Adobe today launched the first products and services in its Edge suite of HTML5 development tools. Adobe Edge Animate 1.0 aids Web developers and designers in the creation of animation and interactive content; Edge Inspect (formerly called Shadow) provides simultaneous cross-mobile-device previewing and debugging. The third product to go live today was Edge Web Fonts, a new font service offering more than 500 free fonts including two new ones from Adobe.

The company also demonstrated two other Edge tools that are currently in development. The first is a design tool, Edge Reflow, designed to facilitate the development of so-called “responsive” pages that alter their layout depending on the size and resolution of the device they’re being viewed on—a technique that is becoming more popular as a way of handling the ever-increasing number of different form factors in common use. The second is Edge Code, a more programmer-oriented code editor with live previewing and the ability to expand and edit CSS and JavaScript from within the HTML view, rather than having to jump between files.

As well as these Edge tools, Adobe announced the release of PhoneGap Build. This cloud service takes HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, and combines them together to produce applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, webOS, BlackBerry OS, Bada, and Symbian.

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