Is Adobe Flash Professional free after is dead?

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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I learning UDK (Unreal Development kit) ; becuase i want to use unreal engine but my cumputer is weak so I had to use UDK, Then I realized that in order to create menus in the game I need to use Adobe Flash in order to use Scaleform, and I only found adobe flash professional

 

my question is :

Has Adobe Flash Professional become free after its support was discontinued and replaced by Adobe Animate

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LEGEND , Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022
"But I don't know if I use Adobe Flash Pro, for example, version CS5.5 to use Scaleform, is it legal because Adobe has stopped selling it?"  I already said NO. Not unless you already purchased a license when Adobe sold it. Software does not become free just because it is no longer sold. (Some people invented the term "abandonware" for this case, and argue they have some right to use abandoned software. You can read about the controversy and form your own ideas. But you should realise that softwa...

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Explorer , Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022
Hmm...Flash is in the coffin for 1 year. Flash Professional is still free (if only you download from other trusted websites, not Adobe) and you can still find product keys for Flash Professional but, there is no more security and technical support for it so, don't take the risk of installing Flash. Thank you,From Khraw

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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No, Flash Pro did not become free. When Adobe replaced it with Adobe Animate, they stopped selling Flash Pro: there is no legal way to get it. Flash is dead, you probably need a different path.

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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But unfortunately I have to use Adobe Flash pro because all tutorials for making menus in Scaleform need Adobe flash and I only found Adobe Flash Professional, what can i do now ?

 

https://docs.unrealengine.com/udk/Three/SettingUpScaleformGFx.html

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Scaleform itself was discontinued by AutoDesk in 2018. So that path is no longer an option either (in particular if you intend to publish your game-->licensing not possible)

 

Since UDK doesn't offer a proper UI integration option, and you are looking into a 3d game authoring engine that can run on older machines, why not try Godot?

 

Godot includes a complete 2d GUI engine. Runs on relatively low grade hardware.

https://godotengine.org/

 

That said, it depends on the nature of your game project.

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The reason I want to use UDK is because I want to use a good game engine for old PCs and also its tools are powerful and UDK gives me what I want but that does not mean that godot is bad but I tried UDK and I like it more than godot and my games are 3D

 

But I don't know if I use Adobe Flash Pro, for example, version CS5.5 to use Scaleform, is it legal because Adobe has stopped selling it?

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"But I don't know if I use Adobe Flash Pro, for example, version CS5.5 to use Scaleform, is it legal because Adobe has stopped selling it?"  I already said NO. Not unless you already purchased a license when Adobe sold it. Software does not become free just because it is no longer sold.

 

(Some people invented the term "abandonware" for this case, and argue they have some right to use abandoned software. You can read about the controversy and form your own ideas. But you should realise that software companies absolutely REJECT the idea of abandonware, and they can probably afford better lawyers than either of us).

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Ok!, thank you for answer my question the screen name

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Feb 21, 2022 Feb 21, 2022

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Maybe try some lighter programs just like Godot, you can try Pencil2D or Paint, or Blender for 3D. If you want to add your Art to Games,

 

 

You can also try Gdevelop, it is completely open source, you can make complete 2D games without writing a single line of code, and has it's own Pixel editor

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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This really is unfortunate, because Flash is closed down for everyone. This makes Scaleform obsolete, I think. Perhaps the Unreal Engine community can suggest a way forward, or tell you it is obsolete for everyone who did not get Flash Pro CS4 over 10 years ago and kept it running...

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Hmm...Flash is in the coffin for 1 year. Flash Professional is still free (if only you download from other trusted websites, not Adobe) and you can still find product keys for Flash Professional but, there is no more security and technical support for it so, don't take the risk of installing Flash.

 

Thank you,

From Khraw

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