It’s just a newer version with new features. It was renamed to avoid a bad reputation that Flash had. The Flash web player specifically has some security issues and there has been requests to kill Flash.
But, Flash isn’t just a web player. It is a good animating tool and is widely used to make mobile apps and games as well.
Now, since the tool has been renamed, if Adobe announce that they killed Flash, it would only mean the web player.
Yet, that renaming also shows the direction Adobe is taking with Flash. Newer features are more targeted towards animators and artists than programmers.
At first there is no difference. Despite that Adobe Flash was a big hit due to all the Web capabilities and game development provided. The only problem was that Flash was a private software, and it required external plugins for browers and devices, so for that reason it was a very weak feature in terms of universal accessibility in many different aspects, I would like to name a few:
- Explore Career
- Submit Your Application
- Find Job Details
- Request for Project Proposal
- Visit Company Profile
- Visit Company Services
- Flash contents could be heavy (and it was very common to see “loading” screens.
- It was not responsive, only if you’d setup width and height 100% of the browser.
- It was not always easy to navigate, and people would not have a preview of the content unless the page was fully loaded, and blind or low vision people would be totally forgotten.
However, thousands and thousands of people used Flash for animation, games and others. And because of the bad reputation (of being a heavy thing on light and optimized Web), they chose to change the name, and Animate could now represent better what they can still offer. In my opinion, the biggest mistake Adobe did about their product it was not providing enough support for mobile and game development in these new versions, for it still have a lot of potential, and it’s much easier to learn and use than many other animation softwares out there.