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Like many other aspects of the internet, animation continues to grow in complexity and in ease of use. For some time now, there has been a proliferation of sites offering free animations (gifs, pings, etc.) but these essentially look junky if they are ever used on anything other than a personal web site. In any case, though, the demand for animators and for good animation software has narrowed and become more demanding.
Animation software actually covers a fairly broad category of suites that can aid with everything from web animations to complex animation for film. Today, animation software is used mainly (though not exclusively) to create animations for websites and the internet. Animation software continues to go down in price. Today, 3D animation software is one of the most sought after categories. And Macromedia Flash still rules.
Aside from Macromedia, one of the most highly respected animation software products is LightWave 3D. LightWave 3D is likable for a few reasons: its a powerful animation tool with a neat and usable interface, and it can be found for a reasonable price ($149, if you look around). This is software by the same company that worked on films like The Day After Tomorrow and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban .
Whether you are buying for the first time, moving up to more complex animations or simply upgrading to newer, better software, the same advice that we give throughout this site applies to choosing animation software:
- Consult with other animators, as well as reading web site forums and other sources to find out other peoples opinions about animation softwarewhat they like and why (be sure to mind that last word).
- Take advantage of free trials and downloads to take the software for a test drive to be sure that it does what you want in the way you want it done.
- Find your own compromise between price and quality. You can save money by buying older or out of date software (see discount software) but this is a compromise in quality, of course.