Animate Asset Package
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What is an ANA file?
An ANA file is a Zip-compressed asset package created by Adobe Animate, an application artists use to draw and publish interactive animations. It contains one or more assets for a symbol in an animation, which may include objects, motions, bones, and audio comprising the symbol. Animate users export assets as ANA packages to reduce their file size for storage or transfer purposes.
Animate is an application for designing animations for cartoons, banners, games, and the web. It was formerly known as Flash, which Macromedia originally developed but merged with Adobe in 2005. Adobe replaced Flash with Animate in 2016.
How to create an ANA file with Adobe Animate
You can create an ANA file by right-clicking a symbol in the Library panel in Animate, then choosing Export Asset. Alternatively, you can select File → Export → Export Scene as asset. Both of these methods for creating an ANA file present an "Export Asset" dialog where you can choose the assets you want to include:
- Objects - Shapes, graphics, etc., within the selected symbol.
- Bones - Inverse kinematics (IK) designed within the symbol to animate it.
- Motion - Any animation created with your provided assets.
- Audio - Sound files included with the selected symbol.
How to open an ANA file
You can open ANA files with Adobe Animate (multiplatform). To open an ANA file, open the Assets panel if it is not yet displayed by selecting Window → Assets. Then, select Import Assets from the Assets panel.
Since ANA files are compressed with Zip compression, you can also open them with a Zip decompression utility, such as Microsoft File Explorer (Windows), Apple Archive Utility (macOS), or Corel WinZip (Windows), to extract their contents. You may need to change the .ana file extension to .zip for the utility to open it.