If you’ve already updated your Flash Player, then you’ve installed version 21.00.197, which fixed 18 serious vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, there will be other vulnerabilities found and Adobe will continue to release patches until it will finally decide to put the Flash Player into its grave and place a cross on top of it. However, this won’t be the end of Adobe Flash Player, as the developers are planning to rebrand Flash Professional CC software as Animate CC and explained, through a blog post, the reasons for this change.
Lately, more and more websites ditched Adobe’s Flash Player and started using HTML5 content creator. Adobe has finally understood that its users had enough of the player’s crashes and security issues and they no longer want to have anything to do with it. In order not to lose them, Adobe has found a solution: to rename its Flash Professional CC.
“Why the change? The use of open web standards and HTML5 has become the dominant standard on the web. Over the past few years, the Flash Professional CC product team has embraced this movement by rewriting the tool from the ground up, adding native support for HTML5 Canvas and WebGL as well as output to any format (such as SVG) with an extensible architecture. This flexibility has been a huge hit with Adobe customers. Today, over a third of all content produced in Flash Professional CC is HTML5-based, reaching over 1 billion devices worldwide. In order to more clearly reflect its role as the premier animation tool for the open web and beyond, we updated the name”, has explained Adobe on its blog.
Adobe Animate CC is set to make its debut at the beginning of next year and will come with new features such as: vector art brushes, 360-degree rotatable canvas, improved pencils and brushes, easier audio syncing, faster color changing, colored onion skinning and users will be able to export videos with custom resolutions (4K+), or a project as an .OAM file, which will be easily imported to Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, InDesign and DPS. Moreover, Animate CC will offer multiplatform support: HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, Flash (SWF), AIR, video, and custom platforms (such as SVG) via extensions.
Flash will have a new name, but Adobe will need to fix all security problems that made many users get rid of this player. These issues have determined Amazon to warn advertisers that Flash ads were verboten. Also, many developers started migrating away, causing big loses for Adobe. Rebranding Flash is a proof of despair, but it will not have a major effect on it.