Edge Animate

Adobe has kicked off their Edge development tool suite today with the release of Edge Animate and PhoneGap -- tools designed to develop HTML5 and wean the Internet off of Flash, as well as package things up for smartphones. 

While this is exciting news for developers, its significance shouldn't be lost on the rest of us. I've been lamenting for weeks that Flash on the Internet won't ever die until easy to use and robust tools are provided, both to ease development time and costs as well as drive the platform (meaning pure HTML5 on the web) forward. The reason we ever needed Flash players on our computers or smartphones was because it was so easy to use it became the de facto web standard for interactive animations. Just because the Flash player for mobile was going the way of the dodo, didn't mean the existing content developers would abandon its use. Tools like the Edge suite are what it's going to take.

In addition to the full IDE for creating the content, Adobe has released a few other tools to assist web developers. Edge Inspect is a cross platform debugger, Edge WebFonts bundles over 500 free fonts (including two new fonts from Adobe) and the one we're pretty interested in -- PhoneGap. PhoneGap is a cloud based utility that can take HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript created with tools like Edge Animate and bundle it all up in an application for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, webOS, BlackBerry OS, Bada, or Symbian.

If you're a developer, be sure to head to Adobe's site, as Edge Animate is being offered for free as a promotion, and free beats $499 any day of the week. It looks like the gap left when Adobe killed off mobile Flash Player should be filling up nicely in short order. Quick -- someone tell Facebook.

Source: Adobe


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Adobe's HTML5 Edge development suite goes live today


I don't know Adobe's stance about Fireworks, but Fireworks can be used for so much more than just Flash assets.

I started using the preview of Edge a few months ago. Before downloading it, my buddy and I watched a bunch of YouTube vids on its use. Between him (video production professional) and me (IS professional), we were able to fill in the gaps for each other of how it works. It is a fantastic tool. Very much combines After Effects and Flash style tools with javascript coding. The coding that you do is kind of basic. It is pretty much 'at this point in the time-line, stop... if this happens (like a click of the mouse), go-to this label on the time-line and start playing.' I really like it.

One of the best parts is that you can import full HTML pages (even HTML5/CSS3) into the program and work on your existing content directly. One video I saw involved a guy taking his existing page, selecting DIVs, and making each DIV fade in on page-load.

Only problem I see with it right now is that it really doesn't care for PHP... at all. Though that may be fixed in the final version or future versions. We'll have to see.

Now I need to check out the details of this promotion. Thanks for the heads up Jerry!

Jerry native apps beats HTML5 any day of the week too. HTML5 is going to be a great future but don't telle me a 1000 people and 50 billion bucks company isn't able to code an app in Java/C++!
I was speaking of facebook and their inability to make native apps in4years!)

Could someone post the link to the download? I did sign up but cannot seem to locate the link to download the file?

Am I missing something, or is it only FREE for 30 days??

I got the e-mail from Adobe, in it they say:

"Introducing: Everything you need to design and develop for modern browsers and mobile devices, all in one package — and for free. " ... "Plus, it's all included in a free membership to Adobe Creative Cloud."

No mention of the 30 day limit.

However, when I click over the "Get Started" for free plan is listed as a 30-day trial, and from there it's $20/month for one app, or $50/month for all apps.

I can't find anything where there Edge apps are free beyond a 30 day trial. So is that the case, or am I just missing it?

I was really hoping they would offer a version of this for free - similar to what MS does with their Express versions of their VisualStudio products. As a "hobbyist" I'd love to try these apps out, but I don't want to shell out $500 or $50/month for something I may never use..