Plans for CS5, Illustrator & inDesign support in PixelNovel Timeline

Published May 21st, 2010 by Natalia

We are getting many emails where you’re asking about our plans for other Adobe products as well as for the CS5 support. So here you go!

Adobe released CS5. Does Timeline work well with Photoshop CS5?

Yes and no.
Yes, it does work on Windows. No, it does not work on Mac.
(And it’s not because we prefer Windows over Mac, of course not!)

It’s because Adobe has rewritten Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Mac, and some API are now broken.
But the good thing is CS5 has a new extension library that is much easier to use than the old one.

So we have decided not to tweak the current Timeline Mac version for CS5 but to concentrate on the new Flex-based version instead.

The new Flex-version of Timeline will be better integrated into the Photoshop UI and will include a repository browser, also written in Flex.

The Beta version should be ready in about 2 months. If you’re interested in testing - drop us a line at and we’ll send it to you when it’s ready, hot from the oven.

What about other Adobe products?

We understand that there is a demand for the Timeline plug-in not only for Photoshop, but also Illustrator, inDesign, etc.

At the moment each plug-in requires a separate implementation. However by choosing the Flex technology we make it easier to port the plug-in to other Adobe products, which means the following…

When the next version of the Timeline plug-in comes, it will work with all most popular Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign).

Great, huh? If you have any questions, comments or, maybe, ideas you want to share - we are here and we listen.

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31 Responses to “Plans for CS5, Illustrator & inDesign support in PixelNovel Timeline”

  1. pixelslut says:

    “When the next version of the Timeline plug-in comes, it will work with all most popular Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign).”

    Thats AWESOME to hear. What about Fireworks though? I know it originated at MAcromedia so i expect there are some key differences in the infrastructure for the app - do you know if the flex plugin will work within Fireworks?

  2. Frank says:

    Hey guys - would love to get my hands on the Flex Beta… we recently upgraded to Photoshop CS5 and started to run our own SVN repository on our beloved XSERVE - so this would be a great environment to help and feedback on your next product phase?!

    Many thanks - Frank

  3. Anatoly says:

    Fireworks doesn’t have the same plug-in architecture as PS, ID and AI. We will try to support it, but this will only be later on, when we have PS, AI an ID covered.

  4. Anatoly says:

    Thanks Frank,
    I will make sure to contact you when the beta is ready.


  5. Suleiman says:

    Any update on this as I keep coming back to the site and still see no update.

    Many thanks

  6. Anatoly says:

    Hi Suleiman,

    The beta should be released in 2-3 weeks time. I will make sure to notify you by email when it’s available.

    Sorry it takes so long,

  7. Søren Grønning says:

    Hi Anatoly

    It sounds great with the beta of Timeline being available within a couple of weeks from now - could you be so kind as to let me now of the availability of the beta release, as well as telling me if the new version will also work on CS4?

    Best regards,

    Søren Grønning

  8. Anatoly says:

    Hi Søren,

    I’ll make sure to notify you when the next version is available.

    Regarding CS4 support - unfortunately the new version of Timeline will only work with CS5. There are technical reasons for it. We will however maintain the current version of Timeline for Photoshop for CS3-CS4.


  9. pixelslut says:


    Completely understandable. I expected as much seeing as how FW is the odd man out, so to speak. I still plan on purchasing the CS5 version anyhow even w/o FW support. I’d also love to be notified Beta when it’s ready.

    Also is there going to be an upgrade license with reduced pricing, or just the full version?

  10. Suleiman says:

    @Anatoly - Superb, I look forward to the update. Also will there be an upgrade charge or is it a free upgrade?

    Thanks :)

  11. Anatoly says:

    I will maek sure to contact you when the update is available. The update will be free for the current users of Timeline.

  12. Anatoly says:

    Suleiman, the upgrade will be free for the current users of Timeline.

  13. Ivan says:

    Guys, any update on the cs5 version?

  14. Oolive says:

    any progress with flex-version of timeline ? any release date? key features list? something… ?

  15. Anatoly says:

    Yes, we have started to send out the link to the beta version of Timeline for CS5 to everyone who emailed us regarding the new version. If you would like to be our beta tester, please email us at

  16. E.T.Cook says:

    I emailed you a couple of times, but never received a response. I’d love to have a version here that works with CS5 - how is the beta testing coming along?

  17. Anatoly says:

    I sent you the link to the beta - please check your email. Thanks for your interest, Anatoly

  18. Orielwen says:

    This all sounds very interesting – I’m currently investigating the possibility of version control for our publishing workflows. I’m wondering whether it would be useful for us, but InDesign files seem to benefit from being ’saved as’ a new copy occasionally. If we did this (using the same file name), would all the version history still be retained?

  19. Anatoly says:

    Yes, if you save a file as “Save is” but use the same name, SVN will retain all the version history.
    Just out of curiosity, what is the benefit of saving a file as “save is”? Does InDesign compact the file?


  20. Rhiannon says:

    It cleans up the file structure and removes information for deleted pages, text frames, and links, thus reducing file bloat – sometimes hugely. (Another trick for doing this is to export as IDML and then saving the resultant IDML file as INDD again.) I think this information is kept for InDesign’s autorecovery system, but it can make files unstable.

    I was wondering if SVN would need that information kept?

  21. Anatoly says:

    SVN doesn’t care about the file contents, it just treats all files in the same way, so it wouldn’t need the internal information from ID.

  22. Brett says:

    Anymore word on when this might be available?

  23. Anatoly says:

    I’ve emailed you the link to the beta version. Official release should be within a month from now

  24. hi anatoly,
    this tool looks great to me, if it works as expected in indesign too. would you let us take part in beta-testing?
    best, etienne

  25. Brenno says:

    Can I get the link for the beta test as well? I’m starting my final project for my MFA in User Experience Design and am required to try different version control systems. The problem is that I only work on Mac and I already purchased CS5.
    Thanks in advance.

  26. Anatoly says:

    Hi Etienne,
    I’ve emailed you the link

  27. Anatoly says:

    Brenno, I’ve emailed you the link

  28. I am really excited about this. I am always playing around with my designs and having a visual version control system would be great to have. I would love to try out the BETA version for CS5 on the Mac.
    Thanks for the great work!

  29. Joerg says:

    Anatoly, great to hear about native support for CS5. Could you send me the link to the beta a well? I’m right now trying to set up a subversion server for our customers and supporting CS5 would be a killer feature.

  30. Anatoly says:

    Ok, just did!

  31. Siobhan says:


    Is beta testing for Mac still going? I’d definitely be interested in testing if it is. I’m just getting into version control, and Timeline seems to be an efficient way to manage the graphics side of my web development.

    Cheers :-)

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