August 01, 2011, 9:15 PM — While you shouldn't expect Adobe's Edge to replace its Flash standard anytime soon, it will act as a gateway for the company to start using HTML5.
To help guide you through what Adobe Edge will and won't do, we've put together a quick compilation of key facts about Adobe's newest HTML-based Web animation technology.
First: Adobe Edge will not "replace" Adobe Flash. Unlike Flash, which is the standard of choice for YouTube videos and Facebook games, Edge is designed to enable "simple animations" only, such as those used for advertisements. The significance here is that Adobe is incorporating HTML5, the standard that Apple has pushed as an alternative to Adobe Flash for Web-based video. Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad currently do not support Flash, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs has claimed that Flash crashes too often and puts too big a drain on mobile devices' power supplies to be an efficient standard for the mobile Web.
So the big news is that Adobe is dipping its toes in the HTML5 water; whether an HTML5 video standard eventually replaces Flash is still up in the air.
Second: Edge was designed with the mobile Web in mind. In another nod to Apple criticisms, Adobe says that Edge is "designed and tested to work reliably on the iOS and Android platforms, WebKit-enabled devices and popular desktop browsers." Since the mobile Web has become more of a staple for many users over the past few years, Adobe has decided it needs to cater to mobile Web users with an animation standard that works just as well as it does on the traditional desktop PC.