Adobe unveils Edge Tools & Services for Web creation

By Jackie Dove, Macworld |  Software, Adobe

At the same time, Winokur notes, Adobe is seeing developers moving closer to designers. "A category of front-end developers are focused on being sensitive to design and understanding what a designer is trying to accomplish," he said. These two groups work together more collaboratively than in the past.

Commercial releases

The new flagship tool is Edge Animate 1.0, the first commercial release of the HTML5 animation software package formerly called Edge Preview, introduced last year on Adobe labs. It specializes in creating Flash-style, content-rich interactivity and motion graphics using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

Edge Inspect 1.0, formerly called Adobe Shadow, lets you preview Web designs on various desktop and mobile sites simultaneously. Designed to aid productivity, Edge Inspect eases the process of testing and debugging designs across devices.

The commercial release of the PhoneGap Build 1.0 service helps designers package mobile apps built with HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS for use on a range of mobile platforms.

Tools in depth

Edge Reflow, a tool that assists in creating responsive layout and design, offers a way to repurpose content to accommodate desktops, Web, tablets, and mobile phones. It lets you change a design's layout depending on the screen size such that the designer maintains control over the layout without having to recreate it multiple times. This software is being demoed as a sneak peek, but is not yet available. Reflow will have its preview release by the end of the year, Adobe says.

Edge Code, available as a preview, is a new code editor that developers can use to write the underlying code for their applications. Built on the Brackets open source project, it is optimized for designers and developers working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

For the publishing phase of development, Adobe has introduced the free Edge Web Fonts service offering a library of open source fonts for use on websites and in apps. The existing Typekit service provides options for developers to include an array of high-quality fonts on their websites. Typekit's library of fonts includes open source Web fonts from Adobe and Google and other designers.


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