Adobe Animate

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Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash Professional) is a multimedia authoring and computer animationprogram developed by Adobe Systems.[1]

Animate is mostly used to design vector graphics and animation, and publish the same for television programs,online video, websites, web applications, rich internet applications, and video games. The program also offers support for raster graphics, rich text, audio and video embedding, and ActionScript scripting. Animations may be published for HTML5, WebGL, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) animation and spritesheets, and legacy Flash Player (SWF) and Adobe AIR formats.[2]

It was first released in 1996 as FutureSplash Animator, and then renamed Macromedia Flash upon its acquisition by Macromedia. It was created to serve as the main authoring environment for the Adobe Flashplatform, vector-based software for creating animated and interactive content. It was renamed Adobe Animate in 2016 to better reflect its market position then, since over a third of all content created in Animate usesHTML5.[3][2][4]


Adobe Flash Is Dead in Name Only

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FLASH IS FINALLY dead. Well, the name is, anyway.

The platform that was until yesterday known as Adobe Flash Professional CC is now Adobe Animate CC. What does that mean? According to an Adobe statement announcing the change, it’s part of an ongoing commitment to “evolve to support multiple standards,” specifically HTML5. In practice, though, the answer is: not much. Meet the new Flash, same as the old Flash, and still a security-addled, closed-off mess.

The good news, at least, is Adobe seems to acknowledge the inevitability of an HTML5 world. A simple rebranding, though, doesn’t do much to get us there.

Not Dead Yet

When Adobe Animate CC debuts early next year, it will introduce features like new vector art brushes, easy access to high-quality stock art, and the ability to rotate the canvas 360 degrees from any pivot point. Fun stuff!

What it won’t do, though, is fix the various security problems that have plagued Flash for years. Flash the platform has a new name, but Flash the development tool lives on. It’s just no longer the focus, both because of the negative associations clouding the brand, and because it’s no longer the primary weapon in a developer’s arsenal. It’s had to make room for the future, and so has Adobe.