Adobe readies Web dev push

The Adobe Edge set of design and animation tools embraces HTML5 to address the modern Web

By , InfoWorld |  Software, Adobe, HTML 5

Giving another nod to HTML5 and Web applications, Adobe on Monday will offer a set of design tools intended to enable development of cutting-edge Web pages.

The tools are from the Adobe Edge family, with Adobe in some instances moving existing, pre-released technologies to a general availability stage. Adobe says the tools address the graphically rich "modern Web" and foundational technologies, including HTML5, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JavaScript. The company has embraced HTML5 even though it has been viewed as a competitor to the company's proprietary Flash rich Internet plug-in. "[The announcement] is related to HTML5 meaning that all these tools and services that we're talking about work with HTML5 as one of the modern technologies of the Web," said Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of product management in Adobe's Digital Media business.

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The tool set includes Edge Inspect 1.0, a tool for previewing and debugging Web content on mobile devices, tablets, and smartphones, and Edge Animate 1.0, a motion and interaction design tool for animated content. Formerly known as Adobe Edge Preview, Edge Animate is a full-fledged version of an HTML5 animation application that had been in Adobe Labs for the past 13 months. 

Also, PhoneGap Build 1.0 is being offered as a service for packaging mobile applications built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Edge Code, a code editor based on the Brackets open source project, will be available in a preview mode, as will Edge Reflow, a Web design tool that leverages CSS. Adobe characterizes Reflow's availability as a "sneak peak" preview. The company will make its previously available Edge Web Fonts, featuring a free library of open source fonts, and TypeKit, providing commercial fonts, part of Edge Tools & Services. The company on Monday also will introduce CSS Filter Lab, an online experiment for developers to experiment with custom filers, or effects, that can be used in the Google Chrome Canary browser.

Tools will be offered as part of the Edge Tools & Services collection via the Adobe Creative Cloud online tools service.


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