Adobe Edge is a suite of web development tools developed by Adobe Systems that enhances the capabilities of its other applications, such as Dreamweaver. The first application in the suite was released in August 2011 as a multimedia authoring tool designed to succeed the Flash platform. In September 2012, Adobe renamed the Edge Animate application, and announced Edge Reflow, Edge Code, and Edge Inspect. Also packaged with the following are Web Fonts Edge, the PhoneGap app, and access to Adobe’s Typekit service. As of November 2015, Edge Reflow, Edge Inspect, and Edge Animate are no longer being actively developed.
Edge Reflow is an application designed to allow for the development of responsive web design. Similarly to Adobe Muse, the Edge Reflow design is based on the visual layout of a web page, rather than the code that makes it up. This was a completely new tool, rather than a reworking of an old application, or one acquired by Adobe. The initial preview was made available to the public in February 2013, after being announced with the rest of the Edge suite in 2012.
A code-based HTML editor, Edge Code is designed to complement the other applications in the suite. It is built on the open source Brackets platform, which launched in June 2012. Rather than replacing Brackets, Edge Code is designed to make it more accessible, and integrates its functionality into existing Adobe applications. As with Edge Reflow, The Edge Code is available as a public preview. In November 2014, Adobe’s efforts will be broken into Brackets.
Edge Inspect, formerly Adobe Shadow, was developed as a way to quickly preview web design on mobile platforms. It allows iOS and Android mobile devices to be paired with a computer, and each device will display the same site using its native render and presentation modes. Rather than previewing a site for desktop viewing, where it is rendered and displayed. Code can be edited, and screenshots from all devices can be collected remotely from the computer that hosts the connection. It was released with the announcement of the Edge suite.
Edge Web Fonts provides access to a collection of online fonts, available for use in web documents. These fonts are provided by Adobe, Google, and independent contributors. The service is integrated with the other Edge suite applications, allowing for larger web development, while remaining compatible with all devices. It is also accessible through the Edge Web Fonts site, which provides the necessary code for inclusion in other sites. It is powered by Typekit, but does not provide the same service, and is completely free.
Typekit is a service that allows subscribers to embed fonts into online documents. Unlike Edge Web Fonts, Typekit requires a subscription, which provides access to the font library. The system was first developed by Small Batch Inc., and purchased by Adobe in October 2011. A free subscription is available to the service, with a more comprehensive option costing an annual fee.
The applications and services in the Edge are available as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service. Subscription is free, although certain aspects are limited. A complete version, costing US $ 49.99 per month, is purchasable from Adobe, and lifts some of the restrictions placed on free subscribers. The complete subscription also comes with access to the other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite, along with 20GB of online storage, compared to the 2GB available to free users.