What are the best software for 2D animation?

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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

    Steven Jones
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "Hoping to finally fulfill my dream of creating a 2D game, I started looking for software for 2D animation. Then, Toon Boom Harmony popped up in the search. After about 2 weeks of using it, I am now halfway there with making my first 2D game. The only downside to this is the price. I think it is worth it though. It is exactly what I was looking for."
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    #2Moho Anime Studio

    Moho Anime Studio
    Moho Anime Studio is a perfect solution for professionals of animations who are looking for an alternative to classic animation. It comes with features like Smart Bones, Smart Warp and Beziers tools that give the drawer and animator a handy and efficient set of tools for their production. Draw and animate with motion tracking, motion graphics, physics simulator, 64 bits architecture. 


    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $399.99

    Willie Rios
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Smith Micro software offers Moho (Anime Studio) Pro 12 for professional anime artists and riggers. The software seems inline with other major players in the animation and rigging software industry."
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    #3Crazytalk 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

    Ralph Allen
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "Not since Blender was I more confused to get something simple working. I've had a lot of people tell me how easy it is, but I'm just not seeing it. I could keyframe an animation faster and by hand in 3DSMax than I could to get one simple animation working. And I stink in 3D space. I wish the creators all the luck in the world, as they have a large user base, but this just isn't good for me."
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    #4Spine 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

    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "I recently got interested in 2D animation but needed software to channel my creative concepts. With Spine 2D, I am now able to use an animation tool for games. It allows me to bring to life characters that formerly existed only in my head, and do so easily."
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    #5Synfig 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

    Charles Dunn
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "The first thing that jumped out to me about Synfig Studio is that I can choose my own price for this software. Which means I can download and use this product for free and based on my experience I can return and make a donation if I feel like. The second thing which stood out is that this works on multiple operation systems with even support for Linux. All and all worth the try since it is free."
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    #6Digicel Flipbook

    Digicel Flipbook
    Digicel Flipbook is a 2D animation software that allows you, whether you are a skilled professional or a learning amateur, to directly draw in flipbook with your wacom or digital tablet, or scan your pencil drawings, lip sync to the dialogue, accurate painting, and a wide range of tools that will help you to create astonishing animations. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Peter Cole
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "Flipbook is a good program that will do 2D animation, but there are a few lingering problems that haven't been fixed in a few iterations of the program. I want to recommend it as well, but I tried it and just couldn't get behind it. There are other alternatives out there that fulfill this need better, and I'd encourage you to try to find one of those instead."
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    #7Animation 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

    David James
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I wanted to do some short animation and never having done such a thing, I did some research and found this software. So I decided to purchase it and I’m glad I did. It does exactly what I wanted it to do and it’s pretty easy to use. But it also has many features that you can learn as you go along."
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    #8Adobe Character Animator CC

    Adobe Character Animator CC
    With Adobe Character Animator CC (still in Beta) you can create animations for the characters you have created on Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC. With its facial and track recognition, using a cam and a microphone, you can use your face to animate the expressions of the character you are bringing to life.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Thomas Jensen
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "This application solves looks easy to use and is user friendly. The application is also affordable and allows anyone to get started in animating."
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    #9Maefloresta 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

    Brian Wright
    Written on June 27, 2017
    "I knew nothing about this Tupi 2D Magic before right now and after opening the page I still know next to nothing. It is an animation tool and nothing is animated of the page. I get it, it's just a wiki kind of page but come on... Give me some photos to assess to some degree whether and to acquire some general idea. I'm disappointed. "
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    #10GameSalad

    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

    Pranav Sengupta
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "While this isn't the best tool for making games with, I do highly recommend it for people looking to get into development. It's a great resource and I think it is really useful as teaching/learning tool or to try out some basic concepts."
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    #11GameMaker Studio 2

    GameMaker Studio 2

    GameMaker Studio 2 is a software for making 2D development environment. This will help game developers to turn early concepts into a complete product. It offers easy to use interface and useful tools. It offers a free trial.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $39- Varies by plan

    Amit Tata
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I have this software for PC, and it is fantastic. The features of this program have helped in bringing my creative game ideas to life. There are so many features in this program, I doubt that I've reached its full potential yet. I have been able to startup my own video game company with this program. The only problem is that it is a bit pricey for anything other that PC format."

Summary

Best What are the best software for 2D animation
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Toon Boom HarmonySoftware 20 Paid
2Moho Anime StudioSoftware 15 Paid
3Crazytalk AnimatorSoftware 11 Paid
4Spine 2DSoftware 9 Paid
5Synfig StudioSoftware 6 Free
6Digicel Flipbook Software 5 Free
7Animation DeskApps 3 Free
8Adobe Character Animator CCSoftware 2 Paid
9Maefloresta TupiTubeSoftware 1 Free
10GameSaladSoftware 1 Paid
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