What are the cheapest 2D animation software?

asked by Peder Gjersvik
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    #1Toon Boom Harmony

    Toon Boom Harmony
    Toon Boom Harmony is one of the most used 2D animation software in the world. It is used on many Hollywood projects and is one of the most versatile tools for drawers, animators, sketchers. It allows you to draw your own creations, edit and enhance already created ones and comes with a very intuitive workflow for all the departments of animation. 
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $16- Free trial - Varies by plan

    Eric Herrera
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "Toon Boom is among the most used 2D animation softwares worldwide and its with great reason. You can draw your own avatars or edit already created ones to bring your story to life! Love it!"
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    #2Crazytalk Animator

    Crazytalk Animator
    Crazytalk Animator is one of the easiest 2D software for animation. Doesn't mind your animation skills, you can create professional results in an easy and almost instantly way. With its full set of animation tools such as Elastic Motion effects that will hep you animate logos or images, or its powerful bone rig editor, lip-syncing tools, facial animations, and a wide selection of motion libraries.


    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $69.99- Varies by plan

    Grace Fu
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This is just the sort of thing I was hoping to find. I am working on my 2D animation, and I was looking for some software to assist my practice and learning. This has a nice amount of tools for me to use, and it's also simple and fun."
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    #3Animation 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

    Anonymous
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Animation Desk is a comprehensive animation app. Make your own animation for free, also provide in app purchase. it is incredibly easy and simple to let users create their own drawings."
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    #4GameSalad

    GameSalad

    GameSalad is an authoring tool by GameSalad, Inc. The educational tool used for learning how to develop games. The software is comprised of a visual editor and a logic system and it can help in getting games published in major platforms.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $17- Varies by plan

    Divya Yadav
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "I was a little doubtful about this product at first. I mean Game Salad? It's not exactly a name that inspires trust. But boy, was I wrong. I teach 5th grade. Our school just lost our technology teacher, and we've been told to incorporate tech into our classrooms. So far this has been an awesome way to get the kids inspired! I mean, I know it's sometimes hard to get kids off computers, but these guys aren't just talking about the latest xbox game, they're planning, collaborating, thinking hard about puzzles to make. It's awesome! I'm so glad I jumped into this."
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    #5Spine 2D

    Spine 2D
    Spine 2D is an animation tool for games. Developers can animate 2D characters for video games with useful tools. The animation tool creates an animation based on skeletal simulation and it can be integrated into videogames.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99- Varies by plan

    Albert Howell
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "While Spine is decent for 2d animation, there are definitely better priced alternatives out there. I'd actually consider Spine to be one of the more expensive ones. Using this, I was happy with the features but I couldn't help but to feel a bit ripped off since I've used free programs with the same amount of features."
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    #6Synfig 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

    Tyler Larson
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "This was a pleasantly surprising experience with Synfig Studio! I have previously used several kinds of animation software, most of it expensive and with large learning curves, and I had become used to paying top dollar for a large breadth of features. Imagine my surprise as I found myself quickly picking up how to use Synfig, an open source and free (donations requested) software, and managing to produce work of similar quality. I especially like the easy soundtracking integration. Highly recommended!"
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    #7VideoScribe

    VideoScribe

    Videoscribe is a program that is designed to assist with whiteboard animation tasks. It is easy to use as it comes with a series of online image tools where users can get access to royalty free images that they can use for all of their own projects.

    Software

    Windows

    $29- /month

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    #8Animatron

    Animatron

    Animatron is a free animation software that can be used to draw, animate, and narrate different stories. It’s very easy to work with, and even kids can use the Lite Mode where they can simply drag and drop various elements to create animated stories.


    Software

    Web

    Free

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Summary

Best What are the cheapest 2D animation software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Toon Boom HarmonySoftware 6 Paid
2Crazytalk AnimatorSoftware 4 Paid
3Animation DeskApps 3 Free
4GameSaladSoftware 3 Paid
5Spine 2DSoftware 2 Paid
6Synfig StudioSoftware 1 Free
7VideoScribeSoftware 0 Paid
8AnimatronSoftware 0 Free
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