Introducing Tumult Hype Pro

In 2014 Adobe ceased to support Adobe Edge Animate, the application adopted by Graphic News to create interactive graphics in html. After much deliberation Graphic News believes Tumult Hype Pro is the best alternative and from January 2017 new interactives will be created using Hype. (See Background Notes below).

Hype offers an intuitive means of creating and editing responsive interactive graphics with animation. Publishers that use Graphic News embed code will see no difference. Editors that want to change or translate the words can still do so. Publishers that want to modify graphics can do so using Tumult Hype Pro (available for Mac OS at a fraction of the cost of Adobe software). Although there is no version for other platforms, the graphic can also be modified from within the javascript file.

In addition to the tutorials on the Hype website, technical information is available for users of Graphic News interactives. | GRAPHIC NEWS INTERACTIVES |

BACKGROUND

Adobe Edge was released in August 2011 as a multimedia authoring tool designed for websites to replace Flash content with web-standard HTML and javascript. It was renamed Adobe Edge Animate in 2012 and adopted by Graphic News for the London Olympics graphics package. At the end of 2014 Adobe announced that support for Edge Animate was ceasing and that instead they were rebadging Adobe Flash Professional as Adobe Animate.

Graphic News continued to create interactive graphics in Adobe Edge Animate whilst they looked for a suitable replacement. The two main contenders were:
  • Adobe Animate -- Adobe Flash Professional by another name. However, Flash seemed to be driven by “coders” rather than the needs of designers, and there was little enthusiasm to return to Adobe’s proprietary ActionScript, so changing to Adobe Animate was seen as a backward step. It also didn’t have the text handling capabilities needed.

  • Tumult’s Hype was found to be a far more intuitive program for graphic designers and used open source coding. It allowed the creation of responsive animations without bespoke coding and can be purchased for a fraction of the cost required to license Adobe Animate. The only down-side discovered was the fact that it is only available for Mac. Dynamic images and text could also be a problem.

    This move to a non-Adobe application is a milestone. Graphic News has been a strong supporter of Adobe since 1988 when following the introduction of Adobe Illustrator their founder, Duncan Mil, held out to use Adobe Illustrator for the Reuters News Graphics Service (rather than the better known Freehand or Mac Draw). As he said at the time: “Why use a computer to produce a graphic if it takes longer than using conventional techniques and the end result isn’t so good?” So he welcomed Adobe Illustrator.

    Today, in the digital world, the team at Graphic News want to create beautiful animated graphics with interactivity ... within the constraints of news deadlines... but the software offered by Adobe seems to be designed by coders for coders. Now coders are invaluable in any digital team, but they are not designers and coding takes time. Do we really want the visual quality of web pages to be determined by coders and “words” communicators? Designers need applications that enable them, without compromising visual quality. We are looking forward to using Tumult Hype.

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