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Adobe is getting rid of Flash, at least in name. The company announced today it’s changing the name of its Flash Professional CC software to Animate CC, reflecting better tools for creating content with HTML5 instead of Flash.

With the rise of mobile computing and smartphones, Flash has seen steep competition from open web standards like HTML5, which can be used for animations on any modern browser. Flash, on the other hand, requires users to download drivers, which can’t be done on many mobile operating systems.

Adobe has been moving away from Flash for years—the name change reflects the app’s longstanding ability to animate with HTML5—but the company is now actively encouraging “content creators to build with new web standards.”

The move won’t ruin existing Flash websites, and Adobe will continue to update Flash as security issues arise and new browsers create bugs. But come 2016, when Animate CC is released, you’ll see a steeper decline in new Flash creations out on the web.

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