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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is helpful for many scenarios... If you have a lot of projects involving graphics; if you like to repurpose or otherwise tweak your logos for various settings; if you are fairly ambitious with your social media posts; if you have an interest in creating infographics. Basically, if you are a graphical go-getter, and you find yourself using these types of programs all the time, then you might as well have Illustrator which is probably the most robust such program.If you aren't quite so ambitious with graphics projects, then Illustrator can be overkill. This is mainly because it can be overwhelming for newbies. You will be rewarded for you patience in learning the ropes if you have the time/inclination to do so.
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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.
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Pros

Adobe Illustrator

  • I used Illustrator to fix an intricate logo that had a typo. It was the kind fix that benefited from more robust tools.
  • Altering and repurposing a logo for a custom t-shirt design.
  • Creating different versions of the same graphic with different backgrounds (also, removing backgrounds entirely).
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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.
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Cons

Adobe Illustrator

  • High learning curve
  • Occasional bugs during saving
  • Can be demanding on computer system resources
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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.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator 9.5
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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.
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CrazyTalk Animator

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Illustrator

I use both Canva and Illustrator. Canva is great for 'quick and dirty' jobs like social media headers and quote graphics, but creating original illustrations is a nightmare in it. We use Illustrator when we have the time, because it's much more painless to create detailed and original vector graphics.
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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.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Illustrator

  • With working in a church, it is hard to tell just what the ROI is for this type of software. What it has done for my job personally is make it easier and faster to complete the tasks I need to get done. This has made me more productive and in turn, all of our graphical material and the overall modern feel of the church has improved.
  • Since the use of this software and the way it has helped our church keep a modern atmosphere, we have seen an influx of younger families that may have otherwise not been interested in our particular church otherwise.
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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.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Illustrator

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

General

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