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Blender
Blender
User rating:
(187 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.

Easy GIF Animator
Easy GIF Animator
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(96 votes)
Shareware

Easy GIF Animator is intended to create animations for your webpages. The tool supports frame-by-frame animations. You can also apply some effects, including transitions, reverse animations and sparkle. It is possible to set the number of loops and transition time. It exports to video, animated GIF and Flash.

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

It lets you create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device. Everything you create is accessible on any screen – desktop, tablet or mobile – without compatibility issues. It will handle the HTML5 and CSS3 so you’re free to focus on what you love to do: creating gorgeous visual experiences

3ds Max
3ds Max
User rating:
(414 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.

Adobe After Effects CS3
Adobe After Effects CS3
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(117 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:
(190 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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(30 votes)
Shareware

BluffTitler helps you create nice titles for your clips. What I liked the most about this tool is the possibility of creating complex 3D titles. If you compare the use of this tool with general-purpose 3D-animation software, it definitely requires less effort and time to produce at least decent results.

Cinema 4D Studio
Cinema 4D Studio
User rating:
(153 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
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(27 votes)
Open source

Synfig Studio is intended to create 2D animations. The tool has multiple features that allow creating high-quality films. It has frame animation, which means that you do not have to draw every single frame because the application does all the morphing between two key frames instead. There is even skeletal animation, which is similar to working a marionette.

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.

Animated Screensaver Maker
Animated Screensaver Maker
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(19 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.

MAGIX 3D Maker
MAGIX 3D Maker
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(20 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:
(39 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.

DP Animation Maker
DP Animation Maker
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(29 votes)
Shareware

DP Animation Maker can help you design your own animated wallpapers, screensavers, and banners. The program has a straightforward interface so it is unlikely you have any difficulty to use it even if it is your first time. Yet, if you want to exploit all its features, it is a good idea to consult its online help documentation. Moreover, it is great that it comes with various examples.

Adobe Flash Professional CS6
Adobe Flash Professional CS6
User rating:
(60 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.

Ulead GIF Animator
Ulead GIF Animator
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(34 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
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(151 votes)
Shareware

Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software provides an integrated, powerful toolset. Use it for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation. Quickly create complex procedural effects and animations with instanced objects.

Nature Illusion Studio
Nature Illusion Studio
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(20 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.

NaturalMotion endorphin
NaturalMotion endorphin
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(187 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.

Wings 3D
Wings 3D
User rating:
(15 votes)
Open source

Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. Main features: - Context sensitive interface. - UV mapper, Vertex Colors, Materials, and Lights. - Configurable interface and hotkeys. - Wide range of Selection and Mesh tools. - Exports to common 3d file formats like .obj.

Toon Boom Studio
Toon Boom Studio
User rating:
(24 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:
(100 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

iClone
iClone
User rating:
(16 votes)
Shareware

iClone revolutionizes the way we create animations. By working with the mocap device, iClone can turn your PC into an in-house mocap, and animation production studio. All skill levels of users can use his or her own body movements to control virtual actors and produce 3D movies.

Photo Mixer
Photo Mixer
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(111 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.

ZBrush
ZBrush
User rating:
(18 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.