For more than a decade, a program called Adobe Flash was used to create interactive animations and games on the web. Flash was used in service of terrible designs and unnecessary animations, but it was also used by artists, designers, and game developers to create compelling digital content. Unfortunately, the browser plug-in used to deliver Flash content earned a well-deserved reputation for memory leaks and system crashes. First, mobile phones cut off support for Flash content. Eventually, by the end of 2016, most leading browser manufacturers did the same.
The good news is this: Adobe Flash CC has been rebranded as Adobe Animate CC. Rather than creating animations in the clunky Flash format, the reinvented toolkit can be used to create animations that will play in any browser.
In order to complete this badge, you will need access to a copy of Adobe Animate CC. You can download a thirty-day trial version from Adobe, and you can also access the software on any of the lab computers. (Note: This badge is not available for students who have already taken the mobile gaming course. If you have taken the mobile gaming course and are interested in pursuing an intermediate animation badge, please contact me via e-mail.)