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. http://bit.ly/WwAend

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: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/sdk/eula_cs6-signing-toolkit.html

Download Packager

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

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

Adobe Configurator 3.1 now live on Labs, AAM Update tomorrow

I am delighted to announce the first ever update to Adobe Configurator. Configurator lets you create custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign. The 3.1 update contains a significant number of bug fixes and new features based on feedback from users. It also contains a number of enhancements to support the new Adobe Exchange, a marketplace for Creative Suite 6 add-ons and content, which went live last month. You can download Configurator 3.1 from Adobe Labs, or if you already have Configurator 3.0 installed look out for an update to 3.1 due tomorrow via the Adobe Application Manager.

Configurator 3.1 Key New Features

1. Button Icons: In CS6 panels, you can associate your own images with a button object as icons for different states (button up, button down, and mouse over). You can have icons for Command, Script, Script file, Action, and Popup buttons.

2. Panels for Adobe Exchange: This release offers additional support and features that help you create panels for Adobe Exchange.

  • New attributes allow you to specify the Author and a Description for a panel that is exported as a CS Extension, and attribute names have been simplified from “Extension ID” and “Extension Version” to “ID” and “Version.”
  • MenuName and Author values are required; if they are empty or invalid, you cannot export the panel as a CS Extension.
  • The Create Certificate dialog has been simplified.

3. Scripting Support: The HTML widget now allows you to invoke predefined and developer-defined functions and scripts, which gives your panel access to the JavaScript API for Photoshop or InDesign.

4. Additional Color Theme Support: The HTML widget can now detect the user’s change of color themes in Photoshop CS6, so that you can provide light and dark versions of any panel content.

You’ll find further information in the 3.1 Release Notes.

With Adobe Configurator 3.1 your panels can be more customized than ever before and you can distribute them as either free, paid, or private products via the new Adobe Exchange.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

Available on Adobe Exchange Badges

With more and more producers getting their products on Adobe Exchange we wanted a way for you to be able to promote the fact your products are available from Adobe Exchange, so we came up with some badges that you can use on your websites, email, etc.

Main Badge

 

 

 

This is the main badge we suggest you use for promoting the fact that your product is available on Adobe Exchange.

Smaller Badge

 

 

 

Where space is at a premium we also have a smaller badge, shown above. To use either badge, right click (Mac users Ctrl+click) and choose “Save image as…”, or “Download linked file”, depending on the Web browser you use.

Please note:

  • Link either badge to the Adobe Exchange website, so users can download the Adobe Exchange Panel and get access to your product.
  • Do not alter the badges in any way. If you have any questions relating to the use of these badges you can ask them when submitting your product.

Other ways to promote your products on Adobe Exchange

We have integrated Twitter into Adobe Exchange and producers can automatically tweet to their followers once a product is released or featured, you just provide Adobe Exchange with your Twitter details when setting up your Producer account. We have some other work in progress in terms of Twitter capabilities and are looking at several ways to promote products on Adobe Exchange, we will let you know about these capabilities as we introduce them but wanted to share these badges now they are ready.

Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager