I love that they essentially kept everything identical to the way it was. Although a change in name, it's certainly still Flash under the hood, and I love that. Why reinvent the wheel when this powerhouse of a software package already does everything and more than the competition? From pure animation to complex software creation, it literally has it all.
"Ohhhh, but what about HTML5? Steve Jobs said that's the future!" Well, Flas.... I mean, Animate does that too. In earlier iterations, export to HTML5 was a bit cumbersome, creating an image for every one imported. Now, it neatly packages everything up into pixel perfect sprite sheets, removing the need to upload 300 separate images.
What do I dislike...? Well, to be perfectly honest, I dislike that they had to rebrand what was already a great piece of software. Some dead guy in a turtle-neck decides to spout off one day and every hipster in the country just eats it up as gospel.
Definitely give Animate a thorough evaluation. It meets and exceeds most of the needs we have and still manages to surprise us with hidden features after 10+ years of use.
We develop eLearning for companies across the United States, Canada and Australia. In addition, we develop mobile, web and desktop games, all within a single software package. Being able to deploy to multiple file types with a few clicks saves us a lot of time and frustration.