Best 2D animation software


I just want to ask which software is best or which software is mostly used on these 2D animations.

Example 1, example 2, example 3

I know that Flash is commonly used, but I just don't like Flash much, so I am looking for alternatives.

3/11/2016 4:22:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Any number of tools could be used, and best is not defined since it depends on what you know how to use. The second example quite clearly says it was done with Processing. You could choose amongst any number of tools at your disposal. Possible tools to use are (this list is not exhaustive by no means):

Don't discount possible 3D animation tools, all 3D can do 2D. For example the animation in image 1 (below) was actually made with Maya. Just converted to a gif in Photoshop. All of the effects you list are trivial to do in Maya, if you know how to use it (Mayas learning curves is pretty steep though).


Image 1: Animation made for teaching and used here, made with Maya. Arbitrary demo easily at hand.


Nearly any animation tool can be used.

4/13/2017 12:55:00 PM

I can't say if it will do what your examples rendered, but you could download the trial version of Toonboom and give it a try.

Different versions are on that page, one of which might fit.