Adobe Edge HTML5 tool brings an alternative to Flash

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. 

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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20 Comments

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

4. Laurynas unregistered

@biophone "apple does have the best html 5 support for a mobile platform." Totally wrong!

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

totally wrong based on what? Care to elaborate?

8. Laurynas unregistered

Based on benchmarks.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

source?

12. Laurynas unregistered

Just make search in YouTube or Google.

17. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I wasnT talking in terms of benchmarks i said support.

5. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

10. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

http://www.greensock.com/flash-html5/ A very good read, for developers and non-developers alike!

18. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

2. Noooooo!!!! unregistered

You can't let apple win!

14. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

3. droid.rv

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 18, 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

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

13. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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*

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

9. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

15. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Get ready to be thumbed down, lol.

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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 :)

20. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

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