As we wrote in February, everyone is consuming content differently these days. My mom has a netbook, I have a laptop, my friend has a 27″ iMac, my girlfriend has a smartphone and her mom has an iPad.
Since content is now being viewed on more devices and browsers than ever before, you have to design it with that in mind. Websites that adapt to things like screen sizes and operating systems are known as responsive designs, making the web more accessible for everyone.
Adobe has been more and more public lately about what it’s working on (especially in the beta stage), and has just released a new sneak peek of CS6 Dreamweaver, the software giant’s popular website coding environment. This application in particular is great for newcomers to Web design, since it is a cross between a WYSIWYG editor and a full-fledged IDE. Of course, you can do intensive development with Dreamweaver, but after getting use to writing HTML and CSS by hand, I left for more basic tools like Espresso and Coda.
More than ever before, Adobe is embracing emerging technologies and open standards (see Edge), which is why it’s exciting to see the company embrace responsive design with its new “Fluid Grid Layouts” tool.
Adobe has been quite busy as of late, with the recent release of Photoshop CS6 beta garnering nearly half a million downloads in less than a week. I can’t help but love the new push for openness between Adobe and the creative community, which should help foster better products in the long-run.