- Elena Santos |
Adobe Exchange beta is the closest to paradise Adobe software junkies can find. It's a free online exchange service that enables you to download hundreds of plug-ins, extensions, code bits and other time-saving tools for the most important Adobe applications, including big shots such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, Flash or Illustrator.
You can search the website using Adobe product filters or check their top lists, including the newest items and also the most downloaded and highest rated ones. Each plug-in is presented in a dedicated page with extended information about its functionality and other technical data like license, language and platform compatibility, among other details. What's more, you can check other users' comments about the plug-in, something that may help you make up your mind when trying to choose between a few of them.
The website requires a free user account in order to download anything, which you can sign up for on the spot. Be aware that not all available plug-ins are freeware – some of them are published under a commercial license. However you can find gorgeous effects for free, like this awesome Photoshop action I downloaded while testing the website and with which I produced the accompanying picture in just a few seconds.