Great news for Flash Artists: Adobe Animate CC

By February 8, 2016Uncategorized

Adobe just announced some really good news for all the Flash Animators in the world.  Adobe Flash CC is now called Adobe Animate CC.  With the name change comes an exciting feature too.  Adobe Animate can export to HTML 5 compatible files.

This is great news for Flash artists, because they can continue to use their skills in the new software as they did before and export quality animations for the web as usual.  Only now, their animations will play efficiently on all devices (including IOS) using native HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS to display them in the browser.

Adobe tried allowing artists to transition from Flash animations to HTML 5 animation by introducing a new toolset called Adobe Edge animate.  However, as good of a tool as it is for authoring great HTML 5 animations, it’s a whole new toolset to learn, which means back to school if you want to animate for the modern web.  I know more than one flash animator what has started using Edge Animate, but the transition takes time.

Now artists don’t need to learn a new platform to animate for the modern Web.

What’s wrong with flash?

Some people may be asking: what’s wrong with Flash?  Why are developers moving away form it on the web?

Flash as a technology for displaying animations on the web has been dying for the last several years ever since Apple announced it would never support Flash animations or flash video on it’s iPhone or any mobile device for that matter.  It seemed like a cruel move on Steve Job’s part to refuse to recognize a popular creation platform at the time.  But his reasons were well founded actually.  Flash runs client side, and it’s very resource intensive.  Supporting flash on a mobile device meant that your battery life would disappear rapidly.  Flash would also make the processor on your device work overtime.  Sure, android would support it shortly after this, but it was costly to android users in terms of energy efficiency and data downloads at a time where unlimited data wasn’t available.  The bottom line, Flash wasn’t efficient enough for apple’s vision of it’s mobile experience.  But Steve’s decision to not support it on IOS wasn’t it’s only problem.

Flash isn’t a native technology in browsers.  This meant it needed to be installed in your browser if you wanted to see something created with flash.

Flash also had security issues that kept getting discovered by hackers, and because it kept having security issues it needed to be updated constantly. Everyone remembers having to install a flash player in their browser at some point so they could watch a video or see a website.

The Future of Software.

The old install and update/upgrade model of a software’s life-cycle is going away.  Today, there are standards that every browser strives to upkeep that allow artists to display animations without the use of third party technologies that need to be installed -like flash.  HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS allow animations and rendering of vector files in the browser natively.  The browser is the only thing you need to update these days and they will automatically update in the background on most mobile devices.  This allows for a better end-user experience that’s more secure.

I fully expect all software in the future to be delivered through the browser as a service.  Sounds radical, but it’s already happening.

Google has a whole office platform (google apps) that is WAY better than Microsoft Office in many ways.  Because it’s on the web, there is nothing to download and install.  It’s always up to date, and it’s more accessible.

The same thing will eventually happen for Adobe Animate.  It too will run in the browser after you log into your creative cloud account.

The same will follow for Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator etc.

This is where the future of software is headed.

Connected and in the cloud where it can be accessed and used reliably by all who need it.

Piracy will be a thing of the past, but with free trials and low subscription fees, accessing the tools legitimately will be easy and affordable to nearly anyone.

Adobe already has the foundation for this in place with Creative Cloud, and Microsoft has woken up with it’s Office 365 subscription model.

 

 

 

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