CC Platform & Ecosystem in 2019: A Quick Look Back Before the Break
Hi Creative Cloud developers! The first half of the year is coming to a close, and next week Adobe North America is going on our yearly summer break 🏖. This means a lot of the people you’re in usually touch with about Creative Cloud app extensibility will be offline, resting up, and recharging.
In the meantime, it’s a good chance for you to catch up on Creative Cloud developer news from the first six months of 2019. It’s been a big one and we want to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Communicating with our developers
I’ll start by noting that we continue to prioritize communicating and interacting with you online.
Here’s how you can keep up to date:
- 📝 Follow the Adobe Tech Blog: This blog is the right place to be if you want to follow along with the evolution of the Creative Cloud Platform as it happens. In fact, this article is the 36th one we’ve published specifically for Creative Cloud developers in 2019. We come here regularly to share updates, from beta announcements and API how-tos, to event invitations and platform roadmap news.
- 📬 Subscribe to the Creative Cloud Developer Newsletter: We launched our developer newsletter last year, and while the response has been great, some developers still don’t know about it. Tell a friend! We just sent our 6th newsletter of the year, which you can check out here.
And here’s how you can stay in touch with us and your fellow developers:-
- Join the Adobe XD plugin developer community: There’s a smart and fun group of designers and developers from around the world creating plugins for Adobe XD. Jump into the forums, say hi, get help, and share ideas. It’s also a great way to interact with Adobe staff who are building the platform.
- Join the flagship extensibility community: Creatives, scripters, coders, and developers come here to share knowledge on extending Creative Cloud flagship apps like Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and much more. If you’re using ExtendScript, CEP, or our C++ SDKs, this is the community for you!
Growing the Adobe XD Platform with UXP
The Adobe XD Platform has made great leaps forward in 2019, and we’re not even done yet.
To help developers get the most of the APIs as they evolve, in addition to being present in the XD plugin developer forums, we’ve held events like XD Dev Days 2019 in San Francisco and Hello XD Plugin workshops in multiple cities across Europe.
And we’ve got some awesome programs to help developers push it even further:
- The Adobe Fund for Design, launched in 2018, continues to provide grants and equity investments to developers around the world who are obsessed with pushing the boundaries of design tools.
- The Adobe XD Plugin Accelerator just kicked off with its first cohort last week. We’re really excited to see how those teams progress over the course of the summer.
Beyond API updates, forums, events, and programs, we are firmly committed to the developer experience across the entire journey of creating and sharing plugins. Some examples of enhancements this year include making it easier to share XD plugins, planning UX improvements to the XD Plugin Manager, and iterating on the Adobe I/O Console experience.
Engaging with the flagship developer community
While a great deal of our focus has been on XD plugin developers over the last year, we have also worked on ramping up engagement with developers, scripters, and creatives who extend our flagship Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere Pro.
Part of our aim is to improve what we can around the current platform and developer experience, while we also work to understand your needs and requirements in anticipation of UXP expanding to various flagship Creative Cloud apps over the coming years.
A few updates for you this year include:
- The release of ExtendScript Debugger for VSCode. We’re currently offering our third public release since the initial launch early this year. More updates are coming; stay tuned.
- Early news on changes for scripting in our video and audio applications, as well as new stuff for developers in Premiere Pro 13.1.
- Increased marketing support and tips for developers distributing on Adobe Exchange.
- We’ve also started sharing info on a minor version bump for CEP 9, coming later this year. We’ll make an announcement about that on this blog in the coming months.
We’ve also just held our yearly summer events for this community, which you can have a look at on this blog:
We love the chance to get together with you in person to share news and learn about what you’re doing with Creative Cloud app extensibility.
We’ll see you after the break!
Thank you for extending our Creative Cloud applications and pushing the boundaries for the world’s creatives and their stakeholders.
It’s been a great start to the year for the Creative Cloud developer platform. While a lot of us are looking forward to a summer break, we’ve got a lot to be excited about for the rest of 2019.