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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Illustrator

This would benefit huge corporations with many different graphic designers [due to] the compatibility of the files among different countries and regions, and the online collaboration features may also benefit projects which have huge scale and not to be done by a single user.For a user that is a standalone designer, and the works will only ever be edited by himself, or there are many more users in the company that use different software, the advantage tends to reduce.
A Leung | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

This is a difficult question to answer. This software can be used for a hobbyist or professionals alike. On one hand, you can make fun, simple animations for things like YouTube or Facebook. However, on the other hand, you can use this tool for professional looking animations that can be used in marketing, presentations, etc.I am someone who uses the program for both - as a hobbyist and also professionally. The first time I took it upon myself to make an animation for something job-related, it impressed my colleagues so much that they bought the company their own copy of the software and encouraged me to make more. There have been numerous times where I have used the program to entice new clients. I would even take it a step further by using a potential client's logo or CEO as a character in the animation.In 2015, CrazyTalk Animator (CTA) has even helped me land a new job. I had been laid off and was out of work for a few months. I saw a job opening I was interested but had learned that the position had literally hundreds of potential applicants. Basically, I created a video using CTA of me performing the job as if I already had been offered it. I even included the company logo. In the video, I made an animation explaining why it was a good idea to hire the company. Once I finished the video I included it along with my resume. To make a long story short, I got the job.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe Illustrator

  • Vector graphics for scaling to large sizes
  • Filling an object with a texture
  • Easily adjusting and expanding an artboard to fit the size of the content (especially for infographics)
  • Compatibility with other Adobe CC programs, but also exporting for PPT graphics
Terra Stafford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

  • The main pro of the entire program is that it makes animation incredibly simple. You are not required to even know how to draw. Once you grasp the gist of the software it is extremely simple to use.
  • Another great aspect of CTA is the online community. There are a vast amount of online tutorials and an online forum for anyone who has questions. They even provide a content store in which users can sell their own content to other users.
  • A recent update has allowed Photoshop integration. This allows even more customization of aspects of the animation you are working with.
  • A characters mouth movements are automatically synced with voiceover audio. I felt this gave me one less thing to animate and has saved me time on more than one occasion.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Illustrator

  • It's tough to master. If you haven't used Adobe products like Photoshop or Illustrator before, there is a lot to take in.
  • It would be great to have some better options to preview the final product if you're creating a multiple page document.
  • Better integration and pricing points with Adobe Stock for the useful stock images to complete your projects.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

  • Other products made by this company (Namely their 3D animation software) have a character creator. I would love to see something like this with CTA.
  • I would like to see a bigger integration with social media. Having the ability to live broadcast a CTA character in real-time (like mo-cap) would be amazing. If this were a possibility you could live stream a video chat or Facebook live portrayed as your CTA character.
  • Allow more in-depth settings for exporting media.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator 9.5
Based on 2 answers
While Adobe Illustrator CC is one of the only true design software out there, it really stands heads above the other products. It's clean UI and menu structure is easy to navigate.
Jon Ackerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

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Usability

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator 7.2
Based on 4 answers
Illustrator has become easier in recent years to use with more intuitive tools and controls for them. Illustration software has improved but Adobe Illustrator has kept up and keeps the edge with its extensive toolset. Newly added collaboration tools with Adobe make it even better and the expectation is that is to continue.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

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Support Rating

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator 8.3
Based on 35 answers
I normally already know how to do whatever I'm trying out, but the documentation (as well as a simple Google search) makes any question quick to resolve. The Adobe boards themselves are a fantastic resource, especially for resolving questions between new programs and iterative releases.
Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Illustrator

I like to use Illustrator concurrently with PhotoShop and InDesign. Illustrator is better for working with vectors, whereas PhotoShop is better for using pixels, editing and creating raster-based art. When it comes to Illustrator in comparison to InDesign, the latter is better for multi-page printed documents. With InDesign, you can set up master pages for your documents, but you cannot do that in Illustrator. This is why I prefer to create any necessary scalable graphics in Illustrator and then import them into InDesign.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

CTA was a program that got me interested in 2D animation. After about a year of using the software, I began looking for other similar products. I had come across a program called Toon Boom. This was another 2D software somewhat similar to CTA. Toon Boom is a fantastic program however the price was higher than CTA. Aside from that, learning how to use Toon Boom had a much higher learning curve. Eventually, I purchased Toon Boom and learned the program. It is definitely a powerful 2D animation platform however I always seemed to bring myself back to CTA. I felt CTA was much more simple to use. It was also easy enough for other people to contribute to my animation projects. Having to reteach my coworkers another program was not going to work for us. Not being solely responsible for animations is a huge relief.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Illustrator

  • The layered files for animated object reduce the need to store numerous redundant files
  • Keeps marketing materials looking clean and professional regardless of scale from business card to billboards
  • Great software for those who like to use tablets to hand draw/paint more illustrative assets
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

  • Since my company discovered that I was an animator, they are constantly wanting me to make videos. If the company were to outsource someone to create animations like the ones I am creating, they would be extremely pricey. CTA was only a one-time purchase. I have even trained several other employees of the company how to use the software. That way, if I ever exit the company they can continue to create marketing animations without me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Illustrator

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Adobe Illustrator Editions & Modules

Edition
Annual$20.991
Monthly$31.491
  1. per month
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Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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