16 August 2011
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 offers several ways to include animation so that you can make things move in your SWF files. For example, you can create tweened animations using the Timeline and Flash workspace, apply motion presets to a selection on the Stage, or, if you're so inclined, even make instances animate using ActionScript code.
If you have used previous versions of Flash, you will quickly notice that the way you animate has changed (starting with Flash CS4). Don't be scared. First of all, it's easy. Secondly, there are many advantages to the new motion model, and you can do a lot more in your animations.
So if you've used animation in earlier versions of Flash and need to understand the changes, why they occurred, and migrate your skillset, then go read Motion migration guide for Flash. If you just need to know how to use the animation features of Flash Professional CS5, read on. If you're brand new to Flash and want to get a quick overview of the core features and workspace, you might want to check out Creating your first Flash document.
There are several ways to create animations in Flash:
The Animation Learning Guide for Flash shows you how to use all of these animation types in Flash Professional CS5, including the new and improved way of creating and editing motion tweens. If you like to animate, or just need to use it, read on. In fact, you would be crazy not to continue reading this guide.
Obviously, there's a lot more that Flash can do, even when it comes to animation. Visit the 3D/Animation section of the Flash Developer Center to find the latest articles on animating with Flash.