21 Best 2D Animation Software for Free Download (Windows)

21 Best 2D Animation Software for Free Download (Windows)
by Monika   Last updated July 28, 2014 in Software

Animation is rapid display of various images, or videos in 2d or 3d. The effect is an optical illusion of motion due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision, and can be created and demonstrated in several ways. In 2D animation there is a 2D display of videos. There is a boom of 2D animation in cartoon field. 2D animation figures are created and/or edited on the computer using 2D bitmap graphics or created and edited using 2D vector graphics. This includes automated computerized versions of traditional animation techniques such as of, interpolated morphing, onion skinning and interpolated rotoscoping.

2D animation has many applications, including analog computer animation, Flash animation and PowerPoint animation. Cinema-graphs are still photographs in the form of an animated GIF file of which part is animated.

In today’s scenario various movies or serial are made, which attract many peoples. Here is a list of Best 2D Animation Software for Free Download (Windows). Take a look….

Note : Some of them has free trial version, but they are still considered free.

2D Animation Software

Adobe AfterEffects

Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software published by Adobe Systems, used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Its main uses are the origination of 2D and 2.5D animation, visual effects compositing and finishing (image adjustment, color correction etc.). After Effects can also be used as a basic non-linear editor and a media transcoder.

Animator-9 3.6

Animator is free software developed by Key technologies. It is simple software that takes the multiple captures on your camera and turns it into a GIF file. Most of the cameras now have the option of multiple captures, if you want to turn all the separate shots or images that into an animated shot Animator will do it for you. Animator allows you to stitch individual files together, split the files apart, watch animation files and also create an HTML sample, apart from creating the GIF file that is. Animator-9 needs no installation and requires 436k space. Basically it works as your digital flipbook, with minimum effort and efficient output.


AnimatorHD – (formerly AnimatorDV) Windows based software, frame grabber, for creating stop motion and time lapse animation. Allows to create stereoscopic 3D movies taking advantage of motion control systems. Can be also used on film set as a previsualization tool.
For Mac users we recommend the Boot Camp or Fusion.

Anime Studio Pro 5

Anime Studio is a proprietary vector-based 2D animation software for animators. The software comes in two different versions, named Anime Studio Debut and Anime Studio Pro, the first being restricted in terms of possible length and image size, as well as not having all the functions of the Pro version. Anime Studio is available for the Windows and Macintosh operating systems; as well as the English, French and German languages. Anime Studio Pro is available for Linux. Anime Studio is also capable of other styles of animation. It can export its animations as flash cartoons, create cutout-style animation, and, within its restrictions, mimic some pencil-drawn animation. Since it features some basic 3D functionality, it can be seen as a 2½D program.

AniS 1.0

AniS is a unique, easy to use, small, general-purpose image animator tool for the Web. This applet can be used for simple animation of two or more images–you can allow your visitors to have no controls, or a full-set of controls: stop & start; set animation speed; single step frames and change direction of animation sequence; go directly to the first or last frame; movie looping or ‘rocking’ modes. It also allows overlays of other images–if you want to put a map base and some plots or analyses on top of a satellite image, for example. Checkboxes are used to select/un-select overlays. Fade between images–using 8 bit, alpha-component. A slider may be used, or the fading may be animated.

Beneton Movie GIF

Beneton Movie GIF is a free animated GIF editor. It is very easy to use and has all the features you need. Supports 48 file formats such as BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and AVI. Multiple frames selecting. Drag and drop frames for a quick editing. 20 different effects, divided in 2 big categories: normal and animated. Supports individual frame properties: delay and transparent for each frame. Save and load a batch of frames (frame1.bmp, frame2.bmp, etc.). A complete built-in image editor with many tools (pencil, shapes, airbrush, alpha brush, fill, selection, text). A simple preview window that previews individual frames or the animation with options such as zoom, loop, etc.

Cylekx 2.9

Cylekx 2.9 is bland, unimpressive addition to the line-up of second-tier graphics and animation programs; even for a free program, it’s limited in imagination, functionality, and usability.

DigiCel Flipbook 6

DigiCel Flipbook may not be as well-known outside the industry as the larger commercial animation software packages, but it’s been a staple of animation studios for some time – and with good reason.

Flash Effect Site Builder

Flash Effect SiteBuilder is an interesting little gem of a Flash animation and website building program that’s really a diamond in the rough – or a diamond in the glitz, if you can find the core functionality underneath the glitter and shine. It offers quick, easy site templates for people who want a Flash site but don’t necessarily know Flash well enough to create the desired effects.

Flash Media Show

While nothing revolutionary, the standard edition of Flash Media Show is still a useful tool for people who want to bring their images to life with animated Flash presentations, yet lack Flash or the knowledge to use it.


For ad-supported freeware, FotoMorph does a fairly decent job of what it sets out to accomplish: it transitions one image to another over an animated timeline, whether morphing one image into another or applying warps/effects to a single image.

GifSplitter 2

GifSplitter can break GIF animation down into individual image frames. Then, you can select any frames of the gif animation, and modify them as you like. Also, GifSplitter will create a .gsf file which can be used in Magic ASCII Studio .


Jumpwel is an editor to create animated sequences and dynamic objects in HTML pages. You can slide, rotate, and grow the objects–image, text, or button. You can group some objects, and the groups become a new object. Export Flash Macromedia compatible animations or else, an applet player of 16KB plays all animations.

KoolMoves 7.0

KoolMoves 7.0 doesn’t exactly fail at substituting for Flash, but it doesn’t exactly succeed, either. It’s a middle-ground program that offers far more to the novice interested in pre-created, reusable content than it does to the advanced animator and programmer looking to create Flash content from scratch.

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements, games and flash animations for broadcast. More recently, it has been positioned as a tool for “Rich Internet Applications” (“RIAs”).

Flash manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images. It supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video, and it can capture user input via mouse, keyboard, microphone, and camera. Flash contains an object-oriented language called ActionScript and supports automation via the JavaScript Flash language (JSFL).

Flash content may be displayed on various computer systems and devices, using Adobe Flash Player, which is available free of charge for common web browsers, some mobile phones and a few other electronic devices.

Macromedia Director

Macromedia Director is a multimedia application authoring platform created by Macromedia—now part of Adobe Systems. It allows users to build applications built on a movie metaphor, with the user as the “director” of the movie. Originally designed for creating animation sequences, the addition of a scripting language called Lingo made it a popular choice for creating CD-ROMs and standalone kiosks and web content using Adobe Shockwave. Adobe Director supports both 2D and 3D multimedia projects.

Sqirlz Lite 1.1d

Sqirlz Lite can animate, bend, distort and loop a selected part of any image by drawing an outline around it, and then a second outline to define the shape to be molded into. Any kind of image can be distorted and animated – particularly text, logos, and photographs of people, etc.

Sqirlz Morph 2.1

Squirlz Morph is an unremarkable, forgettable entry into basic image animation software, but it’s not bad, either.

The TAB Manga

The TAB Manga is a simplified animation program priced towards mid-range users but designed for beginners. Allows for simple animations with a limited palette of tools. Exports to multiple formats, mostly targeted towards web or portable media.

Toon Boom Animate

Toon Boom Animate is just another example of Toon Boom’s constant effort to produce the best in digital studio animation software. While this effort makes a few missteps as far as system compatibility, when it comes to the animation features, it sails far ahead of many competitors to offer features that would normally require multiple programs to achieve.

Ulead GIF Animator 5

While I can’t say that I’d pay for it beyond the 15 day free trial, Ulead GIF Animator is still a nicely packaged little program that would be extremely useful for the hobbyist or casual animator. It’s especially good for assembling pre-made images into animated sequences, but has enough functionality to draw decent frame-by-frame animations.

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