What are the best software for animation?

asked by Pragati Shine
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20 solutions
  1. 44

    #1Animation 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

    Afra Chen
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "It's one of the most comprehensive animation software on mobile devices. Besides the creative tools, the app also supports multiple export and import formats, such as PSD, video, Gif, or even PDF."
  2. 44

    #2Adobe 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

    Dorothy Alvarado
    Written on January 13, 2018
    "Great animation software, it was not too difficult to use. Being able to use my own facial expressions to animate my characters was a really great experience."
  3. 39

    #3Toon 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

    Michelle Young
    Written on January 7, 2018
    "My daughter likes to make her own animations, so she tried Toon Boom Harmony. It's used by professionals. Unfortunately it was a little too complex for her use."
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    #4GraphicsGale

    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

    Amanda Williams
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "You can create loads of pixel art with this app. It's easy to use and fun."
  2. 35

    #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

    Victoria Keller
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "Kinda sketchy looking imo, but it's decently good at what it's for. It's not as high tech or advanced as a paid app would be, but it's not bad if you're just starting out and want to get your feet wet."
  3. 32

    #6Spriter

    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

    Isabel Hurtado
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "i think work for the people who wants to be a programmer. I love to create program and i did master's in Computer science some time i want to play a game like my field. I think would work best for me."
  4. 30

    #7Blender

    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

    Andrew Ford
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "I've finally found a great package for animating things. There are so many useful tools here and I keep learning new things every day."
  5. 27

    #8Lightwave 3D

    Lightwave 3D
    LightWave 3D is a professional 3D animation software tool that combines rendering with intuitive modeling and animation tools. It's been one of the most popular tools for studios and artists so far.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $995- Free trial available

    Pamela Riley
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "I use this product often, and it works well. It's definitely professional grade."
  6. 27

    #93D Studio Max

    3D Studio Max
    3D Studio Max is a 3D modeling, animation and rendering software for advanced users who want to create engaging games and virtual reality.
    Software

    Windows

    $1470- Free trial available

    Donna Contreras
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "3D Studio Max is great animation software. This software is recommended for advanced users that create virtual reality games and animation. You can use a 30 day free trial to give it a try. "
  7. 23

    #10Maefloresta 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

    Edward Cole
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "Good for 2d animation and the topic isn't specific on if they need 3d but it's a good start."
  8. 22

    #11Crazytalk 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

    Huang Shen
    Written on January 16, 2018
    "I was in need of the best software for animation. A friend told me about Crazytalk Animator, a 2D set of software for animation purposes. Easy to get good results."
  9. 20

    #12Aseprite

    Aseprite
    Aseprite is an open-source sprite animation program that allows you to create animated sprite and pixel-art. Its intuitive interface makes it very easy for beginners to draw characters and layers.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $14.99- Free trial available

    James Harper
    Written on January 7, 2018
    "The app looks very high-quality. People working in game design and animation would certainly find it interesting. The cool thing is that Aseprite being a pixel-art tool is drawn in the same pixel-art style. The price, however, is repelling: casual passers-by won't pay $15 for it. "
  10. 18

    #13Cinema 4D

    Cinema 4D
    Cinema 4D is considered one of the fastest growing and widely used solutions for content creation. This software is a fully integrated 3D modeling, animation, and rendering package. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $3510.25- Free trial available

    Shreyas Jhadav
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "Cinema 4D is a fully integrated 3D video program from Maxon. It is a fast growing program and getting great reviews from users. It gives you all the tools that you want in rendering package. The program fits the topic nicely."
  11. 16

    #14Synfig 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

    Jeremy Cox
    Written on January 12, 2018
    "I have been using this software for over 2 weeks now and I could not be more impressed. Being able to pay your own price for the software has major advantages to the industry...especially bringing in new people to animation. I love how easy the software is to use and learn. I can't wait for future updates and enjoy all the tools at my disposal."
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    #15Moho 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

    Heather Ramos
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "Moho anime studo is software used for animation that is used by professionals who are looking for an alternative to classic animation. this software is easy to use and not overly complicated. You can draw and animate with motion tracking and has a simulator as well."
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    #16Digicel 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

    Doris Nichols
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "Digicel Flipbook is a cool animation software where you can draw directly into the app or scan in your paper drawings. You can add soundtracks, lip syncing, and tons of other useful tools."
  14. 10

    #17GameMaker 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

    Jeremy Obrien
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "GameMaker Studio 2 is a one of a kind. This is probably one of the best software for animations out there. It has so much to it that can really make your idea come to life."
  15. 7

    #18Spine 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

    Louis Lopez
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "This looks like a good piece of software for business or educational use in animation. I have not heard of this before, but it appears to be a high quality piece of software, and also offers plenty of other related assets for purchase."
  16. 5

    #19GameSalad

    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

    Mary Wallace
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "This software was good with it's graphics. I liked the colors and it was used by educators."
  17. 3

    #20Autodesk 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

    Marina Ramírez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Autodesk Mudbox is a super cool tool that allows you to do 3D modeling and painting. A really easy and fun to use program. "

Summary

Best What are the best software for animation
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Animation DeskApps 44 Free
2Adobe Character Animator CCSoftware 44 Paid
3Toon Boom HarmonySoftware 39 Paid
4GraphicsGaleSoftware 35 Free
5Pyxel EditSoftware 35 Free
6SpriterSoftware 32 Free
7BlenderSoftware 30 Free
8Lightwave 3DSoftware 27 Paid
93D Studio MaxSoftware 27 Paid
10Maefloresta TupiTubeSoftware 23 Free
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