We’re pleased to announce that GoAnimate for Schools is migrating off Flash and onto HTML5. Our team has spent months working on the switch, and now is a good time to update our subscribers about all the great changes.
As the first step in the upgrade process, the following older themes and templates will be retired on July 26, 2016:
- Comedy World
- Lil’ Peepz
- Cartoon Classics
- White Houserz
- Stick Figure It Out
- Good on Paper
- Space Peepz
- Chibi Peepz
- Lil’ Petz World
- Space Citizens
- School Chronicles Template
- Talking Picz Template
- Wildlife Template
- Basketball Fever Template
- ARRRRRRRRRRR! Template
- Business Friendly Template
For more information we’ve broken it down in Q&A format.
Q: Why are we making these changes?
A: The main priority of GoAnimate for Schools is to provide a safe environment for students to create animated videos. It’s why we created the platform in the first place. Flash technology is outdated and HTML5 is more secure for our youngest animators.
Videos will eventually be playable (and create-able) on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. We know a lot of you use iPads or other tablets in your classrooms. Soon GoAnimate for Schools will work on those devices seamlessly, with faster creation, preview, and download times.
Q: So what are the changes exactly?
A: Retiring older themes
All of the older, less technologically-adaptable themes will be retired. With this change, we’ve had to make some tough calls. We’re passionate about all the themes released on GoAnimate over the years, but some of those relied on technology incompatible with HTML5. We’re sad to see them go but will have to bid farewell to Lil’ Peepz, Comedy World, Cartoon Classics and others.
More templates and assets
Based on feedback from our customers we’ve also provided additional great templates, characters, props, and actions for our three most popular themes: Business Friendly, Whiteboard Animation, and Video Infographics.
Coming soon, we will use an HTML5 video player, which means you’ll be able to watch videos on mobile devices. You’ll no longer have to download and export your videos in order to share them for viewing on smartphones or tablets! Video playback will also be much smoother than the current offering; no more choppy zooms in or out!
Faster and better downloads
Also coming soon, you’ll soon be able to download videos to MP4 practically in real time. No more waiting!
Making room for new effects and transitions
We will also be removing some of the technologically-incompatible special effects and scene transitions, while continuing to develop new and better ones.
Q: What do customers need to do to prepare?
A: Not too much. This switch to the HTML5 video player will not impact the ability for users to edit videos made with retired themes. So even if one of your videos was made entirely in a theme that has since been retired — you can still edit and save those videos. As long as an asset is already in the video, it will be editable. So, for example, if a character from a retired theme is in your video, it will be editable. Users can access the settings panel of the character to switch actions and make other tweaks.
Q: Where can I get more information?
A: You will find all up-to-date information here. We realize these are big changes, and we appreciate your patience taking them into account. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.