For years now a number of well known Flash designers with a knowledge of coding have been using Flash to create programmatic artwork. Joshua Davis' trick of converting Flash vector art into post-script has allowed designers to import Flash art into Illustrator, with certain limitations. Now Dr. Woohoo shows how it has been taken to the next level by creating SWFs that communicate with Photoshop and Illustrator.
Dr. Woohoo's work has got the attention of Adobe and he is now working with them on CS4 and quickly showed some examples in an early beta of Photoshop CS4. Bernd Paradies is apparently the person inside Adobe responsible pushing integration between CS products and SWFs even further with the upcoming CS4.
However, there's a lot that can be done currently with Photoshop CS3 and Dr. Woohoo demonstrated an amazingly cool example where an AIR application sends commands to ExtendScript which controls Photoshop CS3. Examples where shown from basic examples of simply opening documents, to programmatically adding images and strokes. The good doctor demoed how to paint randomly on the Photoshop animation timeline (I, as well as many of the crowd didn't even realize that Photoshop now has an animation timeline) which were eventually output to video.
Then Dr. Woohoo wooed the crowd with one of his more recent video pieces created with AIR and Photoshop and it was just astounding.
Here is a link to an example of Dr. Woohoo’s video work that I was able to find online. It wasn’t the piece that was shown, but gives you an idea what he’s producing with AIR and Photoshop.