This new year, Adobe’s Flash will be repurposed as Animate CC, a brand new solution for animation on the Web. The company says that Animate CC will be “Adobe’s premier Web animation tool for developing HTML5 content.”
The main reason behind this rebranding has been cited as the emergence of HTML5 and an increasing demand for animations that leverage evolving web standards led to the change. As it stands, over a third of all content created in Flash Professional uses HTML5.
As part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of software, Animate will allow you to import and use photos, vector graphics and illustrations from the Adobe Stock library from within the desktop app. It’s also connected to the company’s mobile apps for creating and capturing visual assets and makes your collection easily accessible.
Here’s what new to expect from Animate CC:
Vector art brushes: Modify the path of a stroke after it’s been drawn, and scale them to any resolution. 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 right angle and strokes.
Improved pencils and brushes: Draw smooth, precise vector outlines along a curve; faster live previews.
Easier audio syncing: Control audio looping directly on the timeline, without having to code
Faster colour changing: Naming tagged colours lets you change one color and have it automatically update your entire project.
Coloured onion skinning: Adjacent frames can now have different color and alpha values, making it easier to orchestrate complex animations
Adobe Stock: Browse and license millions of high-quality photos, illustrations and vector graphics directly in Animate CC. Add life to static content by adding animations to them.
Creative Cloud Libraries: Access colours, vector graphics and brushes directly within the software.
Multi-platform support: For 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.