My client is looking for a more robust presentation software that can elegantly animate layers in/out, loop some things to keep it "living", and hopefully even incorporate some envoronmental sound design. Is Animate the solution I'm looking for? There's so much outdated documentation on the internet, I can't tell if Animate (or any adobe product) is headed the direction we need. I don't want to get invested in something that's being deprecated (Flash/swf), as much as I loved developing for Flash. Do we have a viable alternative yet?
I think Adobe Animate and Adobe XD are the best options for presentations.
Just keep in mind that creating a presentation in Animate can be as simple as adding just some navigation buttons with some basic script or as complex as a regular web app or game would be, with lots of complex codes, specially if you want to support mobile devices.
But if you don't want or need all of this extra coding power, then Adobe XD is very capable of creating amazing presentations without requiring you to write a single line of code. With XD you get great design tools, animations, screen transitions, triggers, modularity, and lots of other great features out of the box.