Photoshop: Provide an HTML5 alternative to Configurator for CC 2014 and onwards

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Now that Flash is gone from the most current version of Photoshop some users who used Configurator Panels to streamline their work processes seem to be surprised by this development or having problems with re-creating their former Flash Panels as html5 Panels with Eclipse.

There is no denying that
• the move had been announced,
• Configurator was a free goody and
• one should be able to emulate most of the Flash Panels’ functionality with Eclipse.
But as far as I’m concerned Configurator’s ease of use is sorely missing so far.

So it would seem to be much welcome if an application akin to Configurator for html5 Panel creation were developed and released for those users whose Photoshop customization needs go beyond Actions, Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus but who are lacking in html5 savvy.

Regards,
Pfaffenbichler
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André Hünseler

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Agreed. I understand why Adobe moved on from Flash to HTML5 panels, but I don't understand why so many Configurator users are left in the rain. In my humble opinion, Configurator was a great solution for users who are not that code savvy but smart enough to build a few buttons that run JSX scripts etc... Why not have a Configurator 5.0 that can load all our old panels and export them as HTML5 panels? On Adobe Exchange I see heaps of Flash panels that were done with Configurator that will most likely just become obsolete otherwise... :'(
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»Why not have a Configurator 5.0 that can load all our old panels and export them as HTML5 panels?«
I certainly can’t judge how complex such an application would have to be (and consequently how much resources it would take to develop) but it would seem the most convenient solution for most Configurator users, me included.
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Configurator for me is not a luxury, its essential. If Adobe had given it more publicity (I found it on Adobe Labs purely by chance) its passing would be causing far more outrage than it is now. If they were to produce an Html version and promote it, I know it would be incredibly popular.
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Yes. Please provide a Configurator alternative. Until there is one I will not be using CC 2014.
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Nekosumi

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I strongly agree. I love to use Configurator and I'd like to use it in the future, too. I can't go back to a life without Configurator.

I guess many people feels the same, and for most of them, Extention Builder is too difficult. Photoshop users are not programmers, but they still needs their own personalized panels.
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Thank you all for the feedback.

Please also hit the »+1« button if you haven’t already, a large number would probably help anybody at Adobe who agrees argue the case when it comes to allocating resources.
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xavier Reboud

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Yes we build our workflow on configurator and we really need it to work every day.

another post about the subject here for those at adobe that doubt that configurator is usefull

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/12988...
this topic has allready more than 3500 views!!!
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Matthew O Brien

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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).

A custom panel 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.
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Matthew, I would be interested to know what apps have this feature to drag and drop tools. It sounds very interesting, and if we can list some examples for Adobe to look at, maybe we can get some changes. I agree with you about commands being buried. I was just talking to someone about this in regard to Microsoft products, and how their UI's are getting worse with each upgrade. There was a demo at Adobe Max at the Sneak Peeks by Zorana Gee regarding an HTML overlay for PS, so it looks like Adobe is looking at this issue, and now is the time put put our two cents down as to what we would really like and give concrete examples.
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If you go back 20 years, Microsoft had this feature as standard. It got lost a little bit with the Ribbon, which I dislike still, but would dearly love to have the ability to configure my own ribbon (and tabs) within the whole Creative suite, even similar to the current Microsoft Office suite version.

I also remember configuring panels for various versions of AutoCAD. I do not have a current licence for Autocad so cannot easily check current versions.

I use a small program called Xplorer2, which allows me customise the toolbar.

I have rebuilt my Windows machine recently and have really only installed Microsoft and Adobe apps. I will try to recall other apps and post here.
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Sharon Dayman

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Corel Painter has had this feature for many years. You open a panel and drag whatever brushes, tools you want into the panel.
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Nice examples, thanks! Keep the coming and any other features you'd like to see, as Adobe does look at these forums for input.
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Matthew O Brien

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Various TurboCad programs provide the options to create tool panels, custom menus, etc and have done so for years and years.