Adobe kills Flash by renaming it to Adobe Animate CC

Adobe renames Flash Professional to Animate, pivots to HTML5

Adobe Flash has been a butt of joke among IT professionals since eternal times.  In fact, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had written a public letter about Adobe Flash five years ago to highlight the problems in Flash. Developers from various fields have criticised Adobe Flash for its volatility and instability.

Buckling under the constant public gaze, Adobe tried to make Flash a better, secure and stable prject but to no avail. A recently discovered vulnerability in Flash was so bad that the only way to fix it was to completely uninstall Flash Player.

So finally, Adobe has had enough of Flash and decided to kill it. Well….sort of.

Adobe on Tuesday delivered an update to its Creative Cloud, but the biggest switch may be that it renamed its Flash Professional CC to Adobe Animate CC in a move that highlights the pivot from Flash to HTML5.

Officially, the renaming of Flash Professional CC is “to more accurately reflect the content-formats produced by this tool.” Meanwhile, Adobe said that it is working on a new HTML5 video player and ditching the ever insecure Flash Player for the desktop.

“For nearly two decades, Flash Professional has been the standard for producing rich animations on the web,” Adobe said in a blog post. “Because of the emergence of HTML5 and demand for animations that leverage web standards, we completely rewrote the tool over the past few years to incorporate native HTML5 Canvas and WebGL support. 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.”

“Adobe Animate” will replace Flash beginning with the next major release in the coming months, and Adobe will begin withdrawing Flash Player by embracing HTML5.

“Today, over a third of all content created in Flash Professional today uses HTML5, reaching over one billion devices worldwide,” Adobe said. “It has also been recognized as an HTML5 ad solution that complies with the latest Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) standards, and is widely used in the cartoon industry by powerhouse studios like Nickelodeon and Titmouse Inc.”

Flash and AIR formats will continue to be supported by the company but this time its real, RIP Flash.