Top Animation Software of October 2020

June 29, 2020 By Gail McManus

Have you ever thought about creating your own cartoon? Modern technologies make it easy to draw and animate characters, even for ordinary users. Our editorial team has collected the best animation software for you and is ready to share them.

10
Poser Pro 11 - The Premier 3D Rendering & Animation Software

Approx. price: $219.

Key Features:

  • Poser is a 3D computer graphics program optimized for 3D modeling of human figures.
  • Easily create art and animation with 3D characters.
  • Drag 3D content right from Poser’s own library of over 5 GB of content onto the stage and into your scene.
  • Extensive availability of third-party digital content on Renderosity.com.
  • DVD package includes installer download links for customers that don't have CD/DVD optical drives.
2
Most Recommended

Manga Studio EX 4

Smith Micro Software Inc.

9.7
Manga Studio EX 4

Approx. price: $88.

Key Features:

  • Manga Studio EX 4 is full of powerful, cutting edge features for Manga and Comic artists:
  • Thousands of screen tones, professional coloring tools, advanced vector tools and image filters, and more
  • Resize with no loss in quality by converting your bitmap drawings to resolution-independent vector images
  • Draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreate the sensation of drawing on paper offering an incredibly natural drawing experience
  • Export from Manga Studio EX 4 to a wide variety of Mac and Windows formats such as BMP, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TGA, EPS, TIFF, PDF and PICT
3
The Affordable

VIDBOX Stopmotion Studio 4.0

VIDBOX

9.4
VIDBOX Stopmotion Studio 4.0

Approx. price: $88.

Key Features:

  • Recommended age: 6 years and up
  • Onionskin - View previous frames in transparent overlay to help you capture or create the next frame/image
  • Chroma key & Audio Recording - Using a blue/green screen, you can easily change the background to create the best setting for your subject. Add your own sound effects, voice, and background music to your stop-motion video
  • YouTube/Facebook - Upload your movie directly from the software with One-Click option
  • DSLR Camera Support - Create stunning 1080p HD video using Canon/Nikon DSLR cameras with Live View support
4
Sturdy Budget Option

Moho Debut 12

Smith Micro Software Inc.

9.1
Moho Debut 12

Approx. price: $65.

Key Features:

  • Complete animation software designed for digital artists. Perfect for first time animators, hobbyists and digital enthusiasts
  • Revolutionary Bone Rigging system takes the work out of tedious frame-by-frame animation
  • Create art using intuitive vector-based draw, paint and fill tools
  • Intuitive animation timeline simplifies complex animation tasks
  • Record audio, add sound effects and use automatic lip syncing to get fast results
5
Versatile Choice

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

Graphixly

8.7
CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

Approx. price: $66.

Key Features:

  • Create original sketches using your mouse or draw naturally with a pen tablet.
  • Powerful coloring tools make CLIP STUDIO PAINT your all-in-one illustration, painting, manga and comic creation solution.
  • Use an assortment of powerful art tools for illustrations, comic and manga creation that will help maximize your workflow.
  • Download over 10,000 free assets to help get your project started quickly!
  • Get $5 credit towards CLIP STUDIO Asset Store
8.3
Adobe Animate | Flash and 2D animation software

Approx. price: $23.

Key Features:

  • Existing subscribers must first complete current membership term before linking new subscription term
  • A new age for animation - Design interactive vector and bitmap animations for games, apps, and the web.  Bring cartoons and banner ads to life.  And add action to tutorials and infographics
  • With Animate , you can quickly publish to multiple platforms and reach viewers on desktop, mobile, and TV projects
  • Immediate aess to all the latest updates and new features as soon as they're released
  • Animate  is part of Creative Cloud and comes with Adobe CreativeSync, so your assets are always at your fingertips right when you need them
7.9
HUE Animation Studio: Complete Stop Motion Animation kit

Approx. price: $85. You may saved up to 30%.

Key Features:

  • The kit contains everything you need to create and share your own amazing animated movies. Animate using LEGO, modelling clay, paper or toys. Recreate scenes from movies like Harry Potter, Frozen, Shaun the Sheep or games like Fortnite or Minecraft in minutes.
  • Includes the award-winning HUE HD USB camera with microphone; a 60-page animation activity book with printable activities; a mini stage with background and 'green screen'; and stop motion software with time-lapse features, sound effects and backdrops.
  • A fun, educational, gender-neutral gift for kids. Perfect for balanced play. Animate independently or with family for hours of entertainment.
  • Recommended by teachers and used in schools throughout the world for homeschooling, after school clubs, makerspaces and in classroom STEAM activities. Includes direct access to Creatubbles - the safe global community for creators of all ages where you can share, discover and interact with your films.
  • "A big thumbs up..." from LEGO Education. HUE Animation Studio has received numerous awards and is featured in the Good Toy Guide. Over 100,000 software licenses activated worldwide.
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Anime Studio Debut 6

Smith Micro Software Inc.

7.5
Anime Studio Debut 6

Approx. price: $13.

Key Features:

  • Anime Studio Debut 6 offers complete animation for digital artists--perfect for first time animators, hobbyists and digital enthusiasts
  • Create your own art using intuitive vector-based draw, paint and fill tools; or easily import artwork from popular graphics programs and use pre-built content to get started fast
  • Point-and-click to attach bones to your characters for easy manipulation and reduce production time over traditional frame-by-frame animation
  • Inverse Kinematics moves your character naturally between keyframes for smooth animations
  • Export your creations to the most popular web and video formats supported by FaceBook and MySpace, or upload your animation directly to YouTube from within Anime Studio
7
Express Animate Free Animation and GIF Making Software

Key Features:

  • Add video and image files to your movie canvas
  • Export as video, flash or an animated GIF
  • Objects can be moved, resized, rotated and more
  • Create animated text and text bubbles over your animation
  • Digital effects, such as, brightness, contrast, negative and more may be applied to objects
6.5
Blender - 3d Design and Animation Software

Approx. price: $1.9.

Key Features:

  • Powerful fully functional 3d content creation software suite.
  • Create broadcast quality 3D graphics, movies, animations and replay real-time, interactive 3D content.
  • Capable of producing high quality animations, movies, performing rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.
  • The only 3D creation suite you need. It allows the artist to model, texture, animate, render, and export the finished product.

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