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Spine Alternatives

Spine is described as 'is 2D animation software designed specifically for software and game development. Animators, artists and programmers unite to bring your games alive' and is a Animation Maker in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Spine for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Chrome OS. The best alternative is DragonBones, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Spine are Synfig Studio, enve, AnimeEffects and Expressive Animator.

Spine alternatives are mainly Animation Makers but may also be Game Development Tools or Vector Graphic Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Spine.
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  1. DragonBones icon

    DragonBones

    • Mac
    • Windows
    12 alternatives to DragonBones 

    DragonBones has a skeletal animation design panel named "DragonBonesDesignPanel" and a 2D skeletal animation library based on ActionScript.

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Pack images into a texture atlas, which results in more efficient rendering in your games. Export DragonBones and Egret MovieClip data with JSON data format.
    DragonBones vs Spine opinions
    Almost everyone thinks DragonBones is a great alternative to Spine.
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    It has a pretty similar UI and feature set. It can also export projects as Spine files to be used in your games (unfortunately it exports Spine data only as .json files and not as binary .skel, but it's still pretty nice).

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    Synfig Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    55 alternatives to Synfig Studio 

    Synfig is a free and open-source, industrial-strength, vector-based 2D animation app designed for producing feature-film animations. It eliminates the need to create animations frame by frame. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

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    1.  Automated TweeningSynfig Studio can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Synfig Studio, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Synfig Studio vs Spine opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Synfig Studio is still a legitimate alternative to Spine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Synfig isn't bone-based 2D animation

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    you can't get it into games and it isn't a runtime

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    You can't make game animations in Synfig Studio, only animation clips and animation movies

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    enve

    • Windows
    • Linux
    52 alternatives to enve 

    Enve is a free and open-source 2D animation app. It can create both vector and raster animations and even use sound and video files. It has been created with flexibility and expandability in mind.

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    1.  Support for Layersenve supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in enve, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Works Offlineenve can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    AnimeEffects

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    9 alternatives to AnimeEffects 

    AnimeEffects is a 2D keyframe animation tool based on deformation of polygon meshes. You can easily operate, quickly shape your idea, and remake at any time if you have changed your mind.

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    1.  Animation RiggingAnimeEffects supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
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    Expressive Animator

    • Online
    67 alternatives to Expressive Animator 

    Create beautiful 2D motion graphics and vector animations for any platform in matter of minutes.

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    1.  Works OfflineExpressive Animator can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Expressive Animator, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Dark ModeExpressive Animator supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  PortableExpressive Animator can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Automated TweeningExpressive Animator can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    6.  LightweightExpressive Animator consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    7.  Support for LayersExpressive Animator supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    • Live2D Cubism icon

      Live2D Cubism

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Unity
      • FaceRig
      10 alternatives to Live2D Cubism 

      Live2D is the world's first drawing technology to enable 3D rendering of 2D images. This technology supports a variety of portable consoles and smartphones, and Live2D is already being utilized for games that take advantage of the unique characteristics of hand drawn artwork.

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      Spriter

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      17 alternatives to Spriter 

      Spriter : an intuitive 2D animation tool for video game makers.

      Spriter enables the “modular” method of animating where, instead of each frame being a single complete image, it is constructed from many small, re- useable images (such as body parts). Each of these images that ar.

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      Spriter vs Spine opinions
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      Far more affordable, however lacking in mesh functions.

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    • Rubber Hose 2 icon

      Rubber Hose 2

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Adobe After Effects
      40 alternatives to Rubber Hose 2 

      Rubber Hose is an After Effects tool for animation rigging. Connect layers from Illustrator and Photoshop into two new stretchy rigs – RubberPin and RubberRig. Style hoses unlike ever before. Major speed updates and key-frame baking let you work faster.

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      Jpixel

      • Mac
      • Windows
      22 alternatives to Jpixel 

      JPixel is an editor for making pixel art animations and tilesets.

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      Discontinued

      Official product page unavailable.

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    • Creature icon

      Creature

      • Mac
      • Windows
      13 alternatives to Creature 

      This software is used to create fluid and natural animation to 2D graphics, easily allowing the user to use secondary animation to make it look more natural.

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