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There are many programs that you can use for 2D animation and related support.

I’ve listed some below that are popular.

Not that you need all of them but, depending upon your projects you might find that you do need some of them for various reasons.

You do need at least a photo editing program if you want to modify your actors and create props.

A drawing program like DrawPlus is also useful to create custom actors and props.


CrazyTalk Animator 2                 Reallusion

Photo Editing

Photoshop                               Adobe

PhotoPlus                                Serif

Sound Editing

Audition                                  Adobe

Audacity                                 SourceForge (Free)

Vector Drawing

DrawPlus                                 Serif

Adobe Flash                             Adobe

Movie Editing

MoviePlus                                Serif

Studio 9                                  Pinnacle

Special Effects and Utilities

After Effects                            Adobe                                Photo/Visual Effects

MorphVOX Pro                          Screaming Bee                     Voice changer

ParticleIllusion                          WonderTouch                      Visual Effects

BluffTitler                                Outerspace Software            Titles

SWF Decompiler                        SoThink                             Decompile SWF files

Xara 3D Maker                          Xara                                 Titles

FL Studio (FruityLoops)              Image-Line                         Music Loops

There are many other programs out there that are either free or for money that can also be used.

The list above is by no means a must have (except for CrazyTalk Animator) but is presented as a guide and for suggestions of what to use.

If you have any questions please contact me.