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Blender
Blender
User rating:
(157 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
User rating:
(368 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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(76 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 Flash Professional CS6
Adobe Flash Professional CS6
User rating:
(45 votes)
Shareware

Adobe® Flash® Professional CS6 software is a powerful authoring environment for creating animation and multimedia content. Design immersive interactive experiences that present consistently across desktops and multiple devices, including tablets, smartphones, and televisions.

Adobe After Effects CS3
Adobe After Effects CS3
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(114 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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(26 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:
(106 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:
(23 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
User rating:
(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.

Xara 3D Maker
Xara 3D Maker
User rating:
(37 votes)
Shareware

Xara 3D Maker is an application designed to create high quality 3D text and graphics, such as headings, logos, titles, and buttons. It offers a simple way to add impact to your web pages, mailshots, movies, and presentations. With Xara 3D Maker you can also create 3D animations in seconds.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 64-bit - English
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 64-bit - English
User rating:
(23 votes)
Shareware

Autodesk 3ds Max provides a comprehensive, integrated 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing solution for game developers, visual effects artists, and motion graphics artists along with other creative professionals working in the media design industry.

Trapcode Suite
Trapcode Suite
User rating:
(3 votes)
Shareware

Red Giant Trapcode Suite is a set of 11 tools for 3D motion graphics and visual effects. Main features: - Build particle effects visually, in the new, powerful Effects Builder. - Create fire, water, smoke and other organic effects. - Generate Geometric shapes, ribbons and more. - Create geometries from Masks, Paths, and Motion.

Google Web Designer
Google Web Designer
User rating:
(7 votes)
Freeware

Google Web Designer is a program that allows you to create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device. You can use animation and interactive elements to bring your creative vision to life, and enjoy seamless integration with other Google products, like Google Drive, DoubleClick Studio, and AdWords.

Ulead GIF Animator
Ulead GIF Animator
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(30 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:
(118 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:
(92 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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User rating:
(28 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
User rating:
(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.