September 12, 2010
Illustrator CS5 gains HTML5 chops
Double rainbow ‘cross the sky, oh my God, so intense... Wait, that’s something else–but this is pretty great, too: the Illustrator team has just released the Illustrator CS5 HTML5 Pack, downloadable from Adobe Labs. Highlights include the ability to:
- Export named character styles as CSS
- Export artwork appearances as CSS
- Include selected Graphic Styles as CSS in SVG
- Create parameterized SVG (vector graphics tagged with variables)
- Create multi-screen SVG (leveraging media queries to serve up design variations)
I’m curious to see whether this news makes it onto the Mac sites that’ve beaten Adobe up for a perceived lack of enthusiasm about HTML5 (tough, as it just doesn’t fit that sterile, stupid narrative). The funny thing is that these changes build on the SVG support that Illustrator has been shipping for ten years. Sometimes it just takes a while for the world to catch up.
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch wasn’t kidding when he said, “We’re going to make the best tools in the world for HTML5.” These Illustrator developments have been in the works for a while; Dreamweaver has just made its HTML5 Pack for CS5 official; and you’ll see more from Adobe going forward.
Update: Here’s a demo from evangelist Greg Rewis: