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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)

Converting assets into symbols

Symbols in Adobe Edge reside in the Library and are self-contained objects with their own Timeline and behaviors. Instances of Symbols can be dragged out of the Library and placed upon the main Stage, or even within other Symbols, where their properties can be adjusted like any other element.


The Autoplay timeline option in this dialog determines whether the Symbol will play on its own or will require a manual command from the Edge API to begin playback.

Create a Symbol

To create a Symbol in Edge, perform the following steps.

  1. 1. Create a new Edge project and save it to the local disk.

  2. 2. Use the Rectangle tool to draw out an element upon the Stage.

  3. 3. If you wish, adjust the properties of your element before proceeding.

  4. 4. Be sure that your element is selected using the Selection tool.

  5. 5. In the Edge menu, choose Modify | Convert to Symbol…

  6. 6. A small Create Symbol dialog will appear which provides the option to give the Symbol a custom name. Type in a meaningful...