Adobe's Create the Web event in San Francisco on Monday saw the arrival of a suite of seven tools and services for web designers and developers.
Adobe Edge Tools & Services — all but one of which are available now via the Creative Cloud subscription service — aim to make it easier to create standards-based websites, digital content and mobile apps that are rich in layout complexity, typography and interactivity.
The suite is targeted at "web designers who code and developers who value design", Adobe said, and comprises a mix of the existing and the new:
- Edge Reflow Only presented as a demo to date (a preview version is expected by the end of 2012), Edge Reflow is a visual tool that allows designers create scalable layouts for different screen sizes and export the CSS code to an editor such as Dreamweaver.
- Edge Web Fonts A free web open-source font library, Edge Web Fonts is hosted by the (paid-for) Typekit service.
- Typekit This is a commercial font library that's already available either standalone or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
Adobe says that Edge Animate will eventually sell for $499 (UK pricing to be announced), or via a monthly subscription of $9.75. Initially, though, it is available for free via Adobe Creative Cloud to encourage developer take-up. More than 500,000 preview downloads have already been chalked up, according to Adobe.
At its Create the Web event, Adobe also revealed several proposed CSS extensions, namely: CSS Regions and CSS Exclusions, designed for creating responsive "magazine-like" web layouts; CSS Transforms, for applying consistent geometric transformations to HTML and SVG content; CSS Compositing and Blending for Photoshop-like blend modes; CSS Custom Filters for creating sophisticated "cinematic" visual effects.
Two new fonts used in the Edge suite — Source Sans Pro and Source Code Pro — have also been made open source.