Adobe and Create the Web - Round up so far

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I just got done watching the Create the Web live stream of the keynote. (Unfortunately I couldn't be in SF this week so I had to watch it remotely.) We will soon be posting a link to the recording for those who missed it. I thought I'd take some time to write up some of the links and announcements from today as well as my thoughts. If I miss anything, or if you have comments and questions, please let me know. I'll try to make this as sensible and organized as possible.


First off - the primary place for most information related to this event and our web efforts in general is I encourage you to peruse the site for full details about what I'm covering below. I'd also encourage you to bookmark the site in general. It's really the best place to find out what we're doing and why.

Along with that you want to bookmark the HTML section of the Adobe Developer Connection. Not to sound like a broken record, but the ADC is probably the most underappreciated developer site out there. It isn't just Adobians talking about Adobe-products, but articles, tutorials, and other resources related to everything web developers care about.

CSS Filters

You guys know I'm something of a noob when it comes to CSS. I can barely design a non-table layout. That being said, I've got a great appreciation for CSS and especially our efforts to improve what you can do with it. At the event today we talked about CSS Filters (which work in iOS6 btw!) and announced the launch of a web based tool that lets you work with them: CSS Filter Lab If you've never seen what these filters can do, please take some time to play with the tool and check out the effects. Even better, you get immediate access to the source code. Even better, if you have some skills with this tool you can contribute your own modifications back!

In case you're curious about CSS Filter support, check the report.

Oh - and when you edit those filters in the lab tool - check out the syntax checking support. Built entirely in JavaScript. The entire lab itself is available for forking at Github:

Dreamweaver CS6

Just a small note on this one - Dreamweaver CS6 gets an update today for improved HTML5 support as well as Adobe Edge Animate support. Apparently it has retina support as well, but as my retina-enabled Mac is in the shop, I can't test this.

Adobe Edge Tools and Services

Speaking of "Edge", what was formerly Edge is now Adobe Edge Animate, and you can see that we've created an entirely family of "Edge" products.

Adobe Edge Animate is now released at version 1.0 - and it is free - details here: If you've yet to play with this tool, check it out. Not only does it make great animations, the code it produces is damn clean. Last time this was demoed at our local user group it got a great reaction.

Just to be clear - that price - it's free.

Adobe Edge Reflow

Responsive web design is kind of a big thing now. If you aren't hearing about it from your clients, you better bet you will soon. We are working on a new tool ('working on' - so it isn't quite available yet) called Adobe Edge Reflow that will make it a lot easier to use. Paul demoed how quickly he could design a site that responded to different sizes all within a tool that made it easy to use. You can see screen shots and more details here:

Oh - and you can follow reflow.


The first font-related announcement was Adobe Edge Web Fonts. This is a collection of 500+ web fonts that you can use for free and without registration. If you can cut and paste code, you can use these fonts. The page I linked to actually provides the code and a live preview:

How can you not use a font called Hobo Std? It practically begs you to use it.

Next up was a new open source font, Source Code Pro. This is a pretty slick font for code editors. It goes a long way to ensure that common issues like the lower-case l characters versus 1 or "Oh" versus "Zero" are not an issue. If you have trouble installing, you can get the downloads here: I recommend doing it this way - mainly because when I did it the other way I screwed up. Here is a sample:

The other news was that Typekit is working with Monotype Imaging to add a lot more (1000) fonts to the core Typekit library. I'll be 100% honest and say I have no idea who they are, but apparently they are a Big Deal for font folks.

Adobe Edge Code

Next up was the announcement of Adobe Edge Code. This is a branded version of our open source Brackets editor. You can find a new forum just on this product here as well as a FAQ about how Brackets differs from Edge Code.

Brian Rinaldi has a great article on Edge Code over at the ADC: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Code Editing with Edge Code

Adobe Edge Code ships with that sexy new Source Code Pro and also includes a very cool extension that wraps up our new fonts. Here's a screen shot of it in action:

You can download Adobe Edge Code today. Oh, it's free too.

Adobe Edge Inspect

I've raved about Shadow here many times before, and every time we demo Shadow people freak out. Why? Because debugging mobile apps is about as fun as pushing dull needles into your eyes. Or herding cats. Drunk, angry cats who - ok, you get the idea. Shadow has left the beta phase and is now released as a final product with the name Edge Inspect:

Oh, and this is free too. So just to be clear, the absolute best tool to help you debug mobile applications is free.

PhoneGap Build

PhoneGap Build has left the beta tag behind like a bad haircut. You can sign up for free here. If you've never seen PhoneGap Build before, you can read my new article on it here: PhoneGap Build Levels Up

If you don't want to read my overly obtuse stuffy text, I'll tell you that one of the newest revealed features is support for private GitHub repos. People have been asking for that for a while now and it is now available.

If you use Brackets and PhoneGap Build, you can now use a brand new extension that allows you to interact with the service directly in Brackets. You can download the extension here: Christian Cantrell has a nice video demoing the extension:


Ok, time for the emotional, highly biased portion of the blog post. (As if I wasn't heavily biased before. ;) Frankly, this is exactly why I wanted to join Adobe. This is what makes me excited about the web. This is the just the beginning. I hope that you guys are as excited about these announcements as I am. I love the web. I love building things. Tools that make it easier for me to create are - frankly - tools that make my life better. This is - if I may be so bold - the beginning of our sharks with laser beams.

p.s. You can now watch the recording of the keynote at

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/24/2012 at 11:51 PM

thanks for your blog post sir.. mmhh, i want to ask about how to use the whole stuff?? i just registered in the adobe creative to get id and then i've read the plans and pricing that's will be free for 2GB with restricted feature (CMIIW) and then, how to use it?? actually for phonegap build.. do we just upload all the files of js, html and css to the website, then will Phonegap compile itself to mobile apss or is there another approach?? thanks before.

Comment 2 by Carl Von Stetten posted on 9/25/2012 at 12:24 AM

Most of the stuff in the keynote definitely fell in the "cool" category, but right now, doesn't directly apply to what I do on a daily basis. That said, the new open-source Source Code Pro font is awesome! I know, I'm geeking out over a font ;) But in CF Builder, it does make my code easier to read. I was using Consolas, but Source Code Pro is a very noticeable improvement.

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 12:31 AM

Prabu - after you signed up Creative Cloud, did you go to the Apps link? You should be able to download from there.

As for PhoneGap Build - yes, you just zip up your stuff and upload. Please read my article on it.

Carl - heh, well, if you stare at text all day than a new font CAN be pretty crucial. :)

Comment 4 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/25/2012 at 12:51 AM

my download button didn't works sir.. and i didn't know why??

yap, i got it.. phonegap was a really cool stuff!

Comment 5 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:00 AM

Um, you got me there. Let me try signing up as a new person.

Comment 6 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:08 AM

hehe.. sorry if i makes you do a lot of things sir.. in my download link it seems doesn't have anchor text and that's happen too to my "learn more" link under my "download them now" button. but "watch more videos" and "forums" link button they has anchor text.. and redirect to another page.. :3

Comment 7 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:09 AM

Um... so to be clear, when you go to Apps:

You don't have Download, right? Note that some of the tools are not done yet. Here is what you should see:

Comment 8 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:21 AM

yup! i got it, this is mine sir

no such a download links or something words like that in there :(

Comment 9 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:25 AM

You did register, right? I just did and I've got download links. Are you using Windows or a Mac right now?

Comment 10 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:35 AM

yes sir, i just registered on the adobe a few hours ago and still didn't have the links until now.. i'm using Ubuntu but dual OS with windows..

Comment 11 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:46 AM

Ah - these are Windows/OSX only - and the page is probably sniffing that. Can you run it from Windows?

Comment 12 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/25/2012 at 1:51 AM

mmhh.. i see now why i can't see the download links.. haha.. cuz my OS didn't support the adobe product.. so if i have to use it, i should switch to windows, isn't right sir?? ahh, thank you so much to your kindness for helped me so far.. and i'm sorry if my english was bad.



Comment 13 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 2:02 AM

Most of these should work in both Windows and OSX, but you can check an individual product for precise support docs.

Comment 14 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/25/2012 at 11:44 PM

YouTube link for the keynote:

Comment 15 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/26/2012 at 12:35 AM

yap! i'll watch the video asap cz i've limited bandwidth of internet.. oia, sorry if i'm out of topic but do you have any advice or suggestion to become master of programming web like you sir?? cz i'm noob in programming world. big thanks before.

Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/26/2012 at 5:44 AM

I'm no master - just experienced. ;) Frankly, I've been doing this for many years, so I recommend just keeping up at it. Also, spend a lot of time playing with stuff to see how it works.

Comment 17 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/26/2012 at 5:45 AM
Comment 18 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/30/2012 at 8:51 PM

excuse me sir, i want to ask the difference about node.js and backbone.js would you please explain to me a little bit about that?? ty very much.

Comment 19 by Raymond Camden posted on 9/30/2012 at 8:54 PM

Node.js is a server-side framework that allows you to build web apps in JavaScript. It is pretty darn cool and I'm learning it now. (I've got blog posts already.)

backbone.js is used to help you organize JavaScript applications.

Two different things for different purposes.

Comment 20 by @prabu_siiabuabu posted on 9/30/2012 at 10:59 PM

yes sir, i got it now.. yesterday i just a little bit confused about the function between of both.. and now, is clear.. once again, ty very much. and i'm sorry if i asked to you too much question. i hope you'll never mind about it, hehe..

Comment 21 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/1/2012 at 3:59 AM

No worries.