July 16, 2012

Adobe debuts new Exchange panel, site

Great news for anyone who likes to extend & streamline Adobe apps. Think of it as a mini app store, right within Photoshop & co. PM Jonathan Ferman writes:

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.

The site enables private sharing within organizations, as well as both free & paid distribution of content:

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. There are no subscription charges for offering paid products while we are in prerelease.

And Russell Brown is hyped:

This new Photoshop Exchange panel is GREAT!
You can search for cool Photoshop panels and install them directly from within Photoshop. I’ve posted two of my MUST SEE panels on this site.
All my panels are FREE!!!

Posted by John Nack at 10:50 AM on July 16, 2012

Comments

  • Jim Pogozelski — 12:14 PM on July 17, 2012

    Is there a nice big web version, or is it panel only?

  • Jonathan Ferman — 1:49 AM on July 18, 2012

    Hi Jim,

    Initially at least the new Adobe Exchange is panel only, we are working on Creative Cloud integration which has Web requirements so I do expect a Web version in time. One of the great benefits of the panel is it filters the compatible products to the host application. So for example if you are in Photoshop CS6 you just the products that have compatibility with Photoshop or Photoshop and more.

    Please check out the panel and the new creation tools like Packager and let us know what you think.

    Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

  • tPet — 5:52 AM on July 21, 2012

    Installed the Exchange Extension and downloaded Russell Brown’s Textured Paper extension .. however, on the install I’m getting an “unverified security certificate” warning … which of course always raises an eyebrow.

    Just FYI …

    • Jonathan Ferman — 2:45 AM on July 23, 2012

      The “unverified security certificate” warning is presented via Adobe Extension Manager for any product that has not been signed using a trusted signing authority. There is a chance that self created certificates could be generated by another party so we wish to warn the user that this is effectively a self signed certificate. For Adobe Exchange this is likely to be less of an issue as all products are vetted and approved before they can be published publicly to the Store. So in essence it’s a warning just like you might see for things you download from your browser.

      Hope that helps, in Russell’s case you can be assured there is nothing to worry about and by the way, in my opinion his products are incredibly useful and best of all, free!

      Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

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