Hey, I'm Marco! I code on games for a living and do art for fun.
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Opinion: Is Flash still good ?

Posted by Markanime - September 8th, 2018

I bought Flash 5 (not CS5) and later Flash 8 a long time ago, and I still enjoy them,

I use Flash 8 for animations, graphics and even some mini games test. I've tried later versions but it is losing performance since adobe bought it.

So now in 2018 we have plenty of newer tools, like Toonboom Harmony , Unity, Godot

I'll consider a change to a newer software ? I already did on the game development side, I'm using Unity (and still learning)  and I consider great for game development.

For 2D animation I didn't take the step out of Flash yet, Because I can render to a video file there's no rushing to a change. 

but l CAN'T recommend Flash to newer developers/animators, 

The reason for this is because is outdated, and as I said before Adobe messed up and other softwares. 

 ... so why I'm still using it for animation?

  • Because I bought it, and I don't want to spend more money for newer software yet 
  • I use plugins that help me to create assets and animations
  • I have experience on it and I work faster on it. 

And Flash is great. 









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.