Adobe Edge, now available for free to download until October. At that point it will go on sale. So what is it? Well it is a similar program to Flash, just not as powerful. It is HTML5 though so I have a feeling this is the direction Adobe is going. My guess is that this and either dreamweaver or flash will merge..similar to what happened with Flex. Here is a table that shows where Edge fits into Adobe’s software development process:
|Product||Sample use cases||Supported technologies|
|Adobe Flash® Professional||Immersive interactive experiences, mobile applications, gaming, premium video, advertising||ActionScript, Flash Player, AIR for desktop and mobile|
|Adobe Flash® Builder||ich Internet Applications (RIAs) and mobile applications||Professional ActionScript IDE, Flex, Flash Player, AIR for desktop and mobile|
The platform interface looks very similar to Flash. So this looks like it will be very easy to learn if you know Flash and HTML.
Link to software: http://edge.adobe.com
Not very informative but interesting nonetheless: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57464545-93/adobe-web-standards-match-80-percent-of-flash-features/
In this clip I test Adobe Flash’s HTML5 conversion tool. I test motion tweens, masks, and buttons via Wallaby, which is the conversion tool. I test the HTML output file in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. The motion tweens and masks work in both Safari and Chrome. Nothing works in Firefox. The buttons do not work in any browser. While Wallaby has potential, this is a big limitation. This means that it is currently only useful for animations but not interactivity.
Check out the demonstration:
The following video demonstrates Adobe Flash’s CS6 to HTML5 conversion tool codenamed Wallaby. The tool converted my file in one second. It worked great in Safari but did not work in Firefox. I am not sure if Flash’s tool is not working or HTML5 is not working. I say this because of the compatibility issues I have with HTML5, especially in Firefox. Also, Adobe’s Wallaby tool was last updated on March 8th, which means that a new version is just around the corner. Overall, I am impressed it worked but need to test this with more advanced Flash files. I was not really surprised there was a compatibility issue as that is HTML5. Here is the video with the demonstration:
New Features: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash.html
At an event in San Fran, Adobe will announce the release of CS6 today. Very excited to see if all the rumors are true.
According to the rumors, the latest versions of Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and the rest of the Adobe suite will be coming this summer. Here are a few pieces from an interview with the CEO of Adobe:
And with respect to the CS5 mid-cycle release, is that going to impact the timing of CS6?
Well, I think the way you can look at that is the real goals for the mid-cycle release are to continue to enhance the functionality…
And then you can expect another release in 2012.
So then just to confirm, you said the next milestone release after the mid-cycle release will be in 2012. Is that correct?