What would the Internet be without Flash? The format that changed the World Wide Web, making videos and games available to everyone, built its success on two factors. The first: only one format regardless of the device. The second: software that is accessible and easy to use.
A must-have for animation
Flash Pro is easy to use, with a system of layers and a relatively easy to understand timeline. It opens up a world of infinite possibilities for creatives, app and web developers, and game designers.
Flash Pro comes with a limited number of tools for the creation of graphics, but it’s very easy to import content created with Fireworks or Photoshop.
Creating dynamic content is possible thanks to Action Script 3.0, a simplified programming language that is adapted to the Internet. A library of predefined code can make coding easier for beginners. You can also use Flash Builder to generate Action Script.
Flash Pro includes additional features: a framework specifically designed for text, extraction of data from new formats (XML, BIN, XFL), and the possibility to export Flash animations to more programs.
The animations are more versatile, dynamic, and easier to create than ever before. Flash Pro CS5.5 is an excellent program to create dynamic content that can be played on all media.
In recent updates, a variety of features have been added, including a new motion editor, WebGL for animation, outlines of variable width, as well as interpolation of outlines of variable width, and object cancellation.
Flash Pro also now supports projection files and HTML5 extensions.
All the tutorials and support you need
Flash Pro is marketed for professional users, but also offers many help and support tools to get you started.
All you have to do is find a topic under Learn or Get Support on the Adobe website to access tutorials, articles and projects to help you learn new tricks.
What's new in Adobe Flash Professional?
In the latest version of Flash Pro, Adode has expanded WebGL support meaning that you can now publish fully interactive animations - with scripting and audio - to this format. You can also now customize the shape, angle, and flatness of your brushes, as well as import SWFs into your projects as assets, and control the scale transformation of an animated object.
With the addition of a new SDK, developers can extend Flash Professional to include support for more formats. Adobe has also added the ability to publish Adobe AIR apps with a shared runtime and publish apps for Intel x86-based Android devices.
Still a leader in its field
Even if the situation will change in the future, as of today, Flash is still the best software to create dynamic content for the Internet and other platforms. Flash Pro is the cornerstone of this success, as it provides everyone with the tools to create this dynamic content.