Last weak, to great fanfare, Adobe launched its Edge Tools and Services initiative, designed to make us forget the firm ever championed Flash as a technology for creating cross-device rich media. While the two-hour presentation above is well worth watching, I’ve sketched out below the high points of what Adobe delivered to save you some time. The main thing to keep in mind, which Adobe has not done enough to make clear, is that all the Edge applications and services are free. Yes, they’re part of its Creative Cloud subscription service, but you can access them via the free level, which is not a trial. If you’re really short on time just jump straight to Edge Animate, since it’s simply a great little tool for creating web animations.
Formerly known as Shadow, this inspection and preview tool allows front-end Web developers and designers to preview and debug HTML content on multiple mobile devices. Pretty sweet to see the content update in real time on a specified device when the code is changed. Pressing a single button to generate screen shots of all the connected devices is also a snazzy feature.
This responsive Web design tool is designed to help users create layouts and visual designs with CSS. Being able to interactively tweak layouts for different devices is a great idea. Unfortunately, a preview release won’t be available until near the end of this year.
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