Why Animate CC?

For nearly two decades, Flash Professional has been the standard for producing rich animations on the web. Because of the emergence of HTML5 and demand for animations that leverage web standards, we completely rewrote the tool over the past few years to incorporate native HTML5 Canvas and WebGL support. To more accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond, Flash Professional is renamed Adobe Animate CC, starting with the February 2016 release.

To more about the renaming and the features that Animate CC offers, read the blog post at Welcome Adobe Animate CC, a new era for Flash Professional.

What is Animate CC and who is it for?

Adobe Animate CC lets you create vector animations, advertisements, multimedia content, immersive experiences, applications, games, and more, in a timeline-based authoring environment. Animate offers native support for multiple outputs such as HTML5 Canvas and WebGL, and is extensible to support custom formats such as Snap.SVG. Animate’s flexibility with output formats ensure that your content can be viewed anywhere, without the need for plug-ins. Animate also offers best in class drawing and illustration tools, as well as powerful integration with Adobe CreativeSync.

And because Animate CC is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. Learn more about Creative Cloud.

Where can I learn more about new features?

See the What’s New page for details.

How does Animate CC compare with earlier versions?

Check out the Animate CC version comparison.

I’m a designer who uses Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. How does Animate CC help me?

Animate CC is tightly integrated with the Adobe design applications you already know, so you can get up to speed quickly while preserving the fidelity and integrity of the designs you import from those apps. 

Why should I choose Animate CC over other interactive content authoring tools?

Animate CC delivers benchmark authoring tools that let you create and deliver animated, interactive content across desktops and mobile devices, TVs, and more. Take advantage of modern web standards thanks to native HTML5 Canvas support and the ability to convert existing Animate files to HTML. Develop content once and then deploy it to virtually any device or operating system, including Android and iOS. Create or revitalize content for any form factor or device, including the latest ultra high-resolution monitors and displays. And easily generate HTML5 Canvas advertisements that meet the latest Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) standards.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Animate CC?

See the system requirements for information.

Is Animate CC compatible with Windows 8.1?

Is Animate CC compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)?


Is Animate CC compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Backward compatibility

Is Adobe Animate CC backward compatible with files saved in Flash Professional?

Yes – files and projects saved in earlier versions of Flash Professional are compatible with Adobe Animate CC. Please note that ActionScript 2 support was dropped with the introduction of Flash Professional CC in 2013.

Does Adobe Animate CC still support the creation and publishing of Flash formats, and packaging Adobe AIR applications?

Yes – existing formats such as .FLA and .SWF, AIR, and ActionScript3 will continue to be supported in Adobe Animate CC.

What formats does Adobe Animate CC (previously known as Flash Professional) output to?

Animations created with Adobe Animate CC can be published to the following formats, in addition to Flash (SWF) and AIR: HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, video, and custom platforms (such as SVG) with an extensible architecture.

How does Adobe Animate CC relate to Edge Animate CC? Is it a replacement?

At their core, Adobe Animate CC and Edge Animate CC are both timeline-based, 2D animation tools. Adobe Animate CC is ideal for cinematic cartoons and programmatic animations that can be published to a variety of formats. Edge Animate CC uses a document object model (DOM) that is better suited for integrating animations into your website’s HTML structure.

What type of HTML5 content is Adobe Animate CC best suited to producing?

Adobe Animate CC can produce a wide variety of HTML5-based content such as studio quality cartoons, interactive animations, banner ads and educational tutorials. You can create new HTML5 Canvas or WebGL documents from scratch, or convert existing Flash content to HTML5 for compatibility with any modern browser, without the need for plug-ins.

What library does Adobe Animate CC use to produce HTML5 content?

Adobe Animate CC uses the CreateJS suite of JavaScript libraries, based on open web technologies. The resulting code is lightweight, human readable and performant. Learn more about CreateJS at

Free trials

Where can I get a trial version of Animate CC?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a trial version of Animate CC — and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to an All Apps membership, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.

Can I convert my trial version to a paid membership?

Yes. You can convert your trial to a Creative Cloud All Apps or Single App membership by purchasing on the Creative Cloud website. After you purchase your membership, your desktop product trial will automatically be licensed upon relaunch.

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Animate CC?

Learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

Learning Animate CC

How can I get started with Animate CC?

Check out Animate CC Learn & Support for all you need to get started, with video and step-by-step-tutorials as well as comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.

Where can I find the manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the Animate CC manual on the Animate Help page.