Animate 1.x is offered for free. When we launched 1.0 last September Animate was offered with a promotional price of $0. It was technically a paid application, but offered at a 100% discount as a thank you to our users for helping us with the product. We made it clear with messaging that only the 1.x version would have this premium.
Animate 1.x is also a perpetual version so you can use it without paying for as long as you wish.
Animate CC is offered as part of the paid CC subscription, so if you're a subscriber it comes with the bundle or standalone at $19.99 a month.
You can learn more here.
Thanks Sara. I understand there are larger forces at work with this new subscription model. Not really happy about the whole thing.
You mention here that Animate 1.x is also a perpetual version so you can use it without paying for as long as you wish.
Does this apply to use in a School?
Yes, the 1.x version is free for both personal and commercial (or educational) use. One thing to keep in mind is Animate is rapidly developing, and even the 1.5 version is fairly outdated to what's in 2.0. Each release is not just about features, but fixing browser based bugs that arise as new browsers are released and these fixes won't be available in the 1.x series.