Animate 2 and Animate Pro 1 compatabilty

We have Animate pro 1 running in the studio (and will be upgrading in the summer), but many freelance animators are now using Animate 2 for working at home but we can’t seem to open the Animate 2 files in Animate Pro 1. Is this correct? Is the only fix a rather costly upgrade earlier than we anticipated?

This is correct. The software is backwards compatible, but not forwards compatible. So people working in version 2 would be able to open things from version 1, but not the other way around.