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Updated by Stefano Landi on May 26, 2018
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Free or really inexpensive animation software

A list of some of my favourite free or very inexpensive animation software. Some of these will also appear in my Open Source list. Do you have one to add, if so please go ahead.

Anime Studio Pro - Overview

DON'T WAIT A MINUTE LONGER! Take the plunge and start animating your stories and ideas with Anime Studio. You'll find everything you need to get started right on this page, so get to gettin'. If you don't already have one, get a copy of Anime Studio now.

DAZ 3D | Free 3D software and content

DAZ 3D, 3D Models, 3D Animation, 3D Software

Synfig Studio :: Home

Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources.

Anim8or 3d Modeler

A surprisingly powerful and FREE 3D modeler and animator.

Powerbullet Presenter

OK, not really animation software per se, but Powerbullet does allow a user to create very simple FLASH animations and presentations

blender.org - Home of the Blender project - Free and Open 3D Creation Software

Blender is the open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.

Free Flash Animation Software - Vectorian Giotto

Vectorian Giotto is an alternative Flash animation software which delivers the power of Adobe Flash without the price tag.

I haven't begun playing around with this software, but for anyone looking to develop Flash animation, this looks to be a great program.

Tupí | Open 2D Magic

Tupi is a suite of tools for 2D animation created for children for ages to 8 to 100 years. When you think on Tupi, think of it as a toolbox full of different components, each designed for a specific task. I only discovered this software last week and it has already impressed me. I'll have more info as I start using it.

Hippo Animator
I discovered this one recently, a great product from a UK-based company, Hippo Animator is a "Real" alternative to flash-based animations. In today's every increasing portable and tablet dominated web consumption, cross-compatibility, especially with regards to IOS-based devices is a must. Hippo Animator, with its HTML5-based animation engine is fantastic for producing simple animations for banners or more complex animations for explaing complex concepts or processes. The interface is intuitive and a user can be up and running and creating animations within 30 mintues. There is a FREE version, which is quite capable and the full-blown version can be purchased for around $50. Hippo Animator can also be used to create apps for both IOS and Android, see their website for more details.
Animatron | HTML5 animation maker

Animatron is a simple and powerful online tool that allows you to create stunning HTML5 animations and interactive content.