What's the best 2D animator for creating sprite sheet animations for a game? Are there any that match this criteria?

  • Cutout animation (I don't want to have to draw every frame)
  • Exporting to images
  • Simple and lightweight (I don't want something that bogs down my machine and I'm not doing a 2d animated movie, I just want to animate a characters walk/jump cycle)
  • Cheap or Free

Preferable it would be opensource, but I'm willing to pay for a good piece of software under $50 dollars


There's a piece of software currently in beta called Spriter that had an excellent previous run, and is now forging on ahead for even more features/usability. If I recall correctly, I paid $20 for it in the kickstarter, but you can still buy it and get instant access to the beta. You can find it here.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks good, but the beta is still in heavy development. The full version looks good though. \$\endgroup\$
    – CharlesL
    Jul 27 '12 at 14:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Indeed it is, but it already functions extremely well. I'd say probably well enough for your uses. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 27 '12 at 14:17

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