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Adobe Edge HTML5 tool brings an alternative to Flash

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Adobe Edge HTML5 tool brings an alternative to Flash
For good or bad, Adobe Flash is all over the web – sure the HTML5 revolution might be coming, but its advent is not as quick as some would hope. Flash however is a double-edged sword with content being dynamic yet too heavy as per some companies (cough, Apple). A new web development tool might eat into Flash space from the inside - Adobe Edge is developed by Adobe itself and relies on the three pillars of web development HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3, translating into full compatibility with Apple products along with others.

"What we've seen happening is HTML is getting much richer. We're seeing more workflow previously reserved for Flash being done with Web standards," Devin Fernandez of Adobe's Web Pro group admitted. To use that richness, Adobe Edge allows developers to add animation effects so elements flow into view when you open a page. The magic happens via CSS and controlled by JavaScript which get tucked neatly in “include” files, not overcomplicating the HTML core of the page. 

Adobe Edge HTML5 tool brings an alternative to Flash
The familiar Adobe interface adds a lot to functionality, and the first tool to help that is the timeline giving you quick view and control of triggered events. But Edge is not yet as advanced as you'd hope:

"[For] the first public preview release, we focused on animation. Over the public preview period, we'll be adding additional functionality. We'll be incorporating feedback from the community, taking those requests into account," Fernandez added.

Coming up next are actions triggered by events, video and audio elements, both supported by HTML5, but also support for various graphical formats like PNG, GIF, JPEG and SVG.

Adobe Edge is now available as a free download, but it hasn't yet reached commercial status – the final tool is expected to roll out some time next year and Adobe promises to factor in feedback from the developers community. The company promises to quickly update the products and add new features and functionality as the release date looms closer.

source: Adobe via CNET

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posted on 01 Aug 2011, 03:38 1

1. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


apple does have the best html 5 support for a mobile platform. I agree with jobs flash will go the way floppy discs did. Apple is very good at picking what to support. I have had android phones and i dont think flash even works well on mobile devices anyway. This looks good for apple.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 04:52

4. Laurynas (unregistered)


@biophone

"apple does have the best html 5 support for a mobile platform."

Totally wrong!

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 10:03

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


totally wrong based on what? Care to elaborate?

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 10:12 1

8. Laurynas (unregistered)


Based on benchmarks.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 11:02

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


source?

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 11:34 1

12. Laurynas (unregistered)


Just make search in YouTube or Google.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:09

17. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I wasnT talking in terms of benchmarks i said support.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 08:44

5. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


one word- Meego - although it might not be as widely used, but it got the highest score in HTML %

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 10:53

10. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


http://www.greensock.com/flash-html5/

A very good read, for developers and non-developers alike!

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:15

18. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I read this and thoughts on flash. This just really says flash is great and html 5 cant do what it does and apple doesnt allow flash just because they want to protect the appstore. Jobs clearly debunked this with thoughts on flash. You should read it.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 03:45

2. Noooooo!!!! (unregistered)


You can't let apple win!

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 19:17

14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Apple already did. Notice that everyone already switched to Apple's way by releasing their own iphones :)

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 03:58 2

3. droid.rv (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


"apple does have the best html 5 support for a mobile platform"
roflmao..!! :D :D :D :D :D
think before you speak. have a look buddy..

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-brags-with-best-in-industry-HTML5-performance-on-the-N9-browser-downplays-Flash-support_id19930

meego 1.2, bb os7, webOS 3.0 & android 3.1 have better html5 support than ios 4.3..
but still, ios is better than symbian^3..lolz.. :D :D

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 10:04

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This just says it supports it. There's no comparison here. It's widely accepted Apple has the best support for html5.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 14:26

13. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


widely accepted? most people don't know what HTML5 is, they'll try to go on kongregate and they'll be disappointed.
They'll just have to go download apps i guess.

but truth be told, iOS's browser is pretty good, but there are better one's out there

*everyday i'm trolling*

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:19

19. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Again i said support not performance. You can twist my words all you want but thay wont turn me into a pretzel.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 10:40 1

9. kcombs (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


my iPhone 4 may not have flash but I still like using the browser on my iPhone than I do my Samsung Infuse. I have flash turned off on my android.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 19:20

15. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Get ready to be thumbed down, lol.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 19:29

16. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Always remember this. Fandroid will embrace and hold on to anything that Apple refuses to support. Even a dying platform like flash. Fandroids will support vhs, cassette tapes, and floppy discs if they have to. They would go backward instead of forward, just to oppose Apple, hahahahaha. That's the fandroid way and mentality.

BUT......wait until android totally embraces html5 and abandons flash and competes with Apple in rendering html5. It would be just like how symbian fanboys used to prefer resistive touchscreens over capacitive, lol.

Note: Symbian fanboys evolved to fandroids :)

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 20:21

20. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Roger that. You sound like you read thoughts on flash.

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