ExtendScript – Use Flash in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

7. July 2008 3 Kommentare

While doing some general research on which technologies are good to use if you’re doing generative artwork I stumbled upon ExtendScript. It is an extended implementation of JavaScript which can be used to control and automate the major Adobe Creative Suite Applications beeing Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Since CS3 Flash can be used to build the GUI for using ExtendScript in these Applications.

Just to start here is a great tutorial how you can get this up and running using Flex, but it’s generally the same using just plain Actionscript in combination with ExternalInterface. Developing Flash Windows for Photoshop Using Flex

Oh and here you can find the Documentation for ExtendScript:


So why am I so amazed about this possibility? Even though by now I’ve just read the docs and didn’t try it myself I see a great possibility here:

AS Drawing API->PS output?

What if you could just script using normal, native Flash Actionscript Drawing API but send the output to Photoshop or Illustrator?

See the benefits and possibilities:

One major thing I’m not too sure about yet is performance. So there is need for further research. If I missed some Infos about this please let me know.

Otherwise check back soon as I will publish any result here soon.

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3 Kommentare zu “ExtendScript – Use Flash in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

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  2. hi there, i am facing a project and because of that i’m searching for 3 days allready that kind of solution.

    i deeply in love in automated deep detailed art work and possiblities that are treasured in that ability, you think it is will be possible soon? somehow, it sounds very reasonable for it to be existing.
    i’ll keep on searching.

  3. Hi Yonatan!

    I’m not totally sure what you’re actually looking for, but you might find something interesting at Dr. Woohoos Blog:

    If not give me some more information on what you are looking for.

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