Data Visualization Toolkit: Animations Tools

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In data visualizations, animations can be used to portray data in a persuasive, memorable, and effective way. We can show processes, tell stories, and evoke emotions — all of which are difficult or impossible with static graphics and text alone. Using free online tools, even a nonprofessional can easily create professional-looking animations to tell a data story. Here, we discuss the use of animation to support a broader narrative and how data are best visualized for this use.

Although similar to presentations, animations and the data visualization considerations for them are sufficiently different to stand as a distinct category. Find out more about presentation tools in the Presentations section of this toolkit.

Animations Tools

PowToon

PowToon is a leader in the animation space. It is an online, cloud-based platform for creating relatively low-cost or free animated content. The software contains a variety of premade templates and graphical animations, with the broadest selections and features available to premium (i.e., paid) users. Content production capabilities include animated videos, video presentations, music videos, animated infographics, and more.

Moovly

Moovly is an online, cloud-based platform used to create relatively low-cost or free animated content. The software contains a variety of premade templates and graphical animations, with the broadest selections and features available to premium (i.e., paid) users. Content production capabilities include animated videos, video presentations, music videos, graphs, animated infographics, and more.

Animaker

Animaker is a relatively simple to use cloud-based do-it-yourself animated video- making tool intended for personal, business, and marketing use. It offers six popular video styles: (1) Animaker for 2D, (2) Animaker for 2.5 D, (3) Animaker for handcraft, (4) Animaker for infographics, (5) Animaker for topography, and (6) Animaker for whiteboard. The software includes a variety of premade animation templates to choose from when creating an animation. Animaker for whiteboard includes five styles: 1) blackboard, 2) notepad, 3) whiteboard, 4 ) stitchboard, and 5) glassboard. All of the animated videos used making Animaker may be exported to YouTube and Facebook or downloaded directly, making them easy to include in a presentation.

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