Preview of Adobe Edge HTML 5 creation tool now available for free

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Adobe on Monday released the first public preview of Adobe Edge, its new HTML5 Web motion and interaction design tool that offers animation similar to Flash, but built on standards like HTML, JavaScript and CSS.



While in public preview, Adobe Edge will be a no-charge download that web designers are encouraged to explore and provide feedback on, to help shape future preview releases. The software is available at labs.adobe.com.



First shown at Adobe MAX 2010, Adobe Edge is portrayed as ideal for designers who want an efficient way to leverage web standards like HTML to create web content with motion and transitions.



Adobe Edge is being designed as a fast and lightweight professional-grade tool that complements the company's existing Web tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 software.



"Over the last year Adobe has delivered on several significant HTML5 milestones including contributions to jQuery, submitting code to WebKit, and enhanced HTML5 output in Creative Suite 5.5," said Paul Gubbay, vice president of Design and Web Engineering at Adobe.



"Now, with Adobe Edge, we're taking our HTML5 tooling to a whole new level and look forward to getting some really useful feedback from the community over the next few months, as we refine the product."







The Adobe Edge preview works natively with HTML and enables users to add motion to existing HTML documents without hampering design integrity of CSS-based layouts. It also enables users to easily create visually rich content from scratch, using familiar drawing tools that produce HTML elements styled with CSS3.



Users can import standard web graphics assets such as SVG, PNG, JPG and GIF files and style them using CSS3. The design stage utilizes WebKit to enable design, preview and manipulation of content.



The timeline feature is both familiar for creative professionals and breaks new ground in animation productivity to enable users to define and customize motion applied to HTML elements with extreme precision.







Content created with Edge is designed to work on modern browsers including those on Android, BlackBerry Playbook, iOS , HP webOS and other smartphone mobile devices as well as Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer 9.



This Adobe Edge public preview is available today on Adobe Labs as a no-charge download for anyone wanting to explore adding motion and animation to their HTML workflow or HTML animation to their skill set. Creative professionals can access the public preview and provide their feedback at labs.adobe.com. The Adobe Edge preview is expected to be updated regularly as new functionality is added. Users can sign up for email notifications about updates at, Adobe's site.

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  • Reply 1 of 22
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Seems like 2011 is the year Adobe is taking HTML5/CSS3/JS seriously for the future of the web. I wonder where their technologies would be if Apple hadn't pointed out how inferior Flash was back in 2007.
  • Reply 2 of 22
    Blink!
  • Reply 3 of 22
    monstrositymonstrosity Posts: 2,182member
    First sensible move by Adobe in years.
  • Reply 4 of 22
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,382member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Seems like 2011 is the year Adobe is taking HTML5/CSS3/JS seriously for the future of the web. I wonder where their technologies would be if Apple hadn't pointed out how inferior Flash was back in 2007.



    Oh, there will be those naysayers that will claim that this was just a natural evolution for Adobe and had nothing to do with Apple giving Adobe a swift kick in the a$$.



    'bout darn time!
  • Reply 5 of 22
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Seems like 2011 is the year Adobe is taking HTML5/CSS3/JS seriously for the future of the web. I wonder where their technologies would be if Apple hadn't pointed out how inferior Flash was back in 2007.



    Not necessarily just Apple pointing this out, but customers voting with their hard-earned cash in difficult economic times to purchase a huge amount of devices that don't run Flash. The failure of Android crapblets sealed Flash's fate.



    The penny has finally dropped at Adobe.
  • Reply 6 of 22
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,195moderator
    I'm happy to see that they've made a dedicated application and not just tacked it onto the Flash app. Hopefully one day, it will replace the Flash app altogether.



    It will be interesting to see how they price this as it competes with the HTML 5 app made by ex-Apple employees - Hype priced at $30:



    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hype/id436931759?mt=12



    I expect Edge will have better integration with the rest of the CS Suite though. It's a bit disappointing that it's taken so long for these apps to become available but I guess it's better than them not coming at all and HTML 5 stalling.
  • Reply 7 of 22
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,868member
    Nice but I wish Apple had done a Pages / iWeb type application that also created HTML 5 content and or web sites.



    EDIT



    OMG they already did ... by ex Apple employees? - I bet they have full Apple support and backing!



    Hype seems a perfect fit with iLife apps ... see post from Marvin (thanks again Marvin). Hype looks awesome, I can't believe I didn't know of this sooner.
  • Reply 8 of 22
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,868member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Marvin View Post


    I'm happy to see that they've made a dedicated application and not just tacked it onto the Flash app. Hopefully one day, it will replace the Flash app altogether.



    It will be interesting to see how they price this as it competes with the HTML 5 app made by ex-Apple employees - Hype priced at $30:



    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hype/id436931759?mt=12



    I expect Edge will have better integration with the rest of the CS Suite though. It's a bit disappointing that it's taken so long for these apps to become available but I guess it's better than them not coming at all and HTML 5 stalling.



    Thanks for this info, I totally missed this!
  • Reply 9 of 22
    slapppyslapppy Posts: 331member
    I'm supporting Hype, and will not update to anymore Adobe BS.
  • Reply 10 of 22
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    I'm supporting Hype, and will not update to anymore Adobe BS.



    I support Hype, but I also support the development of Wallaby to ease the transition for people. Once Wallaby does ActionScript, Flash has ZERO excuse for existing.
  • Reply 11 of 22
    slapppyslapppy Posts: 331member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    I support Hype, but I also support the development of Wallaby to ease the transition for people. Once Wallaby does ActionScript, Flash has ZERO excuse for existing.



    Oh, nice. I didn't know that one.
  • Reply 12 of 22
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by slapppy View Post


    Oh, nice. I didn't know that one.



    They don't like to advertise it. For various reasons.



    One of which being that it doesn't convert anything but the simplest Flash. As I said earlier, ActionScript can't be converted. Idiots.
  • Reply 13 of 22
    justbobfjustbobf Posts: 261member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    They don't like to advertise it. For various reasons.



    One of which being that it doesn't convert anything but the simplest Flash. As I said earlier, ActionScript can't be converted. Idiots.



    Action Script is the reason I, and many others, don't/can't use Flash.
  • Reply 14 of 22
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justbobf View Post


    Action Script is the reason I, and many others, don't/can't use Flash.



    Oh, you wouldn't believe how much I hate that crap; you're absolutely right.
  • Reply 15 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Seems like 2011 is the year Adobe is taking HTML5/CSS3/JS seriously for the future of the web. I wonder where their technologies would be if Apple hadn't pointed out how inferior Flash was back in 2007.



    Adobe seemed to be living in this alternate reality where they were gonna be owners of the platform the internet was built on. I guess their C-class needed to justify the huge buyout of Macromedia.



    Thankfully, it seems Adobe is returning to what they do best. Making unmatched tools for creatives and professionals. This is what Adobe is great at, and where there past, and future lies.
  • Reply 16 of 22
    What do you guys think Flash would have been like if it had still been "Macromedia Flash" and had nothing to do with Adobe? Would it be better, worse, or would we have eventually ended up in the same place?
  • Reply 17 of 22
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LighteningKid View Post


    What do you guys think Flash would have been like if it had still been "Macromedia Flash" and had nothing to do with Adobe? Would it be better, worse, or would we have eventually ended up in the same place?



    Better. Not, you know, worlds better, but the situation in the creative software industry would be greatly improved if Adobe had never existed, much less bought up all the real companies and decided to charge $6000 for a set of applications that, if they'd never existed, would probably cost less than $2000 all together from their respective original owners.
  • Reply 18 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Better. Not, you know, worlds better, but the situation in the creative software industry would be greatly improved if Adobe had never existed, much less bought up all the real companies and decided to charge $6000 for a set of applications that, if they'd never existed, would probably cost less than $2000 all together from their respective original owners.



    Not to mention they sit on technology that they don't think they can get a big return out of
  • Reply 19 of 22
    Anyone knows if 5 years of Illustrator and Photoshop is good enough to pick up Edge? I have no experience in Flash/Dreamweaver/HTML though.
  • Reply 20 of 22
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LighteningKid View Post


    What do you guys think Flash would have been like if it had still been "Macromedia Flash" and had nothing to do with Adobe? Would it be better, worse, or would we have eventually ended up in the same place?



    Honestly it could have been worse. For web designers and developers, Adobe CS1 to CS4 with Dreamweaver and Flash integrated with Photoshop and Illustrator really carried the weight of creating major websites for a good long haul. It's just that with iOS and Android all that is wearing away now. As with most tech companies, some seem to blast out of nowhere and then stagnate on their successes. Continual relevant innovation is no mean feat.



    (Just woke up, I realise the paragraph above could have been worded better)
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