I haven't used CS5, so I wasn't aware of how much different it was than 4. But I think that some of the things you mention were still introduced in 4, such as the new teed ing methods - unless they were changed even further.I'm afraid that now it is more for programmers is you want to utilize it more to it's potential, and that includes AS3. I'm still on CS4 and AS2 as it is enough for the few Flash projects that I have had. I spent a lot of time learning Flash and AS2 and I used to use Flash a lot more before it started to become less important on the web. As a developer, there is a push to keep up, nut on the other hand, if the tool you're using works, and does what you need it to do there is nothing wrong with that. The question is, will investing the time and effort into the newer methods and technologies pay off in the end? That can be answered by those who have made the transition and can attest to whether they can do not only the same things faster, easier and better, but also things they could not previously accomplish.
I'm not sure what else you are referring to as far as changes between Flash 8 and CS5, but as far as the new tweening method is concerned, the old method is still in Flash just as it was before. The new method adds a lot of features that the old "classic" model lacked, but the reverse is still true to some extent, and the old model is still right there for you to use just as it was in CS3 and CS4. (BTW, the new motion tween method was added in CS4.)
Here are a couple of articles/resources on adobe.com that should help explain the differences and pros and cons of each:
- Motion Migration Guide for Flash CS4
- Animation Learning Guide for Flash
- List of keyboard modifiers in the Flash CS4 motion model
I'm guessing that there were other issues you had with CS5, but hopefully this info will help with your tween work.
Hi, I'm a little late to this discussion. I also have HATED the "new and improved" tweening in Flash CS5 and have just gone back to utilizing the classic tweening as it gives me so much more control over character animation. I agree that it seems as though Adobe thought it was improving it's usability when in fact it was actually alienating animators. And now I've begun noodling with Edge and see right away that the same non-intuitive animation is being carried over from CS5 Flash. I'm so disappointed in Adobe. I'm going to be at the HOW Interactive Design conference next week and plan on finding a representative to bend their ear a bit. Grr.