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Animation Workshop is 2D animation software with a niche focus on creating commercial advertisements such as animated web banners and buttons. Because it isn’t designed to animate stories, it does not have traditional animation features and tools to create cartoons or animate characters, you can use it to quickly create web graphics to grab the attention of your customers.
This animation maker has an easy learning curve, so you can successfully use it even if you aren’t tech savvy. The interface is straightforward, with templates for banner and buttons organized in easy-to-navigate menus. You can add or remove images, create text or backgrounds, and edit your animation frame by frame with this animation software.
One of the best features of this animation maker is its support for a wide variety of file types. You can create graphics in other programs, such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, and import them into your project in Animation Workshop. The software supports images in JPG, PCX, GIF, BMP, TGA and PNG formats. In addition, you can upload video in AVI, GIF, MOV, and MNG file formats as well as digital video. On the flipside, you can export your projects in GIF, MNG, AVI, MOV and SWF formats. If you decide to save your project in the SWF format, it retains the sound.
To use this program, all you have to do is add images and text and let the program do what it does best, which is create animated buttons and banners. The results can be quite impressive, but the process may be too simplistic and hands off for anyone who wants to accomplish more. This is not the best program for animators who want to control the fine details of their animated creations. If you want a more interactive program, you might be interested in Toon Boom Harmony.
Animation Workshop has in-program support. When you select the help option, the software directs you to a webpage with several links filled with detailed articles. Alchemy Mindworks, the software’s manufacturer, has an online email form if you need to contact a representative. The manufacturer boasts an average response time of one hour during regular business hours and one day for all other times.