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Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide

By : Joseph Labrecque
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Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide

By: Joseph Labrecque

Overview of this book

With the advent of HTML5 and CSS3, web designers can now create sophisticated animations without the need of additional plugins such as Flash. However, there hasn't been an easy way for creating animations with web standards until now. This book enables even those with little knowledge of HTML or programming web content to freely create a variety of rich compositions involving motion and interactivity.Learning Adobe Edge will quickly get you up and running with this professional authoring software to create highly engaging content which targets HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Content created in Adobe Edge does not rely on a plugin ñ so it can be run within any standard browserñ even on mobile.Learning Adobe Edge begins with an overview of the shifting web landscape and the Edge application. We then move on through the variety of panels and toolsets available, and explore the many options we have when creating motion and interactivity using Edge.The book presents the reasoning behind engaging, standards-based web content and how Edge fills the need for professional tooling in this area. In the book we'll examine content creation and how to achieve fluid animation and advanced transitioning through the Edge timeline. Sprinkled throughout the book are tips and references for those coming to Edge from a background in Flash Professional. Whether you are coming to Edge from Flash Professional or are totally new to motion graphics on the web, Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide provides a solid foundation of motion and interactivity concepts and techniques along with a set of demo assets to build upon.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 2. The Edge Application Interface

Adobe Edge boasts a modern, designer-friendly user interface that should be somewhat familiar to longtime users of the Adobe Creative Suite applications. This chapter will run through each aspect of the interface, including:

  • Interface features

  • Application menus

  • The Toolbar

  • The Stage

  • The Timeline

  • Edge panels

After processing the information presented, we should have a clear understanding of the interface as a whole and also the usefulness of individual aspects.

Application interface overview

Being primarily focused on motion and interactivity, the Edge interface places a great emphasis upon modifying element properties over time. We will discover that Edge places many useful sections of the interface such as the Stage, Timeline, and Properties panels in plain view in order to make these tools readily available in our work.

The application window

Whether running Edge on Windows or OS X, the application window will appear very similar across platforms. In many...