iTunes have opened a new way to sell software. Small revenues, but frequent revenues…
A smarter way to share developments.
For instance, Adobe didn't seem to be interested by such a market place. But times are changing… After launching their Creative Cloud, Adobe is at the point to launch a market place dedicated to promote plugins and extensions developed for Creative Suite users.
Centralize Creative Suite extensions in a single repositoryThere is a lot of extensions already available for Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. But the hardest part is to find them. There's no library of extensions on the web. Currently, you have to browse the web to locate the right extension matching the problem you're facing.
With Adobe Exchange Producer Portal, all extensions will be centralized in a single repository. There will be organized by topics, and rated by users. It will be a great improvement to help end-users locate the extension they're looking for.
Ease extension browsing thanks to dedicated panelTo help end-users browse extensions without leaving their Adobe CS app, a dedicated panel will be provided freely. A smart way to browse, find and buy extension at the right moment… when you need it !
An opportunity for developpersMany developpers are currently offering their own plugins, scripts and extensions for Adobe CS. But it's really hard for them to monetize their works. As hard to sell as it's hard for customers to find them…
Thanks to this marketplace, developpers will have the capability to create smart and tiny extensions they could sell for a few dollars. A nice way to monetize their work and help them reach new customers, for tailor-made jobs why not.
I think that it will also help to create a dynamic ecosystem around the Creative Suite, with small but smart apps that will extend CS capabilities, focused on end-users problems.