What are the best animation tools?

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    #1Synfig Studio

    Synfig Studio
    Synfig Studio is an open source 2D animation software that allows professionals and amateurs to realize incredible animations on 2D with a professional result. With tools as layers animation, bones rigging and skeleton distortion that creates realistic movements and animations. It comes with a soundtracking for syncing the animation to music or sounds.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    José Juan Ayala
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "I started doing animations 2D a few years ago, and my skills became a lot better since the very first moment I started using Synfig Studio. This software is powerful and very intuitive, it allows me to apply realistic movements in a lot fewer clicks than any other software I ever used. I suggest it to everyone wanting to try the animation in 2D world, you will like it!"
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    #2Maefloresta TupiTube

    Maefloresta TupiTube
    TupiTube from Maefloresta is an animation tool on 2D that is very suitable for both children and amateur artists and for more skilled one if they need a fast and easy animation software. In their website, you will find anything you need to learn from the scratch, and downloadable material yo help you with your creations.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Mark Richardson
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "I have used an old copy of adobe flash for years now. I kind of just stubled my way into making short animations, having issues with walk cycles and some other movements. Maefloresta Tupi 2D Magic has an amazing amount of tutorials and guides. It has helped me learn some new tricks i had never known about. Even tweening."
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    #3Blender

    Blender
    Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Denise Ryan
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "A great open source video editing and 3D creation suite software is called Bender. This animation software offers features that allow photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more. This is all completely free and many professininals argues that it one of the better programs out there. "
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    #4Spriter

    Spriter
    Spriter is a 2D game animation program that allows you to create game characters and effects based on the "modular" method of animation. Thanks to its highly intuitive interface and advanced editing tools anyone can use it.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Juan Antonio Gálvez
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "I'm just starting to learn how to animate so I wanted to start with the basics. Spriter really helps you with 2D animation."
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    #5Pyxel Edit

    Pyxel Edit
    Pyxel Edit is a Pyxer art drawing program that lets you work with tiles, inspired by the Pixothello and Cosmigo Pro Motion. It also allows you to make animations, and exporting them as sprite sheets or animated GIFs.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $9

    Sai Jain
    Written on February 1, 2018
    "I have watched the tutorial video on the Pyxel website and I can say it is very user friendly and easy to use. Although the editor is still n the beta version, you can have it bey donating and get the recent updates. The forum also looks very live and supporting."
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    #6GraphicsGale

    GraphicsGale
    GraphicsGale is an sprite animation editor that allows you to create animated sprite and pixel-art. It offers a wide range of features like previewing your animations in real time while editing sprites or onion skinning.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Russell Schmidt
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "GraphicsGale is an animation editor that allows you to make your own animated sprites and pixel-art. It is now a free program. If you are into making animated sprites then this is a good place to start. This fits the topic fairly well. I don't think it can really compare to the adobe line."
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    #73DC.io

    3DC.io

    3DC.io is a 3D modeling application for both Android and iOS. It allows its users to create 3D pieces from their mobile device. Users can also print the models that they make and can also be exported into multiple formats for any use.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Thomas Carpenter
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "I mainly use this to create something that I thought of while I was out or away from my main computer. It lets me get started on a rough idea right when I have it instead of maybe forgetting details about it as I go about my day. Pretty easy to use as well."
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    #8Animation Desk

    Animation Desk
    Animation Desk is an animation app designed by Kdan Mobile Software Company. It's a great drawing application that helps us flesh out every creative idea into animated figures, animated movies and e-cards.
    Apps

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ralph Walker
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a take it or leave it app for me. If you're a beginner or hobbyist with animation I can recommend it. The user interface is nice but it doesn't have the workflow nor toolset I really feel comfortable with. Take my rating with a grain of salt as I am a professional artist."
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    #9Shapr3D

    Shapr3D

    Shapr3D is a powerful app for iPad. With this app, you can sketch and model objects and any element. It is very easy to use. Enjoy creating amazing 3D figures.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Arthur Sanders
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "This App isn't cheap, but it does deliver a solid and easy to learn experience. Software in this field has traditionally been overly complex and time consuming to learn to effectively use. This App let's you be productive very quickly, and since time is money, that mitigates the expense of the product."
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    #10Autodesk FormIt 360

    Autodesk FormIt 360

    Autodesk FormIt 360 is a very useful app for Android devices. With this app, you can create amazing 3d elements, it is the perfect app for artists or architects. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jane Robertson
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "It's not any of the adobe products by any means, but considering you're trying to animate from your phone it's pretty dang powerful. It's fairly complex and there are plenty of options to help you get exactly what you were looking for."
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    #11Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox is a 3D modelling and painting software. It was founded by artists from Weta Digital and is now being developed by Autodesk. Its stable version was released in 2015.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $80- Varies by Plan

    Dennis Bryant
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A friend of mine works with Autodesk Mudbox, and after seeing what you can do with this program, I asked him to teach me the basics. It's very powerful, and it allows you to make beautiful 3D models and paintings. Great product!"

Summary

Best What are the best animation tools
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Synfig StudioSoftware 11 Free
2Maefloresta TupiTubeSoftware 9 Free
3BlenderSoftware 8 Free
4SpriterSoftware 6 Free
5Pyxel EditSoftware 5 Free
6GraphicsGaleSoftware 4 Free
73DC.ioApps 3 Free
8Animation DeskApps 2 Free
9Shapr3DApps 2 Free
10Autodesk FormIt 360Apps 1 Free
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