Best Animation Software

Animation software enables users to generate moving graphics from visual files. Depending on the particular program, users can animate some variation of 2D, 3D, hand-drawn or computer generated graphics, often with the option to add music or additional effects. These programs are most commonly used by animators working on films, TV shows, and commercials, as well as graphic designers creating promotional materials and website media for various industries. Animation software platforms may integrate with drawing software, video editing software or 3D modeling software. Artists and freelancers who use one of the best free video editing software should properly research to ensure their animation software will integrate with their video platform.

To qualify for inclusion in the Animation category, a product must:

  • Provide functionality for generating animated visuals from 2D and/or 3D images for use in video files
  • Import media files from other programs or offer built-in drawing tools
  • Integrate with video editing or effects software to finalize animated videos

Animation Software Grid® Overview

The best Animation Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Cinema 4D, Blender, Adobe Edge Animate, Maya, and Adobe Animate (formerly flash)
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders. High Performers include: KeyShot, GreenSock Animation Platform, and Animaker
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: 3ds Max Design and Adobe Character Animator
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Harmony and LightWave 3D
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    Bring your imagination to life with Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software. Maya helps artists tell their story with one fast, creative toolset.


    Cinema 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you.


    Edge Animate lets web designers create interactive HTML animations for web, digital publishing, rich media advertising and more, reaching both desktop and mobile browsers with ease.



    KeyShot is real-time ray-tracing and global illumination program used to create 3D renderings, animations and interactive visuals. With the CPU-based architecture, photo realistic real-time rendering can be achieved even on simple laptops without the need for special graphics cards. It supports import for the greatest number of 3D file formats out of any rendering software, importing over 20 different file types, has an incredibly simple user interface with drag-n-drop material and environment presets, interactive labeling, texture mapping, physical lighting, animation and much more.


    Blender is an open source 3D creation suite that supports the 3D pipeline, modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking, video editing, and game creation.


    Animaker is a Las Vegas, NV based, Fastest Growing, Do-It-Yourself, animated visual content creation platform on cloud. With the world’s largest library of animated assets, Animaker helps over a million users from 180 countries. Animaker users create visual content of studio quality, in quicktime, in any language & without much training or external guidance. Enterprises use it to convert boring financial data into visually appealing Infographic Videos. Entrepreneurs use it to convert lifeless textual content into exciting 2D Animated Explainer Videos. Students use it to create visually appealing Presentation Videos. Millennials use it to create fun filled Vertical Videos (Mobile).


    Adobe Character Animator CC is a motion capture and animation tool that gives everyone an accessible solution for intuitive 2D character animation, live animation, and easy character sharing and publishing.


    3ds Max Design software is a comprehensive 3D design, modeling, animation, and rendering solution for architects, designers, civil engineers, and visualization specialists.


    Think of GSAP as the Swiss Army Knife of animation...but better. It animates anything JavaScript can touch (CSS properties, canvas library objects, SVG, generic objects, whatever) and it solves countless browser inconsistencies, all with blazing speed (up to 20x faster than jQuery), including automatic GPU-acceleration of transforms. See the http://greensock.com/why-gsap/ for details. Most other libraries only animate CSS properties. Plus, their sequencing abilities and runtime controls pale by comparison. Simply put, GSAP is the most robust high-performance animation library on the planet, which is probably why every major ad network excludes it from file size calculations and hosts it on their CDNs. Unlike monolithic frameworks that dictate how you structure your apps, GSAP completely flexible; sprinkle it wherever you want.


    Used by top studios all over the world, Harmony lets you work fast and animate in any style. Harmony has all the tools you need for traditional paperless, cut-out and hybrid animation productions.


    LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools.


    3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services.


    Tumult Hype’s keyframe-based animation system brings your content to life



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    iClone is an instant 3D visualization and digital storytelling with unique real-time animation engine that accelerate your production speed by rendering everything you see instantly, without the wait.


    Whether you're looking to create whole three di­men­sional worlds or have a two di­men­sional project in mind, Hash Animation:Master is the 3D soft­ware you need to design and render amazing imagery and animation... from the comfort of your kitchen table!


    Cheetah3D is a powerful and easy to learn 3D modeling, rendering and animation application which was developed from the ground up for Mac OS X.


    Clarisse iFX is a 2D/3D animation software which is the fusion of an animation package, a compositing software and a 3d rendering engine.


    DigiCel FlipBook Makes Animation Easier!


    Academy Award winning Massive Prime™ is the complete solution for authoring, directing and rendering custom autonomous agents for animation and visual effects


    Moho is a tool that create animation from start to end, it has a 2D rigging system of the market and mix it with traditional animation tools to make amazing, professional animations.


    Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.


    Artlantis is a 3D rendering application developed for architects and designers, ideal for quickly and easily creating high resolution renderings and animations.


    ASK-EHS helps create animated safety movies, videos replicating actual accidents and near-miss incidents designed to help workers understand them with consummate ease.


    DigiTechMark is an animation production house and full-service creative, digital and technical marketing agency.


    3D modeling, animation, photorealistic rendering, photorealistic VR content creation, CAD/CAM, 3D printing, laser-cutting and much more!


    form·Z's ability to combine solid and surface modeling has made it a favorite in multiple design fields that engage in the articulation of 3D forms and spaces. Available for the Mac and Windows, it adds interoperability between the two platforms as it allows users to open their files on either one.


    3d modeling and animation software.


    K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It combines flexible plugins with a visualization pipeline architecture, making K-3D a versatile and powerful tool for artists.


    Massive Jet™ is designed with a streamlined and easy to use workflow to make AI-driven animation available to all animation and visual effects professionals.


    MilkShape 3D is a low-polygon modeler, which was initially designed for Half-Life. By and by many file formats and features have been added.


    Everybody is invited to download and use the original version of Animation Paper. It’s old. But it’s free. No strings attached. Enjoy!


    The JavaScript motion engine. Create delightful user interfaces with Popmotion


    Powtoon is an online video creation platform for making your own engaging short videos and presentations. Powtoon empowers anyone to easily produce videos and presentations with a professional look and feel with no need for technical or design training. Use your own visual content and voiceover, or select from royalty-free libraries of animation, live-action video, images, designed backgrounds, soundtracks, and moving graphics. The platform offers the freedom to customize pre-designed templates or start from scratch. Fortune 500 companies, professionals from marketing, HR, corporate training and development and over 17 million global users choose Powtoon for a faster, low-cost alternative to video production.


    The latest full-featured 3D modeling, rendering and animation software package from Realsoft.


    TupiTube Desk is a 2D animation tool for desktop environments focused on usability for children and amateur artists. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.


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