Anime Studio 9 vs Flash

CrestwoodCrestwood Member Posts: 80
I have been using flash, but notice some limitations. Anyone have an opinion on which one you think is better and why?


  • CrestwoodCrestwood Member Posts: 80
    I see toon boom studio is also on sale for 150$.
  • DhondonDhondon Member Posts: 717
    Been years since I've used flash ( at school, don't have a license myself), but Its not an dedicated animation tool like Toon Boom and Anime studio is. But I've seen skeletal animation plugins for flash.
    Last time I checked, the cheapest version of Toon Boom did not have IK animation, some thing that Anime Studio has.
  • The_Gamesalad_GuruThe_Gamesalad_Guru Member Posts: 9,914
    edited September 2012
    Remember that Adobe has killed flash and are phasing it out in favor of HTML 5. I also have Anime studio and for the money I would recommend it. I would by the pro version as it can pull in color non vector art and convert it to a vector to be manipulated.
  • TesseractEngineTesseractEngine Member Posts: 180
    The only thing about Flash that Adobe has 'killed' is runtime support for Mobile Browsers. AIR will still be supported.

    Roadmap for Flash runtimes.

    That's probably irrelevant to this discussion, though. Presumably, the OP is asking about the animation tools in Anime Studio v Flash. Flash is still perfectly viable as an animation tool (and CS6 has introduced admittedly limited HTML5 export - something bound to evolve in future versions). It is, however, particular, and clunky. I still animate with Flash, but it annoys me. I've not used Anime Studio (yet). Toon Boom I prefer, even though it too has its quirks, and the pro software is very expensive.

    It is one software area where there is no established industry standard. I think that's principally because there are so many different requirements for so many different forms of animation.

    A good Yahoo Answer summary.

    For Actor frame-by-frame anims for GS, I'd recommend Toon Boom Studio, on balance.
  • gamedivisiongamedivision Member Posts: 807
    correct me if im wrong but for animation in flash you cant rig your character with bones,so therefore you have to separate all the limbs to animate your character,which i think looks lifeless mostly,whereas the others you can add bones and move your characters limbs freely
  • QuinnZoneStudiosQuinnZoneStudios Member Posts: 452
    Animae Studio Pro 9 gets my vote, especially as in this version you have fully editable tangents on your motion splines :0)
  • LeonardDeveloperLeonardDeveloper Member Posts: 4,630
    Flash 100% - Its the industry standard
  • The_Gamesalad_GuruThe_Gamesalad_Guru Member Posts: 9,914
    In anime studio you can add bones and it manipulates the whole vector and you can adjust the surrounding force on the connected vector.
  • DhondonDhondon Member Posts: 717
    edited September 2012
    Flash 100% - Its the industry standard
    Not for animation. And if thats all you're going to use it for, you're throwing a lot of money out the window. Flash is powerful, but not as an animation tool.

    The character wizard feature in Anime Studio might be useful for GS users with little drawing and animation experience:

  • TesseractEngineTesseractEngine Member Posts: 180
    @gamedivision Flash has had bones since CS4.

    Not sure I'm that keen on their implementation, mind. But they are there.
  • 3xL3xL Member Posts: 676
    i prefer flash because it has the bone tool and its much easier to use (imho). plus ive been using it for years now so thats another reason i favor it, u know?
  • famekraftsfamekrafts Member, BASIC Posts: 834
    Someone who has worked with flash whole life and currently working with anime studio, I would say both. Use flash to draw your characters, the drawing mode of anime studio is not catchy enough if you have been using flash for a decade. It takes time to adjust.

    for Animation : Anime studio always first choice.

    Currently I am creating my game Art in 3D then rendering and animating in 3D with post effects in photoshop and after effects, so I do not need any of these but for vector graphics yes anime studio any day.

  • CrestwoodCrestwood Member Posts: 80
    Thanks all for the information and opinions!
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