Adobe renames Flash

Adobe supplants Flash with Animate CC

In order to better support multiple open web standards and adapt to the increasing use of HTML5, Adobe announced it is moving away from Flash.

According to Adobe’s Nov. 30 announcement, Animate CC (previously called Flash Professional CC) will become the company’s leading web animation tool for developing HTML5 content. Animate CC will incorporate native HTML5 Canvas and WebGL support to meet the demand for animations that use web standards.

Available in early 2016, Animate CC will also include an HTML5 video player for desktop browsers that will complement Adobe’s support of HTML5 on mobile.

This announcement does not mean Adobe is leaving Flash behind. The Verge said the company is reframing Flash support to focus on security in light of the many Flash-related security and processing concerns reported this year. Adobe said it is working with companies like Microsoft Google and Facebook to ensure secure and compatible Flash content inside web browsers and games.

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Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.


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