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Adobe Launches Adobe Edge (preview), an HTML5 Web Animations Tool

 11:36 am on Aug 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

Adobe Launches Adobe Edge (preview), an HTML5 Web Animations Tool [readwriteweb.com]
Today, Adobe is launching a new tool called Adobe Edge which will allow creative professionals to design animated Web content using Web standards like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Not Flash.

Aimed to coexist with Adobe Flash, not replace it, the Web design software is Adobe's big bet on how it will continue to solidify its position as a top player in the infrastructure of the modern Web, especially as the Web goes increasingly mobile. In this new mobile context, the Web has become a more hostile environment for Flash, which has no place on Apple mobile devices, and likely never will.




 5:51 pm on Aug 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

whats the real pissing match between apple and adobe, with the iphones other flaws im not buying this battery life garbage. Is it because the iphones/ipads simply lack the processing power to play it?

JAB Creations

 5:54 pm on Aug 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

Flash will be around so long as Internet Explorer continues to fail to support (X)HTML5 audio and video elements. For clarification the H.264 codec is completely tied to licensing and patent trolls so it is not welcomed on the web or really any where for that matter (and DivX and XVID both are H.264 much to the dismay of many friends). So since IE10 will likely not support the HTML5 video element I think Flash will be used for multimedia presentations well in to the 2030s, I'm absolutely serious.

Furthermore the idea is great but it doesn't work on XP. Since Microsoft lost their marbles and have been destroying all their products (Office, Windows V/7, etc) I can't recommend this. I used a system plagued by the anti-intuitive, cumbersome and slow Windows 7 to run the program. There are demos you can download which makes it easier to understand what you're looking at.

Unfortunately I really can't recommend this, jQuery is involved. After disabling JavaScript in Firefox 5.0 and Safari 5.1 I opened the demonstration and absolutely nothing happened; after enabling JavaScript in both browsers it worked. Frameworks are cumbersome and slow and I would never tell a client to load a 71kb framework related file for a desktop much less a mobile device, benchmarks show that native execution absolutely blows frameworks away. I could maybe understand if it was there in case basic DOM detection determined that native CSS3 wasn't supported in the client's browser. Of course it's only an initial preview however it's exceptionally unlikely that Adobe will move in the correct direction, too many developers are mindlessly dependent on frameworks to do even the simplest of tasks. I liked the idea though the execution is horribly bloated.

- John


 1:57 am on Aug 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

This is not a final version of the software, it's clearly labeled as a Preview. I don't think anyone should expect this to be production quality right out of the gate. In fact, they have a few disclaimers to that effect before you download.

I downloaded it and gave it a whirl. It worked fine in Vista. I was able to get some text and objects on the screen and animated in minutes. It will be interesting to see how this tool progresses as I'm not a big fan of Flash.


 3:30 pm on Aug 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Unfortunately, the first example I tried to create (which was very basic) broke in IE. I see things like commas after the last item in an array in their generated code, which will break. Works in Chrome and Firefox though. So they've got some work to do. I would expect slightly better in a preview version, though. I don't expect production quality, but I also don't expect it to generate code that will quite obviously be broken in the most popular browser.

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