GET READY! A new Adobe Exchange is coming!


Adobe Exchange

A new Adobe Exchange is coming, here's what you need to know!

Oct 24, 2017 09:40 PDT

Adobe Exchange for Creative Cloud Update (10/6/2017)

While excitement is building around the launch of the new Adobe Exchange marketplace, we are getting feedback that developers need more time to update their products for CC compatibility and prepare higher resolution images and videos to take advantage of the improved listing format.  

In the following weeks, after our apps have been updated and we have received sufficient feedback from our partner community, we will announce the new Exchange release dates. In the meantime, we encourage you to:

  • Update your integrations for new CC version compatibility
  • Continue to submit updates and new integrations on Add-ons


Adobe is excited to announce the launch of our forthcoming new and improved app marketplace, Adobe Exchange, which will replace Adobe Add-ons.

As a unified destination that brings third party integrations with Creative Cloud, Document Cloud & Experience Cloud, under a single umbrella, Adobe Exchange will make it easier for your customers to discover and acquire third party apps that expand and enhance what they can achieve on Adobe’s Clouds.

Migrating to Adobe Exchange

Step 1 – Prepare new preview images, videos, and host app compatibility to comply with the new listing specifications.

Note – Your current Adobe Add-on listings will automatically migrate over to the new site with all current assets and listing information, but display on the new site will not be optimal.

Use this Photoshop template to create images that comply with the new size requirements, and remember you can now add video to promote your app!

Step 2 – Update your product for Adobe CC product and version compatibility, and make any other changes.
Step 3 – Login to the Exchange Partner Portal once available, date to be announced shortly, and update your listing.

What’s New

The new website improvements include enhanced listings with video support, SEO optimization, alternate install options, a brand new design, and more to help you get your apps discovered and streamline the experience for customers, but this is just the start. We have many more features and releases on our next generation platform planned and will share details shortly.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the minimum version the new Adobe Exchange will support?
A. Creative Cloud (CC), released in 2013 or later. Creative Suite 6 (CS6) or earlier is not supported.

Q. Will I be able to update my CS6-only app listing to add CC compatibility?
A. Yes. We will migrate all products created on the Adobe Exchange Producer Portal to the new Adobe Exchange Partner Portal. If you have a CC version of your CS6 product you can submit a patch and larger previews. Following review by the Adobe Exchange team, the updated product will be released on the new Exchange following testing and approval.

Q. I have a product that is compatible with both Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Cloud versions. Can it be listed on the new Adobe Exchange?
A. Yes. The new Exchange will show that it is compatible with Creative Cloud (CC). You can also note that it is compatible with Creative Suite in the description section if you wish. NO.. ref..

Q. How do I list my updated or CC compatible app?
A. Partners who port their CS6 apps to support CC should create new listings to ensure inclusion in the Adobe Exchange launch. Higher quality content within your listing will yield better results and discoverability. Application listings with the highest quality content will be featured prominently. Details of the new procedure will be sent in an email closer to access being made available.

Q. When is the new Exchange available?
A. We will notify partners via updates to this page and email when we have final dates for availability. We are in discussion with various partners on when they will likely ne ready with new app compatibility as well as higher resolution images and video in order to make the experience for users of Exchange the best possible. We would encourage you to submit new listings or updates in that week before launch but anything submitted after this date will be accepted as well. We encourage you to get ready with the new image preview capabilities by downloading the Photoshop template.

Q. Can I privately share apps via Adobe Exchange?
A. No, this capability will not be available at launch but is due in the first half of 2018. There are two main use cases for private sharing;

1.         Multi user deployment of your own extensions – We are updating the online CC Packager that will enable Administrators for Creative Cloud for Teams and Enterprise to package apps and now extensions or just extensions from the Adobe Admin Console. Please note that since all zxp files from Adobe Exchange are encrypted partners will need to provide an unencrypted version of their app to the IT Deployment admin in order to enable deployment. Any zxp files from Exchange will expect a user entitlement and this is not currently supported in this method of deployment. This method of deployment is therefore not linked to, nor part of Adobe Exchange but will be useful to Adobe CC for Teams and Enterprise customers looking to package and deploy apps and/or extensions to their named users. This functionality is due for release shortly.

2.         Beta testing – The capability to offer an early version of an extension to a group of users is due for release on the new Adobe Exchange in the first quarter of 2018. Existing privately shared extensions will still be supported, but you will be unable to change the access rights after these privately shared extensions are migrated to the new Exchange in October. This functionality will return next year. If you wish to privately beta test extensions with a group of users we recommend using CC Storage and sharing the zxp file with named users. These users can install the zxp file with a third party zxp installer utility such as Anastasiy’s Extension Manager.

Q. I have an exisiting privately shared product on Exchange
A. This will continue to work for users that have accepted their email invitation to the shared product, however no changes to users can be made, specifically you will not be able to add or remove users in the group to which you shared the product until the private sharing feature is fully enabled in 2018.

Q. What are the differences between the current marketplace (Adobe Add-ons/Exchange) and the new Adobe Exchange?
A. The new Adobe Exchange will bring a number of improvements compared with Adobe Add-ons:

All clouds – Previously there were different marketplaces for Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud. With the new Adobe Exchange, there will be one site, making it easier for users and partners to create and view listings across Adobe’s growing product portfolio.
More promotion – Up to 10 slots to provide videos or larger previews. Featured images are now the same size and aspect ratio as the preview images (1280 × 720px). Icons will look sharper and more detailed with a new size of 512 × 512px. SEO – the site is search engine optimized, so it can be found by Search Engines like Google and Microsoft Bing, generating more traffic and usage than before.
Install Another Way – If the main CreativeSync installation method fails, Adobe Exchange will present an alternative Download option, letting you download the zxp and use a third party zxp install utility for the installation.
Sales messaging to Adobe staff – provide key sales information and contact details, only visible to Adobe Staff (including Adobe Sales Executives) to help them sell and be aware of your solutions.
More to come – We have many more features coming, including plans for replying to reviews, CC connected mobile and web app listings and much more!

So what’s missing? Not much! We will not have the private sharing capability available at launch, which is designed for privately sharing extensions or beta testing to a small number of users, but we will have a new way to deploy extensions using the CC Packager within the Adobe Admin Console coming October 12th. Private testing will be available on the new Exchange in 2018.

Thank you!
The Adobe Exchange Team