Adobe Edge Preview: Bringing Animation to an ePUB3 Near You?
If you use InDesign or any of the Adobe Creative Suite, you should know about the InDesign User Groups and Adobe User Groups. Both are communities of like minded people connected by use of the same software and a desire to create beautiful design. There are Users Groups on six continents and most major (and many minor) cities that meet monthly to share tips and see presentations on the latest offerings from Adobe. You owe it to yourself to see if there is a group meeting near you.
Edge allows the user to create animation without knowing how to markup, script, or code anything. It is all menus, sliders, and time lines. The only time you really need to deal with code is when importing it to DreamWeaver, and then it is just cut and paste. I will admit that given the time constraints of the meeting, the animation that was built wasn’t all that impressive (a bouncing circle and a bouncing square; images that moved in an out of a box). The ease at which this animation could be created, however, was impressive. You can also create buttons on the page that can be clicked on to put the animation in motion.
It is clear that Adobe envisions Edge being used with DreamWeaver to create Web pages. I don’t know how or if they plan to incorporate it into InDesign, but I hope they do. Having the ability to create animation and easily add in to InDesign files for ePUB3 export or having the ability to add it into ePUB3 after export would be a fantastic tool for ePUB creators.
Edge also gives ePUB creators a chance to create animated content and look at the code that makes it work. Edge is available now from Adobe Labs for FREE. You can download it here. It is worth playing with if for no other reason than it will familiarize you with the tools you will be using in ePUB3.
So what do you think of Adobe Edge? Will you use it for ePUB3?