Review: Adobe Animate CC 2017

Review: Tammy Coron, a long time Adobe Flash user, takes Adobe Animate CC 2017 for a test drive. In this review, you’ll discover what she’s using it for and where it rates on her dock.

Product: Adobe Animate CC 2017
Publisher: Adobe
Price: $19.00 / month

Special Note: Have you ever considered using Adobe Animate CC for illustration? If not, this review might just change your mind, because it’s done from an illustrator’s point of view, rather than an animator’s.

Design & User Experience 4/5

If you’re familiar with Adobe products, you already know they all share a similar interface. With Adobe Animate CC, you have options for either a light interface or a dark interface. I prefer the dark interface when working on illustrations and the light interface when working on animations. I encourage you to try both, then pick the one that works best for you.

In addition to choosing the interface colors, you also have the ability to customize your workspace. Generally, I start with a workspace I like. For example, the Small Screen or Essentials. From there, I make a copy, and then customize that copy to my liking. This way, if I ever want to return to the original, without destroying my customizations, I can.

The standard interface gives you quick access to all the available tools and their properties. Plus, you can set things up to have quick access to the animation timeline and the library. You can also modify whether or not to show or hide other options, and where they appear when you customize your workspace.

Available Features 4/5

While Adobe Animate CC may seem like just another animation tool, it’s really much more than that. In fact, I don’t do a lot of animating with this app; I mostly use it for illustrations. That’s right! You read that correctly — I use Adobe Animate CC for drawing.

I’ve been drawing in Flash for many years. I first learned this technique by watching some of the best Flash tutorials online. What tutorials? Good question! The tutorials created by Justin Dike over at Cartoon Smart. When I started his tutorials way back before I can even remember, I was skeptical. Who draws in Flash, I thought? But after watching his tutorials, and trying it out myself, I was hooked! In fact, I even wrote and illustrated an entire children’s book in Flash. No kidding. -[:)]

So what do I think about Adobe Animate CC 2017? It’s a great refresh from the old Flash days, and it includes a lot of new and updated tools. With its improved vector tools, and the ability to export clips or excerpts as GIFs, JPEGs, or PNGs, it definitely has a permanent home on my dock.

Another great feature inside Adobe Animate CC is how it automatically optimizes settings for HiDPI monitors. That translates into crystal clear icons and text on those ultra-high DPIs. A big win for us pixel-perfect freaks!

But the features don’t stop there. With things like integrated virtual cameras and reusable components, Adobe Animate CC really helps to keep you focused on creating content, rather than fighting with the app to get things done.

Price 2/5

OK. Here’s where the review falls apart a bit. I’m not a fan of the “cloud” concept, or the idea of having to “rent” your software. I’m kind of old school in that regard. However, the monthly subscription price isn’t too bad. Plus, you get “free” updates and cloud storage.

Adobe offers several plans from which to choose. If you’re looking for a single app, like Adobe Animate CC, it’ll cost you $19.00 per month*. However, I would recommend the “All Apps” plan which costs $49.99 per month*.

*Prices on February 06, 2017.

Final Score

Adobe Animate CC 2017

I’m a huge fan of Adobe Animate CC. While there isn’t one tool to rule them all, this is definitely a tool you should keep nearby. Whether you’re creating game assets or working on animation, Adobe Animate is a great choice for both beginners and experts.

Buy Adobe Animate CC on Amazon.

Tammy Coron

Co-Founder at Day Of The Indie
Writer • Illustrator • Developer • Speaker

Tammy Coron is an independent creative professional and the host of Roundabout: Creative Chaos. She’s also the co-founder of Day Of The Indie, the organizer behind Indie DevStock, and the founder of Just Write Code.

For more information, visit TammyCoron.com.