Adobe Animate is an easy-to-use, low cost solution for anyone who needs to create animations that are both professional in appearance and still very much affordable even for a Mac user with a limited budget. Adobe Animate is actually an extension of Adobe Flash, offering many of the same features as its more expensive sibling. While Adobe Flash Professional was primarily developed for professional filmmakers and video artists, Adobe Animate is now being used for a wide range of creative applications including website creation, Flash based games, and applications that require complex 3D visualization. The key feature separating Adobe Animate from its competitors lies in the fact that it can be used on both Macs and PCs, using any browser that supports Flash. Additionally, it is cross-browser and cross-platform, having been designed with both Apple Macintosh computers and Windows based systems in mind.
Despite its similarities to Adobe Flash, it is also different in a number of ways, most notably in terms of implementation and overall feature set. An example of this is the layer depth animation feature, which Animate provides by default. It makes full use of Flash's built in animation functionality and includes support for a wide variety of effects such as layering, translucent or opaque displacement, gradients, screen wipes, and particle system integration. This feature alone has made it so popular that many other flash animation software programs have been developed that have taken Animate's unique approach and feature it in their packages. One notable difference between these programs however, is that unlike Adobe Flash Professional, layer depth animation is only supported by Adobe Photoshop and not by Animate.
Another key feature of Adobe Animate CC is the built in video editing tools it includes as part of its set of add-on modules. One of these tools is the Adobe Media Player plugin, which has been designed to work seamlessly with Windows Media Player and the Adobe Flash Player. This feature enables you to convert your web-based animation into a flash player file using a single procedure. You can also use Adobe Animate CC to create animated transitions from existing files. If you are interested in animating multiple objects simultaneously across browsers and platforms, it is worth looking at the Flexslider plugin, which provides a similar drag and drop interface to other plugins for rapid and repeatable animation on the fly.