May 08, 2007
Read this blog, via Flash, right within Photoshop (?)
As I’ve mentioned previously, Photoshop CS3 introduces the ability to run Flash/Flex SWF files inside Photoshop dialogs. Not only does this enable faster creation of rich user interfaces for Photoshop; it also opens the door to a whole new level of connectedness right within Photoshop. It will enable–if you’ll let me get buzzwordy for a second–"crowdsourcing": letting users collaborate & solve their own problems, enhancing Photoshop in the process. That’ll largely happen in the future, but right now we’re shipping a practical example that runs scripts, plays video, and displays RSS feeds.
Now, if you want to take this for a spin and have Photoshop CS3 installed (and if you don’t, by all means please grab the tryout), here’s what to do:
- Navigate to the Adobe Photoshop CS3 application folder on your machine.
- There you’ll find FlashUISample.jsx, along with FlashUISample.swf and
FlashUISample.mxml (the latter being the Flex source code). [For convenience I’m posting them here as well, though you may need to maintain the same relative location in order to run other scripts from this UI.]
- Drag and drop FlashUISample.jsx onto the Photoshop app icon (Mac) or into the Photoshop process tab on the Windows task bar. Alternately, from within Photoshop you can choose File->Scripts->Browse, then navigate to the folder/file.
I’m looking forward to seeing what designers and developers can create with Flash in Adobe desktop apps. In addition to Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks (which have supported SWF-based panels for some time), InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge, and Soundbooth support SWF UIs. I believe this support is just a beginning, and that Flash technology will help transform the Creative Suite experience.