Adobe Edge overviewSun, Jul 31 2011 23:39:04 PDT by Patrick Lambert filed under features
What is Edge?
Preview 1 is a 65Megs download, and a very fast install. It does require you to register for a free Adobe account if you don't already have one, but after that the process is very simple. Once installed, you can start it and see that the interface is actually very similar to a simplified animation program.
Like any animation software, Edge has a timeline at the bottom of the screen which is where all the changes are tracked. On the left side, you see all the properties of the elements you add to the canvas. So if you draw a rectangle, for example, you can then adjust its opacity, color, size, position, and so on in the properties, and add keyframes on the timeline, and Edge will fill in the rest.
You don't have to rely on just shapes either. You can import text, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) or images, and Edge will use the element of HTML5 to display and animate them. The program also provides many easing functions to make the animations look better, such as bouncing or slowing down.
Once you get used to the interface, it's extremely easy to use. Simply position the cursor on the timeline, then modify the canvas as you wish, same as in After Effects or Flash. There are several examples on their site that you can download to see how they work.
Adobe Edge is an interesting tool for any animator or web designer to take a look at. It's free, and will work for 150 days. Adobe promises several new versions with more features to come. This is still early software and is likely to have bugs in it, but for enthusiasts, it's worth taking a look at.
Give it a try: here