Anim8or is very simple to install and run.
It is composed of a single executable file that can be put anywhere on your disk.
I like to keep things simple.
Download the latest version of the Anim8or program in the file animv100.zip below.
Unzip it into your target directory.
(If you've never heard of a "zip" file is, see the comments below.)
Run the file anim8or.exe.
That's all there is to it.
The latest version Anim8or, v1.0 dated May 29, 2017 is available here:
It is a major upgrade from the previous release v0.98.
This release represents a milestone in the life of Anim8or.
The overall look has been updated to ease eyestrain that can result from long modeling sessions,
and there are major new modeling and animation tools and workflow enhancements.
Some of the highlights are:
Inverse Kinematics allows rapid animation of rigged characters.
You no longer need to position each joint at each key frame,
but only need to position the end of a chain of bones and they all move as needed.
The Topographical Knife is a 3d modeling tool that supports flexible, rapid editing of meshes.
You can move points or edges, slit and join faces, add and "dissolve" edges and points,
and much move with this versatile tool.
Give a big thanks to Raxx for helping me immensely in the implementation.
Fast Select allows you to select and model on the fly without changing to the Select tool.
This can be disabled for beginners who sometimes find it easier to separate these functions.
Pressing the Alt key temporarily changes into Arc Rotate mode
allowing you to mode fluidly within an model or scene while editing.
Similarly the mouse wheel zooms your view around the position of the cursor.
A new look eases eye strain, and makes models standout from the background.
You can also enable anti-aliasing in the working views on most graphics chips
which can also help with eye strain.
You can increase the width of edge so they don't disappear on higher resolution screens.
You can assign objects to different layers that you can lock or hide as a group.
The addition of folders for objects, figures, bones, etc. helps organize large projects
into more manageble pieces.
There are additional improvements and additons throughout Anim8or.
These include normal maps,
improved face extrusion for corner and right angle edges,
scale and rotation that apply to the center of selected parts,
If you need earlier versions they can be found here:
Anim8or v0.98 Download Page
The Anim8or executable file and manual are stored in a compressed form called a .zip file.
In this form they are much smaller than their normal storage format so it takes less time
for you download them (and I pay less for bandwidth).
You can't use the files until you restore them to their full size.
You can do this with a nifty program called WinZip.
If you need a copy of WinZip you can download a free demo version from