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matt_lorenzi
 
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Flash for animation

by matt_lorenzi Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:17 pm

I'm working for a client creating line-art illustrations for assembly manuals. Eventually their website will also need work and I'm keeping that in mind as I build my files. There may be need to have some of the working parts illustrated for viewing on the web.

Is Flash still the way to go for animating objects since I'm still working largely in Illustrator?

You keep hearing that Flash is dead, but I see that more for the output file, and not the animation process - I could be wrong.

Is anyone using Flash to author vector-based animations?
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Re: Flash for animation

by JamesProvost Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:02 pm

I've used Flash for a few things over the last couple of years, and used the Swiffy extension by Google to export as HTML5.

It worked well for me... no problems converting the artwork, animation or ActionScript code. I think Swiffy may have a file size limit, though that may have changed.
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Re: Flash for animation

by matt_lorenzi Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:09 pm

I noticed you had used Swiffy for the flexible solar panel animations. I hadn't heard of Swiffy before, the internet will tell you all...
Good to know it works well. I love that sample btw. It's not just animation for the sake of it, but contains information.
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Re: Flash for animation

by matt_lorenzi Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:22 pm

Now I'm looking at how feasible it is to do a 3D animation with Flash! Reason? I have all the vectors built so I have lot of the legwork done. Should I learn/switch to a 3D platform? Probably yes. But at the moment I still see it as chasing another rabbit hole.
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Re: Flash for animation

by JamesProvost Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:41 pm

If you're going to invest time learning 3D, you might as well learn in a proper 3D program rather than Flash. Just my two cents.
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