It’s pretty easy to get excited as a web developer these days.
Last Thursday, Alan Greenblatt, and Christophe Coenraets flew up from Boston to show off Adobe’s up and coming Edge suite of creative web tools. The main take away is this: Check out:
Alan gave a brief overview of the design tools. Particularly Edge Animate, and Edge web fonts. For those who have a good background in print design, they now have more leverage to use their skills to develop modern web sites. Also, Adobe is giving access to 500 fonts to use freely for developers. This is pretty significant since the days of Arial and Helvetica.
Christophe presented Edge Reflow, Edge Code (code named: Brackets), Edge Inspect and PhoneGap Build through his sample employee directory app. (I’ve seen the Flex version, and has also done one version with Java.) Also check out the capabilities of PhoneGap via his API Explorer app.
Edge Reflow is what’s buzzing in the web development industry. It is a tool that simplifies responsive design. It is in preview stage not even in Alpha, but there is a lot of positive feedback on it. Adobe is going through further study on it on how it can interact with other responsive design frameworks like Twitter Bootstrap.
I expect Adobe will make other announcements on Dec. 11 at the live – Create the Web event (10 am PST) on Facebook.
Currently Edge Animate and Edge Code are available on the Creative Cloud.
One of my other interests is in computer animation using Flash (ie. I am an animation hobbyist; graphic artist wanna-be 🙂 ). I kept my eye on Toon Boom Studio for years since my cousin (Tania Gray) works there. She’s been keeping me up to date about a lot of things related to Toon Boom’s activities.
It just came to my attention on the latest version of Toon Boom “Studio” now at version 4 and an stand-alone professional animation tool called “Digital Pro” (the replacement of “Solo” at $3000 – yikes!). I have Studio version 3.5. So far, I am able to draw with my Wacom Tablet, but am having a hard time grasping the concept of “pegs” (which is like motion tweening on sterioids) and to find a means to reuse my library items for other projects. The documentation and tutorials are not enough for me, which means I need more time to putz around with it. Unfortunately, I am booked on studying about Actionscript 2 and 3.
Nevertheless, it is a good alternative to use Toon Boom rather than Flash. (It’s cheaper for one thing and geared towards Animation professionals.) What might be interesting is how to import the Toon Boom Studio animations in the Flash environment via the importer. As of now, I am not sure if they have released an importer for Flash CS3.
Check out the Montreal Gazette has recently posted an article. Click here for the article.