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How to: Choose which Creative Cloud shared folders you sync

 

Selective Sync

Adobe’s Creative Cloud comes with storage and it’s super easy to share a folder with other people. These folders can then be synced to your computer which is very convenient, but what if you don’t want to sync all those shared folders that have been shared with you or don’t want to sync all those shared folders on another computer? The good news is there is now a way to selectively sync shared folders from Creative Cloud.

Benefits

  • Save hard disk space
  • Control which shared folders you sync
  • Let you have different shared folders syncing on all your Creative Cloud enabled computers.

How

  1. Make sure you have:
    1. Version 1.8.0.447 (October 2014) or later of the Creative Cloud for desktop app installed
    2. File syncing turned on
    3. At least one or more shared folders in order to be able turn off syncing for them. Note: A menu will appear only when you have accepted shares that belong to other people. You cannot turn off your own shares.
  2. Locate the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. To open the Creative Cloud Files directory from Creative Cloud desktop app, select Assets > Files and click Open Folder. Note: You will need to go one level higher to be able to select the Creative Cloud Files directory itself.
  3. Context click (usually a right click, unless you’re left handed) on the Creative Cloud Files directory and click on the Select Shared Folders to Sync menu, this will show all your shared folders. Now just select the folder you do not want to sync.
  4. To select multiple shared folders, repeat step 3 above and click on the name of each folder you want to stop syncing. Any folder that does not show a tick next to the folder name will not sync and you will also receive a notification once the files have been removed.
  5. To sync a shared folder again that you previously stopped syncing, just repeat step 3 and select the folder you want to sync again. Note: Check that the folder does not have a tick next to it, as that means it is not currently being synced to your computer.

So now you can save disk space on your computer and have more control over what shared folders are synced with Creative Cloud.

Please share this technique with other Creative Cloud users so they can take back control of what shared folders are synced, they’ll thank you for it.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

 


 

Troubleshooting

Hopefully you won’t need this section but now that Shared Folder Selective Syncing has been out in the wild for a few weeks I wanted to provide my top troubleshooting tips:

  1. Ensure you have accepted 1 or more Shared folders. If you do not have any Shared Folders in Creative Cloud there will be no menu or sync options to show. You must have accepted shares that belong to other people. You cannot turn off your own shares.
  2. Ensure you have version 1.8.0.447 (October 2014) or later of the Creative Cloud for desktop app installed, you can check this by going to Preferences > General and clicking the Account tab in side the Creative Cloud for desktop app.Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 15.52.09
  3. Ensure you have File Syncing turned on and that it is not paused. To check click the cog wheel in the top right hand corner and select Preferences > Files and check the File Sync is turned On.
  4. Ensure you have restarted your computer. We’ve had a number of Mac users running Yosemite (10.10) saying they cannot see the the selective syncing menu. It turns out that while they have the latest Creative Cloud for desktops app they have not restarted their Macs and so the menu does not show up. As this is a system level menu it requires a restart to be enabled so please restart your computer and see if the menu becomes visible.
  5. Ensure you are selecting the Creative Cloud Files folder, not inside the Creative Cloud Files folder itself. On a Mac it’s best to go to your Home folder and then Control click (usually right click) on the Creative Cloud Files folder. On Windows use Windows Explorer and select the folder a level above the Creative Cloud files folder to then control click on the Creative Cloud Files folder. Or simply click the cog wheel in the top right hand corner and select Creative Cloud Files and make sure to select The Creative Cloud Files folder itself (not inside the folder) and then Control click for the selective syncing menu.
  6. Ensure you are connected to the Internet, if you are offline and made changes to a Shared Folder they will be synced next time your computer is connected to the Internet, this feature requires an active Internet connection to work.
  7. Still not working? Try the forum or contact Adobe Customer Support.

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.

Continue reading…

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

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

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

Building Creative Suite 5 extensions using the Creative Suite SDK and Flash Builder 4

As part of Creative Suite 5, we are introducing a new SDK that allows developers to create Flash based extensions for most of the Creative Suite 5 products.

The following recording walks you through the process of getting set up with this SDK and gives you step by step instructions on using Flash Builder 4 to create an extension. You will learn:

  1. How to set up your development environment to work with the Creative Suite SDK
  2. How to create a new extension project in Flash Builder 4
  3. How to run the extension in development mode
  4. How to debug the extension while running in the application
  5. How to package and sign the extension for distribution

Click on the image to play the tutorial.

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The CS SDK and Extension Packaging and Signing Toolkit used in this video can be downloaded for free from the Adobe Developer Connections portal Creative Suite page.