Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate
Formerly Flash

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Adobe Animate

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What is Adobe Animate?

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,...
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Annual Plan, Paid Monthly

$20.99

On Premise
per month

Monthly Plan

$31.49

On Premise
per month

Annual Plan, Prepaid

$239.88

On Premise
per year

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Details

What is Adobe Animate?

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.

Adobe Animate Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
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Reviews and Ratings

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SAYED ZUHAIR BAFAKY | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Spine
dobe Animate is considered to be one of the most powerful 2D animation software available in the market. It offers a wide range of features and tools that are suitable for creating a wide variety of animations and interactive content. When compared with Spine, Adobe Animate is a more versatile software that offers a wide range of tools for creating a wide variety of animations and interactive content, whereas Spine is more focused on character animation for game development.
Abhijith Menon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe Animate was always the preferred software as the support was much better than the competition. And the ease of rendering was also a deciding factor. Results with character animations are much more crisp with Adobe Animate than in any other 2d based animation software.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our main goal was to create high quality animations within less time span. As per our initial understanding, we found that Adobe Animate provides an easy learning curve to create high-quality animations for less time invested. However, while using Blender our colleagues found it difficult to start using the tool specifically for generating new animations.
Gajanan Biradar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe Animate is a powerful and versatile animation software that offers a wide range of tools and features. When compared to other animation software, it stacks up well in terms of its capabilities and functionality. Here are a few reasons why one might select Adobe Animate over other animation software: Support for a wide range of platforms and devices: Adobe Animate allows you to create animations and interactive content for a wide range of platforms and devices, such as web, mobile, and TV. This makes it a versatile option for creating animations for different platforms.
Advanced 2D animation features: Adobe Animate's bone rigging and inverse kinematics features make it easy to create advanced 2D character animations. This makes it a great option for creating animated shorts, explainer videos, and interactive games. Interactive features: Adobe Animate's support for HTML5 Canvas and WebGL allows for the creation of interactive animations and games that can be played on web browsers without the need for any plugins.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe Animate offers a wider range of tools and features compared to other animation software in the market. It has a strong industry presence and is widely considered as the industry standard for 2D animation. Adobe Animate provides robust integration with other Adobe software, making it a versatile tool for digital media creators. Adobe Animate has a large community of users and developers, providing a wealth of resources and support.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a user, when competent Adobe Animate there is a huge amount of control and functionality. However, this issue is getting started - Figma and Sketch have very limited animation capabilities but it's very easy for users to get started right away and explore the functionality. Adobe products in general all have a steeper learning curve than many challenger apps and this includes Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We initially used after effects for many of our animations because it was part of our creative cloud subscription and some teammates had experience. We discovered some of the all-in-on features of Animate and decided to migrate a large percentage of our training video development to that platform instead. Many features are similar, but Animate seems to be a bit easier to use, once caught onto.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I find After Effects more difficult to learn. Both are in the same Adobe CC subscription and both have a great interface. But the possibilities in features make After Effects more difficult. Therefore I like to use Animate when the assignment does not need to much complexity, but still need that funny and well designed animation in its graphics.
Manoj Manoharan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe After Effects had minimal user interface and easy ro learn tools and most of the tools displayed in Adobe Animate are self explanatory. Whereas Adobe After Effects required more time to get used to and plugins are too costly on the market. So this is why I chose Adobe Animate.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We haven't used any other animation software to compare. We only use Adobe Animate because it was included with our software suite. We do sometimes use Canva to create animated collateral and graphics, but they are already designed templates for the most part, so it's not a direct competitor.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe Animate is extremely coordinated across different stages and programs, versus its rivals. Like Adobe Animate, HTML5 incorporates playing highlights for sound inside sites. It additionally has versatile help. In any case, I don't believe it's very there yet and is by all accounts a couple of steps behind in its turn of events.
February 02, 2019

Dated but has potential

Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As mentioned earlier, Photoshop is an easier program to work with and you can use it to make animated images for digital marketing. It's usually easier to just use Photoshop because the controls are not as cumbersome and there is a minimal learning curve.
Olivia Crellin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Audacity
We previously used Audacity for sound editing but have found Adobe's Soundbooth functioning to be easier to use. That being said, Soundbooth is being phased out and we are looking for alternatives.
February 08, 2018

Adobe Flash Review

Emily Sperduto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • HTML
Adobe Flash is very integrated across various platforms and browsers, versus its competitors. Like Adobe Flash, HTML5, includes playing features for audio within websites. It also has mobile support. However, I don't think it's quite there yet and seems to be a few steps behind in its development.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • HTML5
Unfortunately, it doesn't! While there are some disadvantages to HTML5, it's overall just cleaner. Since it's cleaner, browsers prefer it. And again, Flash animations will no longer be supported in a couple years, so users really don't have a choice but to part ways with the program if they want their websites to work.
February 02, 2018

My Adobe Flash Review

Rebecca Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Synfig
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.
Benjamin Yee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The only major alternative is to run your media on HTML5 and find mobile sites (or others) that can run on mobile devices. HTML5 tends to run directly on the browser faster (and doesn't crash very often). I would only select Adobe Flash if a specific website that I needed for the business (or personal / leisure) is required, otherwise, I'm open to running the alternatives and open-source programs that would serve as an alternative to Flash.
Stephen Hustedde | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe Illustrator has a lot more drawing capabilities and features than Flash, but for most tasks, I prefer to use Flash.

For cross-platform development, Xamarin offers a true full, native development environment, but Flash is good for prototyping. The big diadvantage here is the Flash does require the Adobe AIR platform be installed on the end mobile device. (And yes, you can run Flash/AIR apps on an iPhone or iPad and can distribute them through the Apple Store.)
Chris Cookson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
ToonBoom Harmony has a lot of the compositing stuff from AfterEffects built in and it has much stronger rigging tools than Flash. It's great because it lets you do a mix between both puppeted and animation that is tweaked by hand. However documentation on how to use the program is extremely limited. Photoshop solves a lot of the issues I have with Flash's drawing tools but the actual timeline controls are pretty weak.
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