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Adobe Rechristens Developer Network

Web developers looking for the latest Illustrator brush or PhotoShop text effect will need to use a different address, as Adobe Systems announced the re-branding of its developer network Web site Friday.

The site, formerly called Adobe Xchange, will now be called Adobe Studio Exchange. After acquiring a plug-in community site called Action XChange, Adobe re-launched the site in late February as a free resource for developers to share and find plug-ins, actions and extensions for Adobe's suite of Web production tools, including Illustrator, PhotoShop, GoLive and InDesign.

Adobe Studio Exchange boasts over 180,000 users, with more than 5,200 exchange files available, in addition to hosting a forum with about 1,000 developers troubleshooting and discussing the relative merits of pallet selections. It is part of Adobe Studio, the company's developer-targeted site that also features tutorials on Adobe products and a portfolio section for designers to show off their work.

Adobe Studio was introduced last September as a key part of Adobe's network publishing push, giving creative professionals the tools they need for interactive design. The network is free, but features Adobe DesignTeam, a subscription-based collaboration tool rolled out in October 2001 for designers to work with each other, clients, and others involved in a project.