Why Hype 3.5 and Pro

Why Hype 3.5 and Pro
In the next few tutorials, we will take a close look at Tumult Hype Pro and take note of the features and tools for creating HTML5 interactive animation for all modern browsers and mobile devices.

When I moved from Windows to a Mac, I stayed a loyal AdobeR fan and continued to work with After EffectsR and FlashR. Well, then Adobe switched to the subscription-based CC and those never-ending monthly payments. That’s one, but not the only, reason I began to look away from Adobe and toward AppleR and Apple friendly software. I found that Apple software had most, if not all, the features I was looking for and the one-time price was very reasonable.

When it comes to creating animation for desktops and mobile devices, HTML5 is the way to go, for now. Tumult Hype is the best design-side animation tool that I have found to replace After Effects and Flash. All the coding is accomplished at the back end by the software and the designer works with design elements on the screen. Of course, you still have the option to work with the HTML5 and CSS code, if necessary. Did I mention that Hype and the Hype Pro upgrade are one-time purchases and the price is very reasonable.

Like Flash and After Effects, Hype is also a keyframe-based software. The animator sets the start and end frames for the keyframe animation and Hype creates the animation. As a long time Flash user, I really like the idea of continuing to work with keyframe animation.

Hype 3.5 has a great website for beginners, with a user forum, online video tutorials and a YouTube channel to get you started. There is also a gallery of Hype animations, showing the wide range of projects that can be created. These gallery examples can also be downloaded, which gives you the option to take a closer look. Finally, there is an online blog and software documentation, which is downloadable. The documentation download zip file contains sample Hype project files, so you can follow along. In short, Tumult has many learning resources, which is always a good thing when learning new software.

For those Flash users looking toward the future, here are some blog posts from Tumult.com.

Flash Transition Guide

Flash Transition Guide: Working with Symbols

Flash Transition Guide: Character Animation

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