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You're correct it does NOT work with Flash or Animate. I think it's that Flash and Animate were designed for Wacom drivers and Windows is n-trig. I have not found one person yet who can use the Surface Pro with Animate or Flash EXCEPT the original Surface and the Surface Pro 2 because THEY actually ARE Wacom which is why I suspect the n-trig drivers. Sorry it's not the answer you're looking for but if you do a search on these forums you're definitely not alone.
Ever since I bought my surface pro 4 I was able to use the surface pen for drawing in Animate CC, Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC and I still do so daily. I even have a copy of Adobe Flash Pro CS6 and the surface pen works with both the pencil and brush tool as expected. I believe you may have to run updates on your surface pro 4, uninstall and reinstall Animate CC or something else to restore the surface Pro 4's default behaviour. It's not the best answer to the problem but regardless, using the surface pen in Adobe Animate and Flash CS6 is normally possible.
Someone else in my studio is using a Surface Pro (the newest model) and flash CS 3 seems to work on her device. I will try uninstalling and reinstalling flash. I've installed the latest firmware for my surface from Microsoft's site so I'm not sure what else I can do.
I'm skeptical that flash simply does not work with the N-trig pen because Photoshop works fine. There must be some kind of work around or setting I've missed.
Maybe a setting in windows 10 itself regarding pen and touch?? Disabling tablet settings in the registry???
I asked her how she got it to work but she said it literally just worked with flash out of the box.
Mine worked out of the box too with the surface pen without needing to install drivers or change pen settings. I couldn't say personally what settings to disable but if it's doable I would consider restoring your surface pro to factory defaults or doing a system restore to a point before you installed the drivers. Try to get it to work with the surface pen first before you try to get it to work with the N-trig pen as there is a possibility the styluses can conflict with each other. For these cases I find it's better to restore your computer to the way it was rather than fiddling with settings or installing more drivers/software. This is because the pens are normally meant to work without the extra effort.
Hope that helps. I know how annoying getting styluses to work with Flash can be. I've had my share of problems with getting flash to recognize my Wacom tablet in the past.
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Well earlier versions of Flash work (like CS3) and so does the earlier version of CC but once they changed the name to Animate they started to refine the brush and make it better to draw with and I think that's what caused the incompatibilities. Glad to hear some are getting it to work but can you confirm the Flash that worked was indeed the most recent version of Animate CC 2017?
Yes I can confirm that. I am currently running Adobe Animate CC 2017.5 on my Surface Pro 4 and it works with the surface pen for the brush and pencil tool. As well, I have a student version of Adobe Flash Professional CS6 also installed on the Surface Pro 4 and the surface pen works with brush and pencil tool too.
I've stated earlier that the brush tool works with the surface pen, however, I overlooked that I was not able to use pen pressure. Fortunately, after I downloaded and installed Wintab_x64_220.127.116.11.zip from the Microsoft Download Center, the pen pressure was made available on both Animate CC and Flash Professional CS6. However, when I used pen pressure in Flash Professional CS6, it did leave a unwanted dot whenever I started to draw a line.
Animate CC 2017
Adobe Flash Professional CS6
Wow you got it to WORK!?!?!? That's outstanding and the first time I've EVER heard anyone say pressure worked in Animate. I don't really use CS6 so I don't care much about that really, it's 10 year old software so you can't really expect too much from it but pressure working with a Surface Pro 4?!?!? That's outstanding!
I recently got a brand new Surface Book 2 and thought it would be worth sharing if it can use the surface pen with Adobe Animate CC as well.
After running updates on the Surface book 2 and then installing Adobe Animate CC 2017, pen pressure was not available but I was still able to use the surface pen to paint within Animate CC.
I then downloaded the same Wintab_x64_18.104.22.168.zip from the Microsoft Download Center and installed the driver. Pen pressure was then made available in Animate CC as you can see from the attached screenshot.
In theory, this should also allow the surface studio to use pen pressure with Adobe Animate. All in all, this demonstrates that a straight out of the box new Surface product can use the surface pen with Adobe Animate CC. However, to enable pen pressure, one must have the wintab driver installed.
I hope this helps other surface product owners.