The first thing you notice about drawing in ANIMATE (compared to Flash) is the much improved line quality and accuracy!
CLICK HERE to see enlarged pic. These are screengrabs of the brush strokes created in Flash and TB Animate.
Unfortunately, what you get on screen is not true to what you draw... Flash tweaks your original linework and as you can see - those looped lines are really messed up (compared to the Toonboom versions). I would have to manipulate the strokes with the Arrow tool and pull them into shape.
What you see on screen is exactly what you draw which is great! There's a catch though... In the TOONBOOM workspace, you can have Anti-aliasing enabled or disabled. Anti-aliasing adds a "Soft and blurry" effect to the strokes. Some people may not notice this but I do, and I find this blurry effect a bit distracting, like using ink that bleeds. With the Anti-aliasing Disabled (you can toggle this setting under Preferences > Open GL) it's the total opposite effect. The strokes are pixelly and jagged. This is even more distracting so I usually go with the Anti-Alias mode.
In my ideal world, I would love it if ToonBoom's line quality was crisper, like Flash's, while maintaining its smoothness and accuracy...
To be honest though, I am so used to manipulating vectors in Flash it's weird to not have to do this in ToonBoom. Actually it's more time-consuming to edit strokes in ToonBoom because the Contour Editor feature requires a familiarity with Bezier points and handles... something I never had to learn. The thing I like about Flash is that you can just push and pull strokes into their perfect curve at ANY POINT ON THE CURVE without even having to SEE those points.
Both programs have a smoothening feature. I have yet to figure out how to smoothen only PART of a stroke in Animate. In Flash, you can very quickly select a part of a stroke and smoothen only this part. In Animate, the entire stroke is selected.