General information

 
What is Adobe® Extension Builder?
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 is an Eclipse™ based IDE for quickly developing, debugging and packaging extensions that run inside the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud applications.
 
What are Creative Suite and Creative Cloud extensions?
Creative Suite and Creative Cloud extensions are applications that leverage the Flex and Adobe AIR® frameworks and integrate inside the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud products to extend their functionality. Apart from ActionScript® code, they can contain native (C++, JavaScript) code. Creative Suite and Creative Cloud extensions that combine native and ActionScript code are referred to as hybrid extensions. They are usually accessible in the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud products from the Window > Extensions menu. When launched, they show up as panels inside the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud products. Learn more about Create Suite and Creative Cloud extensions.
 
What is the Creative Suite SDK?
The Adobe Creative Suite SDK is a set of ActionScript libraries that make it possible to build Adobe Flash® technology–based extensions in CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC. Developers can include these libraries in their projects in order to create cross-application plug-ins that use the Flex framework and the Adobe AIR 2 API or later and access the scripting Document Object Model (DOM) of Creative Suite and Creative Cloud applications through ActionScript objects.
 
What is the difference between the Creative Suite SDK and Adobe Extension Builder?
The Creative Suite SDK is a set of ActionScript libraries. Adobe Extension Builder is an IDE that includes the Creative Suite SDK.
 
What do I need to start using Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
To use Adobe Extension Builder 2.1, you will need at least one Creative Suite 5, CS5.5, CS6 or CC application installed.
 
Note: Both trial and licensed versions of Adobe Extension Builder and the Creative Suite/Creative Cloud applications will work with Adobe Extension Builder 2.1.
 
What are the new features in Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 includes a number of new features. Here are the key ones:
  • Support for Creative Cloud products: Develop extensions for CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC.
  • Creative Suite/Creative Cloud multiple version support (CS5/5.5/6/CC): Select the version of Creative Suite you want to target and Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 works out the compatible features available for that version.
  • Support for Creative Cloud products: Create extensions for the CS6 versions of Adobe Photoshop/Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Premiere Pro, Prelude, Fireworks and Dreamweaver.
  • Adobe Exchange support: Adobe Exchange is a new way to promote, distribute and sell the extensions you create.
  • CS Communications Toolkit support: Use the new CS Communication Toolkit to enable communication between Creative Cloud applications, extensions and external applications.
  • ZXP Bundles: Let you wrap all your different CS/CC version extensions inside a single ZXP file making distribution much easier.
  • Synchronise interface: Create extensions that adopt the look and feel of their host CS/CC application.
To find out more, read Introducing Extension Builder and check out other resources on the Developer Centre.

 

 
In what languages is Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 available?
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 is currently available only in English.
 
Can I build extensions with Adobe Extension Builder that run inside Creative Suite 4 products?
No. Using Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 (or 1.0), you can create extensions that run inside either Creative Suite 5, CS5.5, CS6 or Creative Cloud. CS Extension Builder 1.5 lets you create extensions for CS5 and CS5.5.
 
What versions of the Flex SDK are supported with Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
Using Adobe Extension Builder, you can develop extensions using Flex SDK version 4.5. This is the version supported by Creative Cloud. Note that since Adobe Extension Builder is a Flash Builder plug-in, it supports the same Flex SDK version as Flash Builder. The limitation to 4.5 applies only to extensions developed for Creative Suite and Creative Cloud.
 
Can I use Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 without Flash Builder?
No. Extension Builder 2.1 needs Flash Builder 4.6 which is included.
 
Can I have multiple versions of Adobe Extension Builder installed on my machine?
The latest version of Adobe Extension Builder includes backward compatibility, so you can build extensions that run inside CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC. Hence, it is unnecessary to have multiple versions installed.
 
What support options are available for Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
The stand-alone version of Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 comes without additional support. Read about Adobe support for developers.
 

Purchasing options

What are the editions of Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 is available as a 60-day trial and as a month-to-month or yearly subscription. Both versions have the same feature set and are fully functional.
 
What are the options for buying Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
There are three ways to buy Adobe Extension Builder 2.1:
  • Purchase a month-to-month subscription through the Adobe Store.
  • Purchase a yearly subscription through the Adobe Store.
  • Purchase a yearly subscription to the Adobe Enterprise Developer Programme through the Adobe Store. This subscription entitles you to a variety of software programmes, including Adobe Extension Builder.

 

Is there education pricing available for Adobe Extension Builder?
No, currently there is no specific pricing for education customers.
 
Is Adobe Extension Builder available for volume licensing?
No, Adobe Extension Builder is not currently available as part of Adobe Buying Programmes.
 
Why can I buy only one Adobe Extension Builder subscription at a time?
When you buy a subscription to use Adobe Extension Builder, the purchase is tied to your Adobe ID. Purchasing more than one subscription under the same Adobe ID will not provide you additional benefits, nor will it enable you to have multiple users access the software.
 
What happens when a new version of Adobe Extension Builder becomes available?
As long as you have a valid subscription, you will always be entitled to the latest version of Adobe Extension Builder. So, once a new version becomes available, you will be notified so that you can download it.
 
What upgrade options are available for Adobe Extension Builder 2.1?
Since Adobe Extension Builder is offered on a subscription basis, there are no upgrade options available. As long as you are an active subscriber you have access to the latest version.
 
Adobe Extension Builder and other Adobe products
  • Adobe Extension Builder and Flash Builder
Adobe Extension Builder is a Flash Builder plug-in. It leverage many of the features that Flash Builder has (such as code completion, project wizards and debugging) and adds additional ones to streamline development on top of the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud products.
  • Adobe Extension Builder and Adobe Photoshop®, Photoshop Extended, InDesign®, InCopy®, llustrator®, Flash Professional® and Premiere Pro®
   Adobe Extension Builder contains a set of libraries, called Creative Suite      ActionScript Wrapper (CSAW) libraries, that provide direct access to the  Creative Suite applications scripting DOM. CSAW libraries are currently  available only for Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Illustrator and  InCopy. CSAW Libraries are now available for Premier Pro CS6 and Flash  Professional CS6.
  • Adobe Extension Builder and Flash Professional, Adobe Premiere®, Dreamweaver® and Fireworks®
   Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 does not contain CSAW libraries for Dreamweaver or Fireworks.

 

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Getting started

Where can I find tutorials and resources for developing Creative Suite and Creative Cloud extensions?

 

How can I get training on Flex?
Check out these Flex training resources:
  • Flex in a Week is a free, online video–based training course available from the Adobe Developer Centre.
  • Adobe has training partners around the world that offer three- and five-day classes to help train developers.
  • Adobe Professional Services can help customers get started or provide deep expertise in Flex application architecture and development.

 

 
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