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Adobe Updates Edge Animate HTML Animation Tool With Motion Paths, Lets You Host Your Files On Adobe’s CDN

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As part of its general update to Creative Cloud, Adobe today announced the latest version of Edge Animate, its timeline-based tool for creative HTML5 animations. While this is one of the minor updates on a day where the company launched new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and virtually every single other one of its tools, Edge Animate is worth keeping an eye on, especially given that even though it’s still a newcomer in Adobe’s lineup, its focus on HTML5 makes it one of Adobe’s more cutting-edge tools as it switches its focus from Flash to web standards.

In this new version, Edge Animate gets support for motion paths, for example, something Flash developers have long had access to. With this, developers can now use the tool to “animate elements along fully customizable, fine-grain motion paths for highly expressive movements,” as the company noted in today’s announcement.

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With this update, Adobe is also introducing template support in Edge Animate, so users can now save their custom templates for quicker access to their reusable assets.

For developers who focus on mobile projects, this new version also adds support for left and right swipe events for mobile-focused projects.

One of the coolest new features, however, isn’t even about how you create animations in Edge Animate. Adobe now allows you to host your Animate runtime files on its own content delivery network, which is powered by Akamai. This service is available for free as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.

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Adobe’s Dreamweaver Web Dev Tool Gets New Visual CSS Designer, Enhanced Grid Layout And PhoneGap Build Support

dreamweaver_ccAdobe‘s just announced the latest version of Dreamweaver, its tool for quickly developing web content. The new version has now caught up with a number of modern web development techniques and also features support for the company’s new syncing features in Creative Cloud.

Adobe says it has greatly simplified and modernized the Dreamweaver interface in this release, making it more intuitive and allowing for smoother workflows. Adobe has also removed a number of outdated features in Dreamweaver, which should make the app feel lighter and faster.
Dreamweaver CC also now features a new CSS Designer, a visual editing tool, which the company says, will allow developers to easily generate web-standard code for their sites and quickly apply CSS properties such as gradients and box shadows.

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The tool acknowledges that responsive design is here to stay. Dreamweaver now features an enhanced fluid grid layout that allows web designers to construct web designed and responsive sites visually. The uploaded “Fluid Grid Layout” interface, Adobe says, “makes it a cinch to design projects that display on different screen sizes for desktop and devices.”

Edge Web Fonts, the company’s font library powered by Typekit is now also integrated into Dreamweaver, allowing designers to go beyond the usual Arial and Times New Roman fonts on their sites.

For users who target mobile devices with their designs, Dreamweaver CC now also includes some new features. Thanks to PhoneGap Build Support, for example, they can now easily build and package native apps for iOS and Android right inside the application.
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