by Rich Lee

Created

January 19, 2012

Hi everyone,

It gives us great pleasure to introduce Edge Preview 4 today, available on Adobe Labs. As you know, it’s been a while since we launched Preview 3 at MAX last October, and we think Preview 4 is worth the wait. Major new features have been added, as well as usability improvements and fit and finish details that you’ve been asking for. Here’s a quick summary:

Symbols:

  • Create nested animations with independent timelines and interactive capabilities.
  • Programmatically control symbols via exposed APIs  and pre-built code snippets.
  • Edit symbol definitions in the same manner as working with other objects.
  • Specify whether or not a symbol should autoplay or not.
  • Control playback functionality at the playhead location, such as play or stop commands.
  • Scrub or play the timeline to scrub symbols, which will follow symbol commands and autoplay definitions.
  • Easily access symbol definitions and instances in the new Library Panel.

Web Fonts:

  • Add richer typography to your compositions by integrating a web font service. Edge supports the following types:
    • Downloadable font packages (ex: FontSquirrel)
    • Linkable font services (ex: Google Web Fonts)
    • Token font services (ex: Typekit, fonts.com)
    • Access newly added fonts from the list of available fonts.
    • Define a font fallback list for users who don’t have the font in your composition.

Element Display:
Control how long an element is displayed, so they only appear when needed. By default, elements are always on, even if they’re off the stage. They can be configured to be “off” (equivalent to display=”none”), removing them from the HTML rendering tree and reducing resources. Check out the complete list of updates here.

Also check out this new video with Adobe Fellow Mark Anders, who’ll show you how to use the new features in Preview 4.

Please download Edge Preview 4 from Adobe Labs, have fun with it, and let us know what you think!

Thanks,
Rich

COMMENTS

  • By Bos - 6:34 PM on January 20, 2012  

    Let the show begin! Great way to start the new year.