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Spotlight: Adobe Edge Animate for Flash users

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Adobe Edge is a suite of web development tools developed by Adobe Systems. Edge Animate has been developed as an alternative method of creating browser-delivered content.

You can use Edge Animate to build interactive, responsive, animations based on a foundation of HTML5, Javascript, jQuery and CSS3. These animations are compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone and other HTML5-compatible browsers.

You can download a free trial version of Edge through the Adobe website.

Edge vs. Flash

Edge is aimed at Flash animators looking for a visual way into the world of HTML, CSS and JavaScript-based animations, particularly the relatively simple animations that are found in Flash-based advertisements.

When creating animations using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, developers have to be comfortable writing raw code in text editors. Due to that developers have been the driving force behind web standards-based animation.

Designers and animators accustomed to development tools like Flash, which offers visual layouts and drag-and-drop animation, have been left out of the web standards animation trend.

Edge is Adobe’s attempt to bring the good parts of the Flash development app — visual animation tools, keyframe-based timelines and a stage where you can drag-and-drop objects — to the world of web standards-based animation.

But, instead of publishing your animations as Flash files, Edge publishes them as web standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Edge software will look familiar to Flash developers because Edge looks and behaves much like Adobe’s Flash development environment with a timeline, keyframes and editing tools. If you know how to use Flash, you’ll be up to speed with Edge in no time.

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The main differences between Flash CC and Edge Animate are:

  • Flash doesn't export as responsive HTML and Edge does.
  • Flash doesn't accept SVG input and Edge does.

These two factors prove Edge to be the better tool for HTML canvas animation. If you’re a Flash developer looking to expand your repertoire to include HTML, CSS and JavaScript animations, Edge is the right choice.

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Create HTML5-based animations and interactive compositions using Edge

One of the most powerful motion graphics tool for the web. With it, you can:

  • Add a wide range of content (images, text, SVG, videos and audio) to your projects.
  • Create graphic assets with popular image-editing tools, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Edit property-based keyframes to precisely control movement and make special effects.
  • Work in a familiar timeline - based interface, similar to Adobe Flash Professional.
  • Define element movements visually with motion paths
  • Design animations faster using the innovative Pin tool.
  • Construct sophisticated animations and interactivity with ease using symbols.

Edge Animate Courses at Academy Class

Academy Class designed Edge Animate coursework to help you acquire new or modify and reinforce existing knowledge and make learning a fun-filled experience. Learn how to create HTML5-based animations and interactive compositions for use on the web and in digital publications such as fixed layout EPUBs and Adobe DPS.

Adobe-certified and highly experienced trainers will provide you with practical examples along with the technicalities of the software and help you focus on your weak areas to guarantee success. Trainer's ability to give special attention to your needs will make even technical education a fulfilling experience.

Academy Class provides you supportive learning environment and up-to-date syllabus. Moreover, if you are not content with what you have learned, we offer you free of charge retake of the sessions, within 6 months of your first day of training. Now you do not have to worry about investing a huge amount in training and not reaping the benefits.

Academy Class Adobe Edge training courses are designed to get you up to date as swiftly as possible. In just two days, you will learn to create interactive HTML animation for the web, advertising, digital publishing and more. Check out the next course dates below.

Next Edge Animate class dates

Edge Animate 101 Yellow Belt


• November 9 - 10

• January 19 - 20


• January 19 - 20

• February 29 - 1

Edge Animate for Flash Users


• November 9 - 10

  • January 19 - 20  


• January 19 - 20  

• February 29 - 1

Meet your Edge Animate trainer: Ian Gilbert

    0bc2af2.jpg       Ian Gilbert enjoys using various software packages and learning about the latest technology. Working as a trainer at Academy Class is a great opportunity for him to pass on his passion to the delegates.

Ian excels at creating engaging course content and adapting the learning to suit the individual learner's needs and requirements. All his training has a focus on practical projects giving time for delegates to practice techniques. This way of teaching ensures a higher retention of information.

Ian is highly skilled trainer who has undertaken training in such organisation as NHS, BUPA, Ikea, police force, army, Canon, councils, and universities.

He teaches a wide range of software and topics to an advanced level, many of which he is qualified in as an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI):

  • Adobe Edge Animate
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign  
  • Adobe Illustrator 
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Flash                                                                                                                          

 Ian trained and worked for many years as a technical illustrator in England and Germany creating illustrations for companies such as Ford, Opal, George Foreman, Russell Hobbs, London Underground, Pfaff. He has also worked as a graphic designer on both print and web based projects.

Ian is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and course leader and taught 16-19-year-old students on BTEC and A-Level courses at Manchester College of Arts and Technology. He was also responsible for course content creation, teaching, grading and validating other lecturers work.

Academy Class delegates enjoy learning with Ian and have found his training invaluable.

What delegates say about Ian:

               addleshawgoddardlogo.png “Friendly instructor engaged with a group, I felt I could ask questions and get a good answer.” Rachel Sartain from Addleshaw Goddard

“Found Ian's way of teaching very helpful, enabled me to understand the course as it takes me a while to take in new information.” Angela Rudder from Addleshaw Goddard

“Ian was absolutely brilliant. He showed a huge amount of patience with us all and really helped us individually. He made it enjoyable and answered all our questions. I would happily come back again if he was providing training.” Venu Tetali from Addleshaw Goddard

What delegates say about our Edge Animate courses:

     bgsLogo.png               “Well laid out and organised course. Has given me an understanding of how Adobe Edge works.” Ian Longhurst from British Geological Survey        

“All the emails and instructions for getting here were nice and clear. Very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Got exactly what I wanted from the course.” Ben Brown from GB New Media Limited      

2575.png              “The class was well paced and engaging and the tutorials were relevant and interesting. The most valuable was learning the variety of animation in Edge. ” Jayne Unsworth from Baillie Gifford  

Academy Class Offers for Edge Animate Courses  

At Academy Class, you can up-skill in Edge Animate quickly and easily.  

Whether you’re an individual designer wishing to improve your skills or a training manager who needs to get your team using the application quickly and professionally, we have the best deals available.

Early-Bird                                                                                                                                     We offer a 30% discount on training for courses booked three months in advance or 15% off of Jumpstart courses.  

This cannot be used on top of any other discount/offer or with ANY Creative License Package or Off Peak classes .

Training Vouchers                                                                                                           Training vouchers are a great option should you need several people on your team to develop a wide skill set.

Academy Class vouchers are an effective way to save on your training costs, and will ensure the maximum benefit from all of your training investment.

Freelance Discount                                                                                                           Should you work for a charity, educational establishment or work as a freelancer it’s possible to claim a 15% discount from any of our open courses.  

The discount cannot be used with any other discount or offer. Neither can it be used with any Jumpstart Class, Creative License Package or Off-Peak class.

For more information on the various deals and more information about our courses, contact us on +44 (800) 1143205 or drop us an email at training@academyclass.com.                            





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