Unified eXtensibility Platform (UXP)

What is UXP?

UXP provides modern JavaScript, a curated selection of UI components, and a more streamlined workflow for plugin developers.

With UXP, we can develop:

  • Direct Actions - headless plugins that interface with Photoshop, the host OS, and the network, free of any UI.
  • Modal Dialogs - plugins that implement one or more modal dialogs. Good for simple user interfaces that don't need to persist.
  • Panels - full-featured panels that look like any other panel in Photoshop. UXP panels can contain as complex a UI as you wish to develop. They can be resized, docked, opened and closed just like native Photoshop panels. And with appropriate CSS constructs, your UXP panels can be theme-aware and change as the user switches UI themes in Photoshop.

UXP will gradually be moved to other Adobe applications in Creative Cloud and will be an alternative to the current CEP/ExtendScript environment and C++ plug-ins. However, there are no plans in place at Adobe currently to replace these environments and tools.

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