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See also [[Web Animation]] and [[Thick Line Animation]].
 
See also [[Web Animation]] and [[Thick Line Animation]].
 
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=== Series/Films that used this program: ===
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== Series/Films that used this program ==
 
* ''[[Almost Naked Animals]]''
 
* ''[[Almost Naked Animals]]''
 
* ''[[Atomic Betty]]''
 
* ''[[Atomic Betty]]''
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* ''[[Neighbors From Hell]]''
 
* ''[[Neighbors From Hell]]''
 
* ''[[Out of Jimmys Head]]'', and the television movie it was based on: ''Re-Animated''. The cartoon characters were made in Flash in both cases, but the TV show was done by another studio.
 
* ''[[Out of Jimmys Head]]'', and the television movie it was based on: ''Re-Animated''. The cartoon characters were made in Flash in both cases, but the TV show was done by another studio.
* ''[[Phineas and Ferb]]'' had several scenes done in this style; its first appearance is in the Yodel-Odel-Obey Me sequence in "Bubble Boys". The rest of the show is mostly animated with the similar [[Toon Boom]]<ref> albeit in [[Synergy Animation|Chi]][[Hong Ying|na]], [[Wang Film Productions|Taiwan]] and [[Rough Draft Studios|South Korea]]</ref>.
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* ''[[Phineas and Ferb]]'' had several scenes done in this style; its first appearance is in the Yodel-Odel-Obey Me sequence in "Bubble Boys". The rest of the show is mostly animated with the similar [[Toon Boom]].<ref>albeit in [[Synergy Animation|Chi]][[Hong Ying|na]], [[Wang Film Productions|Taiwan]] and [[Rough Draft Studios|South Korea]]</ref>
 
** Also, its used as the primary animation tool for Phineas and Ferb's one-minute talk show they host with celebrities on the Disney Channel.
 
** Also, its used as the primary animation tool for Phineas and Ferb's one-minute talk show they host with celebrities on the Disney Channel.
 
* ''[[Pound Puppies]]'' (2010 series)
 
* ''[[Pound Puppies]]'' (2010 series)
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* ''Where Ma' Dogs At''
 
* ''Where Ma' Dogs At''
 
* ''[[Wilbur]]'' - The main program features puppets, but Flash is used for the book-reading segments.
 
* ''[[Wilbur]]'' - The main program features puppets, but Flash is used for the book-reading segments.
* ''Wild Animal Baby Explorers'' - the main program is high-definition "3-D" CGI (with nature footage presented as live-action), but the characters' [[Imagine Spot|Imagine Spots]] are presented in Flash.
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* ''Wild Animal Baby Explorers'' - the main program is high-definition "3-D" CGI (with nature footage presented as live-action), but the characters' [[Imagine Spot]]s are presented in Flash.
 
* ''[[Word Girl]]''
 
* ''[[Word Girl]]''
 
* ''[[Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!|Wow Wow Wubbzy]]''
 
* ''[[Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!|Wow Wow Wubbzy]]''
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* ''[[Carl Squared]]''
 
* ''[[Carl Squared]]''
   
=== Webcomics drawn in Flash: ===
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== Webcomics drawn in Flash ==
 
* ''[[Awkward Zombie]]''
 
* ''[[Awkward Zombie]]''
 
* ''[http://as.crowdedstreet.net/Something/ Burning Stickman Presents...Something!]'' was a [[Sprite Comic]] made in Flash, with animated comics occasionally, typically on 100 comic milestones.
 
* ''[http://as.crowdedstreet.net/Something/ Burning Stickman Presents...Something!]'' was a [[Sprite Comic]] made in Flash, with animated comics occasionally, typically on 100 comic milestones.
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* ''[[Newheimburg]]'' has made the transition from hand-drawn to fully Flash-based drawing recently.
 
* ''[[Newheimburg]]'' has made the transition from hand-drawn to fully Flash-based drawing recently.
   
=== Web Series made in Flash: ===
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== Web Series made in Flash ==
 
* ''Arj and Poopy'', by former Disney Australia animator Bernard Derriman
 
* ''Arj and Poopy'', by former Disney Australia animator Bernard Derriman
 
* ''Bitey of Brackenwood'', by former Disney effects animator Adam Phillips.
 
* ''Bitey of Brackenwood'', by former Disney effects animator Adam Phillips.
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A vector graphics animation software program developed by Macromedia (based on an earlier program by Macromedia purchase FutureWave) and later added to Adobe's series of professional graphic applications under their merger. Initially called Shockwave Flash, it was designed to create smooth line-art animations and interactivity for web-based projects (basically, Illustrator, but with the 4th dimension added). It introduced its own coding language, Actionscript, and has its own standalone player software as well.

The "Shockwave" brand was something of an Artifact Title even from the beginning. See, Macromedia had an existing product called "Director" that was more mature and did some of the same things, and they had developed a browser plugin called "Shockwave" to let people view Director movies directly in their browser. After Macromedia bought FutureWave, they positioned Flash as something of a "Director Lite", most likely to protect Director sales. Flash proved popular, however, and eventually they dropped the Shockwave branding.

Since its introduction, Flash has gained more and more features. Due to the shortcuts that it offers that aren't available in normal animation, combined with steady improvement in computer performance and decreasing budgets from cable networks, it's started to branch from animations made for the Web into television and even movie animation (this article mainly covers these titles). Not everything made in it is good, but the standouts tend to be excellent. Also, Flash has been a key component in the rise of Web-based TV, owing to its installed base and features that make playback easy to implement.

Flash has not been without its competitors. Toon Boom has been competing against it in the entertainment industry for years now, and has actually been used in big-scale feature films. Both programs have developed to the point where it is nearly impossible to determine which show was made with which program just by watching them. Silverlight is a direct competitor to Flash on the Web, developed by Microsoft and based on .NET classes. Also, HTML 5 adds video capability to the HTML standard, though it's still new and isn't available in all browsers, much less the older versions people are likely to keep around for the next few years. Apple has a turbulent relationship with the software due to its rudimentary video performance- their iPad originally could not play Flash Player videos, and Flash games are nowhere to be found in the games that are available for their hardware.

On a related note, Flash's player is now commonly used by web designers for tasks it wasn't originally intended to perform well, such as banner ads, bitmapped video, games, complex interactive applications and, as of Flash 11, full on 3D rendered games. Its adoption for those uses can be traced to the Microsoft vs. Netscape wars of the late 1990s, which kept equivalent functionality from being standardized in HTML while the two sides duked it out. Now that the browser landscape has improved and most browsers at least try to follow the relevant standards, complex forms and applications using “AJAX” have gained in popularity; this also makes them attractive for use on smartphones, which often don't have the CPU power to run a full-featured Flash plugin.

In November 2011, Adobe announced it will no longer develop Flash software for iOS games past the most current version. As of January 2012, Adobe is currently developing a software application called Adobe Edge, which is basically Adobe Flash for HTML 5, with the aim of making this technology more accessible to designers, artists and people without a technical background; once it's released, this could finally spell the end of Adobe Flash.

Not to be confused with the brick-walled superhero of the same name.

See also Web Animation and Thick Line Animation.


Series/Films that used this program

Webcomics drawn in Flash

Web Series made in Flash

Notes

  1. albeit in China, Taiwan and South Korea
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