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Spine Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Spine for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is DragonBones, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Spine and 11 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Spine are Synfig Studio, AnimeEffects, Live2D Cubism and Spriter.

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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows

    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.

    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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    ⚫︎ Automated TweeningSynfig Studio can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    ⚫︎ 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.

    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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    AnimeEffects

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    AnimeEffects is a 2D keyframe animation tool based on deformation of polygon meshes.

    ⚫︎ Animation RiggingAnimeEffects supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
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    Live2D Cubism

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Unity
    • FaceRig

    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

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

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    Far more affordable, however lacking in mesh functions.

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    Rubber Hose 2

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Adobe After Effects

    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

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    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

    • Mac
    • Windows

    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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    Intuitive interface
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    Kenney Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Kenney Studio is an easy to use tool to create game sprites using various pre-made objects. Each object has unique options and without any artistic skill you can create a wide range of sprites.

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    Discontinued

    KenneyNL Reported On Forums,Kenney Studio is discontinued.Source: https://itch.io/t/116590/purchase-kenny-studio

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    Marionette Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS

    Marionette Studio is an online animation software for beginners and professionals. Animate 2D characters and environments in minutes with no prior skills.

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