Animation


Best Free 2D Animation Programs

Programs for Drawing 2D Artwork

Free Animation and Cartoon Software, 2D

Pencil – Simple 2D Cartoon Animation and Drawing Program
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Tupi – Simple 2D Cartoon Animation and Drawing Program
(Open Source, Linux Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Scratch – Educational tool to teach kids programming skills
(Open-Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Synfig Studio – Advanced 2D Animation and Drawing Program
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

unFREEz – Animated GIF creation utility (*Note: Gimp can also do this)
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for creating backgrounds and characters for animations, see also Inkscape and Gimp.

 3D Modeling Software

Free 3D Modeling, Animation, and Design Software

Blender – 3D Modeling software similar to Maya or 3ds Max
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

SweetHome3D – 2D and 3D Interior design software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

BRLCAD – Solid Modeling Software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

FreeCAD – General purpose 3D CAD Program
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

SketchUp – Easy to learn and use 3D modeling program
(Free and Paid Versions, Win / Mac, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Sculptris – Digital 3D  drawing/sculpting software
(Free, Win / Mac, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for building charts and diagrams for CAD, see also Dia.