Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash Professional, Macromedia Flash, and FutureSplash Animator) is a multimedia authoring and computer animation program developed by Adobe Systems. Animate can be used to design vector graphics and animation, and publish the same for television programs, online video, websites, web applications, rich internet applications, and video games. The program also offers support for raster graphics, rich text, audio and video embedding, and ActionScript scripting. Animations may be published for HTML5, WebGL, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) animation and spritesheets, and Flash Player legacy (SWF) and Adobe AIR formats. It was first released in 1996 as FutureSplash Animator, and then renamed Macromedia Flash upon its acquisition by Macromedia. Adobe Flash Platform, vector-based software for creating animated and interactive content. It was renamed Adobe Animate in 2016 to better reflect its market position, since it has been created in Animate uses HTML5.
The first version of Adobe Flash / Adobe Animate was FutureSplash Animator, a vector graphics and vector animations program released in May 1996. FutureSplash Animator was developed by FutureWave Software, a small software company whose first product, SmartSketch, was a vector-based drawing program for pen-based computers. With the implosion of the pen-oriented operating systems, it was brought to Microsoft Windows and Apple Inc.’s Classic Mac OS. In 1995, the company decided to add animation capabilities to their product and to create a vector-based animation platform for the World Wide Web; hence FutureSplash Animator was created. (At that time, the only way to deploy such animations on the web was through the use of Java.) The FutureSplash animation technology was used on several notable sites such as MSN, The Simpsons website and the Disney Daily Blast of The Walt Disney Company. In December 1996, Macromedia Flash FutureWave and Rebranded Macromedia Flash, a brand name that continued for 8 major versions. Adobe Systems Acquired Macromedia in 2005, and re-branded the Adobe Flash Professional product, Adobe Flash Player. It was included as part of the Creative Suite of products from CS3 to CS6, until Adobe phased out the Creative Suite lineup in favor of Creative Cloud (CC). On December 1, 2015, Adobe announced that the program would be renamed Adobe Animate on its next major update. The move comes as part of an effort to disassociate the program from Adobe Flash Player, acknowledging its increased use for authoring HTML5 and video content, and an effort to begin discouraging the use of Flash Player in favor of web standards-based solutions. The first version under the new name was released February 8, 2016.