What is the best animation software?
What makes for the best animation software first depends on the type of animation you are planning on creating: 2D, 3D, or both. Some animation tools excel at both, or one or the other. There are also animation tools designed for amateurs vs pros, which may not be suitable for the latter.
For a list of the best animation software around according to real users, check out our Animation Software category page if you already haven't.
What are good animation tools for beginners?
Good animation tools for beginners are those that are demonstrably easy-to-use, and perhaps even available for free whether completely or on a trial basis. The importance of having a free animation tool is that it allows you to experiment with which tool is most intuitive to you without breaking the bank.
Blender, for example, is an animation software product available for free and also consistently recommended to amateur animators.