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BizReport : Internet : August 01, 2011

Adobe set to release Edge, HTML5-based tool

For developers who want more versatility than Flash, a new offering from Adobe could be part of the answer. Today, the platform announced Edge, it's HTML5-based animation tool, giving developers the ability to add motion to their existing HTML documents.

by Kristina Knight

adobe.jpgEdge is touted as a compliment to Adobe's existing DreamWeaver, Flash Builder and Flash Professional tools. It is in public preview and can be downloaded free here.

Adobe is asking for feedback with the tool, so developers, here's your chance to try it out, tell Adobe what works and, more importantly, what doesn't work.

"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, 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."

With Edge, developers can add transitions and movement to online content; it supports typical online formats like GIF, JPG, PNG and SVG files with CSS framing. While developers are still designing a webpage or complete site, Edge works with WebKit to design, preview and make changes to layouts and content. Edge was created to work within most browsers, including Apple's Safari browser, and mobile devices including Android, BlackBerry Playbook and iOS.

Tags: Adobe, Adobe Edge, HTML5, HTML5 tools, online animation

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