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Adobe Configurator 4

Create custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign without code

Adobe® Configurator is a utility that enables the easy creation of panels (palettes) for use in Photoshop® CC/CS6 and InDesign® CS6. Configurator makes it easy to drag and drop tools, menu items, scripts, actions, and other objects into a panel design, then export the results for use in Photoshop or InDesign.

Configurator is ideally suited for Photoshop or InDesign users – authors, trainers, developers and others – who want to customize the application interface without learning Flash® and ActionScript®. It also provides an excellent way to create tutorial content for Photoshop and InDesign.

Configurator is free for anyone to use. To run the panels it generates you must install Photoshop or InDesign. Creative Cloud trials are available on Adobe.com.


Configurator 4 Features

Configurator 4 is compatible with Photoshop CC and CS6, and InDesign CS6; supports new features and automatic conversion of existing panels. The latest release supports the new Adobe Exchange. To distribute and share panels you create in Configurator with other Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 users. The Configurator 4 release offers these new features:

  • SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE CLOUD: With this release, you can create panels for Photoshop CC, as well as for Photoshop CS6 and InDesign CS6.
  • AUTOMATIC CONVERSION: The automatic conversion feature has been extended, so that if you open a CS5.x panel for Photoshop, you can convert it to either the CS6 or CC version.
  • OPEN EXTENSIONS FROM A PANEL: A new widget allows your user to open other Adobe Application Extensions from your panel. You must provide the ID of the extension to open.
  • NEW SCRIPTING FUNCTIONALITY: The HTML widget now has enhanced scripting capabilities that allow you to open other extensions and call into the ExtendScript DOM of the host application.
  • HI DPI SUPPORT: You can create panels that will run in high resolution on Apple Retina™ Displays.

Getting Started

Follow these steps to get started with the Configurator preview:

  1. Download and install the latest version of Adobe AIR
  2. Download Configurator 4 for Mac or Windows
  3. See the Configurator 4 User Guide for installation instructions and more information.
  4. To create your first panel, follow the instructions on the Configurator welcome screen or try one of the samples and consult the Configurator User Guide for more details.
  5. Viewing the panels you create with Configurator 4 requires installation of one of the supported applications: Photoshop CC, or CS6 or InDesign CS6.  Creative Cloud trials are available on Adobe.com.
  6. Once you have exported your panel, you can open it from the Window > Extensions menu in the target application (Photoshop or InDesign).
  7. Ask questions and share your feedback in the Configurator forum

    Please note that your submission of comments, ideas, feature requests and techniques on this and other Adobe maintained forums, as well as Adobe's right to use such materials, is governed by the Terms of Use.

Community

Below you'll find references and links to help you participate in the Configurator community.

Online Forum

Ask questions and discuss ideas with other Configurator users in the Labs forums.

Please note that your submission of comments, ideas, feature requests and techniques on this and other Adobe maintained forums, as well as Adobe's right to use such materials, is governed by the Terms of Use.

Developer Center

Learn more about customizing Photoshop and InDesign in the Developer Center.

Resources

If you want to learn more about releases on Labs as well as other Adobe technologies, visiting a user group or connecting with an Adobe Community Professional is a great place to start.

Product Details


FAQ

What is Configurator?
Configurator is a utility application that helps create custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign. Configurator makes it easy to drag and drop tools, menu items, scripts, actions, and other objects into a panel design, then export the results for use in Photoshop or InDesign. These panels leverage built-in Flash support, making it possible to drag and drop audio, video, images, web pages and even other SWF and HTML content files into a panel design.
Who should try Configurator?
Configurator allows any Photoshop or InDesign user to customize the application interface without having to learn Flash and ActionScript. If you are an author, trainer, or other expert seeking to create and share panels that make Photoshop or InDesign easier to use, Configurator is created with you in mind. If you develop solutions for Photoshop or InDesign, then Configurator provides a quick and code-free way to create tutorial content.
Do I need to buy Photoshop or InDesign to use Configurator?
Configurator is free for anyone to use. Running the panels it generates requires installing Photoshop or InDesign. Creative Cloud trials are available on Adobe.com.
Which platforms are supported?
Configurator runs on all configurations supported by Adobe AIR (see the AIR system requirements). Running the panels you create with Configurator 4 requires installation of one of the supported applications: Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6 or InDesign CS6. The system requirements for Photoshop and InDesign are available on Adobe.com.
What languages are supported?
Configurator works in 13 different languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian (Bokmal), Portuguese and Chinese Simplified
How can I share my custom panels?
Configurator provides a new way to share the panels you create publicly or privately with Adobe Exchange. For other ways to export and share your panels, see the user documentation.
What is Adobe Exchange and how can I use it with Configurator 4?
Configurator 3 introduced support for Adobe Exchange, a commercial marketplace enabling distribution of resources and software, directly integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) and Creative Suite (CS6). Adobe Exchange is an in-application panel providing a consistent user experience across various CC and CS6 applications, including the products Configurator 4 supports; Photoshop and InDesign. You can create panels with Configurator 4 for Adobe Exchange and choose whether to distribute them publicly (free or paid), or privately. Adobe Exchange will automatically install your panel in the correct location for the user and you can easily provide updates to your panel as required.
Can Configurator 4 work for Photoshop and InDesign CS5 and earlier?
Configurator 1 works only with Photoshop CS4, and Configurator 2 only works with Photoshop CS5 and InDesign CS5. Configurator 3 works with Photoshop and InDesign CS5 and CS6. To make a CS4 or CS5 panel compatible with CS6, you must open the Configurator 1-3 format (.gpc) file in Configurator 3, then export for CS6 or CC (File > Export Panel). To make your panel compatible with CS6, choose Edit > Convert to CS6.
What is Adobe AIR?
The Adobe AIR runtime lets developers use proven web technologies to build rich Internet applications that run outside the browser on multiple operating systems.
Where can I post issues and comments?
Please use the Labs forum for Configurator to ask questions and post issues and comments.

System Requirements

To create custom panel extensions using Configurator, the Adobe AIR system requirements apply.

To test and use your custom panels, the Photoshop system requirements and InDesign system requirements apply.

Release Notes

Configurator 4 Release Notes

Configurator 4 User Guide

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