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The Adobe Edge Preview is billed as a product of Adobe Labs, and that’s apt. At this stage, everything about it feels experimental (and not always effective). Still, I know of no other tool that can do what Edge can, and the fact that even Adobe struggles to do it successfully is testament to the scope of the problem Edge is trying to tackle.

Even once it matures, however, Edge’s approach won’t be for everyone. Some developers will object to using Adobe’s proprietary JavaScript libraries, while others will prefer to have more direct control over animations at the code level. Edge is probably too bulky a tool if all you want is to dress up corporate Web pages with fancy effects. On the other hand, it could be an effective way to deliver banner ads, infographics, how-to demos, and other canned animations without the need for browser plug-ins—provided, that is, Adobe can provide a richer tool set and overcome some of Edge’s current performance problems.

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►Mini Matmian’s comments (^SL):

First off, I hold my hands up and say I’m in no way an AS3/Flash expert nor do I have a great deal of experience with Javascript coding and HTML. Although, even with my limited knowledge I had fun playing with Adobe’s beta ‘Edge’ software. The UI is a tad clunky and does have an obvious resemblence to Flash’s UI in alot of ways (which, I guess, is a plus if your used to working in Flash) and like any beta, it did crash quite a bit.

However,  if I could create something that would just about pass as an animated canvas calling on jQuery libraries (with little to no coding), then I can see how Edge might become a useful part of a developers work-flow in the future.

Like the article said, it’s probably not the type of software an experienced coder would use but for someone starting out, I can see it being a time saver and maybe a stepping stone onto learning to code independent of the Edge UI.

It’s at least worth checking out Adobe’s preview samples of what can be created in Edge.