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Flash into Animate

by Margaret Penney | April 22, 2016

Exciting news for interactive designers and developers, Adobe has recently released Animate CC, a reinvention of Flash Professional that plays nice with current web technologies and evolving web standards. The environment is like Flash Professional but it includes many new capabilities. Here is a breakdown of some of the best new features found in this exciting product release.

Advanced Art Brushes

The vector art brushes in Animate have a similar features and capabilties to those found in Illustrator now. You can even modify brush strokes on the fly within the animation giving illustrators more fine tuned control over the quality of their animated artwork.

Animate's Art Brushes in Use

Animate’s Art Brushes in Use

A New CC Library

The CC libraries allow you to store new brush sets for re-use in other projects plus you can also find new assets online and save them to the library with ease, so building the assets for your project is no longer a chore.

Easy File Conversion

For the past couple years, Flash was in a kind of publishing limbo and there was a question whether all the old Flash projects would become obsolete. With Animate, these animation projects are no longer relinquished to the trash heap. Designers can convert their old Flash projects to HTML 5 Canvas and restore these projects for redesign and future use.

Animation Control

The new motion editor allows for granular animation control so it is possible to create incredibly fine-tuned and life-like animations within the Animate CC environment.

Vast Exporting Capabilities

Animate CC also exports to a robust array of file types including but not limited to 4k, HTML 5 Canvas, Web GL and SVG. So, you can now deploy media to the most current ultra HD TVs and at the same time as scale-able vector graphics for responsive websites.


Margaret Penney is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Margaret is a teacher, designer, writer and new media artist and founder of Hello Creative Co.


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