Shining the Light on Shadow, Adobe’s New Mobile Web Workflow Tool

New Tool for Web Professionals Makes it Simple to Optimize Web Experiences Across Mobile Browsers

Today we’re excited to introduce a brand new offering – Adobe Shadow Labs Release 1, which enables Web developers and designers to work faster and more efficiently by streamlining preview and customization of websites for mobile devices.

Mobile compatibility is a top demand of Web designers today, but we were hearing from the web community that building sites for mobile devices was 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 design – nothing short of tedious.

Adobe Shadow aims to alleviate the time and stress of working on websites across mobile browsers. 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 in conjunction with any integrated development environment (IDE) or text editor to fit into every mobile Web development workflow. Shadow 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’re really excited to deliver Shadow and start simplifying the pain points of previewing, inspecting and presenting mobile web content. 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.

We’ll be showing off Shadow for the first time at SXSW Interactive this week, details on the sessions are below. Or you can catch a video demo here: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-technology-sneaks-2012/adobe-shadow

Shadow at SXSW

Adobe will also be hosting a Creative Camp session on Shadow entitled, Boost your Mobile Workflow with Adobe’s Newest Product – Monday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m.- Noon in the Radisson Town Lake Ballroom.

Availability & Requirements

Adobe Shadow is available now, in English, worldwide on Adobe Labs. Adobe Shadow is comprised of 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.

About Bruce Bowman

Sr. Product Manager, Edge Tools & Services, twitter: @brucebowman, @EdgeInspect
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