Introduction to Edge – Adobe Now Secure from Oblivion?

Adobe has made another huge step forward towards the great and powerful HTML5 technology by releasing the public preview of Adobe Edge tool (which by the way you can already download from Adobe labs).

As it has been said, Adobe offers a preview of this new software so you could take part in the process of debugging and improving Edge by sending the Edge team your feedback concerning the brand new product. The real fun part is that this is basically the last hope of Adobe in terms of not losing the web animation battle. That's why it matters so much to all of us.

Adobe Edge is the web motion and designing tool that creates animated content with the help of open source standards such as HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript programming language. It is obvious that with the release of Edge Adobe moves towards the mobile devices which are currently the sweetest piece of the web market pie. It seemes that Adobe decided to remind us all thar they are not only famous for Flash, but if you think that Edge is going to replace Flash I guess it is not quite right. Well, at least it won't happen in the nearest future. It is just an additional software for mobile developers that may be a part of a powerful tandem with other tools. Also don't forget about Wallaby project - Flash to HTML5 converter from Adobe, it still remains one of Adobe's priority directions and can be considered a software complimentary to Edge and Flash.

Adobe edge

Major features

  • User interface attracts with excellent easy timeline panel and additional toolbars. Of course those web developers who worked with Flash editor or After Effects will find many adoptions in the Edge's interface but with easier usability level.
  • File import feature allows you to import SVG, PNG, GIF, and JPG web graphic files. SVG is not fully supported at the preview version and Edge developers promise more "SVG freedom" in the future.
  • Compatibility is the issue that is the most important to the majority of mobile developers. Adobe Edge is compatible with all major mobile web browsers that have HTML5 support (including iOS, Android, HP webOS and Blackberry mobile browsers) and all desktop broswers with HTML5 support.
  • The output standards are very promising for web developers because Edge not only reads but also writes HTML, CSS and JavaScript files. Edge uses JSON (stands for JavaScript Object Notation) data structure to store animated content which gives flexibility and reliability in working with animated files.
  • Adding animations wouldn't deeply affect the HTML file because Edge's technology creates a separate Javasript file so Adobe Edge clearly differentiates between the original HTML and the code that you've compelled for animation.

SVG, Canvas and Other Goodies

As you may have noticed, Adobe Edge is so far in the preview mode and there are many important milestones ahead. So, now Adobe's developers are working on improvement of the SVG support (not only file import option). Also we are waiting for a canvas implementation because so far all animations are based on div and CSS. According to the Adobe's developers, canvas shows poor performance in major mobile browsers but it will be implemented in the final release for sure. So things look pretty promising.

Well, Edge is in the early beta right now, but even in this status it is a very promising editor with a huge potential. In case you're interested (and in our opinion this is definitely worth being interested in) you should definitely try this new product from Adobe - chances are it is the future of mobile web development.

What do you think about Adobe Edge? Did you try the beta yet? Do you believe it will become the replacement of Flash editor? Will it save Adobe from the oblivion on mobile segment? Please be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Edward Korcheg

Edward is a professional technical writer who is also passionate about making stunning designs in Photoshop. You can find many useful tutorials in his collection of articles at MonsterMost.

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