January 14, 2014

Like converting Flash to HTML? Hang your shingle here.

After a good run of 5+ years, Flash panel extensions will soon be retired from Photoshop CC & other Adobe apps. They’re being replaced by HTML extensions, and many developers I know are working to port their Flash/Flex-based work over to HTML.

Change brings opportunity, so if you’re a developer who likes doing this kind of work, you’re welcome to list your name & contact info here so that other developers (e.g. those who don’t have the same skills & who might want to hire someone for the job) can get in touch with you.

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November 08, 2013

Create guides in Photoshop with the new GuideGuide panel

Cameron McEfee has released a public alpha of GuideGuide 3 for Photoshop. It’s now built in HTML5 instead of Flash/Flex & lets you save presets & more.

GuideGuide 3’s major new feature is GuideGuide Notation (GGN), a language that makes it possible for you to “write” a grid… [It] allows you to create any combination of guides you can think up. Sidebars, baselines, golden ratio, you name it. If you can think of it, GuideGuide can create it.

[Via Pierre Courtejoie]

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October 14, 2013

Photoshop CC Features Panel now available

You can now learn new features of the app right from within the app:

How do you learn what the new features are and how to use them? The answer is the Photoshop CC Features panel where you can access new tools and features and watch videos all within Photoshop CC.

To get the panel, launch Photoshop CC and then open the Adobe Exchange Panel by going to Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange. You may need to restart PS in order to apply updates.

If you’d like to make a panel like this for your organization (e.g. to train freelancers on your processes & systems), grab Adobe Configurator 4.0.

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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.

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September 17, 2013

Extend Generator to customize Photoshop

“Extracting my design intent from PSDs felt tedious and repetitive,” writes Photoshop UI designer Tim Riot. “I conceived of Adobe Generator as a means to empower people to quickly and easily access the design data within PSDs. With Generator, anyone who knows JavaScript can create their own way of working with Photoshop.”

With that in mind, Tom Krcha has posted a guide on how you can Script Your First Adobe Generator Plugin For Photoshop. On a related note, developer evangelist Lee Brimelow has created a really deep look at the new feature:


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September 13, 2013

Stand In: UI prototyping straight from Photoshop

The first fruits of independent developers extending Photoshop’s new Generator feature are starting to arrive.

“Much more than image extraction,” writes Photoshop’s Tim Riot, “Stand In takes positioning, styling, state, even motion data, from PSDs and creates prototypes that feel like real apps which you can view on your iPhone. This capability, to fluidly create in Photoshop and seamlessly output designs to any context, is at the heart of the Generator technology.”

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July 29, 2013

WebZap for Photoshop promises faster UI design

Hmm—this looks pretty interesting:

WebZap is a web developer panel extension for Adobe Photoshop that is designed to help streamline the design processes undertaken by website user interface designers during the mock up and wire framing phases of web site development.

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July 15, 2013

PixelDropr facilitates object reuse in Photoshop

The PixelDropr extension panel for Photoshop (CS5 & above) looks interesting:

Whether it’s icons, buttons, ui kits or photos, Pixel Dropr lets you create your own 30 piece collections of the pixels you need and allows you to instantly drop them into any PS document while you work.


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July 12, 2013

A new Fonts.com extension for Photoshop & Illustrator

Browse, try, & buy right within the apps:

Fonts.com has introduced a free extension for trying and installing fonts directly through Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Browse thousands of fonts and try them for free for five minutes. The extension can be used with any Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription including free plans and is compatible with CS5, 5.5, 6 and CC.

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April 09, 2013

New Creative Market Photoshop extension

Check out this promising marketplace browser from design exchange Creative Market:

  • Find the perfect design assets without ever leaving Photoshop… Once you find the perfect asset for your project, it’ll auto-install in a single click. No more unzipping downloaded files, manually installing content, or restarting Photoshop.
  • Free goods each week: Pop open the extension each week to grab new free graphics, templates, fonts, brushes, add-ons and more.
  • All of your Creative Market purchases and saved collections are available inside of Photoshop.
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February 22, 2013

New Russell Brown textures for Creative Cloud members

Photoshop CS6 subscribers can download a new panel for applying cool paper texture effects.

  • If you don’t yet have it, download the Adobe Exchange panel for Photoshop CS6 (note the Download button up top). Double click the package to install it.
  • Restart Photoshop & then open the panel by choosing Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.
  • Search for “paper.”

Here’s Russell’s video demonstrating how to use the package.

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October 19, 2012

A new Photoshop panel for learning CS6 features

Check out the new Photoshop Features panel:

Created with Adobe Configurator 3, the Photoshop Features panel lets you easily explore, try out and learn the new and enhanced tools and features in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended. Arranged in a series of tabs, from the panel you can check out the new tools and features, access the timeline tools and capabilities for video and frames, go to video tutorial websites and if you have Photoshop Extended use all the major 3D tools and functions.

The panel is free and exclusively available on Adobe Exchange. To download it you will need the Adobe Exchange panel which currently works with 9 different CS6 applications.


[Via Jonathan Ferman]

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October 08, 2012

FilterHub utility enhances Photoshop’s filter chops

Harald Heim’s FilterHub looks like a cool way to run filters (enabling multi-layer application of filters, creation of Smart Objects, and more).


According to the product page, the panel lets you:

  • Run filters fast and conveniently (e.g. with a double click) without navigating the Filter menu
  • Apply the last effect of any filter (not just the last used one) without displaying its dialog
  • Paint or erase filter effects with the brush tool
  • Favorites list for quickly running your preferred filters and plugins
  • Display either all filters, only third party plugins or filters that match a search string
  • Run multiple filters (from the favorites list) with one click
  • Apply a filter on multiple layers in one pass
  • Even better: Run multiple filters on multiple layers with a single operation
  • Apply all filters to smart objects, even those filters that normally do not support it.
  • If a filter does not support an image mode, the image is converted to a supported mode.
  • Before running a filter it can automatically create a duplicated layer, a merged copy of all layers (stamped layer), a smart object or flatten the image.
  • Visit the homepage of a selected filter (only in Photoshop CS5/CS6)

The panel costs $39.95, or $24.95 for students.


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September 18, 2012

A new Photoshop extension detects image manipulation

I’m excited to announce that the company founded by my old boss & friend Kevin Connor, working together with image authenticity pioneer Dr. Hany Farid, has released their first product, FourMatch—an extension for Photoshop CS5/CS6 that “instantly distinguishes unmodified digital camera files from those that may have been edited.” From the press release:

FourMatch… appears as a floating panel that automatically and instantly provides an assessment of any open JPEG image. A green light in the panel indicates that the file matches a verified original signature in FourMatch software’s extensive and growing database of more than 70,000 signatures. If a match is not found, the panel displays any relevant information that can aid the investigator in further assessing the photo’s reliability.

Check it out in action, and see also coverage in the NY Times:

One other neat detail:

Fourandsix will donate 2 percent of their proceeds from the sale of this software to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The donation will support NCMEC efforts to find missing children and prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children. 

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September 17, 2012

Extensis offers access to 5000+ Web fonts inside Photoshop

The Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop supports CS5-6:

Extensis announced today it has updated its Web Font Plug-in with support for Adobe Creative Suite 6, providing web designers access to more than 5,000 WebINK and Google Web Fonts directly within Adobe Photoshop. These fonts can be used free-of-charge to mock-up any website.

Check it out. [Via]

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September 13, 2012

NKS5 Natural Media Toolkit for Photoshop

I haven’t gotten to try it out, but the NKS5 Natural Media Toolkit for Photoshop CS5/CS6 looks interesting:

NKS5 is a custom toolkit for Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. It provides a wide range of natural media, texturing, and production tools in an attractive, easy-to-use palette with a minimal footprint.

Here’s a demo:

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August 22, 2012

Demo: The Adobe Exchange Panel for CS6

Did you know there’s an app store (optionally) inside Photoshop & co.? No, really!

The Adobe Exchange panel for CS6 is a new way to discover and install plug-ins, extensions and other content for Creative Suite products available from www.adobeexchange.com. In this video you’ll see where to access the panel and how to use it.

Here’s a quick tour:

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August 08, 2012

Adobe Configurator 3.1 now live

I’ve gotten a lovely birthday gift from the Configurator team, as they’ve souped up my Photoshop-and-InDesign-extendin’ baby with a range of great enhancements. PM Jonathan Ferman writes:

  1. Button Icons: In CS6 panels, you can associate your own images with a button object as icons for different states (button up, button down, and mouse over). You can have icons for Command, Script, Script file, Action, and Popup buttons.
  2. Panels for Adobe Exchange: This release offers additional support and features that help you create panels for Adobe Exchange.
  • New attributes allow you to specify the Author and a Description for a panel that is exported as a CS Extension, and attribute names have been simplified from “Extension ID” and “Extension Version” to “ID” and “Version.”
  • MenuName and Author values are required; if they are empty or invalid, you cannot export the panel as a CS Extension.
  • The Create Certificate dialog has been simplified.
  • Scripting Support: The HTML widget now allows you to invoke predefined and developer-defined functions and scripts, which gives your panel access to the JavaScript API for Photoshop or InDesign.
  • Additional Color Theme Support: The HTML widget can now detect the user’s change of color themes in Photoshop CS6, so that you can provide light and dark versions of any panel content.
  • With Adobe Configurator 3.1 your panels can be more customized than ever before and you can distribute them as either free, paid, or private products via the new Adobe Exchange.

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    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!!!

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    June 26, 2012

    Developers: A new Adobe Exchange is coming

    The extensibility team writes,

    Adobe is creating a brand new Adobe Exchange, which will enable developers, trainers, and community experts to promote, distribute, monetize and track their CS6 solutions. These products will be made visible to potential CS6 customers within the “Adobe Exchange” panel in most CS6 applications.

    They’re looking for launch partners, so check out their full post for more details.

    The team has also created a new Adobe Exchange Packager that encapsulates content for distribution via this new channel.  You can get it by signing up for the Exchange prerelease program.

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    June 04, 2012

    Heads-up for Adobe developers

    Adobe is launching a new Adobe Exchange shortly, and

    We are actively seeking launch partners for this program and are taking applications now for partners who would like to be added into our beta program.  Launch partners that commit to providing distributable CS6 content in the next 8 to 10 weeks will receive valuable benefits as charter members of the new Adobe Exchange.

    You can also sign up for the prerelease program.

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    May 18, 2012

    Check out the iStock Plug-in for CS apps

    It’s a free stock photography-browsing panel:

    With the iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite®, you can browse, download and edit photos and illustrations without ever leaving Photoshop®, Illustrator® or InDesign®. Crop them, resize them and make them your own, directly from the Creative Suite.

    [Via Lucas Bombardier]

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    April 04, 2012

    FontShop enables live previews inside Photoshop

    Well isn’t this clever:

    The FontShop Plugin Beta allows designers and other type enthusiasts to try out FontShop fonts directly inside Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and CS5.5. You can preview any of the over 150,000 FontShop fonts for free, in the context of your own artwork.


    Fonts are previewed as bitmaps rather than live, editable text. Text layers are auto-hidden while the bitmap versions are shown.

    It seems the plug-in doesn’t yet work properly inside the Photoshop CS6 beta, so you might need to choose the CS5 version of Extension Manager to install it inside CS5.


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    March 27, 2012

    A new color-picking panel for Photoshop

    Check out the latest from Anastasiy Safari:

    Did you know that computer-based color schemes do not correspond to fine art ones? Where you expect green to be a complement color to red, the computer gives you cyan. Why is that? Because computers usually use a HSV color model, while classic painters use a completely different color wheel. And it’s available now exclusively to Photoshop in the MagicPicker color wheel panel! Painters, photographers, designers and everyone else can know use their knowledge of classic arts. They can build their unique color schemes based on intuitive, real-world paint behavior.

    MagicPicker 2.1 also brings a Photoshop CS6 beta support and a significant speed increase.

    The full version costs $14.

    Update: Here’s a screenshot:

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    January 04, 2012

    New Photoshop GuideGuide panel eases grid-work

    Check it out:

    Dealing with grids in Photoshop is a pain.

    With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo…

    [Via Gary Greenwald]

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    December 10, 2011

    Adobe’s sticking with Flex, investigating HTML5, for CS extensibility

    PM Gabriel Tavridis shares some thoughts on where things are headed. Key points:

    • The Creative Suite SDK and CS Extension Builder will continue to be developed and enhanced with new features and support for Creative Suite applications.
    • We will make CS Extension Builder available through the Adobe Store at a compelling price point. We want the tool to become broadly available, so that every Creative Suite developer can enjoy its benefits.
    • We will continue our investigation on new technologies (e.g. HTML5) for extension development and occasionally share our findings with the developer community. We want to be transparent with the community and keep you involved in our planning.

    All these tools & runtimes are just means to an end–specifically, that Photoshop and other apps get really well tailored to your needs. Your feedback is always welcome.

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    October 24, 2011

    Fotolia adds stock photo search to CS5 apps

    Check it out:

    14 million photos & vectors right inside InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop!

    Search stock images, save to lightboxes, create galleries, insert comps & automatically update to high res versions making stock image integration what it was always meant to be!

    To build your own panels like this, grab the Creative Suite Extension Builder.

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    October 21, 2011

    Improved color pickers for Photoshop

    Check out the latest enhancements in Anastasiy Safari’s color-picking panels for Photoshop. (Bonus: You get to feel like you’re tripping your face off in a Russian disco!)

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    September 30, 2011

    Stream Web fonts right into Photoshop

    Extensis has released a free beta of their Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop CS5+. The plug-in (a panel) allows you to use fonts from WebINK (a web font rental service from Extensis) in the creation of website mock-ups in Photoshop. Using the plug-in requires downloading a trial version of the Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager, though it’ll keep running even after the trial period expires.

    I haven’t yet gotten to try out the panel, but I’m intrigued. If you have feedback on it or just general thoughts on Web fonts & design tools, please chime in.

    Update: Here’s an in-depth overview & demo video.

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    September 27, 2011

    MAX: Learn to make money extending the Creative Suite

    MAX-attending developers, this session sounds worthwhile:

    How to Develop and Monetize Your Creative Suite Extensions

    Learn how to use Adobe Creative Suite Extension Builder to develop, debug, and deploy extensions that use Flex and Adobe AIR frameworks to extend the functionality of the Creative Suite applications. Find out how to interact with XMP metadata, connect your extensions with data and web services back ends, and port your extensions into multiple Creative Suite applications. Finally, get a peek into what Adobe is doing to help you monetize your extensions and plug-ins.

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    September 09, 2011

    Adobe Creative Developer Tour announced

    Okay, my Suite-enhancing geeks, this one’s for you: The CS Developer Tour is coming to Singapore, New York, LA, and Munich this fall, aimed at helping system integrators, developers, and Adobe Solution Partners get busy extending the Creative Suite. Highlights, according to the site:

    • Extensibility – Efficiently develop and deploy extensions that work across Adobe Creative Suite products
    • Enterprise – Unlock new market opportunities and see how Adobe Creative Suite products can be seamlessly embedded into Enterprise environments
    • CS next – Detailed insight into Adobe’s next major Creative Suite release, early guidance on porting requirements, along with sneak peeks of upcoming features and APIs.

    Follow the link above for details & registration info.

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    August 09, 2011

    CS Extension Builder tryout available

    A trial version of the Creative Suite Extension Builder is now available for download.  The team has posted a brief FAQ, but the main thing is that you’ll need a copy of Flash Builder (trial mode’s okay) plus at least one CS application installed.

    Here’s a demo showing how to create your first extension in under 5 minutes:

    Check out the developer center for demos, info on selling your extensions, and more.  The team also has a YouTube channel, a blog, and a user-to-user forum.

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    August 08, 2011

    New color-mixing panel arrives in Photoshop

    Check out Anastasiy Safari’s new MixColors panel for Photoshop:

    It provides an engine for fast and correct color mixing, like oils, acrylics or watercolor. It keeps color history, allowing you to keep a number of swatches (like it’s on real-world palette). In “Mix eyedropper mode” the colors you pick with Photoshop eyedropper are mixed to the current color with one click. It also can be “attached” to my MagicPicker so the two panels act as one, plus more features.(As usual, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 are supported).

    The panel is on sale for $14.

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    July 28, 2011

    News for Suite developers

    You can control Photoshop using Flash, Flex, and AIR, much like the various Photoshop Touch apps do. Check out developer Daniel Koestler’s detailed write-up for more info.

    On a related note, a CS Extension Builder Trial version will be available soon, and you can sign up for notification via the team blog.  Extension Builder is essentially a custom version of Flash Builder that makes it easy to extend Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other apps.


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    June 01, 2011

    ColorPicker panel for Photoshop improved

    I’m pleased to see that developer Anastasiy Safari has enhanced his popular MagicPicker panel for Photoshop.  Of the improvements he writes,

    1) Switchable Color Schemes: Mono, Complement, Triad, Tetrad, Analogic. Accented Analogic with easy switching – artist may now choose a color for his work that depends on the main color and quickly switch them – and it’s all inside MagicPicker UI.

    2) Attach other panels to MagicPicker and use them together in Compact Mode. It’s very useful in Compact Mode where you have a small portion of the panel visible and it expands very fast to the full state when mouse is over it.

    I also improved speed and fixed issues with keyboard focus on Photoshop CS5 and CS5.1. And the panel is now astonishingly faster.

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    May 26, 2011

    A question for plug-in developers

    If you use (or might consider using) Adobe’s GPU-accelerated Pixel Bender technology to write plug-ins, Todd Kopriva from the After Effects team would like to pick your brain for a minute.

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    May 09, 2011

    TypeDNA enhances Photoshop font selection; now on Windows

    I’ve written previously about how the TypeDNA panel lets Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign select fonts by similarity, choose complementary fonts, etc. I’m pleased to see that the $49 tool is now available for Windows (as it was previously Mac-only). As a refresher, here’s a quick demo:

    Other developments are in the offing. Founder Darren Glenister is speaking at Google I/O this week, promising to show “some new features that extend Google web fonts direct inside of Adobe CS5.” Check out the TypeDNA site for details about attending in person or online.

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    May 07, 2011

    Control Photoshop via AIR & Flash

    If you’re an ActionScripter who’d like to develop apps (tablet or desktop) that drive Photoshop CS5, check out Daniel Koestler’s post, “Want to create Photoshop apps with AIR, Flash, and AS3?” [Via]

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    May 04, 2011

    Video: Thoughts on the Photoshop Touch SDK

    Photoshop engineer Tom Ruark & PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes talk about how the new Photoshop Touch SDK came to be & some of what it enables:

    You can read more about the project & see some real-world examples of its use on the Photoshop.com blog. You’ll need to grab the latest CS5 update to enable connectivity, and the three iPad apps that rely on it should be available for download soon. (If you’d like we can notify you when they’re ready.)

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    April 20, 2011

    Tutorial: Using the Tych panel in Photoshop

    A few weeks ago I mentioned Tych, a free panel for creating diptychs, triptychs, and other multi-image layouts in Photoshop. Now the nice folks at Faded & Blurred have produced a four-minute tutorial on using it:

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    April 18, 2011

    Brief thoughts on the Photoshop CS5 Touch apps

    Thanks for all the feedback regarding the just-announced Adobe Nav, Eazel, and Color Lava. A few quick thoughts:

    • Please remember that these efforts are just part of a bigger picture that has yet to be revealed. I’ve seen comments along the lines of “Nice, but I want Lightroom for tablets”; “Why are you doing these apps instead of making improvement X to Photoshop?”; “I’d like to see more support for Android”; etc. The feedback is welcome, and none of these things are mutually exclusive.
    • “Nav is one of the most exciting of our three new applications IF you think beyond Nav itself,” writes Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes. “We’re showcasing one of the most powerful pieces of the new Photoshop SDK – the ability to drive Photoshop from a device.” See the rest of his comment for more perspective.
    • You can indeed watch these videos via HTML5 on an iPad. Here’s a link to all of them plus a few I haven’t yet gotten to blog. For some reason embedded Adobe TV vids don’t work on iOS devices, but I’m told a fix is in progress.
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    April 12, 2011

    Russell Brown demos a couple of useful panels

    Apropos of the blending modes panel I mentioned the other day, Russell Brown has put together a quick video demonstrating some uses for this panel. He also demos a panel that sets the stack mode of Smart Objects (good for running the “tourist remover” trick on video, etc.). Download the panels here.

    If design & layout is more your thing, check out Russell’s tutorial on the use of Cameron McEfee’s GuideGuide panel (see previous for info, and download here).

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    April 09, 2011

    CS5 panel can update multiple layers’ blending modes

    Photoshop lets you select more than one layer at once, but unfortunately it doesn’t let you simultaneously change the blending modes of those layers (good JDI suggestion). Scripter Mike Hale has whipped up a panel for Photoshop CS5 (made with the help of Configurator 2) that plugs the gap. (An earlier version remains available for CS4 as well.)

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    April 07, 2011

    “Tych,” a free diptych-maker for Photoshop

    Reimund Trost has created what looks like a cool panel for Photoshop:

    Tych Panel is an extension to Adobe Photoshop that automates diptychs and triptychs creation. It supports an arbitrary number of layouts using the compositing feature making it the perfect tool for your photo blog… Tych Panel is released as open source and can be used, modified and redistributed in any way you want.

    Check out the demo:

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    November 28, 2010

    New features in the WYSIWYG DiskFonts panel

    Developer Anastasiy Safari’s DiskFonts panel has gotten a major update to version 1.2. He writes:

    Now one can organize fonts with favorites and bookmark paths with fonts for later use, right inside Photoshop and other CS3, 4, and 5 apps. There are so many new features and improvements, so I’ll just mention some highlights:

    • Drag and drop of stylized text directly into document
    • iPhone/iPod/Android support (you can view the fonts from your computer on these mobile devices)
    • Fast font rendering with Pixel Bender.

    The panel costs $29.

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    September 08, 2010

    What’s “Adobe Player for Embedding” & why would I care?

    You might have seen this name pop up recently among CS5 updates. “APE” is essentially WebKit (the open-source, HTML-rendering engine behind Safari and Chrome) plus Flash Player.  Or, put another way, it’s Adobe AIR (which is WebKit + Flash) with modifications to support Suite extensibility (e.g. things like Configurator).  In any case, you’ll want to download the recent update (if you haven’t already) as it addresses bugs & security issues.

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    August 12, 2010

    Photoshop extensions: DiskFonts panel, Clarté script

    • The DiskFonts panel for CS5 offers a simple way to type in some text, then see it previewed in all the fonts on disk (not just those installed) on your system.  Running in Photoshop, Illustrator, and five other apps, it’s $29 from Anastasiy Safari (whom you may remember from his very handy MagicPicker panel).
    • Max Penson & Tal Ninio have started PSKiss.com, a site where they’ll offer simple scripts and tools for complicated Photoshop tasks.  First up is PS Kiss Clarté, a script that produces a similar effect to Camera Raw’s clarity control.  According to Max, “It also has negative clarity and a spacial algorithm to calculate the correct filter size according to the size of the image.”
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    May 22, 2010

    Configurator 2.0 is here!

    I’m delighted to announced that Adobe Configurator 2.0–now supporting both Photoshop CS5 and InDesign CS5–is available for download from Adobe Labs.

    I characterize Configurator as a “bag of Legos,” letting you remix any/all of the tools & menu items in each application. The idea is to simplify the app interface by making it present “everything you want, nothing you don’t”–and to do it in a democratic, community-driven way.

    Highlights in Configurator 2.0:

    • Support for HTML content (thanks to WebKit being embedded in CS5) that can drive the host app (running menu items, actions, and scripts, and switching tools). If you can create simple Web pages, you can create interactive CS5 tutorials.
    • Support for containers (groups switched via tabs or menus, and accordions)
    • Improved layout controls
    • Support for popup windows. These can contain HTML, video, and/or other panels.
    • Localization support (e.g. create a panel in English & have it auto-switch to translated text strings, changing button sizes as needed)
    • Numerous “JDI”-style enhancements (e.g. being able to hide the script/action icon on buttons)

    I’ll try to put together a nice, polished little demo soon. In the meantime, if you’re willing to suffer through my scintillating, “wizard of aahs” public speaking style, you can check out this demo I did for developers last month. (Skip right past the first 5:40 or so.)

    I’m adding some fairly detailed notes & tips in this post’s extended entry. For that info, read on.


    3:08 PM | Permalink | Comments [22]

    April 08, 2010

    2010 Creative Suite Developer Summit coming soon

    If you extend or integrate with Creative Suite apps–or if you’d like to–the 2010 Creative Suite Developer Summit may be up your alley. It’s being held in Seattle May 3-6, and topics will range over everything from porting plug-ins to 64-bit, extending Suite apps using Flex and new dev tools (more on that very soon), to using technologies like ePub and Pixel Bender. I’ll on hand to show off a new version of Configurator, and I hope to see you there.

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    January 31, 2010

    Kuler Killers? New color-picking/sharing panels for Photoshop

    ColoRotate is a new color picker panel for Photoshop. The project comes from IDEA, a nonprofit organization that helps improve scientific and artistic literacy. Here’s a quick demo:

    The plug-in costs $39. For $49/year, you can also link your plugin to your online account, sync palettes between multiple computers, and share palettes with colleagues, collaborators, or clients.

    In a related vein, developer Anastasiy Safari has created MagicPicker, a $7 non-modal color picker/color wheel that builds on his free ColorPicker panel (see my earlier post for details). Here’s a screenshot:

    And, of course, don’t forget about the excellent Adobe Kuler, integrated into Photoshop CS4 and other CS4 apps via its own panel (screenshot). Choose Window->Extensions->Kuler to try it out.

    1:44 PM | Permalink | Comments [7]

    December 10, 2009

    WebKit & Creative Suite extensibility

    Hey, what if I told you that to offer consistent, Suite-wide extensibility we’d ditched Flash Player and had gone with WebKit instead? Would we hear a bunch of attaboys about open standards, HTML5, etc.? Would Mac aficionados in particular cheer Adobe’s embrace of an open source, largely Apple-driven initiative?

    Good, because we are indeed embracing WebKit for extensibility. We just happened to keep Flash as an option, too. (The union of the two is at the heart of Adobe AIR, and that’s what we’ll leverage going forward.) Now, let the touch-of-gray-finding begin…

    6:07 AM | Permalink | Comments [73]

    September 28, 2009

    CS4-style Flex skins available for panel dev

    Commenters here sometimes slag the use of Flash panels inside Creative Suite apps, saying that Flash leads to poor UI. These comments confuse the technology with how it’s been used. Unfortunately it’s true that some SWF panels (example) have been poorly done.
    Endeavoring to drive more consistency, the Adobe Experience Design & developer support teams have created a set of “Scope Skins” for use in CS4 panels. According to the download page,

    Scope Skins (for Flex Builder 3) were created to skin Adobe Flex apps to provide the same UI as a native Creative Suite panel. This was done with little impact to the functionality of the standard Flex 3 components.

    If you’re creating panels for use in Photoshop and/or other Suite apps, please take a look at these skins and let us know what you think.

    4:42 PM | Permalink | Comments [10]

    MAX session: How to Write a Plug-in for Photoshop

    Next Monday from 5:00-6:30pm at Adobe MAX, Mark Niemann-Ross will be hosting an interesting session:

    This hands-on session will walk you through the process of creating a Flex plug-in for Photoshop. We’ll start with a basic “hello world” shell, add a Pixel Bender filter, and then integrate an online service. You get to take your work home with you and show your mom!

    4:41 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    August 11, 2009

    More new PS panels: Sharpening, blending

    Photographer/coder Glenn Mitchell has posted a new set of sharpening actions panels for use with Photoshop CS4. (He’s excited about scripting & panel development for PS: “From a programmer’s point-of-view, Photoshop CS4 offers extraordinary opportunities to modify and extend the user’s experience with Photoshop… Well done!”)

    Elsewhere, Mike Hale took the blending modes panel I mentioned yesterday and upgraded it* to handle multiple selected layers at once. You can download it here (see also Mike’s release notes).

    On a related note, in case it’s useful, here’s a list of blending mode keyboard shortcuts.

    * Potentially interesting explanation: You can use Configurator to open up & remix any Configurator-made panel: just double-click the .GPC file in the exported panel’s folder (Photoshop CS4/Plug-Ins/Panels/{your panel’s name}/). That is, the XML file used by a panel at runtime equals the source code for that panel. Anyway, I suggested that Mike remix the panel by applying his code to the buttons.

    8:05 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    August 10, 2009

    Simple, useful extension panels for PSCS4

    Know of others? Send me links, thanks.

    1:36 AM | Permalink | Comments [7]

    July 28, 2009

    New tutorials from Dr. Woohoo

    Our friend Dr. Woohoo has posted a new set of tutorials on extending Photoshop & Suite apps using Flash, Flex, and scripting. Check ’em out and let me know if/when you create some cool extensions.
    For links to many more tutorials & resources, see the Suite Development category.

    10:18 AM | Permalink | No Comments

    June 29, 2009

    GridIron Flow now shipping

    It was my pleasure to help the GridIron Software folks officially launch Flow this morning. I got to reveal a previously unannounced feature that’s dear to my heart: Flash panels (screenshot) that run inside CS4 applications*, offering immediate context for your file (what files went into it, what files are derived from it, how long you’ve spent working on it, etc.).
    If you haven’t seen Flow, check out this 2-minute overview:

    For a deeper dive, Dave Cross from PhotoshopUser TV & Layers Magazine has created a solid 10-minute tour that shows the Flash panels in action (also available on Vimeo).
    A single-user license for GridIron Flow is $299, and a three-user license costs $399, via the GridIron store. [Update: Use promo code “NACKONADOBE” to save $50.]
    [Previously: GridIron Flow saves Adobe designer’s bacon]
    *Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks

    10:22 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    June 23, 2009

    A special GridIron event on Monday

    By now you’ve probably heard my enthusiasm about GridIron Flow–a very cool workflow management tool. If you have time & want to see more, come to a special event on Monday (June 29th at 12pm EST; time zone calculator). I’ll be making an appearance* to show off some slick Creative Suite integration the GridIron guys have put together. Hope you can join us.

    * Caveat: If Project El Segundo launches early, all bets are off!

    4:22 PM | Permalink | No Comments

    June 07, 2009

    New AspectFrame Flash panel: tester wanted

    Photographer & developer Thomas Menath has whipped up AspectFrame, a Flash panel for Photoshop CS4, and he’d like to get help testing it. (The Flash UI can also run as a dialog inside Photoshop CS3.) According to Thomas,

    This tool is just for drawing rectangular frames around images and optional adding additional space to get the standard ratios of 4:3 and 3:2 with an optional cutting line.

    For more info & to download the panel and submit bugs/feedback, go to the product page.

    3:16 PM | Permalink | No Comments

    February 20, 2009

    Creative Suite dev summit reg opens

    Registration for the 2009 Creative Suite Developer Summit (May 11-15 in Seattle) is now open.  Check out the site for details, or watch this brief overview from developer evangelist Mark Niemann-Ross. He writes,

    This isn’t just for commercial developers – if you are working in a “captive” IT department, and trying to determine the best way to automate your production tasks, the developer summit will be a jump start for your efforts.

    The summit is free: you only pay for your transportation, hotel and meals. Due to venue size, however, we are limited to 200 people live at the event.  MNR writes, "If you can’t attend live, you can always watch the Connect presentations – but you’ll miss out on meeting your peers, and the Adobe Staff."

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    January 08, 2009

    New Woohoo tutes

    Dr. Woohoo is back with more useful tutorials for Flash/Suite scripters:


    PatchPanel: Flash panels for multiple CS applications

    Follow along with this tutorial to expand on what we created in the previous tutorial, with the objective of using a framework that embraces running our Flash plug-in in multiple Creative Suite applications (Photoshop and Illustrator). When we are done, our Flash plug-in will work in all three CS applications using code that is appropriate for each host application


    PatchPanels: Integrating your ExtendScript

    Follow along with this tutorial to create a simple Flash plug-in that gets the RGB, CMYK and HSB values of the foreground color in Photoshop CS4.


    Incidentally, if you’re interested in how Adobe’s app automation layer came to be (and where it might be headed), check out Drew’s 2 Interviews: The guys behind ExtendScript ToolKit, SwitchBoard + PatchPanel.

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    January 02, 2009

    The ins & outs of extending CS4

    It’s never been this easy–not even close–to extend Photoshop and the Creative Suite to do new things.  You can now write cross-platform, network-aware code that can drop into nearly all the CS4 applications, and you can use AIR applications to drive Suite apps.  If you’re a developer, this can mean new opportunities to solve problems and make money.


    To learn more about what’s possible in CS4, check out Mark Niemann-Ross’s presentation from Adobe MAX.  It’s an hour long, but I think you’ll find it clear and informative–good stuff to watch over lunch.  I’m also drawing together related resources in a new "Suite Development" category on this blog.

    2:47 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    December 30, 2008

    Extending Photoshop via SWF Panels: Tutorials

    If you’ve got some JavaScript/Flash/Flex chops and are looking for a mental exercise over the little holiday, heads up: Our friend Dr. Woohoo has been busily creating a large series of tutorials on how to develop AIR applications and Flash panels that can communicate with and drive Photoshop and Illustrator CS4.  The first two tutorials are online now.  Drew (the doc) writes:


    Enhanced Hello World
    Follow along with this tutorial to create a Hello World Flash panel for Photoshop. In this exercise, you will create a Flash plug-in within a Flex Builder MXML project. When you run the Flash panel within Photoshop, it will send code to Photoshop that, when executed, will display an alert dialog box with a message.

    Integrating your ExtendScripts
    In order to communicate to the host application (Photoshop or Illustrator CS4) using the CSXSLibrary SWC, our code is sent as a string message via BridgeTalk, which will then be evaluated once it reaches the host application. Not a big deal if we’re only sending a few lines of code at max, but when our ExtendScript code is lengthy, we would either have to manually wrap each line of code up as a string or use the work-around process we will use in this tutorial to simplify our life.


    On a related note, Drew recently appeared on Inside Digital Design Radio & TV, talking about how he uses programming to do things like design custom kimonos:


    Drew Trujillo, Designer–better known as Dr. Woohoo!–joins hosts Scott Sheppard and Gene Gable this week to share his background and an inside look at his amazing design work. Fusing the best of art, technology, and design Dr. Woohoo’s technical and programming background help him to bring his visions to life.

    2:56 PM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    December 17, 2008

    CS4 color picker now does CMYK

    Responding to reader feedback, developer Anastasiy Safari has added CMYK support and other tweaks (e.g. resizability) to the color picker panel I mentioned the other day.  Way to go, Anastasiy!


    You can download the panel here, unzip the file, and then drag the contents of the file into your "Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-Ins/Panels" directory.  (Don’t forget to delete the old one if you installed it earlier.)  After you relaunch Photoshop CS4, the panel will appear under Window->Extensions.


    Oh, and–indulging my inner 8-year-old for a second–to all those folks who were spraying bile at the idea of Flash panels not so long ago: "You like apples?  Well how do you like them apples?". ;-)

    7:30 AM | Permalink | Comments [19]

    December 06, 2008

    Photoshop gets a new color picker panel

    When painting in Photoshop, I’ve always found the little color ramp area on the Color panel (screenshot) pretty cramped.  At just 190×15 pixels, it occupies a princely 0.16% of the screen real estate on a 17″ monitor (or 0.07% on 30-incher!), and yet you’re supposed to use it to choose among 16.7 million colors.  The main Photoshop color picker is of course much larger and more powerful, but using it requires trips into a modal dialog box.


    Though we’ve yet to offer the color picker dialog in panel form, developer Anastasiy has created a SWF panel form of the picker (screenshot) that you can download for free.  Very cool!


    I’ve written to Anastasiy to suggest a few tweaks, and I hope this is the first of many alternate color pickers for Photoshop. (We’re also talking to Viktor Goltvyanitsa about bringing his ColorPalette panel–now part of Fireworks CS4–to PSCS4.)  Lastly, we’ll work to make sure these components can be dropped into Configurator panels.


    PS–A note on installation: Drop the contents of the ZIP file into your "Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-Ins/Panels" directory, then look under Window->Extensions.  All SWF files you drop into Panels or its subfolders appear under the Extensions submenu.

    9:55 AM | Permalink | Comments [26]

    December 02, 2008

    Use Flex Builder to extend the Suite

    We’re working to make it easier & easier for Flash/Flex developers to extend the Creative Suite. The new PatchPanel technology allows developers to use ActionScript to access the scripting DOM of a CS host app.


    Developer Dr. Woohoo has been working closely with the development team for many months & points out some of PatchPanel’s advantages:


    1. It’s easier to write code because the DOMs for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and ExtendScript are imported directly into Flex Builder.  That means all the benefits of developing SWFs and AIR applications in FlexBuilder can now be applied to the development process of SWF panels (e.g., code-hinting, code-completion, refactoring, etc.).
    2. Debugging is on par with developing within Flex Builder.  We can actually run the SWF within the Creative Suite host application and debug directly within Flex Builder.  That’s dramatically significant.
    3. We can develop for both platforms using the same code base.
    4. We can develop for PS/AI/ID using the same framework (not the same code, though, because of the sometimes dramatic differences between the DOMs).
    5. PatchPanel is free.


    PatchPanel creator Bernd Paradies also cites the following:


    1. You can copy and paste your old ExtendScript scripts into your Flex project, build them, and run them.
    2. You can write PP code that targets other CS hosts (e.g., Photoshop.alert() in InDesign brings up Photoshop).
    3. PatchPanel comes with complete LiveDocs-style documentation for ID, PS, AI, Bridge, PatchPanel, and SwitchBoard.
    4. The PatchPanel CS4 examples come with MXI samples that make it really easy to create MXPs that you can install via Extension Manager 2.x.
    5. PatchPanel comes with a special version of SwitchBoard, which allows you to do asynchronous communication with other CS apps without having to go through the host.
    6. You can use PatchPanel in AIR applications for smaller scripts.


    For a deeper dive, check out Bernd’s video demo & overview presentation.  Also look for Dr. W’s MAX presentations & some new tutorials to emerge soon.  In the meantime, developers can download PatchPanel from Labs and discuss it on the Labs forum.

    10:11 AM | Permalink | No Comments

    October 24, 2008

    Tutorial: Creating Flash panels for Photoshop

    Matthew Keefe has posted a brief tutorial on how to create your first Flash panel for Photoshop CS4. To load any SWF in Photoshop as a panel, just drop it into the Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-Ins/Panels directory, then launch PS and look under Window->Extensions. To make a SWF communicate with Photoshop via scripting, however, a bit more work is required, and that’s where Matthew’s tutorial comes in. If you create something cool, or if you see interesting SWF panels popping up, please let us know.


    9:34 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    October 08, 2008

    Introducing Adobe Configurator

    By now you’ve probably heard me talk many times about our desire to better manage the complexity and power of Photoshop.  The very general interface that Photoshop presents is incredibly flexible, but it can be overwhelming, and it doesn’t do much to show you just what you need when you need it.  We can do better.


    It should be possible to:


    • Make Photoshop “everything you need, nothing you don’t”
    • Navigate Photoshop as task-based pieces (think workspaces on steroids), each showing only what you need for the task at hand
    • Let anyone remix the Photoshop UI to fit their needs
    • Make it drop-dead easy to share these remixes


    Adobe Configurator (screenshots 1, 2), a new utility that’s due to ship on Adobe Labs around the end of the month, is a key part of our strategy.  Configurator makes it easy to snap together your own Photoshop panels (a.k.a. palettes).  Think of Configurator as a box of Legos–an app that lets you drag and drop all the tools and menu items in Photoshop, call actions & scripts, and add widgets (images, videos, other SWFs, etc.).  I’ve posted a 10-minute demo on Russell Brown’s site.  (If you don’t have QuickTime installed, you can watch it on YouTube as well, though the compression quality there is pretty abysmal.)


    We’ve shown a beta of Configurator to members of the press & have been getting great responses:


    • Imaging Resource: “Dead easy. But we expected it to be easy. What we didn’t expect was just how useful the little panel we built would actually be.”
    • TG Daily: “[I]t is very intuitive to use and enables users to integrate virtually any function of Photoshop in a custom panel.”

    • Outback Photo: “We personally love the new Adobe Configurator 1.0… Using the new Configurator is as easy as gets.”


    We’re putting the finishing touches on Configurator right now, so look for it on Labs in the next few weeks.  [Update: It’s live now!] (I’ll of course post news about it here.)  We look forward to hearing your thoughts & using your feedback to move the tool forward.


    [Updates: Sorry, I forgot to mention that Configurator requires Photoshop CS4.  It’s building on top of the Flash panel extensibility system that’s new to CS4.  We wanted to make sure people could create for that system without having to be coders.  If you do write ActionScript, however, you can go much further using Flash and/or Flex.  You can create independent SWF panels, and you can incorporate your SWFs into Configurator-made panels via drag and drop, just as easily as I added an image in the demo.]


    PS–If you’d like to be able to configure other applications (Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Fireworks, etc.) via Configurator, please make a little noise.  We’ve designed the tool such that the other apps just need to supply an XML file that lists their menu items plus the associated scripting commands, as well as PNGs for their tools.  Hearing your interest would help the PMs of other apps raise the priority of supplying those assets & testing Configurator.

    12:59 PM | Permalink | Comments [77]

    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,


    Adobe AIR developers can create applications that participate as first class citizens in creative workflows. Each SwitchBoard solution consists of an AIR application written for SwitchBoard, JavaScripts, and the SwitchBoard service that delivers the scripts to the Creative Suite applications. AIR developers only need to include a Flex library called SwitchBoard.swc in their projects in order to send and receive scripts to and from Creative Suite applications.


    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.)

    6:27 PM | Permalink | Comments [9]

    May 19, 2008

    Dr. Woohoo & the future of the Suite platform

    We want to make Photoshop and the whole Creative Suite much more flexible, extensible, and connected. Therefore, we’re looking at letting upcoming versions of Photoshop and–as far as I know–all Creative Suite applications be extended via SWF panels (palettes) created in Adobe Flash or Flex.


    Of course, this can’t come as a surprise.  I mean, how brain-dead would Adobe have to be not to do this?  The appeal of extending one’s app with lightweight, cross-platform, network-aware widgets is so obvious that we were busy building support in my first app some eight years ago–and we had to build our own Flash Player clone to do it!  The CS3 versions of Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Bridge, and Soundbooth can already be extended in this way, and Photoshop and other apps can run SWFs in a scripting dialog.


    Our task now is to implement support in as consistent a way as possible across the Suite.  Today, developing for, say, the Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign trio would mean writing six chunks of platform-specific C code, delivering three different user experiences.  In the near future, by contrast, you should be able to write one chunk of code that extends each app with consistent, non-modal (panel-based) functionality.  Want to add peer-to-peer notes, Adobe kuler integration, video tutorials, and more to the Suite in one shot?  We aim to make it easy.


    I believe the results will be transformative.  When I talk about the need to make Photoshop radically more configurable–letting it be "everything you need, nothing you don’t," person by person, moment by moment–I’m placing a lot of hope in easy panel configurability that can reshape workspaces and workflows.


    We’ve hired a great developer named Drew Trujillo–better known as Dr. Woohoo–to help prime the pump.  In addition to After Effects<->Flash integration tools, he’s mashed up Illustrator with Flickr, and now he’s busily crafting fun new projects that we look forward to showing off a bit further down the line.  In the meantime Matthew Fabb briefly covers a sneak peek (showing Adobe AIR driving Photoshop) that Drew gave at the FITC show in Toronto.


    If using Flash/Flex/AIR to extend & transform the Creative Suite is up your alley, drop me a line.  Seriously, we should talk.  I think you’ll like what’s cooking.

    9:18 AM | Permalink | Comments [51]
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