Flash is still around — now called Adobe Animate — and in some ways After Effects shares a lot of DNA with its shamed sibling. It’s still cool to work with AE, though, but the one aspect of the tool that I wish survived from Flash’s heyday was the ability to make animation changes in response to external stimuli. As a developer, I can always come up with reasons to feed data to animation for representation (my trader space game is a perfect example), but modern web animation methods are so code-heavy that it sometimes seems like a step backward in usability.
Lottie and Bodymovin aren’t perfect, and there’s a lot of AE effects that they cannot handle, but for a simple animation that relies more on design aesthetics than piles of motion graphic adjustments, it’ll do the job just fine it seems. I’ve only run a few tests (and had I planned better I’d have them here to show you) but all of the pieces are present that point towards being able to use this system for a more native dynamic alert system for live streaming.