Flash Player has always been Adobe’s answer for fancy graphics on the Web. It’s a browser plug-in installed nearly universally on computers and enables animated games and streaming video on different browsers. But Apple barred Flash outright on its iPhone and iPads and the proprietary extensions were often sluggish.
Adobe’s Edge product is designed around HTML-5, for playing on Android, Apple, BlackBerry Playbook, HP webOS and other smartphone mobile devices, as well as Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer 9 browsers.
This version of Edge focuses primarily on adding rich motion design:.
- Create new compositions with Edge’s drawing and text tools.
- Import popular web graphics such as SVG, PNG, JPG or GIF files.
- Easily choreograph animation with the timeline editor.
- Energize existing HTML files with motion, while preserving the integrity of CSS-based HTML layouts.
- Copy and paste transitions, invert them, and choose from over 25 built-in easing effects for added creativity.
Edge features support for Canvas, an HTML5 standard for 2D drawing surface for graphics, in particular combined with SVG animation. Adobe aims to make it easier, controlling how events take place by using a timeline that triggers various actions. As new versions arrive, more features will be added, and Adobe plans to begin selling the finished version of Edge in 2012.
Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML5 specification, expects the specification to reach the Candidate Recommendation stage during 2012, according to Wikipedia.
E-Pub3, the newest version of the cross-platform e-book standard, also supports HTML-5, and is likely to result in more multi-media ebooks as well as web pages.