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Mar 5, 2008, 04:47 PM
I'm looking for animation software that is really simple to use. Since I can't draw, I'm looking for a program where you can animate existing characters. Does anyone know of a program like this?


Doctor Q
Mar 5, 2008, 08:35 PM
If you want to play with 3D characters, and start with some ready-made ones, you could look at Cosmic Blobs (http://www.cosmicblobs.com). It's designed for kids (and older) so it's easy to use, but the animation part isn't very sophisticated.

Mar 5, 2008, 10:14 PM
Do you have any experience with the Adobe software, specifically Photoshop? The new Photoshop Extended has some basic, easy-to-use animation tools, but the program itself could be major overkill unless you'll use it for other tasks.

Mar 6, 2008, 01:12 PM
Adobe would be overkill. Basically, I'm just looking for a really basic, kids animation program where you can use characters that already exist in the program and animate them. It's for a presentation. 2D is preferable.

Mar 7, 2008, 12:41 AM
I'll list a few programs for you to check out.

Flipbook 2D (http://www.digicelinc.com/flipbook.htm)

Animatricks (http://www.softuarium.com/item.php?id=90)

ToonBoom Studio Express (http://www.toonboom.com/products/toonBoomStudio/express.php) 3.5 (Only works with Tiger, but Studio 4 works with Leopard)

The Tab Lite (http://www.tablite.com/index.htm)

Pencil (http://www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil/index.php?id=Home)

Gif Builder Carbon (http://www.versiontracker.com/php/search.php?mode=basic&action=search&str=GifBuilder+carbon&plt%5B%5D=macosx&x=0&y=0)

I hope this helps. Good luck. :)

Jun 22, 2010, 05:00 AM

Art of illusion

Sweet Home 3d

Jul 3, 2010, 06:54 AM
Since I can't draw,


You just haven't found a technique that works for you.

I remember getting frustrated at not being able to draw and I was always taught that "some people are born with it, some aren't". Well, I realized this was false when I saw all of my European friends who were all able to draw excellently. Turns out they actually have art in their schools unlike the States :rolleyes:

Anyway I decided I wanted to be able to draw good too so I busted out my wacom and corel painter and started making everything in blocks using small, fast strokes, then I would refine those blocks over and over until they were the exact shape of what I was trying to draw. I used techniques such as drawing your subject upside down and other things that force you to really look at the form. Literally in a few weeks I did a complete 180 transformation.

Seriously give it a try and stick with it for a bit. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised :)

WELL, enough of THAT tangent! :rolleyes:

Jul 6, 2010, 04:42 PM
Daz 3d allows you to download premade assets and animate with them:


Also look at Poser.

Some neat links in this thread, guys. Great work!