Hi I'm Marco, during the day I have a job as a game developer, and during the night (and holidays) I'll do personal projects that I will share here at Newgrounds :-)
Joined on 5/19/05
But when I tried first time Adobe Animate, I forgot about Flash becouse it is just better... at everything exept painfull video convertation.
ToonBoom is good too, I mean it is better than AF/MF and AA a lot, but I'm lazy bustard and I don't want to forget about AA.
Unity is good, but when I'll have a new laptop, I promise, I shall buy licence for UE4 (or UE5 coz I'll be missed at least for 1 year soon, and who knows what future will bring to us).
I can't find a trial version of AA on adobe, the last one I've tried was a trial of CS6, and I dont like it, there's barely new usefull tools, AS3 is not as fast as AS2 to develop and is slower and heavy that older versions from Macromedia.
I still have a perpetual license of F8 ... so Is AA that good for 290€/year ?
As you said Toon Boom is better but I have to learn it first.
About licence... yes, this coud be main problem, but if you really want to be 2d animator and don't want to pay so much money you have:
ToonBoom - best one, cheaper than adobe but not user friendly.
TV Paint - cool pro tool only 250 -500$ (OMG). Have a trial.
Vyond (ex goanimate) - better to dowload flash or smth.
Clip Studio Paint - 50- 150$ can do some animation. You can try trial and decide is it for you.