Once you open Edge Animate, users of Flash Professional will immediately recognise the interface with a few noteworthy additions. First-time users might look at the layout and feel a little overwhelmed but Adobe has thoughtfully created a series of tutorials built into the product. The tutorials take you through all aspects of the program so that you will be up and running in no time — it should be a huge timesaver for teachers looking to implement the program in their classrooms. We would strongly suggest that all users undertake the tutorials so they gain a strong understanding of the program features.
We started with the tutorials and within literally two minutes had created our first animation.
Edge Animate, like Flash, allows you to create content using the drawing and text tools. Additionally it allows you to add motion to existing HTML documents. The program features a WebKit-based design surface and an intuitive timeline. You can animate HTML elements such as text and images (including SVG format) by modifying their visual properties in conjunction with the timeline. Edge Animate includes interactivity features such as looping, hyperlinks and animation control.
It is easy to think that this is a simple animation program; once you scratch the surface, however, Edge Animate is a powerful yet easy-to-use piece of software. As an example, you can easily animate elements along fully customisable, fine-grain motion paths for highly expressive movements. You can also apply easing functions and use motion paths in resizable layouts. You can create custom templates for quicker access to reusable assets, which can save time when you are working on repetitive projects.
Content created with Edge Animate is designed to work reliably on iOS and Android devices as well as in modern browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9+. Edge Animate is available on both Mac OS and Windows.
Software reviewed by Rosemary McDowall and Bill Gillespie. Bill teaches at Elanora Heights PS and Rosemary at The Forest HS. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Bill is an Adobe Education Leader.