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Blender
Blender
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(165 votes)
Open source

Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline: modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools.

3ds Max
3ds Max
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(369 votes)
Shareware

Autodesk 3ds Max provides a comprehensive, integrated 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution for game developers, visual effects artists, and graphic designers. The fully integrated Character Animation Toolkit (CAT) provides an out-of-the-box advanced rigging and animation system.

Easy GIF Animator
Easy GIF Animator
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(79 votes)
Shareware

Easy GIF Animator can help you create simple animations, mainly intended for websites. This application has a straightforward interface that uses tabs and ribbons to optimize the available space. Although you can start designing an animation from scratch, it is advisable to use the wizard, which lets you work in three different types of basic projects.

POV-Ray
POV-Ray
User rating:
(7 votes)

The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports.

Adobe After Effects CS3
Adobe After Effects CS3
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(115 votes)
Shareware

With After Effects CS3 you can create high-impact communications by combining moving imagery, still images and graphics, text, and sound in 2D or 3D space and then animating virtually any aspect of each element. You can also create text and vector graphics in After Effects using familiar Adobe tools, and then animate these elements to create visually innovative new motion graphics.

Pivot Stickfigure Animator
Pivot Stickfigure Animator
User rating:
(175 votes)
Freeware

This program makes it easy to create stick-figure animations. You can build your own stick figures and load your own backgrounds. The animations can be saved as animated gifs to be used on web pages. An example animation is included.

BluffTitler
BluffTitler
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(28 votes)
Shareware

BluffTitler is a sophisticated video editing tool that allows you to create professional-looking 3D animations with effects and styles, so you can use them as introductions for your videos and presentations. The program offers you a really good set of ready-to-use, predefined graphics and text animations you can include in your creations to make them look stunning and professional.

Cinema 4D Studio
Cinema 4D Studio
User rating:
(109 votes)
Shareware

CINEMA 4D Studio is a powerful program that enables you to create advanced 3D graphics. The program makes it easy to create character rigs and advanced character animations. You can also generate advanced 3D effects and make thousands of objects collide with each other.

Synfig Studio
Synfig Studio
User rating:
(24 votes)
Open source

Synfig Studio is an open-source 2D animation software for creating film-quality animation using vector and bitmap artworks. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation quickly. Synfig supports layers of various types such as geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, and fractal.

ZBrush
ZBrush
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(17 votes)
Commercial

ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that gives you all of the tools needed to quickly sketch out a 2D or 3D concept and then take that idea all the way to completion. You can create realistic renders directly in ZBrush with lighting and atmospheric effects.

MAGIX 3D Maker
MAGIX 3D Maker
User rating:
(18 votes)
Commercial

Xara 3D Maker 7 transforms any texts or shapes into high-quality 3D graphics and animations. A number of designs and templates in different styles, plus intuitive real-time editing and easy-to-understand tools will quickly help you to produce professional results.

Ulead GIF Animator
Ulead GIF Animator
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(32 votes)
Shareware

Ulead® GIF Animator ™ 5 is the industry's most robust and affordable tool to create animated GIFs. Easily create fast-loading animation for your Web site and PowerPoint presentations. The program includes animation Wizard that walks you through creating an animation sequence.

Maya
Maya
User rating:
(120 votes)
Shareware

Autodesk® Maya® 3D animation software delivers an end-to-end creative workflow with comprehensive tools for animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. Whether you work in film, games, television, advertising, publishing, or graphic design

Toon Boom Studio
Toon Boom Studio
User rating:
(19 votes)
Shareware

Toon Boom Studio is a powerful animation program that enables you to choose from a wide variety of animation techniques, such as bones animation, cut-out, stop-motion, traditional digital or paper animation and rotoscoping. You can import and animate many types of media elements such as digital pictures and capture live images.

CrazyTalk PRO
CrazyTalk PRO
User rating:
(93 votes)
Shareware

CrazyTalk Pro is a facial animation tool that uses voice and text to vividly animate facial images. This program includes hundreds of auto animation profiles that give your character all kinds of emotions and movement styles. The program enables you to export your projects to both Web & iOS devices

MonkeyJam
MonkeyJam
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(6 votes)
Freeware

MonkeyJam is an excellent animation program that was originally designed to give motion to drawings made with pencil and paper. The latest version includes many new features such as the Stop Motion and Capturing modes. Basically, it allows you to create animations from drawings or images captured from a video, with a lot of options to configure in order to obtain the desired animation.

Photo Mixer
Photo Mixer
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(40 votes)
Shareware

Photo Mixer is software for professional or home user who wants to share their photos with rest of the world. It adds animation and video effect to photos. Creating slide show and add effect in the video is so easy. Professional can create slide show with sound effect and comments which make their presentation very effective.

Animated Screensaver Maker
Animated Screensaver Maker
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(15 votes)
Shareware

With Animated Screensaver Maker you can beautify your desktop with an unlimited number of animated screensavers with amazing water effect. It?s very easy. You need only three mouse clicks to create a new screensaver! You can animate any picture.

Pencil
Pencil
User rating:
(4 votes)
Freeware

This application is meant for character animators who wish to quickly plan out a shot by using a simple sketch/timeline approach.

Roxio PhotoShow
Roxio PhotoShow
User rating:
(14 votes)
Freeware

Share your family's favorite stories with friends and relatives They'll feel like they were there! Roxio PhotoShow makes it simple to combine your favorite photos and video clips from birthdays, vacations, or any other occasion with fun stickers, animations, effects, and music to create one-of-a-kind online PhotoShows they're sure to love.

Stykz
Stykz
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(31 votes)
Freeware

Stykz is an application you can use in order to create stick figure animations. It is similar to Pivot Stickfigure Animator, but its developer especially designed it to run on all systems, including MAC and Linux systems. Stykz overcomes all the limitations of Pivot or other similar applications.

Sqirlz Water Reflections
Sqirlz Water Reflections
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(11 votes)
Freeware

Adding some animated effects to your images or movies can be really tricky. Applications like Sqirlz Water Reflections were developed to help you do just that. A good thing about this application is that it can export the results to various multimedia formats and it doesn't even take too long for the rendering to complete.

Nature Illusion Studio
Nature Illusion Studio
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(18 votes)
Shareware

By using Nature Illusion Studio, you are able to create GIF animations, videos, as well as screensavers from your favorite images. This program proves to be an entertaining way of spending time. It comes with a lot of tools that you can use to create realistic animations and videos.

GIF Movie Gear
GIF Movie Gear
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(17 votes)
Shareware

GIF Movie Gear is intended to create simple 2D animations, mainly in the animated GIF format. As an animated GIF is essentially a sequence of static images, you will first need to load those frames. Fortunately, several image formats are supported as input, including not only static GIF but AVI, BMP, JPEG, PSD, PNG, ICO and ANI as well.

NaturalMotion endorphin
NaturalMotion endorphin
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(109 votes)
Shareware

NaturalMotion endorphin is a powerful application that enables graphic designers to generate professional animated characters and scenes. This program makes it very easy to create all sort of dynamic motions especially where there are human bodies involved.