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Thread: Free/Cheap Software list [Updating]

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    quack Salt's Avatar
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    Free/Cheap Software list [Updating]

    So I've lately been coming across a lot of people asking about free animation software or art software or stick animation software etc.
    So here, here's a list of free or affordable software for you, that is not Adobe.


    Most of us know this one, and have started out with it. So far there have been multiple versions of it. The most stable being 2.2.7, the latest and best version 4

    This is like an improved version of pivot. It has much more options that allow you to draw shapes easily, and it looks much cleaner. It can also export movs, and is multi-platform. It does lack however the alpha editing feature in Pivot 4.

    I came across this while trying to step up my game from pivot to flash. It is purely frame by frame based though, so no symbols or tweens or whatnot. However it does have layer options, vector and bitmap drawing, and a fairly good set of drawing tools. Also multi-platform

    TISFAT: A really great tween based stickfigure/puppet animator. It has it's own physics engine and you can make some spiffy looking effects in it. It's unstable and crashes a lot too.

    TwigMax: A combo of pivot and TISFAT, also keyframe based. It has one great feature both lack though, you can bend the stick's limbs!

    EasyToon: Also frame by frame based. I personally never liked it because it's outdated and lacks color, but some people manage to make great stuff with it.

    Blender: This is a 3D animating software, which I have no experience in. However I thought it would be helpful to post it for anyone interested inn 3D.


    It is considered as Photoshop's free replacement. It is both an image editing and painting software, and completely free. It eats up a lot RAM though.

    This one came with my Wacom Graphics tablet for free. However you can buy it for a much cheaper price than Photoshop ($49.99)
    *Artrage 2 starter edition is free.

    PaintTool Sai: This a great tool for digital painting. It has a lot of capabilities and is much simpler Than Photoshop. To me my favorite feature is how amazingly smooth the lines are. (5250 JPY = $52.84)

    If you happen to know of any other software that fits here, I'd appreciate it if you post a link down here.
    Last edited by Salt; 09-22-2013 at 07:39 AM.

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    Don't forget Twigmax and TISFAT.
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    Thank you GuardianTempest.

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    There's like a section for it in the community animations place.

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    I can't believe I forgot this one. Thanks DuckBeak.

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    Vectorian Giotto

    Basicly a free version of flash that crashes 10 times more.

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    The Periodic Table
    This might better the list a lot. found this on another forum

    - ALL FREE -

    "Animated sprite editor & pixel art tool." Not many mentions online of this software but it features a nice cozy interface to work with!
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "Cross-platform RGB, CMYK and HDR image editing and photo retouching…"
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "GrafX2 is a bitmap paint program inspired by the Amiga programs Deluxe Paint and Brilliance."
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "A cross-platform sprite-based pseudo-3D isometric pixel art modeling aid."
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters.
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "GNU Image Manipulation Program"
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "A traditional 2D animation software"
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET.
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    Synfig Studio
    "Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork."
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "Alchemy is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways."
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

    "Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters."
    OS: Windows, Linux

    "mtPaint is a painting program which Mark Tyler developed from scratch so he could easily create pixel art and manipulate digital photos."
    Os: Windows, Linux

    "Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows"
    OS: Windows

    The free version is all you need. Paid version is about $20 bucks or so.
    OS: Windows

    Bundled with Windows.
    OS: Windows

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X's Cocoa framework.
    OS: Mac

    "Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint."
    OS: Mac

    Pixel Art Editor
    "Powerful pixel-art editor with multitouch support."
    OS: Android

    "Pixation is my attempt to make the best pixel editor for the iPhone."
    OS: iOS

    "piq is a free online app for creating pixel art."
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux (Browser based)
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