As promised in December, Adobe has released Animate CC, their renamed Flash Professional app. The company made the move in recognition of HTML5’s replacement of Flash as the main form of web animation.
On releasing the renamed product, the company also added a long laundry list of new features:
- Creative Cloud Libraries
- Adobe Stock integration for high-quality images, illustrations, and graphics
- TypeKit support for HTML5 Canvas document type
- New vector art brushes
- Improvements to pencil and art brushes
- Brush Library panel
- Tagged Swatches
- Custom templates for HTML5 Canvas documents
- OAM publishing support for AS3, WebGL, and HTML5 Canvas documents
- Publish text as outlines in HTML5 Canvas documents
- Projector support
- Stage scaling
- Rotate your stage
- Import SVG files
- Enhanced drawing object bounding box
- Video export to multiple resolutions
- Contents scale proportionately to stage size
- Enhanced Onion Skinning
- HTML5 Canvas improvements
Adobe is providing tutorials for the app and its new features via its Twitch.tv channel. Topics include Learn Adobe Animate CC, Live Game Creation and Live Music and Animation. The live broadcasts premiere today. Users can view a programming schedule at Adobe’s Twitch.tv site.
Flash will not disappear overnight, as while the focus of the content produced from the app will now be HTML5-centric, Animate CC will still support the Flash and Air formats, with work underway on Flash Player 12.
The company also updated website-creation tool Muse CC, adding completely responsive designs. Bridge also makes a return, with updates including the ability to import form both iOS and Android mobile devices, and digital cameras under OS X10.11.