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Adobe has launched yet another new tool, this time by the name of Adobe Shadow. Contrary to what you may expect, this tool is actually free (for now), and is aimed at web developers who are struggling with their website’s mobile compatibility.

Abobe Shadow is an Adobe Labs product which helps developers design and debug mobile layouts for websites, by wirelessly coupling any desktop computer with any phone or tablet. By doing this, the developers can experience the website on mobile in real time, and correct any glitches in the layout. This method should be more reliable that various emulators, as it provides access to the actual mobile experience on the device (provided you actually own the device you need to check).

Adobe Shadow can be used with any integrated development environment (IDE) or text editor, and can be couple with any Android or iOS device. You can download the tool for free from the Adobe Shadow website (available for Windows or Mac). Browser synchronization is available only for Chrome, and there are Android and iOS clients for the actual coupling. After installing it and trying it out, you’re free to log on to the Adobe Shadow discussion forum and provide your feedback on the product.

Will you try using Adobe Shadow, or do you feel that emulators are good enough for the job?

Source: Adobe Shadow Team Blog


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