Animation software tools have seen a revolutionary change in past few years. With the advent of technology, now there are more innovative programs available for achieving perfect animation. The different aspects of the animation are handled by the different packages now. It has resulted in market differentiation among the various animation software tools.

Maya Software by Autodesk – It is one of the widely popular and used software tools in the motion picture as well as video game industries. This high end and robust tool was developed by Alias Systems originally and it won an Academy Award in 2003. It has created a significant influence on the motion picture industry. It offers the powerful tools to the animator such as keyframe animation, path animation and nonlinear animation tools. It also offer complete render controls for shading and lighting. It comes with realistic effects tools for hair and smoke. Moreover, it has open architecture that permits third-party integration and amazing customization.

Softimage/XSI Softimage/XSI by Softimage – It is a subsidiary of Avid Technology which are leaders of the high end video editing world. The XSI is a flagship product of Softimage and is among the leading 3D graphics softwares which are applied in films, advertising and video games. XSI is used extensively for 3D modelling, creation of 3D environments and animate characters. It is used for animation using the Animation Mixer feature, and its rendering system is based on Mental Ray application.

3ds Max – It is a powerful and renowned modelling application from the Autodesk. It is primarily used in TV production studios and video game development for creating complex characters and 3D objects. It is also used for creating rich characters and design visualization. It has a more user friendly interface as compared to other packages. Its User Interface makes it easy for the artist for focussing on the creative process and the project at hand.

Adobe Macromedia – It is the sophisticated package that is aimed at animation on the web, and is quickly become the most famous package because of its robust nature and fast download time.