June 16, 2008
Drive the Creative Suite through AIR
I’m pleased to announce that SwitchBoard, a technology for driving the Creative Suite family of products using applications running on Adobe AIR, is now available from Adobe Labs. As Dr. Woohoo explains, "SwitchBoard is a Flex library that allows you to extend an AIR app by giving you access to the ExtendScript DOMs for the Creative Suite apps. Your AIR app can now easily establish two-way communication with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Bridge." According to the Labs page,
SwitchBoard brings together the power of the automation in the Creative Suite applications with the potential for third parties to extend the creative process with new applications produced using AIR. The result is an extensible, powerful, cross-platform environment that can quickly adapt to today’s rapidly changing creative workflows.
Thanks to resident brainiac Bernd Paradies for making it happen. With the ability to create desktop-based Flash interfaces for the Suite, I’m looking forward to seeing what developers can devise, and I look forward to sharing some examples here soon. (Oh, and Bernd has more good tricks up his sleeve, too.)