Photoshop CC 2014: Are custom panels supported in created by Configurator V4?

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Configurator 4 Panel Export not working with Photoshop CC (2014) and need Java Development kit to be able to export a package. How can i create a panel for Photoshop CC(2014). I have read and followed the documentation supplied.

I can export, but when I go to Photoshop, Windows, Extensions there is nothing there. I created a very simple panel, just trying to get the basics in place.

The PS is such a crock of a human interface. A panel may help with usability and a more efficient workflow. [I can do this using drag and drop on most other decent software packages.
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I am told by Adobe support that I need the java development kit (I am on Windows 8.1).

Where can I get the appropriate kit (and why is it not delivered with Configurator 4 in the first place).
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Official Response
Flash based panels are no longer supported in CC 2014 onward:

https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotc...

See this topic and add your vote:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Thanks for the prompt reply and a specific answer to my query.

but ............. Why Why Why

1. Why.
Why does Configurator 4 on Adobe Labs not have a big red label which states “Will not work on Photoshop CC 2014”.

Anyone reading the first paragraph on Adobe labs will assume it will work with all versions of Photoshop CC. I wasted a full day (total frustration) trying to get this to work.

2. Why.
Why does Adobe technical Support not know that Configurator 4 does NOT work with Photoshop CC (2014).
Please check my transcripts of my chats. I even suggested to the technical staff that I thought the issue was specific to Photoshop CC (2014), but in both chats I was not advised that Configurator 4 was incompatible with PS CC 2014. I lost another hour with this.

3. Why.
Why does an App with the worst user interface in the world not have a built in native tool to allow users drag and drop tools, menu items and actions to a custom panel. (I am not interested in flash v html debates). This should be native to the app.

While some tools are available via a click button, 75% of the tools are hidden behind other tools, requiring knowledge of the hidden tools and extra clicks to use. Most commands are buried deep inside multi-layer menus. These can be accessed thru a combination of complex keyboard short cuts. This is a real crock when I need to keep a stylus in one hand and use my other hand to enter the complex shortcuts. Creative Suite users deserve a decent user interface. I could list a range of small, medium and large products which have had this capability for the last 20 years.

Conclusion.

In my experience, Adobe and a good end user experience are mutually exclusive concepts.
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1 & 2. Good questions. It's likely because the team that created Configurator hasn't been actively developing it in a while and have moved on to other projects. Support should know. There are multiple help topics on the move to from Flash to HTML. I will follow up on both.

3. I disagree that Photoshop has "the worst interface in the world" but agree that it would be nice to have the ability to customize more parts of the interface.

Have you used "Button Mode" in the actions panel?
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Item 3 worst UI in the world. It's not as bad as GIMP, but it is really bad!
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Regarding Photoshop usability. Just a few thoughts.

1. It is common knowledge that for most beginners, Photoshop is very difficult to learn (and for many .... just too difficult). This is a barrier to Adobe subscription and licence sales.
2. Please measure * Julieanne Kost’s postings (blog posts and video clips) re Creative Suite products. You will find a massive percentage of the time or screen space is spent describing keyboard shortcuts for Mac and Windows. Is this not a symptom of a bigger, more fundamental issue.
3. Please survey the top applications deployed on Windows or Mac. How many provide a user driven (non technical solution) to manage menus, panels and buttons. Basic stuff.
4. When Microsoft entered the Word processing market Word perfect was king. During the early releases of Word, Microsoft invested in serious usability labs to see what people actually needed. The usability of Word over the clunky control character based Word Perfect drove Microsoft Word into market leadership. You can correlate Word perfect control characters to Adobe over use of keyboard short cuts.
5. There is a massive migration of users from legacy products (such as point and shoot, dslrs, hi-fi, dumb thermostats, etc. ) to devices and systems with smart user friendly devices (think smart phones, Nest thermostats, etc). Companies who ignored this trend lost out massively. Just remember the dominance of Blackberry in the enterprise phone market.
6. I suspect that the majority of people deciding on Photoshop and Creative Suite strategy have grown up with a product which evolved as they did.
7. People use Photoshop in lots of different ways. It makes sense to allow people group their own common tools, commands, actions on a user friendly custom panel.
These are my immediate thoughts. If I put a small qualified team together to brain storm this I would produce a more substantial and better crafted set of bullet points.

Thanks for your tip on Action Panel button mode. I can see how I can take advantage of this. Its usability could be increased substantially by allowing me to turn on or off actions at the top level (similar to the way I can include, for example, commands). A further advance would allow me create multiple Action panels and I could decide what goes into each panel. Maybe that is possible already.

I understand the need to move from Flash, disappointed that users are left high and dry until a replacement was found.

Final point. I see how configurator could be used to build a custom panel, but this is already too complicated for most users. Look at how Microsoft make it a user level experience.

Ps 1. * I have the height of respect for Julieanne Kost and the contribution she makes to the Adobe community.
Ps 2. I live in Dublin, Ireland, so my replies me be time zone delayed.
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Apologies. The following sentence was lost from the beginning of the previous post (my mistake with cut and paste).

"Following your prompt and focused response to my query, I subsequently read the complete set of postings on the links provided.

I am impressed with the manner in which you have contributed to various discussions."
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So, is there a replacement product for Adobe Configurator which will allow for easy creation of custom panels?