It seems Adobe is beginning to accept the slow demise of Flash with the release of a brand new tool for creating HTML5 animations and webpages. The first beta of ‘Edge’ is available to download now from Adobe’s Lab website, but is a little limited in its current form.
Right now, Edge is a little basic, with limited support for animations only and just a single page layout. However, Adobe expects the software to become much bigger:
Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come.
The launch of this software is a pretty significant move by Adobe, which continues to defend Flash and dismiss claims that it may be dying out. Even with the launch of Edge, Adobe’s creative solutions architect, John Cole, insists that both HTML5 and Flash will “co-exist in the long-term.”
As Edge becomes bigger and better, I’m sure the demise of Flash will become more rapid as developers adopt HTML5.