I rant about this frequently both on this blog and in real life. I’m linking to the article below so I have easy access to it when I need to start ranting and want to quote it.
Full disclosure: I’ve actually launched Edge Animate only once or twice myself and examples I’ve seen are pretty impressive. However, those examples aren’t eLearning.
What Tom Arah writes about Edge Animate in The Shift from Flash to HTML Has Set Web Design Back 15 Years applies not just to Edge Animate but to toys like Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate.
I used to say those toys were for people who didn’t care about what they did. Unfortunately, they are, increasingly, the only tools clients and employers use. Not only do they hurt eLearning as a medium and as an industry but they’ve hurt Instructional Design as a field and a career.
Over the last few years, “Instructional Designer” has come to mean, merely, “eLearning Developer.” No, it’s worse than that, it really just means “I can use Articulate Storyline” which, itself means nothing more than, “I can make really nice glorified Powerpoint presentations for companies so stupid they don’t realize they just paid $1400 for Storyline when they already owned Powerpoint.”
Don’t waste your breath listing things Storyline does that Powerpoint can’t because the list of what Flash can do that Storyline can’t is far, far longer.