Adobe Edge and HTML5

Last night I downloaded Adobe Edge, which is Adobe’s tool for creating HTML5 basic animations.

Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come.

The current capabilities are very limited.  You can added Text and boxes to a canvas, plus you can import images.  There is a timeline, similar to what is seen in Adobe Premiere and I guess now Adobe Flash.  I haven’t looked into Adobe Flash very much, but I have been using Premiere for my movie projects. In the timeline, you add key points and then you can alter the color, scale, skew, position, opacity and rotation. It is fairly simple to use.  When you click on the object you have added and make a change using the properties panel, it automatically enters a layer for the effect.  I added the effect I created to the Demo site, but it only ran once.  The “Preview in Browser” works fine, but copying the JavaScript links and files, plus adding the div tag seems to not work entirely.  I probably broke it when I added my site logo to the animation. Anyway, I’m not that overly impressed.  I see articles that HTML5 will be the end of Flash.  Apparently these authors know nothing of Flex and that’s probably Adobe’s fault for melding the names together.  Yes, Flash is a timeline based animation tool, but it does a little more than that.  Flex is an application tool that outputs to Flash.  I’m not sure if Flex can be displayed using HTML5.  Just like Java, CGI and Perl haven’t gone away, I don’t see Flash going away, even if a certain fruit company has a problem with it.

Regardless of my first attempts with Edge Beta 2, I will be trying to add HTML5 elements tot he Demo site, because it is the latest buzz word and well, I’ll let Larry Ellison explain it.

About DeanLogic
Dean has been playing around with programming ever since his family got an IBM PC back in the early 80's. Things have changed since BASICA and Dean has dabbled in HTML, JavaScript, Action Script, Flex, Flash, PHP, C#, C++, J2ME and SQL. On this site Dean likes to share his adventures in coding. And since programming isn't enough of a time killer, Dean has also picked up the hobby of short film creation.

About DeanLogic

Dean has been playing around with programming ever since his family got an IBM PC back in the early 80's. Things have changed since BASICA and Dean has dabbled in HTML, JavaScript, Action Script, Flex, Flash, PHP, C#, C++, J2ME and SQL. On this site Dean likes to share his adventures in coding. And since programming isn't enough of a time killer, Dean has also picked up the hobby of short film creation.

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