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 capabilities.
“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 evolve.”