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Stupid Stuff I Don't Like About Adobe Animate

A client is using Adobe Animate for their projects. I find myself constantly stymied by stuff I would expect to find in a developers tool, that just isn't there. So frustrating. When I did flash and air programming while working at Adobe, I concentrated on using Flash Builder Pro 4.5. Things made sense there. Powerful editor. Stuff worked a lot like a top notch development environment, probably because it was based on Eclipse. I am really sad that Adobe has not updated it in a very long time.

Adobe Animate, on the other hand, yecccch…

Here is a list of problems as I search for them and encounter the “solutions”, or rather lack of solutions and ignoring excellent suggestions for years:

  • What I am trying to do: Trying to see the list of objects in a layer. I would like to really easily browse their names too.
    • Google query: how to see the objects in a layer of animate
    • Answer found: Sorry animate can't show you the list of what is in a layer like so many other products can.
      • Example question asked by a user: Hello! New to Animate.
        • How can i see a list of objects and their order in a layer?
        • I can see this in any software (illustrator, after effects, c4d …,) but could not find it in Animate 😞
        • Example of it in Illustrator: (and a great picture of what it looks like in Animate)
        • Open question, and unaddressed feature, since at least September, 2019!
      • Possible work around: Click the no eye button and hide the other layers.
      • Now I see the one item on the layer I added. Why can't I double click it to inspect properties, see what kind of object it is, and such? Who knows. Frustrating.
  • No refactoring support in the editor
    • this means no renaming either
  • Somehow the debug console has gotten really wide, and the vertical drag border wont let me make it smaller. I had just docked the actions as a tab on the same pain as variables, when this happened. Having it floating was confusing. Undocking it let the variables window be narrowed again. Edit - Undo was unable to undo the docking…
software/animate/stupid_stuff_i_don_t_like_about_adobe_animate.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/18 08:14 (external edit)