Adobe has launched a suite of tools that add to Creative Suite's toolset for creating websites using modern web standards. Though delivered through Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, they are largely available to users who haven't paid for a full subscription to the mix of tools and services.
There are four tools in the suite: Edge Animate 1.0 (previously in beta), Edge Code, Edge Inspect 1.0 and Edge Reflow – plus the new free Edge Web Fonts service that Adobe is offering next to its paid-for TypeKit service. TypeKit joins the Edge tools and the previously-available PhoneGap Build in this suite, Adobe is calling Edge Tools and Services.
Edge Reflow is a responsive design layout tool for building grid layouts that change depending on the browser window size or device a site is being viewed on. Adobe describes it as 'fairly early in development', so the company isn't releasing a beta until later this year.
Edge Inspect 1.0 was called Shadow when it was in development. It allows site creators to preview HTML content on mobile devices. It's free for use with a single device - use with more requires a paid-for Creative Cloud subscription.
Edge Webfonts includes hundreds of open-source web fonts. These can be used both in sites and apps.
Adobe says that the release is part of its strategy to evolve its tools to keep up with emerging web standards. It says it aims with the Edge Suite was to create tools that didn't try to do too much – they should be focussed on specific tasks and do those better than other tools. They should work well on their own – and with tools from other software developers. Lastly they should aid productivity but not hide underlying web technologies.
An update to Dreamweaver is also on its way, Adobe has divulged. No release date has been agreed, but the Dreamweaver team aims to simplify and clean up parts of the interface including the Inspect panel – and add more HTML 5 tags.