September 19, 2013

Build HTML5-based extensions for Photoshop, more

Flash will be out & HTML5 is in as the cross-app, cross-platform foundation for extending Creative Cloud apps: 

When Creative Cloud was launched in June 2013, we added support for HTML5-based panels in several Adobe products… Since June, support for HTML5-based panels has been added to more Adobe products. As of now Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and Prelude CC support HTML5-based panels.

A preview of Adobe Extension Builder 3, a new developer tool that supports creating HTML5-based extensions, was launched in June at Adobe Labs.

Starting in the middle of 2014 we will begin removing Flash-based extension support in Creative Cloud products, starting with Photoshop CC. We encourage all developers to start planning and migrating to the new extensibility framework based on HTML5.

Here the excellently named Hallgrimur Th. Bjornsson shows how to create a couple of panels. You can follow more from his team via their blog.

Posted by John Nack at 8:08 AM on September 19, 2013


  • Drazick — 10:35 AM on September 19, 2013

    What really needed is a simple and better connection between the Scripting / Extension SDK / API and the C / C++ SDK / API.

    We need simple way to write UI for Photoshop Plug In’s.

  • Elliot Geno — 1:42 PM on September 20, 2013

    Lame sauce.

  • Arnon — 9:35 AM on September 22, 2013

    So what happens now to Configurator and the panels we constructed with it? Aren’t Configurator panels all Flash panels? Will you release a version of Configurator that generates HTML5 panels?

    [Sad as it makes me to say it, I think Configurator is dead. Just not enough people used it. Maybe people who care about modifying/extending Photoshop (of whom I guess there aren’t all that many) will roll their own customizations via the new HTML-based toolchain. At the moment we don’t plan a tool that’s as drag-and-drop easy to use as Configurator. –J.]

  • PECourtejoie — 1:12 AM on September 24, 2013

    John, there was an new version pushed on June:
    But I’ll see if this post gets an answer:

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