I have been using Doodly (Enterprise plan) to create whiteboard animations for over 6 months now and so I have a relatively good grasp of what the software is like.
In this Doodly review, I will give you all the information you need to know about the software, as well as my honest opinion, so you can decide if it is the best option for you.
What is Doodly?
Doodly is a piece of software that makes creating whiteboard animations super easy.
In my opinion, Doodly is one of the very best whiteboard animation software available.
You have probably seen whiteboard animations before. They are the quirky videos where an artist draws doodles as a narrator commentates.
Whiteboard animations are used for a variety of things such as educational purposes and internet marketing. They are very good at maintaining a viewer’s attention.
Doodly has two pricing options: Standard and Enterprise.
- Standard – $20 per month (annual billing) or $39 per month (monthly billing)
- Enterprise – $40 per month (annual billing) or $69 per month (monthly billing)
The benefit of the monthly plans is that you can cancel at any time, however, the price is higher (per month) compared with annual plans.
With annual plans, you have the benefit of cheaper rates over a 12-month period. So, if you know you want Doodly and will use it a lot, then consider an annual plan to save move money.
The table below shows the amount of money you can save on the Standard and Enterprise plans if you paid annually over monthly.
|Plan||Monthly billing||Annual billing||Saving|
Differences between plans
So what’s the difference between the Standard and Enterprise plans?
I have summarised the main differences of each plan in the table below.
|Create unlimited videos||✔||✔|
|Install on multiple PCs||✔||✔|
|Doodles (characters)||200 (10 characters in 20 poses)||750 (30 characters in 25 poses)|
|New doodles every month||✖||✔|
|Royalty free audio tracks||20||150|
|Private Facebook group||✔||✔|
The main difference between the two plans is that Enterprise comes with considerably more doodle images and royalty-free audio tracks to use, compared with Standard.
Also, Enterprise members get new doodle character and images each month at no additional cost.
In this section, I will go into more detail about the main features of Doodly. Note, these features come with both the Standard and Enterprise plans.
- 5 board styles
- 13 hand styles
- >400 doodles
- Create custom draw paths
- Record voice over
- Export video in high definition
Different board styles
Despite primarily being a whiteboard animation software, Doodly actually gives you the option to create 4 additional animation styles using the following:
With the custom style, you can select your own background color and decide if the arm should use a marker or chalk to draw.
Different hand styles
As well as having different board styles to pick from, each board gives the option to pick a variety of different hand styles.
There are 8 different real hand styles and 5 different cartoon hand styles to pick from.
You can also decide if the style should be right- or left-handed.
As with most whiteboard animation software, Doodly comes with pre-made doodles for you to use. These all have draw paths attached so they will automatically be drawn.
It’s worth mentioning that all doodles are in black and white. You can have access to color versions of each doodle if you purchase the Doodly Rainbow add-on, which costs $67 (one-time fee).
The Standard plan comes with over 200 doodles, including 200 characters in different poses and 200 images.
You can see an example of some of these below.
The Enterprise plan comes with a much larger library (>6,200 doodles) with access to the Doodly Club. Members of the Doodly Club get extra doodles added to their library each month.
You can see some examples of the Enterprise library below.
On top of the library, you can also upload your own images. You can upload color images without the need to have the Doodly Rainbow add-on.
Also, there are many niche doodles available to purchase in bundles through the Doodly Marketplace.
Create custom draw paths
Something I really like about Doodly is the ability to create custom draw paths to any image you import into the software.
This means that you can tell Doodly the exact sequence you want the image to be drawn. Having this gives a more natural effect than simply having the image wipe into view.
This Draw Smart feature can be seen in the screenshot below. The rocket image I used for this demonstration can be found here.
Simply go around the image and introduce new markers in a sequence that is logical. You can then edit the path size and animation duration to make the drawing look authentic.
Another useful thing is the ability to import SVG paths. So, if you import an image in an SVG format, you can add in the attached paths with the click of a button. This saves so much time.
Record voice over
It is also possible to record a voice over directly inside Doodly, so this means you can easily add narrations to the video.
During audio recordings, a preview of the whiteboard animation is played so you can get the timings just right.
You can then adjust the audio on the timeline, such as removing parts of the beginning and end as well as introducing some fade in or fade out effects.
If you prefer, you can also import audio files. So, you don’t have to record your voice over inside of Doodly, you could do it in a software that has more audio editing features such as Audacity.
Various video export options
When it comes to exporting your finished whiteboard animation, there are plenty of file types and resolutions that can be selected in Doodly.
Videos can be saved as MP4, MKV, OGG and WebM file types. Most people will only really need MP4, especially if you are uploading to YouTube.
Resolutions range from 360p to full 1080p high definition. There is also the ability to enter your own resolution without an aspect ratio for videos that are slightly different, such as those on social media.
Doodly supports 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 and 60 frames per second (FPS). Some people like going all out 60 FPS these days.
All export options available in Doodly can be seen in the screenshot below.
It’s worth keeping in mind that these settings can affect how long it takes for your animation video to render.
A great thing about Doodly is that it has a lot of support on hand. This is a must for any piece of software that you use!
There are some Doodly video tutorials on their website that are enough to get you started with the program.
There is also a large customer support desk where you will find FAQs as well as having the ability to submit a support ticket.
When you purchase Doodly there is an invitation to the Doodly Facebook Group that contains over 50,000 members! For a Facebook group, it is very active, with people sharing their whiteboard animation videos and asking for advice.
Another useful thing Doodly has is a request feature. Here, customers can suggest features they will like to see introduced in the program. A lot of these requests are taken into account by the creators, which I like!
3 things I like about Doodly
This wouldn’t be a Doodly review if I didn’t tell you about the things I like about the program in an honest light. So, here I will give you 3 things I love about Doodly.
Creating animations is easy
Having used Doodly for a long time now, I can honestly say that it is super easy to use.
There was no need for me to look up Doodly tutorials to see how to use the software – the interface is intuitive enough for most people to get going straight away.
Doodles, doodles and more doodles!
I’m not great at drawing, so having a large doodle library that I can browse and easily add images from is essential for me. This was the main reason I went for the Enterprise over the Standard plan.
Custom images support
For my niche website, I create animations that involve a lot of statistical and mathematical images and symbols. As expected, these are not available in the doodle library, but, I can easily import them into Doodly and add my own drawn path.
3 things I don’t like about Doodly
Again, this wouldn’t be a Doodly review if I didn’t share my thoughts on what I don’t like about the program. So, here goes…
Lack of color images in standard version
The basic version of Doodly comes with black and white doodles, however if you want them in color you have to purchase the Doodly Rainbow add on for a one-time fee. The additional one-time fee is to cover the development cost of the feature.
This isn’t a huge deal for me since I only create whiteboard videos with black and white doodles. But, I know others who would like to see this feature as standard.
It’s worth noting that having the ability to import your own images in color is a way around this.
Requires an internet connection
A slight niggle about Doodly is that it requires an internet connection for you to use it.
Albeit this isn’t a massive issue, it can be annoying if you are out and about and want to carry creating your whiteboard animation.
Limited audio features
I always add voice overs to my whiteboard animations and so I was glad to see a voice over feature in Doodly. However, at this moment in time, it is very basic.
This means I avoid using the feature altogether and instead create my voice overs in software that has more audio controls. In fact, I use Camtasia for this.
Maybe things will improve in later software updates.
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It’s now time to wrap up this Doodly review. Hopefully you have a greater understanding about what it has to offer and if it is the right choice for you.
If you are after a whiteboard animation software that is easy to use, then I would thoroughly recommend getting Doodly. I’m glad I made the investment.
I have the Enterprise plan, which despite being the more expensive option, it gives me the added doodle assets to cover most of my requirements.
If you do end up getting Doodly, be sure to check out my step-by-step guide on how to create a whiteboard video.
Are you thinking of purchasing Doodly? If so, let me know in the comments if you would like to know more about the program.
For those who already have Doodly, let me know how you are finding it.