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Send To Desktop API

The Creative SDK provides a simple way for your mobile users to directly open assets on their desktop machines from the application itself. In this guide, we look at how this is done and how you can connect your mobile application to the full power of Creative Cloud on the desktop.

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



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

  • Getting Started
  • Framework Dependencies



AdobeSendToDesktopApplication enables you to send an asset to the desktop directly. Here is an example that takes a UIImage object, saves it as "SendToDesktopImage.jpg", and launches Photoshop on a user's desktop with the specified image.

[AdobeSendToDesktopApplication sendImage:img
                                         NSLog(@"opened in Photoshop");
                           }  onProgress: nil
                          onCancellation: nil
                                 onError:^(NSError *error) {
                                         NSLog(@"error: %@", error);

AdobeSendToDesktopApplication supports the following launch types:

  • sendAsset: - Launch with an Asset that already exists in the Creative Cloud.
  • sendData: - Launch with an NSData object.
  • sendImage: - Launch with a UIImage object.
  • sendLocalFile: - Launch with a file stored locally on the device.

You can read more about these options in the AdobeSendToDesktopApplication class reference.

Class Reference

  • AdobeSendToDesktopApplication