Adobe Systems is providing a set of HTML5 tools for developers and designers, the Adobe HTML5 Pack. The company made the announcement at the Google I/O show.
Adobe Systems has announced a set of HTML5 tools for developers and
designers, the Adobe HTML5 Pack.
Adobe announced the tool set at the Google I/O conference in San
Francisco on May 18. "The Adobe HTML5 Pack is an
extension to Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, the latest version of the industry-leading
HTML authoring tool for Website design. This extension provides more creative
options to Adobe Creative Suite 5 users-so they can more easily create, deliver
and optimize compelling content consistently, across the widest array of
screens, to maximize revenue streams and forward their businesses," Adobe
said in a news release.
During the May 18 keynote address at Google I/O, Adobe CTO
Kevin Lynch addressed the audience, saying, "HTML5 is great; it's a great
move forward for the Web." Lynch's pronouncement and the new HTML5 tools
might help quell the notion that Adobe has had a different agenda regarding
HTML5. Lynch went on to demonstrate the HTML5 tools and Dreamweaver's
"Availability of this HTML5 Pack extension is the direct result of
positive customer feedback that began at [the]Adobe Max 2009 [developer
conference] when the company first gave a sneak peek of the technology, and
then again most recently following a post on the Adobe Design and Web blog,
where additional HTML5 and CSS3 [Cascading
Style Sheets 3] R&D investments were discussed," the company said.
"The HTML5 Pack extension includes new code hinting for HTML5 and CSS3
capabilities to enable Dreamweaver users to easily make use of new HTML5 tags,"
Adobe continued. "The extension also includes WebKit engine updates and
improvements to support video and audio in Dreamweaver CS5's Live View. With
new CSS3 capabilities users can more easily
design multiscreen Web pages, with previews of how they will render across
multiple browsers and devices. Additionally, the HTML5 Pack features HTML5
starter layouts to the New Document dialog box in Dreamweaver CS5, making it
easier for users to accelerate their efforts to design and develop with the
latest in emerging Web standards."
"Adobe prides itself on delivering industry-defining tools and being
compatible with the most popular Web programming languages, formats, APIs and
libraries," Lea Hickman, senior director for Creative Solutions at Adobe, said
in a statement. "We continue to move forward to support the leading edge
of work in HTML, enabling our customers to deliver creative content taking
advantage of the latest in HTML capabilities."
"Underscoring its commitment to this emerging standard, Adobe has made
its HTML5 Pack extension for Dreamweaver CS5 immediately available, as a free
download, at http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/html5pack.html,"
the company said.
"One of Dreamweaver's great strengths is its extensibility and it's
encouraging to see that Adobe has wasted no time in providing support for those
parts of HTML 5 and CSS3 that are already
supported by several browsers," David Powers, founder of and developer at
Foundation PHP, said in a statement. "By adding support through an
extension, rather than hard-baking it into the core program, Dreamweaver should
be able to keep pace with developments as the specifications and browsers
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