Adobe’s Bruce Bowman on Adobe Shadow

Adobe recently unveiled Shadow, an inspection and preview tool for debugging mobile websites. Devs have responded favourably, and so we wanted to find out more about the origins of the tool. In this interview, we talk to Bruce Bowman, senior product manager, Adobe Shadow, about Shadow’s background and how it will benefit the industry.

.net: What was the initial impetus behind Adobe Shadow?
BB: Shadow conceptually started out as an idea that creative professionals needed a way to preview their work on devices while they worked. With that idea, we began talking to designers and developers, to validate it, and to better understand their workflows. The most excitement came from frontend web designers/developers, because their workflows were tedious and time consuming. They were having to touch all of their devices, over and over again, to type long URLs on tiny keyboards, and constantly fought the devices to stay awake. It was taking a toll on their productivity.

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