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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)


Edge is an all-new tool from Adobe (currently in pre-release) that seeks to enable the authoring of motion and interactive experiences through HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in a manner consistent with other Creative Suite applications. The Edge application shares many features with other Adobe products, particularly Flash Professional, After Effects, and InDesign. This book will detail how to use this professional authoring software to create highly engaging content that targets Web standards. Content created in Adobe Edge does not rely on a plugin, so it can be run within any standard browser, even on mobile devices. The goal of this quickstart guide is to provide a direct overview of what it takes to create engaging content for the Web and provide a level of familiarity with Edge in order to actually get it done!

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to Adobe Edge, provides a look at the shifting Web landscape and how changes within devices and browser capabilities have made it possible for Adobe Edge to come about as a useful tool in the field of web design and development.

Chapter 2, The Edge Application Interface, provides a comprehensive overview of the entire Edge application interface. This overview includes a look at the panels, tools, menus, and other application elements that we will need to familiarize ourselves with when using Edge.

Chapter 3, Working with Edge Tools and Managing Assets, delves into many of the tools contained within the Edge application to allow the creation of rectangular elements, text, and assorted other objects.

Chapter 4, Creating Motion with Edge, demonstrates how simple it is to build a composition that involves a number of animated elements and presents a unique toolset for dealing with motion on the Web.

Chapter 5, Adding Interactivity to an Edge Composition, will expand upon the motion-based topics of Chapter 4 through the addition of interactive elements within an Edge project.

Chapter 6, Additional Resources, provides additional resources, which are available over the Internet and also seeks to add a few tips and tricks not covered in the preceding chapters. We close out with a preview of the forthcoming comprehensive book Learning Adobe Edge, Packt Publishing.

What you need for this book

To use this book effectively, the reader will need to download the Adobe Edge Preview from Adobe Labs. This is a free download and Adobe is releasing regular updates to the preview along the way to the release version of the application.

Adobe Edge Preview can be acquired from:

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to get started using Adobe Edge to create engaging and interactive content for the Web. It isn't necessary for the reader to have any prior knowledge of website or motion design.


In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles, and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text are shown as follows: "These elements will default to a<div> HTML element, but can be changed to employ the following HTML elements instead."

A block of code is set as follows:

(function(symbolName) {
Symbol.bindElementAction(compId, symbolName, "${_fvm001}", "mouseover", function(sym, e) {
// Change an Element's contents.
// (sym.$("name") resolves an Edge element name to a DOM
// element that can be used with jQuery)
sym.$("Info").html("August (2000)");

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

Symbol.bindElementAction(compId, symbolName, "${_Rectangle}", "vmousedown", function(sym, e) {
// insert code for vmousedown here
//Edge binding end

New terms and important words are shown in bold. Words that you see on the screen, in menus or dialog boxes for example, appear in the text like this: "Now we will perform the preceding exercise, but this time will employ the Mark to demonstrate an alternate way of creating motion in Edge".


Warnings or important notes appear in a box like this.


Tips and tricks appear like this.

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