Adobe Rolls Out Animate CC, the Tool Formerly Known as Flash Pro
Flash Professional, by any other name, is now Adobe Animate CC, according to the company. The name change seems to be an acknowledgement by Adobe that HTML 5 has overtaken Flash as the preferred way to animate content on the Web. But the name isn’t the only thing that’s new with the latest release.
Animate (neé Flash) is still the animation workhorse of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of products, but the company has included a number of new features in what looks to be a major update. Among them are the inclusion of Creative Cloud Libraries, integration with Adobe Stock, TypeKit support for HTML 5 Canvas documents, vector art brushes, tagged swatches, and stage scaling.
New Name and a Lot More Functionality
The inclusion of Creative Cloud Libraries is likely to be appreciated by the professional designers that make up the majority of the Creative Cloud clients. The Libraries feature allows designers to create their own visual assets, such as images, colors, color themes, brushes, and shapes in programs such as Photoshop or Illustrator, store them in the cloud, and then access them from any Adobe application on any platform.
Integrating with Adobe Stock, meanwhile, will allow animators to access Adobe’s collection of 40 million stock images, vectors, and illustrations for their animation projects. For the moment, however, Adobe Stock is only available in a select number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
TypeKit support will make it possible for animators to integrate a broader range of fonts into HTML 5 pages. Animate CC will also come with a new Paint Brush tool, similar to the one currently used in Illustrator. The company said the tool will provide a much faster drawing experience, with new options to edit and change brushes.
The ability to create tagged color swatches is another major upgrade for the program, offering the ability to automatically update all content using the same color swatch. Animators will also have new options for scaling and rotating their stages, along with enhanced onion skinning, multiple resolution options for video exporting, and the ability to create custom HTML 5 Canvas templates.
Adobe Brings You a Muse
Animate wasn’t the only big announcement from Adobe today. The company also released an update to its Muse Web site design tool. The application, intended to help designers create Web pages without having to write code, will now allow them to create responsive Web designs.
Responsive designs adjust their screen sizes and layouts to conform to the devices on which they are displayed. Responsive designs allow Web developers to create a single Web site without the need to design different pages for desktops, mobile, and tablet devices.
Like Animate, Muse will also integrate with Creative Cloud Libraries. The latest upgrade will also give designers the option to apply state transitions between different elements on each page. Adobe also announced it has improved Muse’s support for SVG (scalable vector graphics) files.