Posts in Category "Adobe Exchange"

Resources for HTML5 extension development

One of the changes in Creative Cloud 2014 is the introduction of the Common Extensibility Platform (CEP) 5.0 in many of Adobe’s apps. 

CEP 5 is a major update that provides capabilities that far surpasses its predecessors. A key feature is the integration of Node.js which practically means you can use Node’s rich APIs as well as third party NPM modules within Adobe’s products.

As we move further into the HTML5 panel era, we have created a new place to host our resources. You can find many samples and resources in the Adobe CEP GitHub repository.

It includes APIs, links to documentation, tutorials and tools (including some that are created by 3rd parties), and lots of samples.

In addition, I encourage developers interested in HTML5 panels to check out the Kuler panel for Creative Cloud 2014 on the new Adobe Add Ons website. The Kuler panel is a great example of an HTML5 panel.

 

Adobe Extension Builder and Creative Cloud 2014

Since Creative Cloud 2014 launched on June 18, extension developers have been eager to migrate their extensions and panels to the new generation of Adobe apps. At this point in time, Extension Builder 2.1 does not support Creative Cloud 2014 when building Flash based extensions, and Extension Builder 3 preview 3 does not support Creative Cloud 2014 when building HTML5 extensions.
New developer tools will be released in the future. Meanwhile, it is easy to modify the current tools so that you can continue to use them to create extensions and panels for the new CC 2014 apps.

Let’s start with Extension Builder 3. The following tweaks will make it support the latest and greatest Creative Cloud apps.

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Photoshop CC Features Panel now available

Photoshop CC Features

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 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

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

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.

Hurry!

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.

Thanks!

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 Exchange – Important Signing and Installation Update

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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.

Installation

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: https://www.adobeexchange.com
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