Adobe rolled out its latest software program designed for HTML5 on Monday. Although the platform is still in preview mode, Adobe reports on its official blog that the download count already exceeds 50,000 copies.
That is within the first 24 hours of availability, which Adobe noted as "pretty, pretty good for a development tool!"
John Nack, Principal Product Manager at Adobe, offered a few pointers about Adobe Edge on his blog but also some commentary as to how the program is being received:
Lastly, I don’t want to get into any tedious “Flash vs. HTML5″ blah-blah here, though I do see that angle still bubbling up on link-baiting sites. For that reason it’s worth noting that both Dreamweaver & GoLive were pushing Web animation starting in the 90′s, that Adobe championed SVG early on, and that it has been a main contributor helping to improve jQuery and lots of other HTML/JS/CSS tech. Point is, Adobe’s been driving both rich, animated HTML and Flash for 15 years, and the company will keep evolving both to address different customer needs.
Of course, it also doesn't hurt that the current trial version of Adobe Edge is free to download as well.
Somewhere in the shadow of Edge, Adobe also launched Expressive Web, which showcases the "features and functionality that HTML5 and CSS3 can bring to the modern web."
Pricing and a release date for the official, full-fledged version of Adobe Edge has not been announced yet, but it will be sometime during 2012. Until then, Adobe promises to roll out new features and updates to the free version.
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