Adobe Edge: Should Dynamic Web Development Professionals Consider This Newcomer?

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14 September 2011,

Web Design

Adobe Edge: Should Dynamic Web Development Professionals Consider This Newcomer?

The abundance of web design options can make selection complicated for web development professionals. There are various commercial and open source based apps and platforms for dynamic web development.Web developers can also choose from language based frameworks for catering to specific client requirements at times. In recent times, a number of new technologies have appeared in the horizon that has the potential to change the future of interactive web design. Adobe, the leading media company with a number of web design and graphic design tools that rule the industry has unleashed a new web design app named Edge. This HTML animation tool has created considerable sensation among web design veterans.

The web development services that have been using Adobe’s own Flash app for making web animation and media rich websites now have a simple alternative, feels a section of the industry veterans. Released as a free beta app, Edge can be downloaded from the company website. Edge offers the web designers an option to utilise elements like JavaScript, CSS and HTML to create dynamic and interactive websites fast.

Edge can be dubbed as an effort by Adobe to bring Flash style animation to the mainstream web development professionals. The big difference is that, Edge does not output to the SWF format by default unlike Flash. Instead, Edge publishes its files in standard HTML complaint formats. With its keyframe and timeline based animation tools it resembles Flash in a way. Those designers, who are acquainted with Flash design, will be able to pick this up in almost no time.

The early preview of Edge has got applause from the dynamic web development professionals and Adobe has made it clear that future stable releases will include support for SVG and Canvas. The latter is a much touted HTML5 feature.

A web designer can build web animations using Adobe Edge fast with elements like web graphics, texts and HTML building blocks. It not only supports HTML 5 elements but the added benefit of using Edge is that developers get to use existing HTML 4 elements for making interactive web pages which would have been rather tedious otherwise. The app stores the code created for animation in a distinct JavaScript file. It allows import of formats like PNG, GIF, JPG and also SVG.

Web developers who want to focus on making apps for mobile web access devices and tablets will be benefitted from Edge. This app makes animated content compatible with iOS and Android platforms. It may lack the complex scripting and animation power of Flash but the inherent advantage is that Edge enables the web developers in making appealing web animations without requiring any external plug in. This is definitely good news for Apple device users as they face incompatibility issues with Flash based websites and apps. They need to use Adobe’s Wallaby converter to watch Flash based content. Now they have a better choice. However, it will take some time for Edge to catch up with mainstream web development since the stable release is not yet out.