Adobe Intros Edge HTML 5 Editing, Interactive Tool

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Adobe announced the immediate availability of an early public beta of Edge, its new HTML 5 editing app for designing Flash-free interactive and animated elements for Web sites. The beta is still in its early stages, so it isn’t feature complete yet, and Adobe plans to use feedback from customers in the development process.

Edge, according to Adobe, works with HTML content and adds animations, motion and interactive elements with HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript. It includes a video editor-like timeline tool for controlling animations, and it supports JPG, PNG, SVG and GIF images.

Adobe EdgeAdobe Edge is available as a public beta

Adobe sees Edge as a tool designers can use along with its Create Suite applications such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver, although direct import support isn’t available yet. Adobe does, however, have plans to add import support as development continues.

Edge-created content is viewable on any HTML 5-aware browser, such as Safari, Firefox and Chrome, and works on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, HP’s WebOS, and Android-based smartphones.

The beta requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

The Edge public beta is available as a free download at the Adobe Labs Web site. The final version is expected to ship some time in 2012.

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Comments

FlipFriddle

Well, this outta help snuff out Flash once and for all. Even Adobe seems to be trying to kill it off. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
I’ll be downloading this and giving it a whirl.

geoduck

Adobe Edge Tool
An admission that they know
Which way the wind blows

Andre Beriault

Long overdue. Its time to move on every one!
There is also an ApplApp called HYPE for the same purpose, but it is still quite bugged as yet. Fun to use. I will surely download the Edge app.
Cheers to all

Lee Dronick

Adobe Edge Tool
An admission that they know
Which way the wind blows

Good one!

I may take a look at Edge, or I may just wait. It was long night with little sleep and I need another cup of coffee.

Jamie

Bosco? Daemon? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?

John Dingler, artist

Devin Fernandez, product manager of Adobe’s Web Pro group, and presumably charged with managing and developing the HTML5 tool refused to credit Steve Jobs for spurring Adobe to move in this correct direction.

However, using such tools, and much less knowing HTML, JavaScript, & CSS, is becoming less and less necessary for normal makers of websites considering the increasing usefulness and popularity of online website services like Weebly which allows the mere mortal to develop the site based on easy-to-use modules. Plop one in and click to upload content. Easy.

I predict that Dreamweaver and the Adobe tool will be regarded as geeky as DOS, with the old Mac OS likened to online tools.

I am moving two of my customers toward online web development; I can’t help to conclude that the days of Dreamweaver, straight coding, and even this Adobe tool are diminishing in importance.

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