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Adobe releases Adobe Shadow, updates Adobe Edge

updated 01:10 am EST, Wed March 7, 2012

Tools aim to ease workflow for web designers

Adobe has released two new tools for web developers and designers, a new version of it's HTML5 animation tool Adobe Edge and an all-new tool for quickly previewing web designs on desktop, notebook and mobile devices called Adobe Shadow. The company will be showcasing these and other tools for HTML5 web development and mobile solutions at SXSW Interactive and all-day training camps being held this weekend in Austin, Texas.

Preview 5 of Adobe Edge, a web animation, motion and interaction tool that eschews Flash in favor of web standards like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, will debut on Monday at an event associated with the festival titled "The Future of HTML5 Motion Design." New features have not yet been announced, but the previous update that was launched earlier this month added further typographic controls such as support for symbols and web fonts. The company says they continue to "iterate" the tool and that it wants to make the presentation of animated content on websites using web standards on par with what can be accomplished using its own competing Flash tools.

Adobe Labs has posted "Release 1" of Adobe Shadow, which is intended to improve the workflow of web developers by allowing various devices to "pair" with the program (such as tablets, smartphones and other devices) with their computer to see real-time previews of web content on iOS or Android. The program can be used with any text editor or IDE and provides remote inspection and debugging with instantly-updated previews as the code is changed.

Adobe Shadow will be introduced at an event following the Adobe Edge demonstration at SXSW, titled "Boost Your Mobile Workflow" and both events take place at the Radisson Town Lake Ballroom. Shadow can be downloaded now, along with Preview 4 of Adobe Edge, and a video demo of Shadow can be seen below.

by MacNN Staff



  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go with Hype

    Adobe has shown a prolonged history of not developing its software properly, not supporting it adequately, and charging for "upgrades" in the name of bug fixes and limited new features. Add this to their ridiculous second class status for Mac users, and I'd say there is no reason to give these offerings much more that a cursory look.

    Hype has just been updated (1.5) and is a very well developed program. Plus it comes from a committed development team whose hungry to succeed through better pricing, richer software, and more helpful support.


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