Adobe Animate (formerly Flash) Reviews

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June 06, 2019
Daniel Epstein | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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We attempted to build a new website from the ground up and decided Flash was the best software to start with. There was a learning curve to address, and a coding language to learn, but since Flash is so widely used there are tons of videos and resources to hold your hand as you build up your portfolio.
  • 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.
  • It's being replaced in 2020 so it most likely is not worth learning for anyone who hasn't used it before. Apple devices don't play nice with Flash videos either, and that's a large user base.
  • Its battery consumption for mobile devices is poor, and probably won't be addressed due to HTML5 replacing it in a year
  • One of our original reasons for using Flash was for animation, but Toon Boom (a competitor) is really better set up for that task. With built-in mouth synch capabilities, it does a lot of the busywork for you, that Flash made you do yourself.
Well suited for the past, not well suited for the future. With fewer and fewer platforms that accept Flash, and a hard deadline of no more support from Adobe in 2020, it's a dinosaur - was very cool and ruled the world in its day, but doomed to extinction. Still, you can still recognize some cartoons and videos as being made by Flash just by their look, and that's impressive brand recognition.
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February 01, 2019
Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Adobe Flash (now rebranded as Adobe Animate) is used within the marketing department to produce animated graphics for emails and other digital marketing purposes. Aside from the actual program, Flash is used internally to view interactive elements on sites such as watching videos and streaming webinars.
  • Ability to make animated elements
  • Cross-functionality
  • Integration with other Adobe programs
  • Cumbersome interface
  • Dated technology
  • Limited capabilities
The essential elements that make Flash unique are no longer valid as other software does what Flash does and better. For example, simple animations can easily be done in Photoshop rather than Flash.
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January 02, 2019
Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Our organization is a career and technical educational facility in which students learn software and techniques through real client work. Adobe Flash (now rebranded as Adobe Animate). It has provided our students a means to create key-frame animated graphics for advertising (such as web banners) and short animations for video productions.
  • Responsive and intuitive interface.
  • Integration with other Adobe software.
  • Multi-faceted.
  • Option to purchase versions outright (no subscription option).
  • Easier to access educational materials.
Flash/Animate is great for the creation of web-based motion graphics, such as web banners, advertisements, or interactive web elements. It can also be used for creating frame-by-frame animated videos for video production.
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February 08, 2018
Emily Sperduto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Adobe Flash is used widely throughout our company, specifically by our Stategic Partnership team for various marketing campaigns. In my department specifically, marketing, we use Flash a lot to make our clients' experiences more interesting and interactive. It also makes it easier to watch videos, stream webinars and has improved our video chat
  • I love that Flash enables my internet browsers to expand their capabilities because it really makes websites come to life.
  • Flash allows cross-functionality under all platforms and is visually consistent across all browsers
  • From Marketing perspective, the creative ability of Flash is exceptional. If used properly, the animation features such as moving pictures, words and sounds around help create flashy projects.
  • There are too many updates and they are constantly popping up - especially during the middle of a projects, which causes me to shut down the application and restart the program. Wastes time.
  • There is no mobile browser or device support. Limits a lot of projects - especially apps.
  • Flash player can require a lot of RAM and battery
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.

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March 21, 2018
Olivia Crellin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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My law firm uses adobe flash to embed content (mostly marketing content) on our website. It allows us to easily add multimedia to our various online channels. It addresses a recurring problem we have of attempting to combine multiple media onto a single web-based platform for marketing purposes and we love it.
  • Simple to use with user-friendly controls
  • Code snippets allow novice users to code
  • Allows me to combine multiple media assets easily
  • Limited 3D capability
  • We find many handheld cell phones can't support our adobe flash materials
  • Can take time to load media as it is a heavy program
Adobe is particularly well-suited for workplaces that understand its basic functionality but may be lacking in highly-skilled coders or programmers. Adobe continues to successfully bridge the gap between sophisticated users and practical users and makes it easy for novice computer users to create meaningful content and to code proficiently.
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February 02, 2018
Rebecca Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Adobe Flash is software that is used to stream and/or view video, audio and multimedia on a computer or supported mobile device. My company, in general, uses Adobe Flash because we stream and view videos that our brands produce in other countries and have to stream them here so we can generate them, change its language and add the appeal to our U.S. consumers.
  • Adobe Flash is used more in the advertising industry today which is good for me due to I am in the marketing department at my job. It shows graphics and texts with animations. The app also permits streaming of both video and audio clips.
  • Adobe Flash and its latest program is designed to deliver engaging video and audio playbacks, universal reach and the very best user experience, this helps Adobe Flash with its consistent and loyal user base.
  • Adobe Flash is compatible with many different browsers, which is overall a great tool for multiple companies running with different browsers.
  • Certain websites, platforms and applications that use Adobe Flash technology have always seemed to be slower than the sites that do not use it.
  • Those who want to use flash to watch and/or stream movies, in order to watch these movies with the Adobe Flash application, Flash Player needs to be installed. A lot of people now do not want to download more applications to their computer due to space and viruses.
  • Accessibility is a concern with Flash. Things need to be properly coded and someone who is not well versed in Adobe Applications, might have issues with things like changing text and/or having alternative text.
Adobe Flash is good to use when you need to create little commercials or ads that use animation on your website or social media. For example, when my brands send me Flash files in their language and or/pertains to their area, I can copy some of their graphics and make my own Flash file but adding in English animation pop up art and/or change the overall music/voice layover into something that will pertain to my U.S. audience.

Also, when I worked for a grocery store chain, I used to make 30 second animation ads that would pop up different items and different prices in a short commercial like video that I would post onto social media.
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August 16, 2017
Benjamin Yee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Adobe Flash runtime is used throughout the whole organization, as it is used for most websites, for media and moving graphics. Some of the business problems it addresses depend on the graphics that are needed for the organization, such as diagrams and schematics for different components for certain types of vehicles. We particularly use different Adobe software, such as Reader to manipulate the sizes of the graphics, not as much for using Adobe's professional software, which can be used for animations and movies.
  • Rich media - Adobe's goal for Flash is to "deliver more secure and consistent HD quality video across mobile devices, TVs, and desktops."
  • Good interactivity - Using some of the professional software can allow you to interact with a program, such as games.
  • Vast Browser Compatibility - Flash can be used across most common web browsers, including IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.
  • Bugs and crashes - like most software, sometimes websites run too slow and Flash would crash while loading certain graphics and animations on websites (or stop playing media).
  • Consistent security patches - very critical for Flash, but if you do not have the latest version, vulnerability is likely to happen.
  • Not suitable for mobile websites - you cannot download or use Flash on smartphones, such as iPhones or Android devices.
It is well suited for scenarios for desktop and laptop PC websites, but not if you are wanting to view a Flash website on a mobile device or tablet.
You mainly use it to view digital media, animations, and other graphics that would require Flash. However, if Flash continues to crash when you visit a specific website on a web browser, you would need to either update it or uninstall it and find a better alternative, such as HTML5.
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April 17, 2017
Stephen Hustedde | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I teach classes in Adobe Animate Pro CC (formerly Adobe Flash CC) in our Web & Graphics certificate/degree program. In the beginning class I cover drawing, animating and very basic scripting. In the advanced class I focus much more heavily on programming with ActionScript. I personally use Animate/Flash to create learning materials for classes, animated title sequences for instructional videos, and create front-end apps that utilize a PHP-MySQL backend for data collection. I have created textbook ancillaries and other instructional apps with Flash in the past, as well as Android/iOS apps for personal use.
  • Nice, simple vectored drawing environment (I prefer it to the more complicated Adobe Illustrator for most projects)
  • Animation (this is the main selling point of Flash/Animate Pro)
  • Powerful scripting language (ActionScript), now having the ability to also use JavaScript
  • Better error reporting in testing code
  • Better seamless move from ActionScript to JavaScript
Flash/Animate Pro is well suited for creating animation sequences. Coupled with the drawing capabilities, it is a great environment for cartooning. But I think its greatest feature is the ability to create interactive cross-platform apps for WIndows, Android, and iOS devices. Unfortunately, this is a mostly-hidden ability. Adobe does not market much to this capability nor does the mobile development industry tout Flash/Animate Pro much. Great for prototyping apps as well.
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April 17, 2017
Chris Cookson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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It's used primarily as a tool for making ad banners if the kilobyte count is fairly high, otherwise it's used on computers where we don't have a license of ToonBoom Harmony for animation. Harmony is an expensive program and most of the computers here have a license for Adobe Creative Suite so Flash/Animate are fine programs in a pinch but ideally we want something with nicer drawing tools. Usually we get the rough drawings and timing figured out in Flash and then do animation clean-up within Photoshop's timeline tools if Harmony is not available.
  • Easy to learn and get started in.
  • Versatile, it plays nicely between all the programs in the Adobe Suite.
  • A safe environment to learn how to program a game.
  • Drawing tools!! The lines in the brush just look pretty ugly. It would be nice if there was a way to choose between optimizing Flash for online export and to use for video pieces.
  • Program can be unstable and can slow down if you aren't mindful of how you are using it.
  • Many glitches in the program are still present ever since I first started using it nearly 10 years ago.
It's good if you are just starting out, it's easy to learn and the online community and resources around Flash are strong. I was able to get started animating in high school thanks to communities like Newgrounds. Unfortunately when it comes to more advanced options or professional projects, this is where Flash starts to fall apart. The program needs to break free from its early routes as a tool for web applications and either become a strong hand drawn animation tool or become the definitive environment for CreateJS banners.
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April 17, 2017
Luca Campanelli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I used Adobe Flash my first time to make interactions of graphs for interactive dashboards. They were in preparation to make attractive dashboards. I have repeatedly used this feature on objects business dashboards Xcelsius 2008. I have found it really useful because it can import SWF files and you can personalize your dashboards without any problems.
  • Easy to study
  • A lot of documentation on web
  • Stable
  • Some compatibility problems with softwares
  • Interpolations difficult to manage
  • Need time to study its functionality
Adobe Flash is a complete program and as many of you probably already know Flash can be used for multiple situations and needs. For what I need I have never made specific and complex animations, many developers have developed entire web pages using Flash, no matter what your need is, it definitely requires a thorough study of the pros and cons about its purpose and end use.
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March 30, 2017
Patrick Daugherty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It's used by our whole company for marketing projects. We use it for video and print projects for previewing and reviewing.
  • It's very easy to use and intuitive per the types of files used.
  • It's easily able to be updated and the communication between Adobe and the user is exceptional.
  • It makes combining various file types quick and simple.
  • There are times when it tries to automatically update in the middle of a project.
  • Updates seem to be constant. Fewer and bigger ones would be nice.
  • Not every program that we use works well with Adobe.
It's very useful for all the multimedia projects that we are constantly involved with everyday. It's a great bridge between all of the different softwares that we use for creating and editing.

It's not always the best for merging together large projects and it will often stop a project because the system needs to update itself.
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January 04, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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We use Adobe Flash to interact with some specific web applications that still require the use of Flash. While I would prefer to use HTML5 at this point, sometimes we do need to use the older Flash standard and when we do it does work well. I know some of my backup solutions and VM solutions require Flash.
  • Presents the website quickly
  • Allows me to interact with older interfaces
  • The amount of updates we need to push out for Flash is ridiculous.
  • The security of the application seems suspect.
When you need to use Flash to accomplish a specific task it works fine. At this point in my career, I try to avoid working with Flash when possible because of security concerns. To get right to the point it works when you need it to but in 2019 it is probably time to move on.
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February 05, 2018
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Adobe Flash is really only used occasionally, if we have a client who still uses Flash. You can put together code snippets without really knowing code. However, times are changing and we are recommending all of our clients remove Flash animations from their websites for many reasons.
  • Flash allows for unlimited creativity! You can really do whatever you desire and don't feel restricted by the software.
  • It's fairly easy to import assets, and lots of them.
  • Minimal to no programming skills are required - which is especially important because programmers are typically not designers, and vice versa.
  • 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.
Flash is only suited for cases where a client needs to update a Flash animation and doesn't want to part ways with their Flash sites. In most cases, it's just used for a temporary band-aid until a website update is done. Other than that, we really steer our clients in the direction of HTML5. It's here to stay.
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August 29, 2017
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Adobe Flash to stream and view video, audio and multimedia and (RIA) - basically, our digital content across different platforms. We use it instead of standard television or other advertising. I deal with the creative aspects.
  • It's great across platforms for creating media for devices.
  • It's easy to debug and test. This way i know i'm putting out quality.
  • Color coding in the code builder (syntax) helps me visually organize and see my code easily, being a visual person.
  • Gradients in Flash take up too many resources without using an exterior program first. It would be nice to integrate them.
  • Easier preparation of masked objects so they don't have to be brought in from another program without adding to the file size.
  • Better response to overlapping animations.
It's best for developing applications, and not so appropriate for non interactive animations.
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June 17, 2016
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Flash was heavily used for certain simulations of software and hardware solutions. It has departmentalized use specific to research and development. In some cases, certain interactions, simulations, and hardware intents can be realized using Flash. It allows for quick implementation, rich interactions, object-orientated code, and web rendering. It's use has been in decline because of the speed we get from other tools and native solutions we use.
  • Fast development
  • Rich interactions and animations
  • Object-oriented code
  • The ability to create projectors again (Win/PC)
  • Security always seems to be an issue
  • Flash seems to be on the designer/developer decline (it has for years)
It's well suited for quick simulations and demos. It's good for very rich web interfaces, video delivery, and games.
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Adobe Animate (formerly Flash) Scorecard Summary

What is Adobe Animate (formerly Flash)?

Adobe Animate (or Animate CC) supports but replaces the former Adobe Flash, and allows users to design interactive animations for games, TV shows, and the web. With it, the vendor states users can bring cartoons and banner ads to life, create animated doodles and avatars, and add action to eLearning content and infographics. With Animate, users can publish to multiple platforms in many formats, and reach viewers on any screen.
Categories:  Animation

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash) Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Annual Plan, Paid Monthly20.99per month
Annual Plan, Prepaid239.88per year
Monthly Plan31.49per month

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash) Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:No