Adobe is Finally Dropping the Flash Name

Ever since HTML5 was released, Flash fell out of favor with web designers and developers alike. Everything that Flash could do, HTML5 could manage better, and quicker. As such, it was not a surprise when more and more users began to give up on Flash, and Google Chrome even went a step ahead and decided to disable Flash by default.

Today, Adobe announced the death of Flash in a subtle manner. In the official announcement for Animate CC, Adobe has told the world that Flash Professional is being “renamed” as Animate CC, starting with the next release that is scheduled for early 2016.

To more accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond, Flash Professional will be renamed Adobe Animate CC, starting with the next release in early 2016.

So, is Flash being dropped as a name and being rebranded as Animate CC? To some extent, yes. However, there is another side to the story.

The new Animate CC, in spite of being projected as an update to existing Flash Professional, will openly favor HTML5 over Flash. Adobe has accepted that most of the content produced via Flash Professional of late uses HTML5 and as such, Animate CC will emphasize more on HTML5, whilst offering support for Flash (SWF) and AIR formats.

Adobe Animate CC, expected to be released in January 2016, will be a part of the Creative Cloud suite. To give you an idea of what to expect from it, here is a video preview:

What do you think of this move from Adobe? How does Animate CC look to you? Share your views in the comments below!

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