March 07, 2012

Introducing Adobe Shadow for mobile development

Emulators only get you so far, and that’s where the new Adobe Shadow comes in:

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… Adobe Shadow’s synchronized browsing nearly eliminates the need to touch the device, but still provides a real, on-device experience.



Adobe Shadow is available now, in English, worldwide on Adobe Labs. It’s made 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.

Check it out and let us know what you think via the forum on Labs.

Posted by John Nack at 8:57 AM on March 07, 2012


  • Jeremy Chone — 4:40 PM on March 08, 2012

    Ok, this is the best thing ever Adobe did for Mobile Web Designer/Developers, and this is coming from an ex-Adobe-Employee Flex guy!

    Just tested on my iPad, and I can inspect iPad DOM element from my PC Chrome, and can even run JS in the console from my PC Chrome to run on my iPad webview.

    Genius, just genius.

  • Dave Story — 10:09 PM on March 08, 2012

    very nice and simple idea! well done!

    But I disagree with the previous poster — I think the Dreamweaver with running embedded browser in CS4 was great!

    — Dave

  • Jens Larsson — 12:20 AM on March 09, 2012

    The video dont play, just the sound. All black.

  • Pedro Estarque — 6:45 PM on March 11, 2012

    This is not getting the attention it deserves. It’s seriously cool.

    Adobe seems to be moving away from big monolithic Apps to tiny especial purpose ones.
    I’m not sure if it’s the best decision for everything, but shadow is perfect as it is.

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