Adobe reveals Edge Reflow among Creative Cloud updates
Adobe Edge Reflow, a new responsive design tool for Web designers and developers, had its first public preview today. It’s aimed at creating layout and visual designs with CSS and features an intuitive resizable design surface that shows how layouts and visuals will adapt to different screen sizes. In addition, the company released new feature updates for Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Edge Code preview. All today’s announced product releases are available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members.
Adobe Edge Reflow enables users to create high fidelity Web designs on the application’s native Web surface. It maintains the design vision, through development, by allowing users to preview in the browser, inspect their design in real-time via Edge Inspect extension, and extract the CSS for use in Edge Code, Dreamweaver or any code editor. During the preview period, Adobe is actively seeking user feedback for Edge Reflow in order to help evolve the product. You can send feedback to Adobe through Github at https://github.com/edge-reflow/issues.
Adobe also announced important updates to Adobe Edge Animate to give it new CSS-based features, including gradients, CSS filters, and enhanced font support. Users will now be able to style and animate elements using radial or linear gradients, and preview Edge Web Fonts live in a new interface. New CSS filter support for Edge Animate allows users to take advantage of CSS capabilities found in modern WebKit browsers, including blur, greyscale, sepia, brightness, contrast, hue-rotate, invert and saturate filters. Previously, filter effects could only be achieved using tools like Adobe Photoshop.
In addition, Adobe delivered an update to Adobe Dreamweaver exclusively for Creative Cloud members that improves interoperability with the Adobe Edge Tools & Services family and includes several new features to enhance code authoring ability and workflow. Fluid grid layout, a feature first introduced with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, now allows developers to leverage class tags in addition to ID tags and features a new editing interface. Developers can also now easily preview, select and incorporate Edge Web Fonts into their Dreamweaver projects.
This preview release of Adobe Edge Code includes features such as Live Development, which allows users to see changes in the browser immediately as they make code edits, and also Quick Edit, which lets users edit code in context instead of switching between files. This latest update adds code hinting for CSS properties and HTML tags and attributes, making this release an even more productive code editor for web designers and developers working with Web standards.
“The job of a Web designer and developer has become more challenging, with Web standards progressing rapidly and the number of screen sizes and form factors increasing exponentially,” said Paul Gubbay, Adobe vice president of product development, Digital Media business. “Adobe Creative Cloud enables our teams to deliver product innovation to our customers the moment that new features are ready, helping designers and developers tackle the new challenges of the modern Web and more seamlessly create websites and interactive content for the latest browsers and different screen sizes.”
Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is £46.88 per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud for individuals at the discounted rate of £27.34 per month. Students and teachers can take advantage of a special limited-time promotion to get Creative Cloud for £15.88 per month the first year based on an annual membership if they purchase before March 11, 2013, after which the standard price is £22.46 per month. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at £65.44 per month per seat with an annual contract required; existing customers who own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of £46.88per month per seat.
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