Adobe releases HTML5 alternative to Flash

Adobe has today released a platform preview of Edge, a HTML5-based development platform that offers Flash-like capabilities.

Adobe releases HTML5 alternative to Flash

Adobe Edge is powered by HTML5 and CSS3, letting image files have “motion and transitions”, the company said.

Essentially, it allows animation and interactive content using HTML5 without resorting to Flash, which is famously not supported on Apple’s iOS platform and many believe faces a serious threat with the arrival of HTML5.

The Edge preview works with all the major browsers, including those on mobile devices, Adobe said.

The system is still in its early stages, despite the release. “Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the development process – before it even reaches beta – in order to allow user feedback to help shape the final product,” Adobe said.

Edge isn’t the first time Adobe has appeared to bend over backwards to bring Flash-like capabilities to iOS. The latest version of Adobe’s Creative Suite includes an option to repackage Flash apps in native iOS code – although as PC Pro’s Tom Arah pointed out, the process isn’t exactly flawless.

Edge can be downloaded free of charge here.

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