Adobe CC Plugin Accelerator breeding ground for plugin developers

Adobe CC Plugin Accelerator breeding ground for plugin developers

Adobe has launched the Adobe Creative Cloud Plugin Accelerator. Individuals and teams who wish to build plugins for Adobe XD will have access to Adobes product, design and engineering team at the San Jose headquarters for three months.

The Plugin Accelerator is intended to target people who are in a phase rather than a founder. People who may not yet be ready to start their own business, says Khoi Vinh, Design Principal at Adobe. This is one of the reasons why the participants each receive $20,000 in expenses.

Participants owner plugin

Adobe stresses that the company does not participate in the projects. The plugin created by the participants is 100 percent owned by them. It is not yet known how many individuals or teams will be accepted in the Plugin Accelerator. Apart from the fact that this is the first time that Adobe has done such a thing, the company wouldn’t want to stick to a specific number of participants. According to Vinh, some teams have a clear vision of what they want to build. This group would like to have only one-on-one advice from Adobes engineering or product teams. Others would look for an environment focused on cooperation to brainstorm. They would then like to develop the idea themselves.

Adobe only opened up Adobe XD a year ago to integrate with other tools, such as UserTesting and Airtable. The company hopes that teams of one to three people will be able to build great plugins for Adobe XD through the project. This should ultimately make the platform more attractive to users. It would be the same users that parties like Figma and InVision would focus on, where Invision itself also has its own Design Forward Fund. The fund was established in 2017 and accounts for 5 million dollars, according to Tech Crunch.

Fund for Design

Adobes Creative Cloud Plugin Accelerator project is supported by Adobes Fund for Design. The venture fund was established in May 2018 and has a value of 10 million dollars. According to Tech Crunch, the underlying idea is to open up Adobe’s traditionally closed ecosystem more. Something Vinh more or less confirms.

We take a more flexible approach by working with external parties in house, at the head office. It is really a different way of thinking, than the Adobe of five or ten years ago. We embrace the energy of the community, according to the CEO.

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This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.