Adobe Launches Creative Cloud Platform for Web Developers

Adobe announced the beta launch of a series of new Web components for its Creative Cloud, along with some early partners using them.

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On the heels of announcing its Adobe I/O developer portal, Adobe has announced a series of new Web components currently in beta for the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Powered by the Creative SDK—the engine behind Adobe's mobile apps—these new Web components demonstrate Adobe's support for cross-platform and cross-app workflows. Web developers can use these Web APIs and components to connect their services to the Creative Cloud.

Adobe's Creative SDK enables apps to share files between each other and ensures compatibility with Adobe file types. It also provides direct access to some of Adobe's creative tools, and creates a path for sending files to Adobe's desktop applications for additional creative flexibility, the Adobe Creative SDK team said in a blog post.

"Enabling these cross app workflows will broaden where creativity can happen, increasing choices and efficiency for our customers," the Adobe post said.

Moreover, with integrations by some of the market's top creative apps, like Paper by 53, Infltr, Bazaart, Marvel, Moleskine, Generate, ArtRage, Curator, Vintage Design and many more, developers can seamlessly work between their favorite Adobe and industry tools, accessing the creative content and workflows they access in the mobile apps they use every day.

The new components include the Image Editor, which provides an embeddable, highly customizable, basic photo editor. The Asset Browser, now in beta, provides access to all Creative Cloud files and libraries. And the File Upload API, also in beta, enables direct uploads to the Creative Cloud and Lightroom.

In addition, the Creative SDK also provides components for the photography community with a new Lightroom Photos Organizer, a photo browsing and importing module for Web apps across services.

As part of its announcement of its new platform for Web developers, Adobe announced that Animoto is the first partner to integrate the Lightroom Photos Organizer.

"We're always looking for new ways to help you streamline your workflow, save you time, and make it even easier for you to create videos with Animoto," said Megan O'Neill, SMB content marketing manager at Animoto, in a blog post. "We've joined forces with Adobe on a new integration that lets you retrieve images stored in Adobe Creative Cloud's Lightroom CC program straight from Animoto. If you use Lightroom CC on desktop, mobile, or the web for storing, editing, and sharing your photography, you can now access all the photos you have stored in the cloud directly from our interface in a matter of clicks."

And some early partners have already started working with the beta components, Adobe said.

"Soon, Creative Cloud users should be able to access their content in the web services of HipChat, a popular enterprise chat and collaboration app, Prott, an emerging prototyping tool, and Bluescape, a sophisticated collaboration workspace used by some of the largest brands in the world," the Adobe post said.

Adobe said other features the company has in its pipeline based on feedback it has received from its beta developers include:

--Full Photoshop and Illustrator compatibility, enabling users to render and manipulate .PSD and .AI files

--Access to Adobe Stock to allow customers to select and use high quality creative assets in other services

--The ability to publish projects and works in progress to the Behance community

--Custom stickers and more filters and frames available through the image editor, synced with Creative Cloud

--Services to notify developers and users when files within Creative Cloud have changed

--Hinted Importing through the Lightroom Photos Organizer, allowing for more expressive creations from synced Lightroom collections

At its Adobe Summit last month, Adobe launched the developer portal, which enables developers to download the Adobe Marketing Cloud software development kit (SDK) and access API routines and protocols.

Also last month, Adobe announced a preview of Adobe Experience Design CC (Adobe XD), the company's user experience (UX) design and prototyping solution formerly known as Project Comet.

Adobe first demonstrated Project Comet at its Adobe MAX conference in October. The tool is aimed at design and development shops that are tasked with turning out a constantly growing amount of mobile applications and Websites. The prototyping tool simplifies and accelerates mobile app development.

Adobe Experience Design (XD) is available as a free download to anyone with an Adobe ID and Adobe officials said they expect the first commercial release to be available, for Adobe Creative Cloud members, later this year.