By Richi Jennings
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: How many things are wrong with this Photoshop disaster?.. Joab Jackson reports:
...[N]ow it is releasing an HTML animation tool to the public much earlier in the development process than it normally would. The Edge "public preview is available from the Adobe Labs site." ... The preview...will be regularly updated...and it will remain free.
The impending arrival of HTML5 and CSS3 has led many to believe...Adobe's Flash was [dying], however Adobe hopes that by...allow[ing] developers to develop using HTML5 and CSS3, it will save some of the lost revenue should Flash bite the dust. Meanwhile, Harry McCracken is more pragmatic:
John Cole, creative solutions architect at Adobe said the firm expected "Flash and HTML5 to co-exist in the long term." ... Cole was not willing to commit further than a 1.0 release...but added "HTML5 is going to be big".
...[C]ustomers need to establish their workflows around particular products. ... [It] doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence...making a half hearted attempt at embracing open standards while trying to keep its Flash software relevant.
How far will Adobe take Edge? ...[T]he company sounds like its being serious and ambitious and doesnt intend to dumb Edge down to prop up Flash. It says...that HTML5 will be capable of doing most of the things that Flash does today. (Of course, [that's] contingent on browser makers and other interested parties...supporting them in a more or less consistent fashion.) David Conrad asks, "What does this mean for Flash?":
Some software company is going to come up with the definitive HTML5 authoring package. If Adobe doesnt pour its heart into [that], its opening up a huge opportunity for some other outfit. Even if Flash doesnt fade away as quickly as some folks expect (and...hope) that it will.
It has a timeline-based interface which draws on interface elements from other Adobe tools such as...Flash Professional. And Kit Eaton goes further:
...[G]iven that Apple banned Flash from its mobile devices...and Microsoft is so aggressively adopting...web standards the longer term future for Flash seems uncertain. ...Adobe's move to provide an alternative toolset for its developers seems to be a sensible one.
...[Steve] Jobs is actually winning his battle...much web video has already been switched from Adobe's proprietary and troubled Flash system to HTML5. And Finally...
Edge is strong evidence that Jobs was right...Adobe has had to release something like Edge so it doesn't get left behind. ...Adobe does stress it's currently meant to be a "lightweight...tool" that complements Adobe's existing web tools. ... But remember, Flash wasn't fully-featured at first...it had more features added over time. ... Adobe in a sense had to launch Edge, to keep a presence in the web design and development game even as the web evolves around it.
Other companies have tried to do this already...but Adobe's tool is most likely to be the definitive one.
How many things are wrong with this Photoshop disaster?
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