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I am looking for a simple 2D animation software to create animated infographics, basically an alternative to Adobe Animate/Flash Pro.

I need something that

  • Supports text properly, including Unicode fonts (like Font Awesome)
  • Supports Vector Graphics (preferably SVG, but .ai or .eps is also ok)
  • Has a timeline where I can specify Key Frames, and then do stuff like
    • Move objects from A to B, preferably without easing if desired
    • Animate Color or Transparency changes
    • Scale objects
  • Export the animation as an animated GIF or Picture Sequence at a given resolution and frame rate
  • Must run locally on Windows - no web/cloud based ones (but Electron apps are okay)
  • Must not have a subscription model. I don't need Free/OSS, a one-time payment is fine, preferably $150 or less

Tools that I've tried so far that commonly come up

  • NCH Express Animate - Almost what I want, except that it doesn't support Vector Graphics, and that text handling is broken in the current version (Doesn't remember text sizes, doesn't support all fonts in the system)
  • Synfig Studio - Aimed at Character Animation/Cartoons, does not handle text well
  • Pencil2D - Same as Synfig studio
  • Plenty of HTML5-based ones (e.g., Animatron or Biteable), but those are online/cloud apps
  • Adobe Animate - has everything that I want (and a whole bunch of stuff that I don't need), but at $240/year, it's more that I want to spend
  • Adobe After Effects - same issue as animate, $240/year.
  • DIY Solutions using Processing or similar - last resort, don't want to spend a week making my own if I can avoid it.
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Some additional tools besides the one you mentioned.

This 3 are compositing tools similar to After Effects. You can export as a movie and convert them to gif after.

If you want a CSS+HTML or JavaScript animation, not gif you can try these:

(I like NCH Express Animate, but the animation is almost pure JavaScript based one)

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    Nice! Rafael already named everything I was going to answer with. Except that Edge Animate v1.5 is the only free version of Edge which was released and is still accessible and downloadable online. Just cause it's not free anymore doesn't mean it's not a tool to ignore. I still use it in production work. Mostly for animated infographics Animatron Studio, Blender and GWD are my go to apps. – Michael Schwartz May 13 '18 at 5:44
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To close the loop on this, I ended up with Moho Pro 12, formerly known as Anime Studio Pro. The retail price is $400, so above the budget, but (at the time of writing) Amazon.com sold it for $199, so that's what I ended up getting.

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