Adobe announced Shadow, a new labs tool for Web developers and designers that makes it easy to synchronize experiences across mobile devices.
Systems has released Adobe Shadow, a new tool for Web professionals that
simplifies optimizing Web experiences across mobile devices.
delivered Adobe Shadow Labs Release 1
at the SXSW 2012 festival in Austin, Texas, on
March 7. Adobe Shadow enables Web developers and designers to work faster and
more efficiently by streamlining preview and customization of Websites for
bowman, a senior product manager at Adobe, told eWEEK Adobe Shadow "is for Web developers and designers who
care about what their site looks like on mobile devices."
a March 7 blog post, Bowman said mobile compatibility is a top demand of Web
designers today, but Adobe heard from its community that building sites for
mobile devices is a huge pain point in their workflow. "The common process
we heard was to manually key in the URLs on each device to check the layout and
performance of each page of a site designnothing short of tedious," he
However, "Adobe Shadow aims to
alleviate the time and stress of working on Websites across mobile browsers,"
Bowman said. "Web pros can wirelessly pair multiple smartphones and
tablets with their computer and simultaneously view real-time previews of Web
content across multiple iOS and Android devices, quickly seeing refreshed Website
designs with live updates. We heard from the community that emulators and
simulators just won't cut it and it's absolutely critical that Website
compatibility is checked on the actual devices. Adobe Shadow's
synchronized browsing nearly eliminates the need to touch the device, but still
provides a real, on-device experience."
Adobe Shadow can be used with any
integrated development environment (IDE) or text editor to fit into every
mobile Web development workflow. Shadow also provides remote inspection and debugging
so developers can inspect the DOM, as rendered on the device, make changes to
markup and styles, and see changes instantly on any paired device.
"We didn't want to tie Shadow to any
one coding environment," Bowman said.
Bowman noted that Shadow does not need to
be used with an Adobe product. And it delivers on Adobe's HTML5 strategy by
providing tooling support for the changing landscape of the open Web.
Adobe Shadow is loosely based on the Weinre tool, according to Bowman.
Weinre is WEb INspector Remote and is pronounced like the word
"We're doing a lot of this with a
tool called Weinre," Bowman said. "But it's really pretty hairy. So
we're making it easier to work with. We have a lot of expectations for Weinre
Bowman demonstrated Shadow for eWEEK, showing more than 20 devicesincluding
all manner of smartphones and tabletsall browsing synchronously. He said Adobe
has had more than 35 devices connected and browsing at once.
"For a design services agency,
there's simply no better tool to ensure your users are having the experience
you design for them," said Adam Chromicz, senior design engineer at design
company Hot Studio. "Adobe Shadow has even helped our developers have a
little bit of fun adding new devices to our testing process."
"Reviewing and debugging Web
development projects on mobile devices is tedious and time-consuming,"
said David Bliss, founder of Odopod, a digital design agency. "After only
a short time with Adobe Shadow, it is clear that it will save us a good deal of
time and frustration."
"We're really excited to deliver
Shadow and start simplifying the pain points of previewing, inspecting and
presenting mobile Web content," Bowman said in his post. "We encourage
Web Pros to download the free Labs Release 1 of Adobe Shadow
available now at http://adobe.com/go/shadow
and provide the team with feedback."
Adobe Shadow comprises several components, including Mac and
Windows desktop software, a Google Chrome extension for desktop browser
synchronization, and mobile apps for iOS and Android tablets and phones. Free
Android and iOS applications for Adobe Shadow are currently available in the Android Market and the iTunes Store. Adobe Shadow supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, as well as HTML,
available in the second half of 2012 in the Adobe Store and will also be
available as part of the Adobe
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