You can always pull in external data via AJAX. If you make use of jQuery, this can also make things simpler. I have a Lynda.com course on dynamic data and Animate CC about to be published soon but I'm afraid it isn't yet available: Joseph Labrecque — Web, Animate: training, tutorials & online classes
When might your class become available? We have a license for Lynda and I'd be interested in checking out your course.
Also, we publish to DCM from Double Click Studio and Google tells me that Animate creates a Canvas element, which in the exported document is inaccessible by external JS code. Therefore, it has no way to communicate with dynamic content in Studio and fetch the stage elements from the creative.
Do you know anything about this limitation or how to get around it?
Would it be possible to provide an example of what code I would drop into my keyframe to pull in data from a xml or csv file?
Joe, when will your course be available? I would be grateful if you could provide an example of how I would setup my Animate .FLA file for output to HTML5 Canvas for this.
I'm not sure - likely this week.
Ah, here it is!
Learn Adobe Animate CC: Data-Driven Animation
Learn to create data-driven animations, such as a data-driven image carousel and an interactive RSS feed, using Adobe Animate CC—the newly relaunched version of Flash Professional. Joseph Labrecque takes you through both projects step-by-step, providing easy-to-follow instructions for interacting with JSON and XML data sets and using jQuery to ingest and parse data in HTML5 Canvas-based projects. The complete carousel will display images, captions, and controls for customizing the transitions, while the RSS feed display will load news items in a "click to view more" animated interface. Find out how to set up each project, build the interfaces, ingest data, apply animation, and program user controls. Plus, learn advanced techniques for creating dynamic titles.