Adobe Renames Flash Professional in Nod to HTML5
Adobe announces it is renaming Flash Professional to Adobe Animate CC, as the company moves to further support HTML5.After nearly two decades, Adobe's Flash is going by the wayside in favor of HTML5-based technology. Adobe announced it is renaming Flash Professional to Adobe Animate CC, starting with the next release in early 2016. Adobe Flash is a software platform for creating vector graphics, animation, browser games, rich Internet applications, desktop applications, mobile applications and mobile games. The company has protected its Flash franchise for years, even providing HTML5 support. However, lately, more and more of the developers have been opting for HTML5 over Flash. HTML5 is an open platform. "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," said Rich Lee, a senior product marketing manager for Creative Cloud Web products, in a blog post. He said Flash Professional is being renamed to "more accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond."
Adobe officials said the company has a history of pioneering and advancing industry standards—and where none exist, Adobe creates them, according to a post by Adobe's corporate communications team. The company maintains that Flash has played a leading role in bringing new capabilities to the Web. From audio and animation to interactivity and video, Flash has helped push the Web forward, the post said.