55 Best Animation Software: The Ultimate List 2017

55 Best Animation Software: The Ultimate List 2017

 

The Ultimate Animation Software List

 

Animated videos are gaining more and more popularity nowadays. We use animations for different purposes starting from running effective marketing campaigns to congratulating a friend with a creative animated video message. The question is where to find a software or an online tool that can perfectly meet our needs. 

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There are many different software available both off and online, both professional and for a very basic user, 2D and 3D animation creators and so on. Some animation software can seem too complicated for a basic user and some online video makers can be unaffordable, but we'll introduce you all of them and left it to your own consideration to choose the best one.

 

 So here are some professional 2D animation software:

 

1. Name: Moho (Anime Studio)

Website: Moho

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X

Description: Moho is a proprietary vector-based 2D animation software for animators. The  Moho software has two different versions: Anime Studio Debut and Anime Studio Pro. The first one doesn't have all the functions that the Pro version has, plus the Debut version is restricted i is a bit more restricted in terms of possible length and image size, as well as not having all the functions of the Pro version. Anime Studio Pro no longer supports the Linux platform. Anime Studio is available in English, German and Japanese language (and Spanish since version 9.2).

 

2. Name: Synfig Studio

Website: Synfig

Operating system: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Description: Synfig Studio is an open source, free timeline-based and 2D vector graphics computer animation program. Synfig is a real back-end and front-end application, that allows you to design your animation in front-end and render it in backend at a later time even on another computer, that might be faster, without having to connect the graphical display.

 

3. Name: Adobe Animate

Website: Adobe Animate

Operating system: Windows, OS X

Description: Adobe Animate is a computer animation and multimedia authoring program developed by Adobe Systems. If you need to create vector graphics and animation - Animate is the tool for you. You can later on use your creation for websites, online videos, rich internet apps, video games and television programs. Adobe Animate if the need be, offers support in video and audio embedding, ActionScript  scripting, rich text and raster raster graphics.

 

4. Name: Pencil 2D

Website: Pencil 2D

Operating system: Linux, OS X, Microsoft Windows

Description: Pencil2D is an open-source and free 2D animation software. You can easily produce simple 2D drawings, graphics and animation by using the bitmap/vector drawing interface of the application. The application started as simple "pencil test" at first and developed into Pencil2D. 

 

5. Name: Toonz

Website: Toonz

Operating system: Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows

Description: Opentoonz is an open-source 2D animation software. Toonz Premium is the professional product of the same family.  This software has been used to create many different films and games, such as Futurama, Anastasia, Asterix in America (in this movie the part of the sea storm was created by Toonz completely)  and much more.

 

6. Name: Tupi

Website: Tupi

Operating system: Unix-like, Windows, Mac OS X

Description: Tupi  is an open-source application of 2D animation and design. This is a tool made for and inspired by animators and is being created by open community. The main feature of this tool is the easy animation creation process, which includes only 5 simple steps.

 

7. Name: TVPaint Animation

Website: TVPaint animation

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, AmigaOS (from v1.0 to 3.59)

Description: TVPaint Animation is a 2D digital animation and paint software package, that has been  developed by TVPaint Developpement SARL. The software supports most of the operating systems existing today. It has been used to create many animated and otherwise movies.

 

8. Name: DigiCel FlipBook

Website: DigiCel FlipBook

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X

Description: DigiCel FlipBook is 2D animation software. It was created with the intention of duplicate the animation process in its traditional form, much like Toon Boom Harmony and TVPaint. As FlipBook wants to keep the traditional aspect and the traditional toolkit of the animation, it does not support skeletal animation. Thus each frame has to be created and drown separately and inbetweening is performed via onion skinning. The toolkit is raster-based and supports direct digital input of a drawing using graphic tablet and scanning the physical drawing via either webcam or TWAIN-compliant scanner. 

 

9. Name: DrawPlus

Website: DrawPlus

Operating system: Microsoft Windows

Description: DrawPlus is an animation and 2D vector graphics editing software. DrawPlus provides very realistic brushes, which can give the user the opportunity to create drawing with watercolors, oils and other media and you can retain the vector editing capability. DrawPlus is also able to produce Stop frame and Key frame animations, including output to Adobe Flash swf file format and support for ActionScript.

DrawPlus X8 (paid version) and Starter Edition (completely free) offer support for pressure-sensitive input devices such as Wacom's range of tablets. Both applications feature a Pressure Studio to allow calibration of the individual devices and allow functions to be mapped to the supported buttons on the tablet. DrawPlus supports pressure-sensitive vector lines and brushes to create a striking range of effects from manga through to painting in an array of media.

 

10. Name: Retas Studio

Website: Retas Studio    

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS

Description: RETAS (Revolutionary Engineering Total Animation System) is a 2D animation software bundle developed and sold by Celsys that is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It handles the entire animation production from digitally drawing or tracing to exporting in Flash and QuickTime, and is considered to be a leader in Japan's anime industry.

 

11. Name: Antics 2-D Animation

Website: Antics 2-D Animation  

Operating system: Windows XP and later

Description: The Antics 2-D Animation software is a proprietary vector-based 2-D application for animators and graphic designers, running under Microsoft Windows. It was created in 1972 by Alan Kitching, the British animator, graphic designer, and software developer. From 1977 to 1998 the Antics software was continuously developed, and was widely used by many studios around the world. The software of that time ran under Unix and Fortran, which by the late 1990s had been superseded by newer multimedia-oriented systems based on C++, and support for the older Antics was discontinued in 1998. In 2006, a project to build a completely new Antics software for C++ and Windows was begun, and the first published version made available in 2010.

 

3D Animation

 

12. Name: Autodesk 3ds Max

Website: Autodesk 3ds Max

Operating system: Windows 7 or later

Description: Autodesk 3ds Max, formerly 3D Studio, then 3D Studio Max is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games and images. It is developed and produced by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. It has modeling capabilities and a flexible plugin architecture and can be used on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is frequently used by video game developers, many TV commercial studios and architectural visualization studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie pre-visualization. For its modeling and animation tools, the latest version of 3ds Max also features shaders (such as ambient occlusion and subsurface scattering), dynamic simulation, particle systems, radiosity, normal map creation and rendering, global illumination, a customizable user interface, new icons, and its own scripting language.

 

13. Name: Cinema 4D

Website: Cinema 4D

Operating system: AmigaOS, MacOS, Microsoft Windows

Description: CINEMA 4D is a 3D modeling, animation, motion graphic and rendering application developed by MAXON Computer GmbH in Germany. It is capable of procedural and polygonal/subd modeling, animating, lighting, texturing, rendering, and common features found in 3D modelling applications. Four variants are currently available from MAXON: a core CINEMA 4D 'Prime' application, a 'Broadcast' version with additional motion-graphics features, 'Visualize' which adds functions for architectural design and 'Studio', which includes all modules.

Initially, CINEMA 4D was developed for Amiga computers in the early 1990s, and the first three versions of the program were available exclusively for that platform. With v4, however, MAXON began to develop the program for Windows and Macintosh computers as well, citing the wish to reach a wider audience and the growing instability of the Amiga market following Commodore's bankruptcy.

 

14. Name: Houdini

Website: Houdini

Operating system: Windows, MacOS, Linux

Description: Houdini is a 3D animation application software developed by Side Effects Software based in Toronto. Side Effects adapted Houdini from the PRISMS suite of procedural generation software tools. Its exclusive attention to procedural generation distinguishes it from other 3D computer graphics software.

Houdini has been used in various feature animation productions, including Disney's feature films Frozen and Zootopia; the Blue Sky Studios film Rio, and DNA Productions' Ant Bully.

Side Effects also publishes a partially limited version called Houdini Apprentice, which is free of charge for non-commercial use.

 

15. Name: Poser

Website: Poser

Operating system: Windows, OS X

Description: Poser is a 3D computer graphics program optimized for 3D modeling of human figures. The program has gained popularity due to allowing beginners to produce basic animations and digital images, and the extensive availability of third-party digital models. Poser is a 3D rendering software package for the posing, animating and rendering of 3D polymesh human and animal figures. Akin to a virtual photography studio, Poser allows the user to load figures, props, lighting and cameras for still and animated renderings.

Natively using a subset of the Alias object (OBJ) file format and a text-based markup for content files, Poser comes with a large library of pre-rigged human, animal, robotic, and cartoon figures. The package also includes poses, hair pieces, props, textures, hand gestures and facial expressions. As Poser itself does not allow for original modeling of objects, a large community market of artists emerged, creating and selling Poser content, made using third-party software like modo, ZBrush, Blender or Autodesk 3ds Max.

 

16. Name: Autodesk Softimage

Website: Autodesk Softimage

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Linux

Description: Autodesk Softimage, or simply Softimage was a 3D computer graphics application, owned by Autodesk, for producing 3D computer graphics, 3D modeling, and computer animation. Formerly Softimage|XSI, the software was predominantly used in the film, video game, and advertising industries for creating computer generated characters, objects, and environments.

A free version of the software, called Softimage Mod Tool, was developed for the game modding community to create games using the Microsoft XNA toolset for PC and Xbox 360, or to create mods for games using Valve Corporation's Source engine, Epic Games' Unreal Engine and others. It was discontinued with the release of Softimage 2014.

 

17. Name: iClone  

Website: iClone

Operating system: Windows

Description: iClone is a real-time 3D animation and rendering software program that enables users to make 3D animated films. Real-time playback is enabled by using a 3D videogame engine for instant on-screen rendering.

Other functionality includes: full facial and skeletal animation of human and animal figures; lip-syncing; import of standard 3D file types including FBX; a timeline for editing and merging motions; a scripting language (Lua) for character interaction; application of standard motion-capture files; the ability to control an animated scene in the same manner as playing a videogame; and the import of models from Google 3D Warehouse, among many other features. iClone is also notable for offering users royalty-free usage of all content that they create with the software, even when using Reallusion's own assets library.

 

18. Name: Aladdin 4D

Website: Aladdin 4D

Operating system: AmigaOS, Mac OS X, iPad, Linux, AROS, MorphOS, Windows

Description: Aladdin4D is a computer program for modeling and rendering three-dimensional graphics and animations, currently running on AmigaOS and Mac OS X platforms. A-Eon Technology Ltd owns the rights and develops current and future versions of Aladdin4D for AmigaOS, MorphOS & AROS. All other platforms including OS X, iOS, Windows & Linux are developed by DiscreetFX. Nova Design added many modern features and made it easier to use. It was one of the first 3D animation programs on any platform to employ volumetrics, which were primarily used to create volumetric gas. However, unlike the majority of Amiga 3D programs, it used scanline rendering instead of the more photo-realistic ray tracing technique. Scanline rendering is similar to the rendering technique used in most Pixar movies.

 

19. Name: Autodesk Maya

Website: Autodesk Maya

Operating system: Windows 7 or later OS X 10.8 or later RHEL/CentOS 6.2 or later

Description: Maya is an application used to generate 3D assets for use in film, television, game development and architecture. The software was initially released for the IRIX operating system. However, this support was discontinued in August 2006.

Users define a virtual workspace (scene) to implement and edit media of a particular project. Scenes can be saved in a variety of formats, the default being .mb (Maya D). Maya exposes a node graph architecture. Scene elements are node-based, each node having its own attributes and customization. As a result, the visual representation of a scene is based entirely on a network of interconnecting nodes, depending on each other's information. For the convenience of viewing these networks, there is a dependency and a directed acyclic graph.

Users who are students, teachers (or veterans or unemployed in USA markets) can download a full educational version from the Autodesk Education community. The versions available at the community are only licensed for non commercial use (once activated with the product license) and some products create watermarks on output renders. The software comes with a full 36 month license. Once it expires, users can log into the community to request a new 36 months license and download the latest Autodesk product.

 

20. Name: Blender  

Website: Blender

 Operating system: Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Description: Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. Blender's features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, video editing and compositing. It further features an integrated game engine.

 

21. Name: LightWave 3D  

Website: LightWave 3D

Operating system: AmigaOS, Windows, MacOS

Description: LightWave is a software package used for rendering 3D images, both animated and static. It includes a fast rendering engine that supports such advanced features as realistic reflection, radiosity, caustics, and 999 render nodes. The 3D modeling component supports both polygon modeling and subdivision surfaces. The animation component has features such as reverse and forward kinematics for character animation, particle systems and dynamics. Programmers can expand LightWave's capabilities using an included SDK which offers Python, LS cript (a proprietary scripting language) scripting and C language interfaces.

 

22. Name: Autodesk MotionBuilder

Website: Autodesk MotionBuilder

 Operating system: Windows, Linux

Description: MotionBuilder is a professional 3D character animation software produced by Autodesk. It is used for virtual production, motion capture, and traditional keyframe animation. It was originally named Filmbox when it was first created by Canadian company Kaydara, later acquired by Alias and renamed to MotionBuilder. Alias in turn was acquired by Autodesk.

It is primarily used in film, games, television production, as well as other multimedia projects. Mainstream examples include Assassin's Creed, Killzone 2, and Avatar.

At SIGGRAPH 2012, Autodesk announced a partnership with Weta Digital and Lightstorm Entertainment to develop the next generation of the technology.

 

23. Name: Daz 3D

Website: Daz 3D

Operating system: Windows

Description: Daz Productions, Inc., commonly known as Daz 3D, is a 3D content and software company specializing in providing rigged 3D human models, associated accessory content and software to the prosumer market. It was originally part of Zygote Media Group, a general purpose, application-agnostic 3D content broker, and split off as "Digital Art Zone"in 2000 to focus on supplying content for the Poser market.

After acquiring other modeling tools, DAZ 3D created their own 3D posing/animation package, DAZ Studio, while still continuing to make content compatible with Poser for several years. DAZ 3D also sells third party applications usable with their products.

 

24. Name: Bryce

Website: Bryce

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS

Description: Bryce is a 3D modeling, rendering and animation program specializing in fractal landscapes. The name is taken from Bryce Canyon—a rugged region with many of the same landscapes that were first simulated with the software. The original Bryce software arose from work with fractal geometry to create realistic computer images of mountain ranges and coastlines. An initial set of fractal based programs were developed by Ken Musgrave (who later created MojoWorld) a student of Benoît Mandelbrot, and extended by Eric Wenger. Wenger later met and worked with software artist Kai Krause to design a basic user interface. The first commercial version, Bryce 1.0, appeared in 1994 for the Macintosh.

 

25. Name: Modo

Website: Modo

Operating system: Windows, Linux, macOS

Description: Modo (stylized as MODO, originally modo) is a polygon and subdivision surface modeling, sculpting, 3D painting, animation and rendering package developed by Luxology, LLC, which is now merged with and known as Foundry. The program incorporates features such as n-gons and edge weighting, and runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS platforms. Modo was created by the same core group of software engineers that previously created the pioneering 3D application LightWave 3D, originally developed on the Amiga platform and bundled with the Amiga-based Video Toaster workstations that were popular in television studios in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are based in Mountain View, California. Modo's workflow differs substantially from many other mainstream 3D applications. While Maya and 3ds Max stress using the right tool for the job, Modo artists typically use a much smaller number of basic tools and combine them to create new tools using the Tool Pipe and customizable action centers and falloffs. Modo was used in the production of feature films such as Stealth, Ant Bully, Iron Man, and Wall*E.

 

26. Name: K-3D

Website: K-3D

Operating system: Windows, macOS, Linux, Free BSD

Description: K-3D is a free 3D modelling and animation software. It features a plug-in-oriented procedural engine for all of its content. K-3D supports polygonal modelling, and it includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation. Despite its name it is not a KDE application; it uses the GTK+ toolkit via gtkmm. K-3D's interface uses platform's look-and-feel, and it is therefore consistent with other applications that already exist.

K-3D features procedural and parametric workflows. Properties can be adjusted interactively and results appear immediately. The node-based visualization pipeline allows more possibilities than traditional modifier stacks or histories. Selection flows from one modifier to the next. Standards form the foundation on which K-3D builds - including native RenderMan support that integrates tightly with the K-3D user interface. K-3D supports a node-based visualization pipeline, thus allowing the connection of multiple bodies. Work on one side of a model, show the other side mirrored, and see the end result welded together as a subdivision surface in real-time. Go back, modify the beginning of a workflow, and watch as changes propagate automatically to the end.

 

27. Name: Anim8or

Website: Anim8or

Operating system: Windows

Description: Anim8or is a freeware OpenGL based 3D modeling and animation program by R. Steven Glanville, a software engineer at NVidia. Currently at stable version 0.98 (version 1.0 beta 3 is available as of 22 Mar 2017), it is a compact program with several tools which would normally be expected in high-end, paid software. To date, every version released has been under 3 MB, despite the fact that it does not make full use of the windows native interface, carrying some graphical elements of its own. Although few official tutorials have been posted by the author, many other users have posted their own on sites such as YouTube and the anim8or home page. While Anim8or was once comparable to other freeware 3D animation software such as Blender, it has seen less progression in recent years.

 

28. Name: MovieStorm

Website: MovieStorm

Operating system: Windows, macOS

Description: Moviestorm is a real-time 3D animation app published by Moviestorm Ltd. The software is available to and used by people of all age groups and appeals to those with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests, from amateur and professional filmmakers, through to businesses and education, as well as people just looking to simply tell stories or create messages to share using video. Moviestorm enables the user to create animated movies, using machinima technology. It takes the user from initial concept to finished, distributed movies. Sets and characters can be created and customised, and scenes can be filmed using multiple cameras.

Moviestorm is being used predominantly in education by students of film and media studies as a means to develop their skills and expand their portfolio, as well as a collaborative cross-curricular creative tool in education sectors from elementary to high school.

The software's website features a Web 2.0 social media service, which includes a video hosting service, and an online community where movie-makers can talk about their movies, find collaborators, and organise online events. Moviestorm also makes use of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to release the latest news on the software and to interact with both current and potential users.

 

29. Name: Messiah Studio

Website: Messiah Studio

Operating system: Windows 2000 and later

Description: Messiah (also known as messiah:studio) is a 3D animation and rendering application developed by pmG Worldwide. It runs on the Win32 and Win64 platforms. It is marketed to run on Mac OS X and Linux via Wine. Messiah's fourth version, messiah:studio was released April 2009 and version 5.5b as messiah:animate was released November 2006. Messiah Studio6 was released in April 2013.

 

30. Name: Hash Animation: Master  

Website: Hash Animation: Master

Operating system:  Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X

Description: Animation:Master is a 3D character animation application offered by Hash, Inc. that includes tools for modeling, rigging, animating, texturing, lighting and rendering. Although Animation:Master was developed for and is targeted towards independent artists, with a workflow optimized to enable one artist to create a rendered animated piece from start to finish, the workflow also presents economic advantages for larger workgroups.

The software uses a proprietary spline mesh technology to perform modeling and animation, and it is different in this sense from polygon mesh or NURBS-based programs. The system used is called patch-based modeling. It uses multiple intersecting splines to create surfaces, called patches. Patches present an efficiency in that one patch can describe a complex curved surface that would require many facets to approximate in flat polygons.

Aside from the typical 4-sided patches common in many spline modeling environments, Animation:Master can also create 3 and 5-sided patches which enable mesh topologies not possible in other applications.

 

31. Name: Crazy Talk

Website: Crazy Talk

Operating system: Windows XP and later OS X 10.6 and later

Description: CrazyTalk is Reallusion's brand name for its 2D animation software. The product series includes CrazyTalk, a 3D facial animation software tool, and CrazyTalk Animator, a face and body 3D animation suite.

CrazyTalk, the 3D facial animation software, is a real-time, 3D animation and rendering software that enables users to make 3D animated cartoons. It is a facial animation tool that uses voice and text to vividly animate facial images. It has an auto motion engine which allows animators to use the intensity of their voice to drive their animations in real-time. As of January 2016, the CrazyTalk software is in version 8.

CrazyTalk is developed and marketed by Reallusion, a company that has a software and digital content development base in Taiwan with offices and training centres in the U.S. and Germany.

 

Online Animation

 

32. Name: Renderforest  

Website: Renderforest

Operating system: Website

Description: Renderforest is cloud based video maker for creating intro videos for YouTube, explainer animations, kinetic typography, product or service promotional videos, music visualizations, wedding or travel slideshows, mobile app promotions, event invitations, corporate presentations, infographics and a lot more. Renderforest provides most of its services for free. All of the templates and tools are available for free. You can render and export your video in minutes in SD 360 quality with watermarks. If you want it to be without watermarks and in HD quality, then you need to subscribe to one of our plans, or pay for a one-time export.

 

33. Name: Toufee

Website: Toufee

Operating system: Website

Description: Toufee is flash movie creating/editing software that is distributed online. It is an online software which runs inside the browser, so it is compatible with Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems. It contains features such as text effects, image transitions, audio/video support, and timeline editing.

 

34. Name: Animatron

Website: Animatron 

Operating system: Website

Description: Animatron is a web-based animation software that enables users to make and edit animations and interactive content. The company was formed as a corporate spin-off from JetBrains in 2011. It provides an HTML5 animation tool that allows to display created animation on any mobile or desktop webpage.

 

35. Name: Moovly

Website: Moovly

Operating system: Website

Description: Moovly is a company that provides a cloud-based platform (SaaS) that enables users to create and generate multimedia content: animated videos, video presentations, animated info graphics and any other video content that includes a mix of animation and motion graphics.

 

36. Name: Animaker

Website: Animaker

Operating system: Website

Description: Animaker is an easy to use animated video creation tool. Create an account to begin your video and choose a template to customize. Be sure to watch the tutorials before starting to learn all of the features included with Animaker. When complete, download a video to your computer or directly to YouTube or Facebook. Free accounts allow videos up to 2 minutes in length and five exports per month. The tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share.

 

37. Name: Powtoon

Website:  Powtoon

Operating system: Website

Description: PowToon is Web-based animation software that allows users to create animated presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user created voice-overs. Powtoon uses an Apache Flex engine to generate an XML file that can be played in the Powtoon online viewer, exported to YouTube or downloaded as an MP4 file.

PowToon is also available on the Google Chrome Store and has an application on Edmodo.com.

 

38. Name: Toonator

Website: Toonator

Operating system: Website

Description: Toonator is online cartoon editing tool. With Toonator you can easily make funny animations.

 

40. Name: Maximo  

Website: Maximo

Operating system: Website

Description: In order to use this web-based tool  you can create 3D animations without any prior 3D animation knowledge. You can see animated characters moving instantly. Get high-quality animations that are automatically retargeted to your 3D character and ready to bring into your project. No need to reanimate a walk cycle for each character. Search the Store for the right animation and get instant feedback on timing.

 

41. Name: Wideo  

Website: Wideo  

Operating system: Website

Description: With this online tool you can create, edit, and share videos very easily. Just drag and drop elements or upload your own images and start animating in a few click. Or edit one of the ready-made templates in minutes to create an animation.

 

42. Name: Visme

Website: Visme

Operating system: Website

Description: This is an online tool to create visual aids to your story. It can be used to create infographics, presentations and other visual content in time consuming manner.

 

43. Name: MakeWebVideo  

Website: MakeWebVideo  

Operating system: Website

Description: If you need a business video advertisement or a product video promoting your company, website or an upcoming event - you’ve come to the right spot! This website has developed an online video animation maker, that let you make a video for your website that looks professional and will help increase your business sales.

 

44. Name: GoAnimate  

Website: GoAnimate  

Operating system: Website

Description: GoAnimate is an online tool that lets you create your own animated videos. You can create your own characters, choose the one that fits your needs with the specific job description. Audio is automatically lip synced to the characters, so it looks professional. This platform has a free trial available for 14 days.

 

45. Name: Prezi  

Website: Prezi

Operating system: Website

Description: Prezi is web-based presentation software, created in Hungary.

This freedom of movement enables “conversational presenting, a presentation style in which presentations follow the flow of dialogue, instead of vice-versa.

The company that develops Prezi, also called Prezi, was founded in Budapest, Hungary in 2009, and has additional offices in San Francisco and Mexico City. As of March 2017, Prezi had reportedly over 75 million users, who had created more than 260 million prezis.

The company launched Prezi Business in 2016, with a suite of creation, collaboration, and analytics tools for teams. Prezi Business is an HTML5 application that runs on JavaScript.

The word Prezi is the short form of “presentation” in Hungarian.

 

46. Name: Toon Boom

Website: Toon Boom

Operating system: Website

Description: Toon Boom Animation Inc. is a Canadian software company that specializes in animation production and storyboarding software. Founded in 1994 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Toon Boom develops animation and storyboarding software for film, television, web animation, games, mobile devices, training applications, and education. It was acquired by Corus Entertainment in 2012.

Toon Boom software is used in over 130 countries, and was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 and 2012, among other awards.

Notable users include Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, Fox, Rough Draft Studios, Nelvana, Xilam, Mercury Filmworks, China Central Television, Toonz India Ltd, Digital eMation and Gaumont Animation.

 

Other Animation Software

 

47. Name: Adobe After Effects  

Website: Adobe After Effects

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, macOS

Description: Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, compositing and animation. It also functions as a very basic non-linear editor, audio editor and media transcoder.

 

48. Name: Pivot Animator   

Website: Pivot Animator   

Operating system: Windows

Description: Pivot Animator (formerly Pivot Stickfigure Animator and usually shortened to Pivot) is a freeware application that allows users to create stick-figure and sprite animations, and save them in the animated GIF format for use on web pages and the AVI format (in Pivot Animator 3 and later).

Pivot provides a simple, easy to use interface with a few features. It uses fixed length 'sticks' to ensure size consistency during animation.

 

49. Name: Microsoft PowerPoint    

Website: Microsoft PowerPoint    

Operating system: Microsoft Windows  

Description: Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program currently developed by Microsoft, for use on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems. PowerPoint, initially named "Presenter", was created by Forethought Inc.. Microsoft's version of PowerPoint was officially launched on May 22, 1990, as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. PowerPoint is useful for helping develop the slide-based presentation format and is currently one of the most commonly used slide-based presentation programs available. Microsoft has also released the PowerPoint mobile application for use on Apple and Android mobile operating systems.

 

50. Name: Autodesk Sketchbook  

Website: Autodesk Sketchbook  

Operating system: Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS

Description: SketchBook Pro, also referred to as SketchBook, is a pixel graphics software application that features a radial/pie-menu user interface, intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. It was originally developed by Alias Systems Corporation, but is now owned by Autodesk.

SketchBook Pro has painting and drawing tools such as pencils, markers, and brushes. It uses pressure-sensitive features of graphics tablets, tablet computers, and smartphones to create effects similar to traditional materials.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro software also features a screenshot tool for annotation, allowing one to show content during a meeting and add notes as the content is reviewed. The previous/next buttons make it possible to create flipbooks or animations. The program supports layers with import and export of Photoshop (.psd) format. Other features include rulers, symmetry, the ability to customize brushes, create texture brushes, and rotate the canvas.

SketchBook Pro communities exist on Twitter, Facebook Tumblr, YouTube, DeviantArt, Google+, and Autodesk's AREA online community.

 

51. Name: Unity  

Website: Unity

Operating system: Linux, macOS, WIndows

Description: Unity is a cross-platform game engine developed by Unity Technologies, which is primarily used to develop video games and simulations for computers, consoles and mobile devices.

Unity is marketed to be an all purpose engine, and as a result supports both 2D and 3D graphics, drag and drop functionality and scripting through its 3 custom languages. The engine targets the following APIs: Direct3D and Vulkan on Windows and Xbox 360; OpenGL on Mac, Linux, and Windows; OpenGL ES on Android and iOS; and proprietary APIs on video game consoles.

Unity is the default software development kit (SDK) for Nintendo's Wii U video game console platform, with a free copy included by Nintendo with each Wii U developer license. Unity Technologies calls this bundling of a third-party SDK an "industry first".

 

52. Name: Awesome Animator

Website: Awesome Animator

Operating system: Windows

Description: Awesome Animator (formerly Express Animator) is a software program for making animations, primarily Flash animations for websites. It is similar to Adobe's Flash MX software but has additional features such as skeletal animation and exporting to Silverlight and HTML5 Canvas. The latest version supports Actionscript 2.0 and 3.0 scripting. It is of the genre of vector based graphics programs in that it stores the coordinates of the shapes vertices. The shapes are filled with either colours, gradients, or bitmaps. The program was re-launched in 2010 as 'Awesome Animator' with many changes from the original program such as allowing more complex scripts, an improved renderer and various 'wizards' to speed up tasks such as creating buttons and charts.

 

53. Name: Krita  

Website: Krita

Operating system: Unix-like system, Windows, OS X

Description: Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. With Krita, you can create concept art, texture and matte paintings and illustrations and comics.

 

54. Name: Stykz

Website: Stykz

Operating system: Linux, Windows, OS X

Description: Stykz is freeware, meaning it's completely free to download and use to create animations that you can show off to others or import into other applications. No hidden costs, license or permission are required to use Stykz to its fullest. If you've ever used Pivot StickFigure Animator, you'll feel right at home working with Stykz. Stykz is the first multi-platform stick figure animation program in the world (as far as we know), so you'll be able to use Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux* to create, edit and preview your animations. (*Linux is in internal beta but will be available soon.)

 

55. Name: Adobe Character Animator

Website: Adobe Character Animator

Operating system: Linux, Windows, OS X

Description: Adobe Character Animator is a desktop application software product that combines live motion-capture with a multi-track recording system to control layered 2D puppets drawn in Photoshop or Illustrator. It is automatically installed with Adobe After Effects since CC 2015 and is also available as a standalone application, which you can download separately. It is used to produce both live and non-live animation. Character Animator imports layered Photoshop & Illustrator documents into puppets which have behaviors applied to them. The puppets are then placed into a scene, which can be viewed in the Scene panel and Timeline panel. Rigging is set up in the Puppet panel, though basic rigging is fully automatic based on specific layer names like Right Eyebrow and Smile. Final output of a scene can be exported to a sequence of PNG files and a WAV file, or any video format supported by Adobe Media Encoder. Live output can be sent to other applications running on the same machine via the Syphon protocol (Mac only) or Adobe Mercury Transmit on both Mac and Windows. Scenes can also be dropped directly into After Effects and Premiere Pro, using Dynamic Link to avoid rendering.


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