Free 2d Animation Software for Cartoons
This is a list of free downloadable 2d animation software for cartoon creation. Some of them are trial versions and must be purchased after a limited time period.
Anime Studio Debut/Pro
You can try the professional cartoon creation software Anime Studio for FREE. Most of the tutorials on this site will use Anime Studio Debut. There are trial versions for both products, Debut and Pro:
Pencil is an open source animation software, focussed on hand drawn animations. It can work with bitmaps (e.g. scanned documents) and vector graphics (e.g. from a graphic tablet).
Toon Boom Studio
The Toon Boom Studio is another professional software specialized on cartoon creation. It has a downloadable trial version.
CreaToon is an animation software intended for cut-out style animations. It can be downloaded for free since it is not longer developed.
Another open source animation software. It is not in a final state yet but there are steadily new realeases and it already quite useful.