Draw you frame-to-frame animation from scratch, or create animations upon videos, images, PSD layers. Animation Desk supports multiple import and export formats, and lets you create and share animations right on your iPad and iPhone.

Screenshot credit to Kristine Petilla, thank you Kristine!

- Featured in Top100 iPad Entertainment apps in 86 App Stores
- Featured by Apple on iTunes Home Page
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• 46+ brushes
• Colored onion skinning (iPad only)
• Copy and paste tool
• 9 Layers
• Perfect with Apple Pencil 1,2, Wacom and Adonit styli

• Import/export Photoshop layers
• Combine animation sequences into an animatic storyboard. (iPad only)
• Tag and comment on each frame (iPad only)
• Customizable shortcut bar (iPad only)
• Export GIFs (up to 640x480px)

• set up any FPS (frame per second) as your like
• Play animation backward
• Replay your animation in loops

• Import video, images, PSD layers, and ad.package
• Export MOV, GIF, PSD layers, PDF, and GIF
• Export video in 16:9 and 3:4 screen ratio
• Share animations on AniZone, a community for creative artists.
• Add music to the animations

* Premium features available with Creativity 365 or Animation Desk Pro subscription

We offer awesome features in the free version, but if you are looking for something more, here are some options…

• Kdan Cloud 500GB
-Annual subscription: billed annually at $9.99/ year
-Monthly subscription: billed monthly at $3.99/ month
• Animation Desk Pro + 500 GB Kdan Cloud Storage:
-Annual subscription: billed annually at $15.99/year
-Quarterly subscription: billed quarterly at $15.99/quarter
-Monthly subscription: billed monthly at $3.99/ month
• Creativity 365 (free trial available) + 1 TB Kdan Cloud storage
-Annual subscription: billed annually at $59.99/year after 7-day trial ends
-Quarterly subscription: billed quarterly at $19.99/quarter after 3-day trial ends
-Monthly subscription: billed monthly at $9.99/monthly after 3-day trial ends

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What’s New

Version 8.9.7

Fixed problems that cause video crashes
User interface adjustment
Auto synchronize sequences in storyboards
Fix a bug in FPS settings
Animation Desk iPhone supports social media login
Stability improved

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
9.3K Ratings

9.3K Ratings

RoiBRocker ,

Some REALLY helpful updates that can really improve Animation Desk:

I thought of some really helpful updates that would really help the drawing community. The first one is the pen. The pen which draws a circular line is to small at max size, and should be bigger at max size. Its hard to draw stick figures with such a small pen, and it would be amazing if it could be bigger. Also, the majority of animators who animate with this application animate on an iPad Pro, like me, and drawing with one hand on the screen and an Apple Pencil on it at the same time interrupts the drawing that were drawing. I think their should be a setting to make it so that the screen doesn’t sense my hand but only the Apple Pencil. Many other applications already have this and it would be great if this did to. Stabilizer: If you’ve ever used Paint Tools Sai, you know what I’m talking about. In Paint Tools Sai, they have an option called the stabilizer which makes lines more smooth by giving what your drawing a delay to make the drawing more curvier. In Animation Desk, my circles always turn out straight and not round. A circle looks lie 7 lines put together and if Animation Desk hade a stabilizer tool, that would be AMAZING! I really hope you read this, because it took me a long time to type, and if you did, please please please add these things to Animation desk in the next update! Thanks! 🙂

Developer Response ,

Hello RoiBRocker, thanks for your awesome review. We have put your suggestions about the brushes, palm rejection, and stabilizer in the backlog. Thank you.

gato_feliz ,

Great but hard to use

I don’t know if i am supposed to be using this app in a iPhone 7 (LOL). But it is lots of fun. But i have many problems. I dont know how to use images. Like, if i take a picture and want to use it in my little stupid cartoon short thing, but I don’t know where the button for putting the picture on it. Another problem is the color copy option. It, it’s just broken. When i use it it puts a random nearby color instead of the color i am pointing at. Making it very hard to use the same color. The undo button does not work when i change frame. Normally this wouldn't be a problem but sometimes I accidentally use the fill button and change frame accidentally or confuse the undo button with the change frame button and i have to start over. Also the change frame button is SOOOOOOOOO SMALL! I can barey use it and it is very hard. Also i would like you to change it from FPS to a bar like the one Flash uses. I would also live to be able to add sound recordings and sound effects to tge animations.

Overall good app but very buggy.


Developer Response ,

Hello, thank you for the encouraging review! Animation Desk supports inserting photos to a frame. You can import photos by tapping the “folder” icon in the layer menu. However, we found some mistakes in the interface, and will soon adjust the problem and make this feature work as designed. We also try to copy the color on an iPhone Max, and the function seemed to work when we tested it. Can you double check for us, if you tap the “yes” button after you select a color? Thank you for all the suggestions on the interface, we have put them in a backlog, they are extremely helpful.

Luvga ,

Procreate instead!!

If you’r looking and app just for fun and practice the basic principles of animation, this may be the app for you. On the other hand, if you are serious about learning drawing and enhance your animation skills, this is definitely not the app for you.
After two years using this app, came across serious frustration. The poor brushes offered with bold tick doesn’t allow you to create a smooth sketches. The palm rejection need to be enhanced, every time you touch the screen with your finger either to skip the frame or increase the tick of your pen, a line is recognized in the canvas. The limited interface withdraw you valuable time of your creativity, related but not limited to flip your canvas, add a photo, sort and organize you frames. The most thing I struggle with, was that for reason if you close the app in the middle of a running of an animation, when you came back it delete randomly delete frames, so your force to number your pages and keeps back up in case the program delete or sort the frames.
I have reported this issues severely times and supporting team bring no corrections. Also I won competition several years ago and for some reason they delete all my projects from their webpage. This only speak of the poor supporting team behind this app. A good recommendation, try procreate instead. You’r welcome in advance!

Developer Response ,

Hello, thank you for reporting your concern about the functions and stability of the app. The competition website is updated annually hence we don't show all the winning works from the previous year. We beg your pardon if there is a problem with the account or other technical issues.


Kdan Mobile Software LTD
233.6 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Creativity 365 $9.99
  2. Creativity 365 $19.99
  3. Creativity 365 $59.99


  • Family Sharing

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