from an InDesign document or InCopy story, you will want to utilise the InDesign Host Adapter library.
Unfortunately, the current delivered InDesign Host Adapter in CS Extension Builder 1.5 is only compatible with InDesign CS5 and the 7.5.0 release on Mac OS. To support development for InDesign CS5.5 (including the 7.5.1 update) on Mac OS you will need to download the updated version located here.
For further information about the Host Adapter libraries please refer to:
CS Extension Builder help documentation.
The prerelease program for the next version of CS Extension Builder is now live. The new version will contain a number of new features and enhancements aiming at further improving the development experience for Creative Suite developers.
If you would like to participate and learn about, influence and help us test the feature set, you can do it here.
Looking forward to see you at the prerelease and hear your comments.
recently we run into a bug in Extension Manager CS5 and CS5.5 that prevented extensions from being installed on Mac OS 10.7. The problem had to do with accessing the system root keychain on MacOS. While we are working on making an update to Extension Manager available in the next 2 weeks through Adobe Update Manager (AUM), we are making a fix available today to developers and end users. Attached are two zip files that contain the fix and instructions on how to apply it:
exman50.zip – applies for Extension Manager 5.0 users
exman55.zip – applies for Extension Manager 5.5 users
Note 1: Applying the manual fix is not necessary. You could still wait until the update through AUM is available.
Note 2: The fix we make available is different than the one that will be available through AUM.
Note 3: No update is necessary for CS Extension Builder or the CS SDK.
You can also find the entire thread on the Adobe Forums here.
Thank you for your patience. For any questions, please reply directly to the thread above.
I am glad to announce that we have decided to extend the expiration date of the CS Extension Builder fully functional trial by 1 month to December 1st, 2011. If you have not downloaded the trial already, I urge you to do it now!
Check the trial FAQ.
I am happy to mention that our partners at Silicon Publishing used CS Extension Builder 1.5 to create an extension that runs within Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (CS5 & CS5.5) and enables Creative Suite users to access the 14 million images available in Fotolia without leaving their applications. Using the Fotolia extension, users can search, preview, download and purchase images from within the Creative Suite.
One of the cool features is the ability to drag-drop any image on your Creative Suite project. Once you decide to purchase the image , it gets replaced with the high-resolution version. And by the way, purchasing can take place from within the extension. That simple… Check this blogpost by Silicon Publishing for more information and a demo you definitely don’t want to miss .
This is one of the many examples showcasing what can be built using CS Extension Builder and the CS SDK. Feel free to send us examples of extensions you are working on and let us know how we can improve our tools.
For those of you attending Adobe Max 2011, the CS Extension Builder team will be doing a session there. We will present the new features of CS Extension Builder 1.5 and examples of what you can develop with it.
We will also provide a sneak peek of a new “thing” we are investigating on to help you developers monetize your extensions and plugins. I think you will find what you will see very exciting! Click the link below to get more details for the session and sign up.
How to develop and monetize your Creative Suite extensions
Wednesday October 5th, 9.30-10.30 , Room 511C
The team will be there for the entire Max conference, since we also hold a Creative Developer Tour on October 2nd (register for if you have not already). We look forward to see you there, meet you in person, share our future plans and answer your questions.