Photoshop: Spring Cleaning
With each release of Photoshop, our development team needs to do some architectural spring-cleaning. As we modernize our code and add cool new features, we sometimes have to make tough decisions to cull existing features from the herd.
With that said, the following features will be removed from the next revision of Photoshop.
Extension Panels using Flash, including:
The decisions made were based on customer usage as well as the cost and ability to support and maintain changes in underlying technologies.
If you’d still like to access these features, you can download and use the current version of Photoshop CC (14.2.x) even after we ship the new version. The next version of Photoshop will install side by side with older versions and won’t overwrite prior versions. Otherwise, see specific workarounds that work in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC inline below.
Over the past year, we have worked with 3rd party developers to migrate their panels to HTML, which we introduced in Photoshop CC as the new model to create Extension Panels. This will be our ongoing solution for 3rd party panels:
“HTML5 opened our CC extension development to an incredible world of online resources – allowing us to create rich web integrated user experiences inside Adobe applications” – Sandra Voelker Zetta: A creativity workflow solutions company
Extension panels using HTML5 bring the power of the web to extension panels. Developers are now able to leverage the same tools they use to build web applications to build panels. HTML5 extension panels are faster and can be easily integrated with popular cloud service providers such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and others.
Configurator panels, which use Flash, are also no longer supported. Configurator panels will need to be re-authored using Extension Build and HTML5. See the Additional Info section at the bottom for more info on authoring panels in HTML5.
Workaround for Configurator:
Update/Note: See this cool 3rd party Configurator-like tool for creating HTML5 panels: PS Tools by Davide Barranca
Mini-Bridge is an Extension Panel using Flash and therefore must be removed now that Flash is no longer supported in Photoshop. Bridge CC remains available as a stand-alone file browser application for designers and photographers needing to browse non-photographic file formats.
Lightroom, which is available with Creative Cloud and the Photoshop Photography Program, is an alternative for photographers as a way to work with multiple photos and hand them off to Photoshop for additional processing.
In the next version of Photoshop CC, the Kuler panel that was built on Flash will not be installed by default.
Solution for Kuler:
Download the HTML5 version of Kuler for the 2014 release
More details here: http://blogs.adobe.com/richardcurtis/?p=3202
Oil Paint is a very cool filter, but relied on a very large and complex code library used for an outdated technology (Pixel Bender) that is no longer supported.
I can’t make any promises but we’d like to bring it back (hopefully in a more powerful/flexible & maintainable way).
Workarounds for Oil Paint:
As noted above, you can download and install a prior version (Photoshop CC 14.x or Photoshop CS6) in order to use the Oil Paint feature. Instructions for installing a prior version: http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/download-previous-versions-creative-applications.html
Update/note: Here’s a Windows only plug-in which may be useful: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=926714
We’d also like to provide advanced notice that the next version of Photoshop will require 10.7 or later.
We encourage all customers who are currently using Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available. Note: Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) is a free upgrade.