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Adobe Kills Flash Name, Rebrands It As Animator-Friendly Animate CC

With the Flash name now a liability in the tech world, Adobe announced today that it will kill the Flash name, in deference to the emergence of HTML5 as an online video standard, and reintroduce the software as Adobe Animate CC in January.

Adobe says that the rebrand is “much more than just a name change” and unveiled a new video today in which Michael Chaize, principal Creative Cloud evangelist, explains some of the new features in Animate CC:

At first glance, Animate CC seems to be more animator-friendly with Illustrator-level vector art brushes and less focus on website banners and buttons. The Capture CC app also looks promising as a way of quickly translating line art to vector, though it lags behind animation software like Toon Boom Harmony, which has those capabilities built into the program.

Adobe, for once, is even pushing the fact that its software can be used by broadcast animators, citing in today’s announcement that Flash is “widely used in the cartoon industry by powerhouse studios like Nickelodeon and Titmouse Inc.” While the claim is not untrue, it should be noted that most Nick shows today are currently made in Toon Boom.

Here’s the feature list for 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.

Animation community, what’s your take? Will you be giving Animate CC a try when it’s released in January or are Flash’s best days behind it?

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  • ThatGuy

    Doesn’t matter what they call it, Flash will never be “animator-friendly” Just use ToonBoom.

  • ThatGuy

    Doesn’t matter what they call it, Flash will never be “animator-friendly” Just use ToonBoom.

  • Unhuttburt

    Beethoven had his critics too. I’ve made loads of animations in flash, it never did me any harm. I’ll definitely be taking a look at this.

  • Unhuttburt

    Beethoven had his critics too. I’ve made loads of animations in flash, it never did me any harm. I’ll definitely be taking a look at this.

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    Seeing this video was just a headache to watch. Before going into a rant, I guess we will have to credit Steve Jobs for pointing out how outdated Flash is, as Adobe is now recognizing it with this new direction for their software.

    Watching this video did not give me an impression of wanting to give it a second chance. At all. It didn’t look really new or interesting to where you want to try this software, especially where the other animation software give animators the necessary tools for their creations.

    In showcasing Animate, it only looked like an updated look of Flash, without it really being open to hand drawn animators. This has been a very late change from Adobe to see if animators would still use them or bring in more people, and it doesn’t help that this announcement providing lackluster upgrades for the software. I really wished Adobe would have studied and/or listened to real animators in making a better software for the needs, whether for online web banners, or actual hand drawn animation. I’m just not feeling this.

  • Grant Beaudette

    Proof positive Adobe will straighten stuff out if you give them 5 or 6 years.

    As someone who just recently stopped using CS3, I’m kind of excited.

  • Mukpuddy

    At Mukpuddy we’ve built our small business on the use of Flash so we’ll definitely be giving this a go!

  • Jack

    ‘This show is Animate Animated’ Yep that will make sense as well as cause no troubles with searching it up without putting in ‘adobe’

  • http://www.sqschwartz.com SQSchwartz

    It looks like…a name change…
    This doesn’t even take into consideration animators who don’t like working in vector. I believe even toonboom goes both ways. This is just a rebrand. I’ll just stick to animating with photoshop. It’s a pain but I like the look.

    • Ezra Edmond

      If you don’t like working in vector, Flash has always been exclusively Vector for creating work. That’s why it was made to begin with, Photoshop is so much better for drawing, and you can render them out in AE pretty easily (but I don’t like the in program animation tool)

      • http://www.sqschwartz.com SQSchwartz

        Yeah, it’s true Flash has always been vector, I was just saying if they really wanted to appeal to animators, they’d make it a hybrid program. They’d never do it in a thousand years tho (at least I don’t think so)
        Photoshop’s timeline feature, while not very intuitive, can put out some really nice non-vector animation work. No AE required…unless you’re working with sound/editing.

    • Ezra Edmond

      If you don’t like working in vector, Flash has always been exclusively Vector for creating work. That’s why it was made to begin with, Photoshop is so much better for drawing, and you can render them out in AE pretty easily (but I don’t like the in program animation tool)

  • Patrick Benoit

    Monthly subscription fees? Nope. Never in a million years.

    • Chad Townsend

      cheaper than toon boom

      • Alexandria Lynn

        …And that’s why I love being a college student… DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE!!!

      • Alexandria Lynn

        …And that’s why I love being a college student… DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE!!!

  • http://www.boogatech.com/ Markham

    Yeah, Flash 8 was supposed to be the holy grail for animators as well, and most of our suggestions went ignored. CS3 introduced Actionscript 3, which was an improvement for generated effects, but you still had to figure out how to trick Flash into exporting them correctly outside of an SWF. CS4 was a complete disaster. CS5 and 6 didn’t really add much more for animators, other than fixing bugs while adding others. I haven’t bothered trying anything CC, since I don’t have any desire to micromanage a subscription for renting software, especially since I’ve already paid for CS6.

    I’ll still use Flash, it’s not a bad program, but upgrades from Adobe haven’t really been worth the money.

    • http://robertkohr.com/ Robert Kohr

      There were a bunch of features added in CC 2015 that were the result of Adobe reaching out to animation and broadcast companies asking for input. They added a few additional updates in this update along with the name change.

  • http://www.boogatech.com/ Markham

    Yeah, Flash 8 was supposed to be the holy grail for animators as well, and most of our suggestions went ignored. CS3 introduced Actionscript 3, which was an improvement for generated effects, but you still had to figure out how to trick Flash into exporting them correctly outside of an SWF. CS4 was a complete disaster. CS5 and 6 didn’t really add much more for animators, other than fixing bugs while adding others. I haven’t bothered trying anything CC, since I don’t have any desire to micromanage a subscription for renting software, especially since I’ve already paid for CS6.

    I’ll still use Flash, it’s not a bad program, but upgrades from Adobe haven’t really been worth the money.

  • Sharkey Shyster

    This is very interesting news. Flash was dead and buried in one of my shorts a couple of months ago.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQl23r2jTUI

    I’m very interested to see what this new package can do!

  • https://franciskim.co Francis Kim

    long live Flash!

  • ScamScum

    Really Flash should only be used to move around complex shapes (MLP comes to mind). Otherwise, it just looks plain lazy.

  • Rick

    When the walk cycle they show in the promo of the software isn’t that great… doesn’t it tell you enough about their love for animation? I don’t think they have a clue.

  • http://www.williecastro.com Willie Castro

    Love this blog. First time commenting.
    I’m not a software engineer or programmer, so I can’t begin to understand how difficult adding key functions to a complex software would be. However, as a professional animator for over 20 years who has used Flash since it was owned by Macromedia, I fail to understand how they keep missing one of the most important things that is needed for broadcast quality animation – a BUILT IN CAMERA TOOL!!!! – (that actually works). If Adobe really wants to compete with Toon Boom Harmony, they need to add this! Also some cool deform tools wouldn’t hurt. I just don’t get it. Some brilliant software engineer at Adobe has to be aware of this – yes?

  • Fluffydips

    Can’t wait to see the next Johnny Test jump out from the pits of hell.

  • Mightyflog

    They feel and look all the same to me. I like Flash. I had no problem with it. Many people have created cool animations in flash and still do. Since I use AE and Premiere on a subscription basis I”ll use it because it is part of my subscription. I can’t afford Toon Boom right off the bat.

  • http://www.bobharper.com Bob Harper

    Excited by some of the advancements but is there going to be a F*cking camera??????

  • http://www.sqschwartz.com SQSchwartz

    I’ve thought about it. But the price tag is a little steep. I use photoshop for a lot of other things and I’ve gotten a process down. One day maybe.

    • schwarzgrau

      Yea, that’s unfortunately true. But after animating a while in PS and now around three years in TVPaint I have to say it’s worth it.

  • GBF

    I’ve used Flash for 14 years and it has had very minimal improvements the best versions are still Flash MX 5 (pre-adobe), Cs3, and 2014. Even 2015 is buggy so I am a bit weary of crossing over but I will give it a shot. Toon Boom is an attempt to be Flash but with a worse interface and a weak version of AE built in. There is no competition for quality when it comes to using the full adobe suite, no program is good enough independently which is why its best to integrate Flash with After Effects, then you end up with a real mammoth of a program.

    A lot of people hate flash because they don’t understand how to use it, but once you get around all the little glitches and hiccups that are a part of any computer program it works great.

  • thisisjakea

    I’m happy to see Adobe acknowledge who’s actually using this program for once. Also excited about the new features. I know toon boom does all that stuff already, but Flash is still my daily use program (as is still for most studios in NY), and the name change is welcomed.

    GOOD JOB ADOBE xoxo

  • Ryoku240

    They could call it “Gold”, and I’d still call it “An expensive way to make Newgrounds animation”.