Adobe Configurator 4 – Preview now available

Adobe Configurator 4

I am pleased to announce the release of Adobe Configurator 4 on Adobe Labs. We plan to release at least one more update to this popular application for creating custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign. This release adds 4 key new features:

  • SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE CLOUD: WIth this release, you can create panels for Photoshop CC, as well as for Photoshop CS6 and InDesign CS6.
  • AUTOMATIC CONVERSION: The automatic conversion feature has been extended, so that if you open a CS5.x panel for Photoshop, you can convert it to either the CS6 or CC version.
  • OPEN EXTENSIONS FROM A PANEL: A new widget allows your user to open other Adobe Application Extensions from your panel. You must provide the ID of the extension to open.
  • NEW SCRIPTING FUNCTIONALITY: The HTML widget now has enhanced scripting capabilities that allow you to open other extensions and call into the ExtendScript DOM of the host application.

Configurator 4 is free and in the next release we plan to add more localization to total of 13 languages supported and also HiDPI support for Retina Macs in Photoshop CC panels. So why not:

Download Configurator 4

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Jonathan Ferman | Product Manager

9 Responses to Adobe Configurator 4 – Preview now available

  1. Eddy Hagen says:

    Will there also be the possibility to make panels for Adobe Illustrator in a future version of Configurator?

    • ferman says:

      Before we began work on Configurator 4 we did discuss the possibility of Configurator supporting Illustrator with the Illustrator team but they felt it was going to be a very large piece of work. We need a good case to go back to them with. So if you don’t mind please tell us the kind of panels you would like to make if we could support Illustrator.


      • Eddy Hagen says:

        You can take a look what we did for InDesign: (you will encounter a form, but it’s not mandatory). The VIGC Output Essentials for InDesign structures the workflow for designers (they just have to go step by step throught the process), preventing errors and saving time.
        Something similar to that InDesign panel would be very usefull for designers, at least in my opinion.

        • ferman says:

          Hi Eddy,

          Your panel looks great. Why not submit it to Adobe Exchange so more users can get it? You will get usage metrics and more users. Submit it for free here Configurator also has links and can let you package your panel for Adobe Exchange.



      • PECourtejoie says:

        There was a nice scripting environment for Illustrator whose development was stopped: . It seems that a similar tool for AI would make sense…

        • ferman says:

          Configurator would need to go well beyond scripting in Illustrator to be truly useful and in line with what we did for InDesign and Photoshop. Thanks for all the comments they are really useful and something we will share with the Illustrator team.

      • Lance says:

        I want to create a panel for a series of scripts I’m writing that assist hand drawing in illustrator. One will get rid of any of the sketch outside of the artboard. Another will do selective merging. For example, lots of my sketches have 100’s of brush strokes with different colors all with different z levels. If there are several different strokes with the same color on consecutive z levels, I want to be able to merge those. I also want to be able to add easy buttons for things like select same appearance and other common tools used when rocking a wacom tablet.

        • ferman says:

          Thanks this is good feedback and I have a meeting with the Illustrator team soon to see if something like this would be possible with Configurator and Illustrator in the future.

  2. John Willems says:

    Hi Eddy,
    As a paid Creative Cloud member for more than one year and I pay now the maximum invoice, I am very disappointed that the Configurator 4 or 3 can’t create “my own panels” in Illustrator CC, such as in Photoshop and Indesign. I disagree with your comment that it is a great job to make this “own panels” functionally in Illustrator. We are in 2013.

    I believe that Illustrator is perhaps one of the most old-fashioned software from Adobe!

    Look at Freehand, now also available from Adobe, … the developpers can gain enough inspiration to let us make our own panels in Illustrator CC.

    I hope for a very quick upgrade of Adobe Illustrator CC.

    Thanks from John.