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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 6.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

Adobe flash is best to use for developing applications specifically for desktop and laptop PC websites. We use it a lot with clients who send us content from other countries to stream and/or view video, audio and multimedia. Since there is no mobile browser or device support, it can not be used for any app related projects.
Emily Sperduto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

The Silverlight plug-in means developers can target a single, consistent runtime for browser-based apps, rather than working with the complexity of multiple browsers in different versions. You also get video and multimedia effects that are hard or impossible with pure HTML and JavaScript, though Adobe Systems' Flash has the same advantages.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

  • The scalability of what Flash can do makes it so useful. You can do something simple like make a ball bounce on screen over some letters before showing your logo, or something more complex such as developing an animated short to display.
  • Using Flash videos on websites is very commonplace, so people are used to seeing it and have the necessary plugins installed already.
  • The files are very small, and the compression is very smooth. This helps if you are trying to send content to mobile devices or simply keep your website footprint small to ensure fast loading times.
Daniel Epstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

  • Easy to implement
  • No need for additional frameworks on client side
  • Out of browser capabilities
Mateusz Michałek | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

  • Unfortunately, Flash is dying because of compatibility issues. Users are increasingly viewing websites on mobile devices, and Flash animations will not work in these cases.
  • Very soon, almost all of the major browsers will be blocking Flash, which is obviously a problem!
  • Flash provides decent 2D options, but it's pretty limited in 3D capabilities.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

  • Sometimes crashes
  • Video recording functionality would be ideal
Zubair Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash) 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Flash is usable but definitely has a learning curve that a novice user may need to Google a few tutorials prior. The seamless integration with other Adobe software products is nice for loading content from the cloud. Plus it's great for storing and saving work on the go.
Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

Adobe Flash is being used in my company and my freelance work because it is the most universal tool used by all. It is able to be used on multiple applications and platforms and it is fairly easy to use once you have been trained. You can also get it with Adobe Suite which is well liked across multiple company types
Rebecca Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight allows more adaptability and it integrates well with our products across the company. Adobe Flash crashes or doesn't work with our shipping campus.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

  • Absolutely a positive return on investment - our marketing always does better with animated features.
  • It gives our entire firm a meaningful reputation as being open to new and advancing technology and not shying away from it as things advance.
  • Allows us to pull content creators from our internal staff that are not particularly skilled in coding but can use the easy-to-use Adobe platform.
Olivia Crellin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

  • Quick development - low cost
  • Quick development - quick implementation
  • Quick development - easy for scrum development
Mateusz Michałek | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Silverlight

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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