May 24, 2012

Configurator arrives for CS6

After more than 125,000 downloads (!) of versions 1 & 2, Configurator 3.0–Adobe’s drag-and-drop tool for creating custom panels–is available for download from Adobe Labs.  Enhancements include:

  • Support for the new tools & commands in Photoshop CS6 & InDesign CS6
  • Color theme support for Photoshop CS6
  • Watermarking and panel personalization
  • Ability to target both CS5 and CS6
  • Custom panel icons
  • Improved welcome screen
  • Faster launch time
  • Improved text widget
  • Sample panels
  • DPS panels

 

What do you think?  Is your team creating and/or using panels made by Configurator?

Posted by John Nack at 1:20 PM on May 24, 2012

Comments

  • Rob — 5:38 PM on May 24, 2012

    In Configurator 3.0, as in 2.0, if I try to have buttons for copying and pasting, they not only don’t work in Configurator, they disable copying and pasting altogether until I close PS and reopen it. Not a big deal, but exceeding strange.

    • Jonathan Ferman — 3:09 AM on May 25, 2012

      Rob, I’m really sorry to hear about the issue you are having. I am going to write up a bug and we will investigate. We hope to have a further bug fixing and potentially new feature release, the details are still being worked out and it depends on the feedback we get over the next week, but thanks for alerting us to this issue.

      Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

  • polyxo — 5:58 AM on May 25, 2012

    Is there a particular reason that Illustrator is not supported by the Configurator?

    [Historically Illustrator hasn’t been scriptable enough to support Configurator. That may have changed in CS6 (I’d have to check), but they were so busy with the 64-bit/Cocoa conversion that it wasn’t possible to add Configurator support. –J.]

    Here I miss it the most, I don’t have a use for quite a few items which thus far are hardcoded GUI-Members. It would be nice to be able to build a simplified Tool-Shelf with just the required stuff inside.

  • Jim Hoerricks — 8:02 AM on May 25, 2012

    I love Configurator. I’ve put a lot of my workflow in the panel that’s available with my book. Can’t remember the keyboard combo for Stamp Visible – there’s a button on my panel … :)

  • Allen Cobb — 9:04 PM on May 25, 2012

    Ditto. Configurator rocks. (I still wish the panel size adjustment drags were from top-left instead of center.) Add my vote for Illustrator support.

    I wonder if editing the button scripts will allow me to pass params to the related dialog boxes…

  • polyxo — 12:55 AM on May 26, 2012

    Thanks for the explanation John!

  • theMikeD — 11:24 AM on May 26, 2012

    Hi John,

    I don’t know where else to ask this since the Bridge blog hasn’t been updated in three years, so I thought I’d try here.

    I’m wondering if there is a specific reason that Bridge support has been dropped from the Extension Manager?

    …Mike

    • ferman — 3:42 AM on May 28, 2012

      Hi Mike,

      I am not on the Bridge team and this is not the official word but my understanding is that the move to making Bridge 64Bit for CS6 was huge amount of work and the team decided there was not time to support extensibility.

      Did you use extensions for Bridge or develop them yourself? I am curious to know to see if it is something that should be reconsidered.

      Jonathan Ferman | Configurator Product Manager

      • theMikeD — 6:46 PM on June 06, 2012

        Thanks for getting back to me. I have created a few Photoshop workflow scripts that use EM to handle installation (which has worked well since CS4). Each Photoshop script has a Bridge component that talks to the main Photoshop script. In a nutshell, the user selects files in Bridge, then runs the little Bridge script that uses bridgetalk to send the file list to the Photoshop script and Bob’s your uncle.

        I have since learned that I can turn on EM Bridge support (at least on my Mac) by copying the folder

        Applications/Adobe Bridge CS5/Configuration

        to

        Applications/Adobe Bridge CS6

        Then I change the icon in there to the CS6 icon, and do a string replace for CS5 to CS6 in the XML file and presto, EM recognizes Bridge again.

        The ease of this fix was the core of my question; since the fix was so simple I figured either there had to more to it or it was a simple oversight. Either way, I’d really like to get it put back in the next update if possible.

        Thanks for you time.

  • Eddy Hagen (VIGC) — 1:40 AM on August 28, 2012

    If you want to see what you can do with it: we at VIGC today launched the ‘VIGC Output Essentials’ panel for Adobe InDesign. This custom panel combines a large number of essential functions into one panel. It simplifies and streamlines the workflow of a designer (preventing mistakes).
    You can read the press release here: http://www.duomedia.com//DuoDnn/DuoPdf/News/20120828094147VIGC_pr12005_OutputEssentials_EG.pdf And you can download it *for free* from our website: http://www.vigc.org/
    It comes with a tutorial file (e.g. to show why it is important to set the Transparency Blend Space and Overprint Preview correct). And it also includes a smaller panel for Adobe Photoshop, which focuses on color management.
    Try it! And if you like it: spread the word, share it!
    Eddy Hagen
    VIGC

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