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Distributing a Premiere Pro Plugin


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We're developing a creative cloud plugin targeting Premiere Pro. As we get closer to finishing our product, questions are starting to arise on distribution and we are very confused on who to talk to or how to distribute the react app we're building. Does anyone have any advice on how to set this up?

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Hi @tim-sneed 


You should consider these pointers  while going forward

**1. Getting Started: To distribute your plugin, you'll need an Adobe Developer account. If you don't have one yet, you can sign up for it. This account will be your hub for plugin development and distribution.

**2. Understand the Landscape: Adobe has a lot of useful documentation that's like a map to this whole process. It might seem a bit overwhelming, but diving into these guides will help you understand how plugins work, what's required, and what best practices to follow.

**3. Developing Your Plugin: So, you've got your React app – awesome! To make it work within Premiere Pro, you'll need to integrate it into what Adobe calls a Creative Cloud plugin. Think of it like creating a comfy space for your React app to live within Premiere Pro.

**4. Testing, Testing: Before you start sharing your plugin with the world, you need to make sure it's rock-solid. Test it extensively in Premiere Pro to catch any bugs or glitches. You want your users to have a smooth experience.

**5. Where to Share Your Creation:

  • Adobe Exchange: This is like the official marketplace for Creative Cloud plugins. It's where you can showcase your plugin to a wide audience. People can discover, install, and manage plugins seamlessly.
  • Private Sharing: If your plugin is intended for a specific group – maybe within your organization – you can directly share the plugin package with them.

**6. Packaging It Up:

  • For Adobe Exchange: Follow Adobe's instructions for packaging your plugin. This typically means putting all the necessary stuff (like files, manifest info, etc.) into a neat ZIP file.
  • For Private Sharing: Make sure you've got everything your users need to install the plugin. This might mean creating an installer or just handing over the plugin package.

**7. User-Friendly Instructions: People need to know how to use your plugin. Create user-friendly instructions that explain how to install, use, and troubleshoot your masterpiece.

**8. Be There for Your Users: Be ready to help your users if they run into any snags. This is all part of the user experience. Also, plan to update your plugin regularly with improvements and fixes.

**9. Read the Fine Print: It's not the most exciting part, but make sure you're in line with Adobe's terms and conditions for distributing plugins.

**10. Spread the Word: If you're using Adobe Exchange, consider doing some promotion. Share what makes your plugin awesome, interact with the community, and make some noise!

Remember, you're not alone in this journey. If anything feels confusing or if you get stuck at any step, don't hesitate to reach out to Adobe's developer support. They're there to help you navigate this path and make your plugin a success!


Thanks and congratulations