Important Update to the Creative SDK – End of Support for the Image Editor UI, Color UI, Market Browser, and Labs Components

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 by Drew Endick
Category: General

We have to make a difficult announcement about the Creative SDK. Adobe will end support for four Creative SDK components (the Image Editor UI, Color UI, Market Browser, and Labs) in November 2017, and these components will not be included in the new version of the Creative SDK.

For existing integrations of the Image Editor UI, we will continue to maintain the standard and high resolution services for the web image editor and the content services (effects, frames, stickers, overlays) for iOS, Android, and web through November 2018. However, we will not be updating these tools for iOS 11 and Android 8.0 and they will no longer be available in the Creative SDK for new integrations after the November 2017 release.

The Creative SDK, and previously the Aviary SDK, as well as all our partner applications have been key to democratizing creativity. We are proud of the technology and partnerships we have built over the years. Adobe is committed to supporting the developer community and building an ecosystem of partner applications that add value to our customers’ creative workflows. In order to continue building this ecosystem, we need to focus on building and exposing new Creative Cloud technology.

Many of you have been using these components for several years, so we realize the transition may need some planning. Here are a few key points on what will happen with the November 2017 update to the Creative SDK:

1) The Image Editor UI, Color UI, Market Browser, and Labs components will no longer be available to integrate in new applications (iOS, Android, web).

Between now and the November 2017 update, we recommend:
-iOS: downloading the current latest version of the Creative SDK from the website
-Android: making note of the relevant Maven URLs
-Web: making note of the Image Editor script URLs

Regardless of the platform, we recommend making sure that you have upgraded your integration to the latest version.

2) Because we will no longer be updating the Image Editor UI, Color UI, Market Browser, and Labs components, we cannot guarantee that any of these tools will work with updated operating systems, including iOS 11 and Android 8.0. We know that the current Image Editor UI for iOS will have a distorted user interface in iOS 11. We recommend that you remove these components from your integration, or start planning to do so immediately.

3) With the November 2017 release of the Creative SDK, you will no longer be able to apply for Production Mode Status for an application that integrates the Image Editor UI, Color UI, Market Browser, or Labs components.

4) Developer support for the Image Editor UI, Color UI, Market Browser, and Labs components will be discontinued after the November 2017 release and the Creative SDK team will no longer be able to answer any integration-related questions or address any crashes or bugs that you may come across for these components. We encourage you to reach out to our Help Center prior to the November 2017 release.

5) The rest of the Creative SDK toolset (User Auth, Content Management, Workflows, Typekit UI) will be updated for iOS 11 and Android 8.0 with the November 2017 update and we will continue to provide support.

Adobe is committed to supporting the developer community and building an ecosystem of partner applications, and we have several key projects to help you do more with the Creative Cloud developer platform. Earlier in the summer, we announced a new version of Adobe I/O that gives developers a single destination to learn more about all of the integration opportunities with Creative Cloud. In addition, we are improving the APIs that you can use to integrate with Creative Cloud. A new version of the Common Extensibility Platform (CEP), the framework to build panel experiences in Creative Cloud desktop tools (like Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC), is now in beta and will launch soon. And we have many new developer tools in beta, like REST APIs for Creative Cloud Storage and Adobe I/O Events.

We know that reaching Creative Cloud customers is vital to the success of your integration, so we are preparing to launch a new app marketplace, the Adobe Exchange. The Adobe Exchange is an evolution of our existing Add-ons marketplace and will provide a unified destination for partners to distribute their integrations for all of the Adobe clouds — Experience Cloud, Document Cloud, and Creative Cloud.

You can find a FAQ regarding the November 2017 deprecation of Creative SDK components here.

Thank you for using the Creative SDK.

Avi Muchnick
Director of Products at Adobe & co-founder of Aviary


Vijay Vachani
Director, Creative Cloud Partner Platform and Ecosystem

Partner Spotlight: GoProof

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Swati Teerdhala
Categories: General, Partner Spotlight

Adobe tools, like Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, are some of the most widely used, comprehensive creative tools out there for design teams. Adobe add-ons, easy to download integrations that live directly in our creative tools, are a vital part to creative businesses, helping design team optimize their productivity and streamline their workflow — from right within their Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, or Indesign CC screen.

Adsynergy, a growing creative agency, has had tremendous success with GoProof, an add-on that streamlines the proofing process with clients by making design collaboration simple and time-effective. GoProof is one of the most advanced proofing tools available, designed to revolutionize the productivity of Adobe Creative Cloud users and creative marketing teams.

The team at adsynergy began using GoProof after a successful demo, which displayed to them how well the add-on would fit with their existing workflow — and ultimately improve it.

All of a sudden, the weight of my files has gone down because I can get instant approval. It feels a lot safer than saving out a file,” said Ryan Hadley, Head of Design at adsynergy. “You proof, send it off and it’s done. And I have a record. The simplicity is good.”


credit: adsynergy

They’ve also seen a boost in time efficiency when it comes to their own work. Being able to access GoProof from within Creative Cloud tools greatly improves adsynergy’s design workflow. . With GoProof, they no longer need to save and export a large number of files, search for version numbers, or sort through separate documents with feedback. Instead, all the changes are recorded and shown right there with the proof. Reviewers are also able to comment directly on the shared proof.

In addition, their clients have been happy with the adoption of GoProof, as it has enabled  deeper conversations, inviting collaboration in a process that used to be more disparate. Ryan said, “[GoProof]  saves a lot of time. It streamlines everything and takes out missing files and misunderstandings. It’s a better way to communicate.”

With GoProof, adsynergy has the ability to reassure their clients that they have a strong, simple review process, save their team precious time, and streamline their workflow.

Want to try GoProof? Get it here!


Building for Creative Cloud with Sblended

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General


For the past two years we’ve enabled our partners to improve and enhance their users’ mobile to desktop creative workflow with the Creative SDK. But what happens when a user sends their mobile creation to his or her desktop to be finished with our top notch creative tools? One of our partners, Sblended, answered that question by integrating the Creative SDK into their mobile app and also building an Sblended desktop panel add-on for Adobe Photoshop CC. Now, users can create in the Sblended app, send their work to the desktop and use the plugin to easily access their favorite Sblended filters right in Adobe Photoshop CC to complete their work.

We interviewed the founder of Sblended, Brian Mantuano, to hear more about what inspired him to create Sblended and partner with Adobe.

I’d love to get an overall idea of what Sblended’s mission is — why did you create Sblended?

Having been blessed to live in San Diego, I’ve had the chance to see some spectacular sunsets everything from the quintessential red-orange display to these incredible pink green and purple skies that look utterly alien. Several years back, I tried to create what I had seen in Photoshop and failed miserably.  Granted, I don’t consider myself an artist by any stretch, but it seemed like a relatively simple task and I was surprised that there wasn’t an existing tool that would let me get the effect I was looking for easily. I assumed that Adobe or one of the other developers would end up making this themselves at one point or another.  After a few years had gone by with no sign of any movement and with a daughter showing a lot of interest in art, I decided it was time to make it.

Why did you choose to pursue that mission on mobile and with desktop plugins?

Sblended produces beautiful visuals on its own, but there is a multiplicative effect whenever you have a set of tools working in concert with each other and compounding on the individual capabilities of the other. With the Creative SDK and Adobe add-ons, Adobe has provided a great platform and ecosystem on which to build upon and complement each other’s strengths.

Could you give a brief overview of the mobile integration of the Creative SDK in Sblended?

The Sblended mobile app leverages the Creative SDK in a couple ways at the moment. First, thanks to the Send To Desktop API, mobile users can seamlessly transfer their work over to the desktop and incorporate it into their Adobe Illustrator CC or Adobe Photoshop CC projects. This really streamlines the workflow and is a key component of our mobile version. The first time I got it working, I was so blown away. It still feels like magic whenever I use it. The second way that our mobile app uses the Creative SDK is by employing the Color UI Component for picking colors. This allows our users to incorporate all of the the fantastic color schemes that the community has curated.

Could you give a brief overview of the Sblended plugin integration?

The Sblended add-on runs inside of Photoshop as a responsive panel that lets users create or load up their favorite Sblended effects. Then, whenever the add-on is active, users can apply those effects by drawing out a gradient just as they normally would with the Gradient Tool. A lot of things are happening under the hood to make that all work (picking up on events from the Gradient Tool, managing the History and so forth), but the end result is a really smooth experience that makes it feel like a built-in tool.

Why did you choose to work on mobile and plugins instead of one or the other?

I think the two complement each other pretty well. From an implementation standpoint, our mobile offering and add-on share a large amount of code, so we only incur a small amount of additional development and maintenance costs from doing both rather than one or the other.  The sheer reach of mobile and its inherent sharing potential make it a compelling target for us.  Meanwhile, for the professional artists and designers that are already using Photoshop on a daily basis, the add-on puts the power of Sblended right at their fingertips.

As creative workflows and processes improve and expand, where do you see Sblended fitting in?

I think of Sblended as the next-generation gradient tool. Building it into design programs like Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC makes a lot of sense and I hope to start working with software vendors on that front. In the end, it’s about unleashing people’s creativity and removing the barriers that stand between what they’ve envisioned and what they can produce with the tools available. I think Sblended goes a long way on that front and will become an integral part of the creative process moving forward.


Partner Spotlight: Glitché

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General

We’re excited to showcase another one of our partner apps this week, Glitché.


Glitché is a fun, modern app that lets you give life to your photography by distorting or destroying it in cool, new ways. It’s an app used by countless people to give their photos a visionary and artistic vibe with Glitché’s filters and tools. The newest version of Glitché also has a powerful video editor and live camera filters that let you distort reality on any video you take.

Adobe Creative SDK Integration


Glitché users can now connect to top-notch Adobe creative tools in seconds with the Creative SDK integration! With the Creative Cloud Files API, users have the ability to take a photo, distress it with the filter of their choice and then save it to their Adobe Creative Cloud account to work on it later. Or they can send it straight to Photoshop on their desktop with the Send to Desktop API. With the new integration, Glitché’s user can continue working on their creation and turn it into a masterpiece.

By being connected to the Creative Cloud, Glitché users have a vast number of options to enhance and finish their works of art, allowing them to explore their creativity to the furthest extent.

Try the Save to Creative Cloud API or Send to Desktop API!

Creative SDK Release: Web SDK out of beta, iOS 10, Android N

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General


Our latest release for the Creative SDK is available now for iOS, Android and Web! We’re incredibly excited to be taking our web Creative SDK out of beta and have a number of fantastic features and updates on both iOS and Android.

IMPORTANT: Switch from Client IDs to API Keys
Starting November 2nd, Client IDs and Client Secrets will be replaced by API Keys and API Secrets. This means that you will need to register a new Integration to get your credentials before updating to the latest version of the Creative SDK. Client IDs generated before November 2nd will continue to work with old versions of the Creative SDK (up to iOS v0.14 and Android v0.9) until Sept 3rd, 2017.


With this release, we’re officially taking our web Creative SDK out of beta and opening it up to all of our partners. We’ve offered the Image Editor UI Component, our most popular tool, from the beginning. Now, our web partners can give their users a deeper connection with Creative Cloud with our expanded suite of tools in the web Creative SDK, such as the Asset Browser and the Creative Cloud Files, Libraries and Photos APIs. We’ve already had some fantastic beta partners, such as Bluescape and Animoto, use the Web SDK to enhance and streamline their users’ workflows.
The web SDK is the next step in our goal to build one, connected Creative Cloud platform for developers to drive seamless creative experiences for customers wherever they go, across devices, platforms and applications.

See our Getting Started guide to learn more about SDK Initialization and other basic setup requirements for using the Creative SDK.

Asset Browser UI Component
With the Asset Browser UI component, your users will see a familiar interface for the Creative Cloud that lets them view and select their Creative Cloud Files, Lightroom Photos, as well as their mobile creations from Photoshop Sketch and Photoshop Mix.

Creative Cloud Files, Libraries and Photos API

In addition to the Asset Browser UI Component, which provides a rich Creative Cloud UI for your users, the Creative SDK also provides headless APIs for connecting with specific aspects of Creative Cloud, such as Files, Libraries and Photos.

User Auth API
Our User Auth API allows you to easily asking for permission to access your users Creative Cloud content with a familiar Adobe ID login screen.

See our Getting Started guide to learn more about the User Auth UI guide , and other basic setup requirements for using the Creative SDK.


Support for iOS 10 + Bug Fixes
We now support iOS 9 and 10! In addition, we’ve fixed a bug with syncing in the Typekit UI Component and Core Data crashes in the Foundation component.


Android N (API 24)
The Creative SDK now supports Android N (API 24). This is now the maximum API level supported.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or tweet at us.

Why You Should Use the Send to Desktop API

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General

Working between mobile and desktop can be difficult for creatives. Having to save or email files to yourself or your team can be cumbersome and time consuming. We understand that — and we have a solution.

Adobe Creative Cloud powers the world’s best creative apps, giving users the ability to turn their brightest ideas into their best work across mobile and desktop devices. Creative workflows involve multiple apps and platforms, which can enrich and complicate the creative process. With the seamless multi-app and cross platform workflows enabled by the Creative SDK, we’re removing the complexity and empowering creatives to do their best work anywhere.

With the Send to Desktop API for iOS and Android, you can allow your users to tap into the power of the entire Creative Cloud ecosystem. We have the tools you need to create powerful, connected creative workflows with just a few lines of code.

Seamless, Creative Workflows


Bazaart saw that their users’ creative workflows weren’t solely on mobile and integrated the Send to Desktop API to give their users the ability to seamlessly move between devices and apps. Now, Bazaart users can begin their creations in Bazaart and finish with Photoshop CC, InDesign CC and Illustrator CC, so that they never lose a moment of inspiration.

Customizable, Easy Integration

Paper by 53 and Bazaart were both able to easily integrate and customize the Send to Desktop API. Paper by 53 used the API to add functionality to their native share sheet.



Bazaart used the Send to Desktop API to support an existing, custom export flow with multiple file types.



The Send to Desktop API is flexible and powerful, so you can choose exactly how to integrate it into your app, defining which file types, export flows and desktop apps you want to support to give your users the best in-app experiences and empower them to create their best work.

Try it out now!

Free Content in the Image Editor

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General

The Image Editor is one of the most popular components in the Creative SDK — not just because of its simple, yet powerful, editing tools. It is unique in offering content packs with numerous Effects, Frames, Stickers, and Overlays to give users a fun and flexible way to edit their photos creatively.


We’re very excited to announce that, with this new version of the Creative SDK, we’re adding 16 of our most popular content packs to the Image Editor accessible for free to users with an Adobe ID across our partner ecosystem!

Over the past year, the top feature request from our users for both the Image Editor component of the Creative SDK and our showcase app, Photo Editor by Aviary, has been “more free content!” As we usually do with new features, we first tested this new offering within our own app, Photo Editor by Aviary, before adding it to the Creative SDK to ensure that we would be delivering an enhanced product to our partners and an amazing editing experience to their users.

The results were fantastic — by making this content free within the Aviary app, and enabling users to sync the content with their Creative Cloud accounts, the number of 5 star reviews doubled! Positive rankings and great reviews are two of the most powerful factors in Apple App Store and Google Play rankings. This is especially true for photography and creative apps.

Our Aviary users also used the app reviews to express their excitement over the new features . One user commented that “the amount of filters frames, and effects which are free and updated every week is amazing!” Another user was “absolutely in love” with the ability to link their favorite app to their Adobe Creative Cloud account and sync content.

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Now, with this brand new feature of the Image Editor, we’re confident that apps that integrate this component of the Creative SDK will see a major boost in positive reviews, engagement, retention and overall user satisfaction. We’ve carefully vetted the 16 free content packs to include the most popular and top performing items such as, Glow Pro, Grid Overlays, Typeset Stickers, and Delicato Frames.

Users without Adobe IDs can quickly create them within your app and immediately have access to the content. They can also take advantage of the other benefits of an Adobe ID such as a free trial of Adobe tools like Photoshop and Illustrator and the ability to sync their content to their Creative
Cloud accounts.

Going forward, free content will be a significant part of the Image Editor and we’re excited to continue bringing fun, engaging and high quality stickers, filters, frames and overlays to all types of mobile and web apps through the Creative SDK.

Introducing the Typekit UI Component

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General

We’re excited to introduce the Typekit UI component on iOS and Android in the latest release of the Creative SDK!


Content and creative assets are just as important to the creative process as the creative technology itself. One of the most important facets of creative design is typography, and Adobe has been committed to bringing designers the best in typography for years with Typekit.

Typekit has an enormous collection of top quality fonts from leading commercial type foundries in one, easy-to-use library for designers, allowing them to quickly browse, choose and incorporate fonts into their unique, beautiful designs with ease and simplicity.

Now, we’re bringing that amazing technology to our third party ecosystem for the first time.

With the Typekit UI component of the Creative SDK you can open up the world of fonts to your users, inspiring them to explore their creativity by adding brand new, high quality fonts to their work. With just a simple integration, you can give your users the ability to browse and sync fonts easily from Adobe Typekit — directly within your app.

Try out the Typekit UI component on iOS and Android!

Creative SDK Release: Typekit, Updates to the Image Editor and more!

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General

Our latest release for the Creative SDK is available now for iOS and Android! We have brand new components and fantastic features on both platforms.

Introducing the Typekit UI Component

Content and creative assets are just as important to the creative process as the creative technology itself. Adobe has an enormous foundry of quality fonts with Typekit, and now we’re bringing that resource to developers.

With the Typekit UI Component, on iOS and Android, you can open up the world of fonts to your users. You can give your users the ability to search, sync and download fonts easily from within your app.

Updates to the Image Editor

Content has been a huge part of the experience we offer through the Image Editor component. Stickers, frames, and effects all give users the ability to customize and personalize their creations within your app and with this release, users can access and/or sync all of the content offered with their Creative Cloud accounts by signing in with their Adobe IDs.

To learn more about this experience, check out our iOS documentation and Android documentation.


Adobe Labs

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve added exclusive new technology from Adobe Labs, our epicenter of creative technology research, into this release of the Android SDK!

You can experiment with our hottest new tech, such as Magic Perspective View, Magic Curve or Magic Path. With Magic Perspective View you can give your users the ability to manipulate and correct perspective in an image. Magic Curve and Magic Path allow you to provide your users with the leading technology in drawing so that they can easily generate curves and sketch professional looking drawings.

Updates to the Asset Browser

The Asset Browser now offers the ability to access Patterns, Read Only Folders and Read Only Libraries.

Updates to the Color UI Component

The Color UI Component is now supported on Android tablets! To learn more, please check out the documentation.


Updates to the Asset Browser

With this release, you now have the ability to customize the color of the Asset Browser to better match your app. This can be done with the new property tintColor, which allows the calling app to customize the tint color of the primary and user-actionable controls of the SDK.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or tweet at us.

The Journey from Aviary to the Creative SDK

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Swati Teerdhala
Category: General

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Today, we are happy to announce the complete transition of the Aviary SDK to Adobe’s Creative SDK. Moving forward, developers using the Aviary SDK will need to update their apps and integrate the Creative SDK instead.

It’s been over 1.5 years since we joined Adobe in September 2014, and we thought this milestone would be a good time to reflect on our journey to this point.

Aviary was born out of a mission to democratize creativity by making it easy for anyone to express themselves in seconds. For us, that meant enhancing the camera that everyone always carries in their pockets – their smartphones – and the apps that live in them.

We could have approached this mission in many different ways, but we saw a real market need for a photo editing SDK. We know that high quality, edited images are critical to many different industries, but the developers in those industries need to focus on their own products instead of building their own imaging technology and UIs. That need was so strong, that when we first built Aviary’s SDK at the end of 2011, of the 100 developers to whom we showed our prototype, 70 of them immediately signed up as partners… and more than 30 of them agreed to be part of our private beta launch.

That kind of instant product-market fit is rare for a startup to find and we consider ourselves lucky to have found a niche that enabled us to do what we love, working with other app developers and startups like ourselves to help people express themselves through images.

Developers loved it because it enabled them to focus more on what they were great at – making their apps amazing – while we focused on the imaging parts. The end result was a higher quality app that was easier and faster for the developer to build .

And our partners’ users LOVED it. Apps that had Aviary’s SDK integrated dominated the Photo & Video categories in the app stores on multiple platforms. Thousands of partners signed up – everyone from small indie 1-man shops like Pic Stitch & Halftone to public companies like Yahoo!, Walgreens and Twitter. More than 10 billion photos were edited in Aviary’s technology in our first year of launch alone.

In September 2014, we made the easy decision to join Adobe to lead their Creative SDK offering. Doing so meant we would have access to Adobe’s amazing treasure vault of creative technology to provide to developers… and we have refocused our mission around building an offering for developers that extends far beyond image editing.

Since the Aviary SDK was first released, developers using creative tools have come to expect an even greater number of creative tools in their applications. Fortunately, we have become well positioned since joining Adobe to provide new creative functionality we otherwise could not have done alone. For example, the Creative SDK makes it easier for everyone to access their Creative Cloud files in every app; to create and export rich Adobe file types like .PSD; to be part of a connected ecosystem of apps that share a unified workflow; and even provides access to Adobe technology beta initiatives like Adobe Labs.

Moving forward, Adobe will double down on making it easier to provide partners with creative tools, workflows and file compatibility for their users.

As we mark the complete transition from Aviary’s SDK to the Creative SDK we’re excited to move forward with a roadmap focused on new initiatives, knowing that the parts of our past roadmap dedicated to supporting our legacy code is now complete.

Avi Muchnick

Director of Products, Creative SDK & co-founder of Aviary