Creative Developers Summit 2018: The Future of the Ecosystem and Extensibility
Creative Pro Week was held a couple of weeks ago in New Orleans. It’s an annual event where creative professionals come together to learn more about their craft and how to get the most out the tools they use everyday, like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Creative Pro Week also hosts the Creative Developers Summit, which is an event lead and organized by the developer and scripting community focused on enhancing workflows for creative professionals using Creative Cloud around the world.
This year, the Adobe Creative Cloud Ecosystem team joined the Creative Developers Summit as a sponsor. We brought speakers from around Creative Cloud and Adobe I/O to talk about developer engagement, updates to APIs, and the future of the platform for developers.
What we covered at Creative Developers Summit
For Creative Developers Summit 2018, we highlighted progress on the platform over last year, when we first joined the Summit to learn directly from developers about the topics that impact them the most. Here’s what we revealed this year:
Ecosystem and Developer Engagement updates
I had the privilege of kicking off the event to talk about developer engagement initiatives that we’ve been rolling out this year, including our weekly CC developer blog articles and our new CEP onboarding resources.
CC Platform and Ecosystem Director Vijay Vachani joined to answer questions about the Adobe Fund for Design, a $10 million fund to support developers, teams, and start-ups with creativity in their code.
Minson Chen spoke to developers about our updated Adobe Exchange marketplace.
The Future of Extensibility: UXP and Adobe XD
Ari Fuchs and Kerri Shotts joined us to share a vision for the future of Creative Cloud Product Extensibility.
We’ll have more updates for developers on this effort, known as UXP (Unified Extensibility Platform), over the coming months and beyond.
If you’re curious and want to read up on what we’ve made public so far, check out this FAQ on Adobe XD Extensibility and UXP, and go sign up to be the first to know when we launch XD Extensibility for developers.
Developer updates for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
The Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign teams were represented by Thomas Ruark (Ps), Tarun Tandon (Ai), Varun Aggarwal (Id), and Mike Zahorik (Id/Ai). They shared sneak peeks of upcoming features in the apps, as well as updates for developers building plug-ins and extensions for each app.
If you want to get early information on API updates for these Creative Cloud apps, the best places to start are the respective Prerelease Channels on adobeprerelease.com.
AEM and InDesign Server
We had a special cross-cloud talk from James Lockman on connecting Adobe Experience Manager and InDesign Server.
If you want to know more about working with these technolgies, a good place to start is his recent post on this blog, which covers some of the information he shared with developers at Creative Developers Summit.
To go even deeper, you can follow James’ writing on his technical blog.
Adobe I/O and Cloud Extensibility
Carmen Sutter wrapped up the day with a talk about the future of cloud-connected integrations with Adobe I/O, Adobe I/O Events, and Creative Cloud Storage APIs.
Used together, I/O Events and Storage APIs will enable your apps not only to work with a user’s assets in the cloud, but also to get notified when content in storage is created, updated, deleted, and more.
If you’re interested in connecting your app to Creative Cloud, let us know by signing up for an API launch notification on the CC Storage API page.
Throughout the Creative Developers Summit, we were encouraged to hear positive feedback and excitement from developers on the direction the Creative Cloud platform is heading.
Just like last year, we made notes based on our conversations with the community, and we’re looking forward to getting back to work on making sure Creative Cloud is a great platform for developers who want to have a positive impact on creative workflows around the world.
Developer fun outside of the Summit
There are a couple of mini-events during Creative Pro Week that I find particularly inspiring as someone who believes in the power of Creative Cloud APIs and app extensibility: CreativeWow and the People’s Choice Script Challenge.
As a developer, if you’ve ever thought, “For once in my life, I’d love to run a script I wrote in front of a group of users who get it,” CreativeWow is your event.
Developers and power users demoed Creative Cloud panels and scripts that ranged from powerful to whimsical, receiving applause and verbal awe (“WOW!”) from a room of creative pros and fellow developers. This event is pure creative fun, and was once again a highlight of the week for me.
For the People’s Choice Script Challenge, creative pros submitted ideas for scripts to automate specific workflows in CC apps. Then the developer community selected a winning idea to build together during the course of Creative Pro Week.
A note of appreciation
Our thanks goes out to Creative Pro Week’s David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción for getting the Creative Cloud Ecosystem team more deeply involved with developers at the conference this year.
We also want to extend our deep appreciation to Chuck Weger, Kris Coppieters, and Jim Birkenseer, the community organizers who make Creative Developers Summit possible every year.
The Creative Cloud Ecosystem team headed from Creative Pro Week in New Orleans directly to Hamburg, Germany to deliver a similar message to a sold-out venue of European Creative Cloud developers.
We’ve been really excited to a couple of chances in quick succession to meet more of the developer community in person and see the level of enthusiasm that’s out there for building on Creative Cloud APIs.
If you’re interested in connecting with us in real life when we do public events in the future, we’ll announce them on this blog, so be sure to subscribe and check out our weekly updates!
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