Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Our reptilian brains often like to lump an entity in one bucket. We see a lot of folks asking “Is Adobe friend or foe to the Open Web?” Of course, life is much more about nuance. Adobe has a large investment in Flash, but they are also a tools company.
Adobe has mentioned HTML5 tooling in the past, and we have often surmised that there is a HUGE opportunity in HTML5 tooling (which is very much lacking).
Well, now we get to see some meat to the bone as Kevin Lynch is on stage at Google I/O showing off how Adobe is getting big into HTML5.
First, Kevin is showing the HTML5 pack for Dreamweaver. It augments Dreamweaver with code hinting, an updated WebKit for the live view, the fun multiscreen demo that Adobe has been sharing for awhile, and starter layouts for HTML5.
Then we see Kevin use a new prototype tool that allows him to create a rich ad (of course! :) using CSS3 transforms and animations. This is a design tool folks. Think timelines, layers, and more.
It is still early days for these tools, but Adobe said they wanted to get them out to folks as soon as possible to start a discussion with the community. What would you like to see? Going from the world of static-ish pages to rich applications using HTML5 technology… we could sure use some help from tooling.
Update: Kevin announced that Flash will ship the WebM project codecs.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:00 am