install .jsx script in Photoshop 2022 (23.3.2)

Explorer ,
May 15, 2022 May 15, 2022

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What is the correct way to install scripts in Photoshop 2022? I have a couple of .jsx scripts that I'd like use from File > Scripts > ... without having to Browse... for them.

 

In earlier versions on a Mac, you evidently installed them by copying them here (this path is for 2022, obviously):

 

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop 2022/Presets

 

However, in 2022, the Presets folder contains only empty directories. Even Actions is empty, even though I installed a number of them using Load Actions... in the Actions panel in Ps. In 2022, there is no Presets/Scripts/ directory, and even if I make one and put the scripts there, Ps doesn't find them. 

 

The directory /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 2022/Presets/Scripts exists. If I copy the scripts there and restart Ps, it finds them. However, that directory is write-protected. I have to override the protections to install them there, not something I would expect Adobe would want me to make me do.

 

What is the right way to install them?

 

Thanks,


Rob

 

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Engaged , May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

My favorite way is to make an Action. No need to touch any local folders because I keep all my scripts on a server to share among users, even share between macOS and Windows. Watch this tutorial video. Method #3 is using an Action.

https://youtu.be/b_kCiXFTNGk

Or read about how it works here:

https://www.marspremedia.com/software/how-to-adobe-cc

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Community Expert ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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"Really need to" but what you'll find is that the big developers can do whatever they want. Using Browse and loading scripts via Actions is clunky and honestly a PITA.

 

And Adobe help doesn't prefer one method or another.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/scripting.html

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Engaged ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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I'd say a minor PITA. But yes, it is less favorable compared to InDesign. Why I suggest it ought to work that way. Getting "Big Developers" to do something is completely possible. Done in many times over the decades. But this is one area I wouldn't expect Adobe to change because ExtendScript will be phased out in favor of UXP. It will be a while still, but I woudn't expect them to give much attention to technology on its way out. Even today ExtendScript is mostly abandoned given it is really only ES "2.5" as I call it. Array still doesn't have indexOf method. Have to a poyfill that one, amoung other missing pieces of ES3. It will never be ES6. UXP gives us that.

 

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May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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@RobM_LosAltos wrote:
I searched helpx.adobe.com and couldn't find any Adobe instructions about
a supported method to install scripts in Ps 2022. 

 

Yes, as previously noted the official info is here, last updated for CS5 > and hasn't changed since, so I'm guessing that Adobe don't feel the need to keep updating the version number when nothing else changes:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/scripting.html

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May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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Stephen --

Yeah, the only current part about the helpx doc is to use File > Scripts >
Browse. It sounds as if Adobe has been winding down this flavor of script
support for a while.

Rob

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Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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@KukurykusI got around to trying out the alias/shortcut method, and it does work on macOS also. At first I didn't understand what you meant, then realized -- copy an alias (macOS) or shortcut (Windows) that links to a folder elsewhere (for me, on my server) into the the Photoshop/Presets/Scripts folder. Yes, that works. All scripts in the folder, and subfolders, are listed alphabetically in the File > Scripts menu. Nice. And no need to restart Photoshop when editing any of the scripts. Thank you for that tip.

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