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Adobe Releases Edge, Brings Flash-Style Design to HTML5

Category: Internet
Posted: August 1, 2011 02:32PM
Author: bp9801

While HTML5 may be the future of the Internet and will replace Flash as the standard, designers who currently use Flash may run in to some trouble while switching over to HTML5. You see, HTML5 developers work directly with JavaScript, CSS, SVG, and other technologies, while Flash developers use a high-level environment with timelines, drawing tools, easy control of animation effects, and plenty more. To help those developers to have an easier time switching over to HTML5, Adobe has launched a program called Edge, which was released in beta form yesterday. Edge will be familiar to anyone who has used Flash or After Effects, since it has a user interface with timelines, drawing tools, and a panel showing the actual animation. Edge uses HTML5, just makes it easier to work with, and scripting is provided by a combination of jQuery and Adobe's own scripts. Animation and styling use both scripts and CSS, with produced pages encoding the animation using the JSON format. Edge embeds using the WebKit rendering engine, just like what Safari and Chrome run on, to actually display the animations.

The first beta of Edge is pretty basic as it supports not much beyond animations of HTML and SVG content. Adobe will expand the features of Edge over time and will release the full version sometime in 2012. Adobe doesn't feel as if Edge, and by extension, HTML5, will challenge Flash in the short term and sees the two as coexisting. Flash is better suited to games, streaming media, and data-driven visualizations, while HTML5 is better suited to interactive Web pages and advertising. The beta of Edge is concentrating on those two categories, and although Edge supports the latest version of all current desktop and mobile browsers, older versions of those browsers aren't supported at the present time. Adobe may add support for older browsers over time, but that will depend on what the developers using Edge want. Hopefully Adobe will be able to create more programs like Edge in case the transistion from Flash to HTML5 sees Flash die off completely, since the death of Flash will adversely affect Adobe.



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