Originally Posted by Modemouth
Lindsey...do you have to pay for these programs?
There are trial versions that you can try for 1-30 days without paying, I would suggest doing this to make sure you have the patience to make animations (they take forever!) then if you really do like it, you can buy the programs. They range anywhere from $30 to about $400....the one I have I paid $200 for in 1998 and I'm still using it. No need to reinvest. The only reason I got one of the more expensive ones is because I used to do it for a living and owned a business doing it when I was 15-18 years old.
Definitely try out a few first to see which one you like the best though! Don't buy any software without checking it out first.