Adobe releases Edge software to design multimedia with HTML5, not Flash

The Washington Post
Adobe released a new software tool today for creating animations and designing interactive media with HTML5. The program, called Edge, is free for now as the company refines it. A tool like this can help developers create HTML5 elements — such as display ads, Web apps or mobile apps — that will run in any browser on any device, just like a normal Web page. It poses an alternative to Adobe’s proprietary Flash application, which iPhones and iPads do not support. But the Post reports that this isn’t a sign that Adobe is abandoning Flash. “Flash remains very relevant” in creating video and data-driven applications, said Devin Fernandez, an Adobe product manager. Read more

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Aside Magazine app runs on any tablet, shows what developers can do with HTML5

A pair of Berlin-based designers has released a prototype of what they call the world’s first HTML5 magazine for tablets.

The project, called Aside Magazine, is an impressive demonstration of the design, interactivity and app-like experience that can be created using new advances in the language that powers the Web: HTML.

The newest version, HTML5, goes far beyond pages, hyperlinks and images. It includes new support for multimedia and graphical content without using any plugins such as Flash. These advances are important for news publishers seeking independence and a universal development strategy.

Web apps enable publishers to avoid several problems with developing news apps for mobile devices: developing different versions for iOS and Android (not to mention BlackBerry or Windows), submitting the app to Apple for approval (which can take days or weeks) and giving Google or Apple 30 percent of revenue. Read more


Chrome OS apps a new contender for mobile content development

Steve Yelvington

Google’s soon-to-launch ChromeOS could be a “game changer,” Steve Yelvington predicts. The cloud-centric operating system, which will run Web-based apps, is expected to appear on netbooks early next year.

But, as Yelvington points out, ChromeOS Web apps are of interest beyond the netbook:

“ChromeOS apps will run equally well on the iPad, Android tablets, the coming Blackberry PlayBook, and your old Windows and MacOS computers. All you need is a modern browser. In fact, Blackberry has announced it’s discouraging the development of proprietary applications, favoring HTML5.”

A handful of media Web apps were unveiled last week in the new ChromeOS Web store. The apps available there, including offerings from NPR, The New York Times, USA Today and Sports Illustrated, are intended for readers using the Chrome Web browser. Read more