Gone In A Flash- Adobe Kills Flash CC, Announces Adobe Animate CC With Multi-Format Support

Adobe recently announced that their ubiquitous multimedia graphics animation software will soon be given a new name- Adobe Animate CC- along with an expanded feature set reaching far beyond Flash (SWF) and AIR formats.

Everyone is familiar Adobe’s flash- from games, to animations and videos, there was a point at which knowledge of flash was indispensable to a web developer.  However, when HTML5 appeared on the scene- creating a set of standards that was much easier to use, more reliable and standardized- the decline of the flash era of online content had begun.  The beginning of the end was marked by the release of the iPhone, and later the iPad- from which Flash support was noticeably missing.  Apple wanted nothing to do with yesterday’s patchwork, unreliable web multimedia format, a format that was created for desktop PCs, not smartphones. The new HTML5 standard could do the job more efficiently and with fewer headaches, and most importantly was built for the new era of web browsing on a tiny handheld screen.  Android’s original stock browser supported a flash plugin, but a lot of content either didn’t format correctly or just failed to work altogether, and when Chrome for mobile was released, flash support was gone from Android phones as well.  Flash however, as a legacy multimedia format, is far from absent in the world of full-screen, desktop oriented websites.

HMTL 5 On The Rise

When Apple went all-in in its support of HTML5 standards, there was only one problem.  Most of the major browsers had limited support for the new standards and hardly any websites featured HTML5 content. Anyone with a first or second generation iPhone remembers loading their favorite website to watch a video only to find that it was unplayable on their mobile browser.  No doubt, Apple was forcing the issue with their support of HTML5- If web developers wanted their content to work on an iPhone or iPad, then they had better start supporting the new standard.  Slowly, starting with major websites, web content started turning away from Flash and towards the incredibly efficient and easy to use HTML5 content. Nowadays, Flash is a niche multimedia format, and as mobile grows, HTML5 will continue to dominate and Flash will continue to decline.

Adobe Animate CC LogoEnter Adobe Animate CC

Flash had been the standard for so long that even with it’s decline in usage, there was still a lot of content being created.  But its days are numbered, and this is why Adobe Flash Professional is basically re-branding as Adobe Animate CC, with the focus being on the fact that this software is an incredibly powerful tool for creating ALL formats of multimedia content- Flash, AIR, and HTML5 included. The reason for this shift can be illustrated in this recent statement on Adobe’s blog: “Today, over a third of all content created in Flash Professional uses HTML5, reaching over one billion devices worldwide. It has also been recognized as an HTML5 ad solution that complies with the latest Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) standards, and is widely used in the cartoon industry by powerhouse studios like Nickelodeon and Titmouse Inc.This is a great decision by Adobe, as the Flash Professional software suite already supports HTML5 output, but judging by its name, one wouldn’t know this.


Here’s what you can expect in Animate CC:

  • Drawing, illustration and authoring
    • Vector art brushes – Modify the path of a stroke after it’s been drawn, and scale them to any resolution without losing quality. You can also make custom brushes and import brushes created with Adobe Capture CC.
    • 360° rotatable canvas – Rotate the canvas on any pivot point as you draw to get the perfect angle and strokes. You can even use this feature with a Wacom Cintiq!
    • Improved pencils and brushes – Draw smooth, precise vector outlines along a curve and get faster live previews.
    • Easier audio syncing – Control audio looping directly on the timeline, without having to code.
    • Faster color changing – Naming tagged colors lets you change one color and have it automatically update your entire project.
    • Colored onion skinning – Easily orchestrate complex animations now that adjacent frames can have different color and alpha values.
  • CreativeSync integration
    • Adobe Stock – Browse and license millions of high-quality photos, illustrations and vector graphics directly in Animate CC. You can even add life to static content by adding animations to them.
    • Creative Cloud Libraries – Access colors, vector graphics and brushes directly as you work.
  • Output capabilities
    • Multiplatform support: HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, Flash (SWF), AIR, video, and custom platforms (such as SVG) via extensions.
    • 4K+ video export – Export videos with custom resolutions for the latest Ultra HD and Hi-DPI displays.
    • Custom resolution export – Revitalize older content by resizing and optimizing them for any resolution, such as Ultra HD and Hi-DPI displays.
    • .OAM support – Export your project as an .OAM file for easy importing to Adobe Muse, InDesign, DPS and Dreamweaver.

Note: When the release becomes available in early 2016, it will be listed as “Adobe Animate CC” in the Creative Cloud desktop application. When you install or update Animate CC, it will be found on your computer as Adobe Animate CC, not Adobe Flash CC.

Previous versions of Flash Professional prior to the 2016 release will continue to be available.

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