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Adobe Linguistic Library Plug-ins SDK
Updated June, 2012

The Adobe Linguistic Library plug-ins SDK contains information and resources related to developing software components (plug-ins) for Linguistic Library. With the Linguistic Library SDK downloaded and installed, you can begin writing plug-in components to extend Linguistic Library functionality and provide additional linguistic services to multiple Adobe products.

Linguistic Library is a shared library that provides a uniform API to all Adobe applications that are utilizing linguistic services like spelling, hyphenation, user dictionaries, or thesauri. Today, these client applications include Adobe InDesign® CS6, Adobe Illustrator® CS6, and Adobe Photoshop® CS6. We expect this list to grow over time.

It’s important to note however that only Adobe InDesign CS6 provides a dynamic user interface to switch between resources of different linguistic services providers. Hence, currently only Adobe InDesign CS6 can take advantage of additional linguistic plug-ins. Other client applications either do not have a user interface to select between plug-ins since they are using a single provider by default, or they have a fixed list of plug-ins to choose from.

Linguistic Library behaves as an intermediary between Adobe applications and linguistic service providers. On one side, its uniform API to Adobe applications prevents changes and additions to a linguistic service being propagated to the applications. On the other side, it provides an open architecture that allows third-party linguistic-service providers to supply linguistic services through Linguistic Library, so the services can be used by all Adobe applications.

Thus, through its extensible architecture, the advantage of implementing plug-ins through Linguistic Library is that these additional linguistic services are available to any Adobe product(s) utilizing this Linguistic Library. Without the use of Linguistic Library, you would need to write programs against every particular product API.

In addition, the independence achieved by Linguistic Library makes it possible for third-party providers to add new linguistic services even after the Adobe applications are installed.

The main SDK document is the Adobe Linguistic Library plugins programming guide. The programming guide will help you develop plug-ins for Linguistic Library. It describes the Linguistic Library and walks you through creating your own plug-in and includes a reference section covering specific API methods.

Download the Adobe Linguistic Library plugins programming guide

Adobe Linguistic Library plugins SDK

Macintosh and Windows

The intended audience for this document is developers with a basic understanding of Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) technology and Apple's CFPlug-in API (since the Linguistic Library plug-in architecture is based on these technologies).

If you are looking for the CS3 version of the Linguistic Library, visit this page.

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