Creative Developers Summit

14 June, 2019

The Creative Developers Summit is the premier annual event for anyone who creates or implements custom software solutions for creative professionals. The Summit is the place to meet, share, and learn about our industry’s tools, resources, and direction.

This Dev Summit Is For You

You know the Creative Developers Summit is for you if:

  • you write software to extend the functionality and/or automate tasks or workflow by creating scripts, extensions, plug-ins, add-ons, or custom applications;
  • you are responsible for ensuring that technical things are working properly, so that creative minds don’t have to worry about them;
  • you deal with software updates, OS compatibility, and Creative Cloud teams;
  • you’re charged with making sure that the file server keeps running and has sufficient disk space, the network pings, the pages get paginated, and the scripts do not crash.

The Creative Developers Summit offers something for all levels of experience and all specialities. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginning scripter, a C++ developer, or a seasoned IT manager!

At the Creative Developers Summit you’ll find solutions for problems you encounter every day, and you’ll learn about current and future technologies.

Why spend hours scouring search engines for solutions, when you can attend The Creative Developers Summit?

You’ll get face-to-face with Adobe technical, developer and marketing teams to get the inside scoop on Adobe’s roadmaps and future plans (NDA is required), as well as the opportunity to share and solicit feedback from the creative development community.

Come away with time-saving know-how and a brand-new support network of knowledgeable peers!

Read what Kris Coppieters from Rorohiko has to say about why developers should attend the Creative Developers Summit.


The Creative Developers Summit is an NDA session and therefore not available as an online event through the Virtual Pass.

About Us

While The Creative Developers Summit is sponsored and developed in collaboration with Adobe, it is an independent event, run by, and for, developers, DevOps and IT professionals who build and support extensions that integrate with Adobe Creative Cloud.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • 9:00–4:00 pm: Workshop: “A Guide to Building CEP Extensions.”
    Note: This workshop is not covered by a pass for the Friday Creative Developer Summit. To attend this tutorial, you must purchase a Thursday pass to CreativeProWeek and register ahead of time with Kris Coppieters. Breakfast and lunch is provided. For more information about this workshop, see this post on
  • 6:00–7:30 pm: Drinks happy hour, hosted by Adobe, at the hotel lobby bar.
  • 7:30–9:00 pm: Creative Wow! Come see and/or share software demos from around the world. Do you have a software challenge that you’ve been working on in your spare time? Or some feature, tool, or service that you’ve developed that is just so cool you have to share it? Come show it at the CreativeWow! reception, Thursday night. The rules are simple: You have 5 minutes to fire up and demo your stuff in front of an audience of your peers.

Sign up to meet 1:1 with Adobe Staff

Thursday, from 10am–12pm and 2pm–4:30pm, in Adams or Baker (Mezzanine level)
Gain insights and help shape the transition to UXP

1:1 session with Adobe Product Manager Prerna Vij
CEP Developers! Are you wondering about the transition to UXP? Help us make sure UXP has all the features needed for your panel, plugin, or integration. (Don’t worry, CEP is not going away anytime soon.)  Prerna Vij is here to make sure we have a solid transition plan for whenever UXP is ready for you! Tell her about your CEP extension(s) and workflows. You can help us shape the future of the platform.Sign up here.

Adobe I/O Developer Console. Improve the developer experience

1:1 session with Adobe UX Designer Shannon Rhodes
Have you ever created an integration using Adobe APIs or SDKs or an XD Plugin? Do you struggle navigating the Adobe I/O Console? Shannon Rhodes is here to help! She is redesigning the console to be more beneficial to developers and wants to learn what works and what doesn’t in the new designs. Get help navigating the console and help with some user testing.Sign up here.

Photoshop Unleashed!

1:1 session with Adobe Sr. Computer Scientists John Tran and Noah Hoffman
Want tounleash the power of Photoshop untethered from the desktop?Adobe is working on APIs to automate image processing at scale and optimize PSD workflows like never before with server-based Photoshop features.Help John and Noah shape the future of Photoshop as a Service. Sign up here.

Friday, June 14, 2019

  • 7:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:00 am: Welcome, from Ash Arnwine and Chuck Weger
  • 9:15 am – 12:00 pm: Adobe-led content, including:
    • State of the developer experience, Ash Arnwine, Erin Finnegan
    • UXP in 2019, Kerri Shotts
    • CEP, ExtendScript, and ESTK in 2019, Prerna Vij
    • Updates and Roadmaps:
      • Photoshop & UXP, Barkin Aygun
      • Illustrator, TBA
      • InDesign, TBA
      • Automation Services, Mike Zahorick
      • Modern Scripting for Post-Production and Media, John Colombo
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch (provided)
    • Roundtable Discussion on Protected APIs, Sandboxing, and Plugin Distribution with Ari Fuchs and Prerna Vij
  • 1:00pm—4:30pm: Adobe and community-lead content, including:
    • Connecting with users: Publishing, Marketplace, Partnerships, and GTM support
    • Adobe AMA (Ask me anything Q&A)
    • Community discussion
    • Hello, XD Plugin! A “hands-on” API lab

Some of the extraordinary events that will take place during The Developers Summit are:

  • Adobe Ask Me Anything Session: What do you want to say to Adobe? What does Adobe want to say to you? Here’s a rare opportunity to sit down with Adobe engineers, management, and developer support, ask questions, and find a path to partnerships.
  • Where is Adobe Headed Now? You can’t code if you don’t know what Adobe is planning on doing tomorrow. Learn about the future of CEP and ExtendScript, what’s coming for UXP, and more.


Here are a few of the amazing speakers who are presenting at this year’s Creative Developer Summit:

Ash Ryan Arnwine
Lead Technical Evangelist, Creative Cloud Platform and Ecosystem, Adobe

Barkin Aygun
Senior Computer Scientist, Photoshop Engineering, Adobe

Chuck Weger
CTO, Barebones Living

Erin Finnegan
Community Engineer, Creative Cloud, Adobe

Jim Birkenseer
Vice-president, Owner, Premedia

John Colombo
Software Quality Engineer, DVA Engineering, Adobe

Kerri Shotts
Developer Advocate, Adobe

Kris Coppieters

Mike Zahorik
Senior Manager of Partner Strategy and Programs, Adobe

Minson Chen
Sr. Manager, Platform & Partner Marketing, Adobe

Prerna Vij
Technical Product Manager, Adobe

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