Animation Desk® Draw & Animate 4+

Create animation with us

Kdan Mobile Software LTD

Designed for iPad

    • 4.2 • 14.2K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Have fun exploring the world of animation. Learn how to make cartoons and animations, and share your videos on YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram.

Check out the video tutorials in the app, or get animation tips on our website.

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Animation Desk works like a digital flipbook. You can start from the first frame or a keyframe. Use the brushes or selection tool to complete their work.

Import video and photo, and add fantastic animation effects.

• Draw with different brushes or customize your own
• Add captions or subtitles for your animation
• Setup color palettes for characters or scenes
• Other editing tools: rulers, selection tools, and more

• Trace the motion with onion skinning
• Easily manage frames in the frame viewer
• Duplicate or repeat a frame, set up FPS to control the speed
• The basic version includes 3 sketch layers and one background layer

• Export animation as a video, GIF, and PDF sheet!
• Export animation into Photoshop and make advanced editing
• Export individual frames as images

Animation Desk is free to download and use, and more features are available in the subscription plans. The basic version includes ads. For more information, please refer to the Term of Service below.

• Kdan Cloud 500GB
• Animation Desk Pro with 500G Kdan Cloud storage
• Animation Desk Pro for students and educators
• Creativity 365 with 1 TB Kdan Cloud storage"

Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. Subscriptions will be charged through your iTunes account at the confirmation of purchase. Your subscriptions will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period.

Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours before the end of the current period, for the same duration and at the current subscription price. You may manage your subscriptions in your iTunes

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What’s New

Version 9.4.3

AniZone retires on May 31st, 2024. The user interface is updated accordingly.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
14.2K Ratings

14.2K Ratings

Kendall. C ,

Great app, but lose the glitches

I have been using this app for a while, and the tools available from the start (without the pro version) are enough to create some decent looking art. The app does also offer optional layering for your animations, which will also enhance your drawing’s appearance. As a final pro for the app, it does pretty well tracking your finger and other makeshift pens, if you do not have pen device available for use and lag is rarely a problem. However, there are a handful of major problems with the app that should be looked at. First example, you may experience a bug that causes a section of drawing to be completely erased for no particular reason, and when the user tries to reverse the bug (with the back button) it does not work. This is a rare occasion, however it is still a major problem I have come across. To expand on the back button, I don’t understand why the button only offers a certain amount of times you may go back when it is pressed. This is a problem, because when you have a background already drawn, and you run out of back button uses, you have to erase the portion you don’t want. But, along with the erasing of the unwanted portion, it will erase the background portion as well. Please adress these problems, because I love to use this app.

Developer Response ,

Hi Kendall, thank you for your review and feedback, we really appreciate it. We will report the bugs and your suggestions about the redo/redo feature.

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.

Seagull Squad ,

This is the best animation app you will find!

I have found many great animation apps, including FlipaClip, sticknodes, this one, and even more. After all that, Animation Desk is, and has always been-in my opinion-the best one out there, and the easiest to use. Thank you to the creators of this app. I might get Animation Desk ultimate one day. Though this is one of the best animation apps there is, I have a few suggestions; sometimes I want to loop one part of an animation, so I copy the frames, but each copy goes after the original frame. I would really like the copied frames to go to the end of the animation. This would make it much easier to do that function. Another thing that isn’t necessarily a drawback, but would be a nice addition would be a v-cam. One final suggestion would be to make all the animations arranged as thumbnails, and you could be able to scroll up and down, to find things more easily. Thank you for reading my suggestions, and I hope you consider adding them. All in all, this app is awesome, and I really recommend it.

Sincerely, a really happy animator.

Developer Response ,

Hello Seagull Squad, thank you for much for your positive review and the valuable suggestions on the frame copying, the vcam, and the frame view. We are working on the new sequence manager page right now, and will remake the editing section once we complete it. Those are very useful and interesting ideas, we will look through it. Thanks!

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