Photoshop CC 2015: Export As does not support Actions and does not react to them

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There is no way to record an action so that I can automate Export As dialogue box. What I want to do is to record an action which will save one image in three formats via the Export As dialogue box and the action should remember the settings i input for each dimension. Previously Save for Web did this, but now you are calling it legacy so i expect Export As to be accessible same way via actions as Save for Web was. Thank you.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New File Exporter & Actions.

The direction Photoshop CC 2015 is going with the new file exporter is awesome, but please, let us record actions with it in the action panel.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP CC 2015 - new ExportAs feature does not work in actions.

I tried making an action and using the NEW "EXPORT" and selected "EXPORT AS" and it left it out of the action.

So now I'm back using legacy
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP CC 2015 - New Quick Export feature can't be made an action..

New Quick Export feature can't be made an action...

If you record the quick export feature and stop it, nothing happens and no action is added to the set.

Have to use the legacy Save for Web, which works just like it used to.
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I'm able to add the Export As... dialog as an action using "Insert menu item...", but there's a couple glicthes.

1.) the action step itself has the label "Select menu item"

2.) when the action is run, this action step seems to perform asynchronously. For example, AFTER I run the Export As... action, I'd like it to close the document I was working on. However, it appears the Export As dialog doesn't stop the action from progressing, so the document closes AS the dialog is opening and it tries to export the next open document. I tried adding an Insert Stop action step, but that seems to break the dialog as well.
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I upgraded my licence to CC and removed Illustrator from my daily work flow since the new Photoshop CC 2015 can (finally) export .SVG files. The problem is that Photoshop can not record "Export As..." in actions, and I have thousands of files to batch export...

I have tried the proposed steps 1) and 2), and I am not able to record the "Export As..." dialog. I have also tried the "Quick Export as SVG" method, but that dialog can not be recorded into actions...

Adobe, oh mighty pixel overlords, please add support for this feature. Thanks =]
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Adobe please ad the capability to use the export panel as part of an action. I'm begging you!
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I am using Fireworks to do the job instead:
Fireworks > File > Batch Process...
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Thanks for the reply Willy, I am well aware that Fireworks (and Illustrator) can batch export .svg images, but I wish to save on application licence costs and solely use PhotoshopCC. It can export svg files, just not in batch actions (... just yet)!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Updated export won't record in action.

Export will not record in actions, when using "export as"...
Also, while it's working I'm unable to do other things on my mac, as Photoshop always lays itself on top of other windows.
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I'd like to add my plea to have this functionality included. I have 50 odd photos that I need to save at two sizes each...
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until they fix this, i'd suggest using image processor pro:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ps-sc...
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Is this for real? You can't put Export As in an action?

Who in the world approved this broken tool?
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I believe Quick Export issues within Actions is due to attempt to change focus to open an external Explorer Window. This shows up as a problem if you put another step after the Quick Export in your Action; you don't get your export and the Quick Export is now broken until you restart Photoshop.

Please remove the OPEN EXPLORER WINDOW 'feature' and this may fix the Quick Export issues within Actions.
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I came across this bug / failure when 'Export As' was first introduced. I thought it was an oversight but they've released various updates to Photoshop since, and the functionality still isn't there :-(  

I really want to dump the old 'Save for Web' workflow but until I can script 'Export As' actions I'm stuck with the old, clunky option for any automated or batched work. C'mon Adobe, exporting optimised assets at different sizes is bread and butter for thousands of users... SORT IT OUT!
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Just wanted to add my two cents to this. We are now coming up to a year since this was raised

It is essential to more complex workflows that you can save web friendly images. I rely heavily on BATCH export methods to run through large volumes of images and the fact that CC isn't able to do this properly is a massive main. I am stuck instead on having to run the legacy save for web several times to produce different image sizes which eats up time
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I quite honestly cannot believe this functionality is missing. I am a relatively novice user that hasn't owned Photoshop that long. I have just spent 20 minutes trying to find out how to do this because I quite simply could not bring myself to believe that. Photoshop doesn't do it. It's so basic I was 100% certain I was doing something wrong.

Seriously?

I need to be able to batch save images in three different sizes. That's the kind of thing Photoshop was built for. Come on?
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Image Processor and Image Processor Pro both support Actions as part of their batch export process: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/processing-batch-files.html#VideoUsingtheImageProcessortobat...
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Thanks Jeffrey, appreciate the tip. However, +1 from me too for action-based processing inside Photoshop, as part of a more involved multi-step post-processing workflow.

I'm wanting to do something like this during a batch: run a 3rd party plugin, change colour space / profile, resize, sharpen, add metadata, and then save a couple of different file formats or sizes to different output folders.

Also, the Export dialogue allows me to save JPEGs wider than 8192px, which Save for Web doesn't. What is frustrating is that Save for Web has been deprecated and we're encouraged to use Export instead... but it has reduced functionality.
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"I'm wanting to do something like this during a batch: run a 3rd party plugin, change colour space / profile, resize, sharpen, add metadata, and then save a couple of different file formats or sizes to different output folders."

you can do exactly that using Image Processor Pro.
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This is a bit of a joke. So... I've just had to look up and find Image Processor Pro... downloaded it from Sourceforge and then looked again for install instructions. To do that I've then had to go to Creative Cloud, install Extension Manager CC.

Except when I try to install ImageProcessorPro-3_2b5.zxp it tells me 'This extension can not be installed, it requires Photoshop version 12 or greater.' So this is not a terribly easy or enjoyable process of discovery so far. 

Anyway now I'm wondering why I'm being encouraged to install a 3rd party script via an opaque and clunky multi-step process; all to try and gain some of the functionality and efficiency that Export seemed at first glance to promise several versions back.

Hey, if I'd bought a boxed copy of CC I wouldn't be as frustrated... but when I rent software and am always being told about exciting new and improved features to make my life easier... and I know Adobe's profits have soared since CC was launched... it sticks in my craw that they coded a core feature so it (a) doesn't support Actions and (b) 
the "Export As" dialog does not correctly support OS X's standard Accessibility features (so VoiceOver and other accessibility functions don't work there either) which means it doesn't work with 3rd party OS enhancements.

That kinda sucks...
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Totally agree. I've already posted about this issue, but those suggesting that we use Image Processor or Image Processor Pro are missing the point.

I was really excited by the new 'Export as...' function because it addressed the fact that web designers/developers now need to save the same photo at different sizes and resolutions, so that they work well on different screens and devices.

But in doing so they left out the ability to process more than one image with those size parameters – which is exactly what web designers need as they are often creating a number of images. (That ability was there in the previous version...)

What's worse is that the parameters are lost when you move on to the next image. So that even if you do this manually you have to input the sizes and resolutions that you need for every new image that you need to save...

As far as I can see, Image Processor only allows you save one size/resolution at a time, so it doesn't provide the same functionality as the new 'Export as...' function.

And when I try to install Image Processor Pro, as Joby above, I get the error 'This extension can not be installed, it requires Photoshop version 12 or greater.' Which is version CS5... And I obviously have CC2015...

At least Adobe are 'investigating supporting actions... in the future', but it hugely frustrating. Since the move to CC it seems like Adobe are just chucking stuff out randomly, but without really thinking about it, and chucking out stuff that is half-baked.
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Hey there,

 

i think my problem is similar to yours. I am trying to run a photo resizing action for a batch. It includes Save for web (which seems to be called as "Export as" in the new CC). I would like to be able to set the destination folder in the Automate batch window, because it is different for each of my batches. I understand, that i have to choose the destination folder than tick the box Override action "save as" commands. But it doesn't want to change the folder, it simply saves the photos in the folder that is specified in the action. So the Override doesn't seem to work in the case of Save for web.  I wonder if this is the same bug in photoshop or I'm doing something wrong?

Thank you in advance.
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Try using Image Processor Pro.
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Has anyone from Adobe admitted this is simply a bug? It's clearly a bug/ accidental omission.

The last Save for Web dialog supports actions, so its replacement obviously should. Probably just overlooked this in development of the new feature.

3rd party solutions like Image Processor may make for an effective band-aid, but clearly shouldn't be relied upon for so simple a task in the long term. I don't believe it's terribly constructive to our goals of getting this feature re-implemented in photoshop to support 3rd party band-aids either.
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Image Processor is built into Ps itself, but the Pro version is a separate download since it's considered a non-necessary extension (i assume). 
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It was an intentional omission by the team that developed the Export As feature. They're investigating supporting actions with Export As in the future. I've marked the topic as "In Progress."
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This is STILL a very real issue! 3 years later! That it was an intentional omission, but with no explanation as to why such an obviously useful feature would be intentionally omitted is difficult to hear from someone who has used Adobe's products for 15 years and needs to be as productive as possible. In my case the smaller file size and amazing quality of 8 bit pngs in "Export As" is SO much superior to the "Save for Web" 8 bit pngs. It was an amazing, game changing development and I'd love to hear the reasons why we can't use it when batching files. Anything! Such as: It was really difficult to get that to work in actions, and we didn't want to spend any more time on it because hardly anyone uses it, or whatever the reason is. Better than letting this much time go by without any word on this important topic. This feature alone in my particular case would save me several hours a month. I'd appreciate an update on the "progress" that has been made in the 2 years since this post.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Export > Export As and Javascript scripting.

Hello,
I would like to use the new Export As workflows in a Javascript script but I don't find the javascript objects that I could use.

I would like to script the following actions:
- click on export > export As
- select PNG format
- select "Transparency"
- select "Smaller File (8 bit)
- set image size
- set canvas size
- select "no metadata"
- finally validate with "export all"

I prefer to use "Export as" over "save For Web" because it generates much smaller images and it allows me to set the canvas size which I cannot do with "Save for Web". "Export As" is also much faster than "Save for Web"

I've read the Photoshop CC 2015 Scripting Reference but didn't see anything about it.

The only export types for the exportDocument method seem to be ILLUSTRATORPATHS and SAVEFORWEB.

Do you know how I can achieve that ?

Thank you 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Make "Export As" Work with Actions.

It would be very helpful to be able to use the "Export As" feature in actions, similar to how you can use the "Save For Web (Legacy)" feature in actions.

I often create an action to Save For Web (Legacy) with specific export settings (size, quality, etc.), and then I run an Automate > Batch with that action on a large folder of images that I need to process with specific settings.  I would really like to utilize the new "Export As" feature with it's multiple size export features, but because it doesn't work with actions, I rarely have the opportunity to use it in my daily workflow.  
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Any updates on this one Adobe? 
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Lewis Toohey

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Any updates on this? It's a completely essential feature. Updates go by and still nothing on this at all.
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This is just plain silly not to have this feature anymore - why not? When is it coming back? This is a very common workflow requirement!
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This is why you're losing out to newcomers like Sketch and others. Why would you remove this feature? So infuriating
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I think a lot of the confusion and anger around this comes from the fact that 'Export As' was advertised as the replacement to "Save for Web" which was named to "Save for Web (Legacy)".

In doing so, Adobe implied that "Save for Web" would not be supported moving forward and we end users are trying to figure out how and when to make the switch over. It would be nice to have a single solution, but "Export As" is lacking some core functionality that was relied upon for workflows and asset pipelines.

I appreciate that changes take time and look forward to the next release in the hopes that this and other feature requests will be addressed.
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@Max Johnson is spot on. The issue here is that "Export As" was pitched as the replacement for "Save for Web". 

The use case for "Save for Web" is pretty clear - you are generating a one-off file that then goes somewhere else (i.e. online etc).

"Export As" on the face of it is a much more powerful alternative and that is why people who routinely used "Save for Web" in actions/batch workflows were super excited to see it come in. (It is 2017 -- we should be able to export a standard/retina/svg/'whatever else we want' image in one go - right?)

The frustration in this thread is that (a) you guys didn't even consider this use case in putting together the replacement for Save for Web (b) there has been no acknowledgement that this is an issue for people or that something is in the pipeline to fix it ... 
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Totally agree with @Max Johnson and @Tom Hole.

The 'Export As' feature is great as far as it goes, but there is a real need for using actions to batch process. Adobe are basically giving us a choice of saving a single image at different sizes and resolutions (essential for responsive web design) in 'Export As'; or saving multiple images at a single size using 'Save for web'...

Neither of which address the need that we have to save multiple images in different sizes and resolutions.

And we've been asking for a year or more...
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Agree wholeheartedly with both Max and Tom above. Furthermore, by not facilitating 'Export As' in actions, there's an implicit devaluing of the importance and power of automation and batching in a key new(er) feature of Photoshop. Power users want power features. And feature parity.

I pay a monthly subscription for a 'professional' product, and I'm used to relying on processes and features which aid repetitive, iterative creation and output. I've always thought that's what marks PS out from the competition.

If batch functionality is siloed to an older, slower and less efficient process (Save for web, versus Export As) that sends a message that professional needs are less important than new but unrefined features... and that valuable customer feedback is not being taken onboard.

We've had several major (version) and many minor (point) updates since 'Export As' was introduced and there's no sign action functionality has even been considered. And as Max indicates, the suffixing of Save for Web with (Legacy) suggests that's not the prefered route, and could even be mothballed in a future release.

@Jeffery Tranberry What can we do to make the system work for us... and for Adobe to hear the experience of real-world customers? Is there a mechanism in place to actively petition for product improvements which the users on this thread could use to better make the case for this feature? I'm sure most of us would happily state our case in more detail if we thought it would add weight to the demand to implement action support for 'Export As'. Thanks.
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This is the best place to add me toos, and comments. This is a top issue and I've been after the Export As team to try and get this in.
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This feature is still desperately needed.
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I have to open my old CS5.1 to convert a bunch of PSDs to PNGs because CC can't do it? That is seriously the most bizarre regression I've ever seen in a $600/year piece of software. 
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I'm not following you. What's missing from CC that you have in CS 5.1?
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I have a bunch of PSDs I want to convert to PNG files.

In CC, I can't record "Export" in an action, and all my attempts to record a "Save as" action failed: Photoshop CC seems to take the file name I used for "Save as" in the recording literally, and saves all the PSDs in the folder... overwriting that one target file thirty times. I've tried 30 minutes now but can't get CC to perform the simple job of converting a bunch of files to another format. (If there's a way, I'd appreciate the information for the next time this comes up.)

In CS5.1, I created a new action, recorded an "Optimize for web" action, and ran it. I was done in 3 minutes.
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I use Image Processor Pro for that sort of thing. Works every time. 
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Jeffrey Tranberry - that's an odd comment in this thread, the whole point of this thread is the lack of parity in CC's new (at the time) Export As feature.  If you'll note, it's 2 years old and we're all still having the same issue(s).  No offense, but you might want to brush up on the products you manage.
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@pekka "In CS5.1, I created a new action, recorded an "Optimize for web" action, and ran it. I was done in 3 minutes." Save for Web is still in Photoshop CC (File > Export > Save For Web...) and it should work the same as it did in past releases such as CS5.

@Johnny_n See above. ^ He's referring to Save for Web in CS5 and conflating it with Export As, which wasn't introduced until CC 2015.