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Send To Desktop API

The Creative SDK provides a simple way for your mobile users to send their work from your app directly to Adobe desktop apps.

You can specify which application the shared data will open in. Three applications support this feature: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

In this guide, we will look at how you can connect your mobile application to the full power of Creative Cloud on the desktop using Send To Desktop.

By the end of the guide, we will have an Android app that lets a user log in to Creative Cloud, then:

  1. View an image in an ImageView
  2. Press a button to send the selected image to Photoshop on their desktop

Note: for Send To Desktop to work, your user must be logged into the same Creative Cloud account in your Android app and on the desktop.



You can find companion GitHub repos for the Creative SDK developer guides on the Creative SDK GitHub organization.

Be sure to follow all instructions in the readme.


This guide will assume that you have installed all software and completed all of the steps in the following guides:

  • Getting Started
  • User Auth UI



Add the following Creative SDK dependencies to your Module build.gradle file:

/* Add the CSDK framework dependencies (Make sure these version numbers are correct) */
compile 'com.adobe.creativesdk.foundation:auth:0.9.2006-5'
compile 'com.adobe.creativesdk.foundation:assetux:0.9.2006-5'

Setting up the UI

Since Send To Desktop is a headless API, you can set up your UI any way you like.

For this example, we will keep things extremely simple with two UI elements:

  • A "Send to Photoshop" button
  • An ImageView

In your content_main.xml layout file, add the following Button and ImageView:

    android:layout_centerHorizontal="true" />

    android:adjustViewBounds="true" />

Then in MainActivity.java, add variables for the Button and ImageView and assign their values in the onCreate() method.

See the code under comments #1-4 below (Note: you will need to assign a valid Uri to mSelectedImageUri for this example to work):

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    private AdobeUXAuthManager mUXAuthManager = AdobeUXAuthManager.getSharedAuthManager();
    private AdobeAuthSessionHelper mAuthSessionHelper;

    /* 1) Create the member variables */
    private Button mSendToDesktopButton;
    private ImageView mSelectedImageView;
    private Uri mSelectedImageUri;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(R.id.toolbar);

        mAuthSessionHelper = new AdobeAuthSessionHelper(mStatusCallback);

        /* 2) Assign values to the member variables */
        mSendToDesktopButton = (Button) findViewById(R.id.sendToDesktopButton);
        mSelectedImageView = (ImageView) findViewById(R.id.selectedImageView);
        mSelectedImageUri = Uri.parse("<YOUR_URI_STRING>");

		/* 3) Set the ImageView Uri */

    // ...

Your app will look something like this:

We will use this basic setup to send the image from the Android device to Photoshop on the desktop.

Making a sendToDesktop() helper method

We will use the AdobeSendToDesktopApplication.sendToDesktop() method to send our image to the desktop.

The AdobeSendToDesktopApplication.sendToDesktop() method supports sending the following asset types:

  • Uri
  • AdobeAssetFile
  • Bitmap
  • InputStream

In this case, we have an android.net.Uri, so we will pass that as an argument to our own sendToDesktop() method that we are creating here (see comments #1-3 below):

private void sendToDesktop() throws IOException {

    /* 1) Specify the Adobe desktop app to send to */
    AdobeCreativeCloudApplication creativeCloudApplication = AdobeCreativeCloudApplication.AdobePhotoshopCreativeCloud;

    /* 2) Make a callback to handle success and error */
    final IAdobeSendToDesktopCallBack sendToDesktopCallBack = new IAdobeSendToDesktopCallBack() {
        public void onSuccess() {
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "Opening in Photoshop on your desktop!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

        public void onError(AdobeSendToDesktopException e) {
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "Failed!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();


    /* 3) Send the image to the desktop! */
    AdobeSendToDesktopApplication.sendToDesktop(mSendToPhotoshopUri, "image/jpeg", creativeCloudApplication, sendToDesktopCallBack);

Now, go to your Activity's onCreate() method and add a View.OnClickListener to the button:

View.OnClickListener sendToDesktopButtonListener = new View.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View v) {
        try {
        } catch (IOException e) {

If your user is logged in to the same Creative Cloud account on the desktop, Photoshop will open with the image that we sent from the device:

See the Best Practices section below for how to improve the Send To Desktop experience.

Best Practices

Adding a ProgressBar

Since Send To Desktop is sending the image over a wireless network, it can take some time before IAdobeSendToDesktopCallBack.onSuccess() or onError() is called. For this reason, it is recommendable to make good use of an Android ProgressBar to let your user know that the application is working.

You can read more about Android's ProgressBar in the Android documentation.

Troubleshooting and Known Issues

Articles about common issues are at help.creativesdk.com, along with a place to submit tickets for bugs, feature requests, and general feedback.

Class Reference

In this guide, we used the classes in the list below. Explore the documentation for more class methods and details.

  • AdobeSendToDesktopApplication
  • AdobeCreativeCloudApplication
  • IAdobeSendToDesktopCallBack
  • AdobeSendToDesktopException