I am tremendously excited to announce that today we provided the first public preview of the new Adobe Exchange on Adobe Labs.
What is it?
The new Adobe Exchange is a Creative Suite extension marketplace. It is available as a panel within a variety of CS6 applications. The Adobe Exchange panel provides a new way to search, discover, and install plug-ins, extensions, and other content for Creative Suite products.
Isn’t there already an Adobe Exchange?
Yes, there are various product exchanges here. This new Adobe Exchange is quite different and offers a number of advantages over the existing Adobe Exchange, (detailed here). The Adobe Exchange brand name is great, but the website did not reflect the modern cloud connected world. In my experience, Creative Suite users like to work within the Creative Suite products, not jumping in and out of the browser, so the new Exchange is presented as an in-product panel.
You are the producer!
Starting today, anyone with an Adobe ID will be able to submit up to 10 free products to the new Adobe Exchange, free of charge. You can also share products privately. Due to the way Exchange products are packaged it’s a great way for individuals or organisations to share Creative Suite content and it will appear in the user’s My Stuff section of the panel and can automatically provide any new updates. The potential here is enormous. For example, sharing out an InDesign template, swatches and many other Creative Suite generated content, which you can package in minutes with Adobe Exchange Packager. This goes beyond file sharing, as it can install the content in the correct locations for use with Creative Suite 6 supported products.
Anyone looking to offer paid products via the new Adobe Exchange should sign up for the prerelease program at tinyurl.com/exchangeprerelease. There are no subscription charges for offering paid products while we are in prerelease.
This is just the beginning…
We have a lot of developments planned for the new Adobe Exchange, including Creative Cloud integration and much, much more. In the mean time, download the Adobe Exchange panel and it will automatically update as we add new capabilities.
Spread the word
I would really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about the new Adobe Exchange now that it is publicly available. Posting to blogs, social media, etc., anything you can do to help will make a difference and let people try it out for themselves. We want to build up a critical mass of Adobe Exchange users and producers creating great products.
The launch on Adobe Labs is an important first step for Adobe Exchange. Thanks for taking the journey with us.
Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager