Adobe Brings Edge Tool, HTML 5 Based Flash Alternative

Software maker Adobe has dished out the Edge HTML 5 tool to rivals its own Flash platform, in an attempt to get into Apple’s product ecosystem since Flash is banned.

Adobe Edge uses HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript to allow developers to create animations and interactive apps for websites.

Most importantly, Adobe hopes that the tool will be used by developers that create apps and websites designed specifically for Apple’s iPhone and iPad platforms.

Developers will be able to create new compositions using the drawing and text tools that come with Edge. The tool also supports popular web graphics formats like SVG, PNG, JPG and GIF files. Adobe said that animation is easy with Edge, using the timeline editor.

“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,” Adobe said.

Existing HTML based files can be made lively with motion while the CSS-based HTML layout is preserved.

The company believes that in the future, Flash and HTML 5 will be able to co-exist. Adobe has no definite plan, as of now, for the support of Edge tools but revealed that HTML 5 is going to be huge in the future.