Doodly Review 2022 | My Honest Personal Experience with Doodly: Hello friends welcome to another blog review, in this blog I will be sharing all my Honest and personal experiences with Doodly so far.
I have been using this software for the last 1 year, in this blog, I will provide you with all the information to let you know more about this software.
Here, I will share all my honest opinion so that you can decide if it is the best for you. This software has already gained massive popularity and adaption of TikTok and Reels, I wouldnt be surprised if it drops in the coming times.
The best part of this software is that you can grab your audiences attention, by creating eye-catching videos that can hold their attention right from the beginning.
If youre starting with a minute-long intro or boring explanation, nobodys watching that.
What is Doodly?
Doodly is a drag-and-drop animated video maker that makes it super easy for an average Joe and Jane to create eye-catchy videos.
Doodly is a PC software that creates an amazing whiteboard animation video in super easy and simple steps. This software is the best in my opinion for creating whiteboard animation in the market so far.
Throughout the internet you have probably seen many whiteboard animations video before, those are the quicker videos where an artist draws doodles as a narrator commentates.
The whiteboard animations are useful for various purposes such as educational and internet marketing advertisements seems doodle videos are very effective at maintaining a viewers attention.
If youre interested in Doodly, then you may also be interested in their sister software - Toonly. Be sure to check out my Toonly review if you are.
What are the kinds of videos you can create with Doodly?
Especially if you are an internet marketer or an influencer, this software can be helpful. Have you ever seen someone explain a video by drawing on a piece of paper? Doodly does the same thing.
Through the whiteboard explainer videos, you can exactly share yours though with your user on whatever topic you want.
Optionally, you can add a voiceover to the video which makes it easier to understand for the viewers.
Currently, Doodly is one of the most popular explainer video makers for three important reasons:
- Easy to use by anyone. No prior skills are needed.
- Thousands of custom-drawn images
- Affordable (starts at $20 per month)
On other hand, using Doodly is a simple $20 per month investment and lets you create unlimited video rather quickly.
See the full pricing below for Doodly software before you make any purchases.
Doodly has offered two pricing options on their plain: Stander 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)
Both plans offer different benefits to the user. The main benefit of the monthly plans is that you can cancel at any time, however, the practice for the stander (Monthly) is a bit higher than the annual plans.
If you go with the annual plans, you can enjoy the benefit of cheaper rates over 12 months. So, if you know you want Doodly and will use it a lot, then consider an annual plan to save more money.
In the provided table below you can see the chart of the amount of money, you can save on the stander and enterprise plans if you paid annually over monthly.
|Plans||Monthly Billing||Annual billing||Saving|
Difference between Standard and Enterprise Plan
What is the difference between Standard & Enterprise Plans?
I have summarised the main differences between each plan in the table below.
|Create unlimited videos||✔||✔|
|Install on multiple PCs||✔||✔|
|Doodles (prop images)||1,620||3,341|
|New doodles every month||✖||✔|
|Royalty-free audio tracks||150||250|
|Private Facebook group||✔||✔|
Doodly Review: Features
Doodly is a powerful software that comes with a lot of features for all your marketing and teaching tools that you need for creating videos. Here I will be discussing only the most important features for a normal user need before making a purchase.
#1. Easy-To-Use (Drag and Drop) Video Editor
Truth be told, Im not a professional video editor.
And with the plethora of things I have on my plate as a full-time blogger, theres hardly any time left for me to learn other complicated software.
Doodly caught my attention for this very specific reason. I wanted software that doesnt have a steep learning curve but can be learned within a couple of hours.
As soon as I launched Doodly for the first time, I could understand half of the options and what to do without a need for manuals.
Thats what I call intuitive.
The user interface is easy to browse and uses simple-to-understand terms for each of the options.
You can easily change board style, and hand style, add objects from the library, and export it with just a couple of clicks.
#2. Multiple Board Styles
I have been stressing on the whiteboard animation of Doodly a lot because thats the most common use. But Doodly can do more than that.
In addition to the whiteboard, you can choose from:
- Dark Chalkboard
- Green Chalkboard
With the custom style, Doodly lets you use any color or image as the background. Additionally, you can customize if the arm should use chalk or a marker to draw.
In the same options pop-up, you can adjust eraser mode. There are four options available:
- Smart mode
- With Finger
- With Eraser
#3. Dozens of Different Male and Female Hand Types
Not only you can choose the board style, but Toonly also offers plenty of hand types too.
This way, you can customize the hand as per your personality or video needs to add a more unique touch.
As of now, there are about a dozen of male and female hands to choose from. You can choose between various colors, sizes, and ethnicities as well as with or without sleeves and hand styles.
Besides, you can choose between 5 cartoon hand styles as well if youre into that.
And of course, you can decide if the drawing style should be right or left-handed.
Keep in mind that available hand types differ based on your board style so you might find one or the other missing as you switch.
For example, if you choose Glassboard, the hand styles available are the ones facing towards you.
#4. Huge Doodle Library
When deciding to purchase a whiteboard animation maker, Doodly library was one of the top factors for me. Im pretty sure its for you too (who wants to use that 10 doodles again and again?)
Doodly, with over 3,596 character images and 3000+ prop images in their Enterprise plan, immediately caught my attention. You also get access to 84 scene templates and 150 royalty-free music tracks.
Except for the music tracks, the rest of the Doodly library is much larger than the library of other whiteboard animation software.
If you pick the Standard plan, it gives you access to 803 character images, 1157 prop images, and 100 royalty-free tracks which are still fairly large. The number of scene templates available remains the same.
One thing you need to know is that all of those images and props are available in black and white only (welcome to the 1900s.)
If you want to add colors to the doodles from the library, you need to purchase the Doodly Rainbow add-on. Itll cost you an extra $67 (one-time fee)
That might come as a shocker for many but if youre planning to create whiteboard animation, you probably wont need it.
The good news is that you can add your color images and props. You dont need the Doodly Rainbow add-on for this and the images uploaded will be drawn with colors.
As the name suggests, you can find plenty of premade doodles here which you can purchase for extra money.
Again, you probably wont need that if you are going to add custom images all the time.
#5. Doodly Club
If you subscribe to the Enterprise package (like me), theres another interesting perk waiting for you - Doodly Club.
I have talked about this in my Toonly review (Toonly club in that case) as well and explained why its great.
At no extra cost (other than your monthly membership), Doodly Club will get you access to new characters and images every month.
The good news is that these images/props are often based on whats going on around the world. This way, you can create trending videos and always stay up to date.
Unfortunately, if you are a Standard plan user, you cant get access to it.
#6. Custom Draw Paths
Now were talking!
Another thing Ive come to love about Doodly is the ability to create custom draw paths. Doodly likes to call it Smart Draw Technology which is just a fancy name.
Simply put, it allows you to create custom draw paths to any image you upload to Doodly.
It means that you can customize the sequence of how an image is drawn by simply adding draw points.
If you dont do that, the uploaded images will appear on the screen with some transitions which dont look bad. But adding custom draw points makes it more in line with other Doodly characters you might use.
With this technique, you can also add the effect of coloring (without having to spend on the Doodly Rainbow Add-on)
For this, youll need to add a second custom draw path over the first image and add a path like this:
When the video plays, the hand will first draw the heart shape and then color it following the custom path.
#7. Record Your Own Custom Voiceover
If you dig up a little, youll notice that most other whiteboard animation software doesnt offer a built-in audio recorder.
But, Doodly decided to change that when they introduced their voice recorder last year.
And it makes total sense.
Its much easier for anyone (including me) to add a voiceover by looking at the preview video and adjusting the pace.
When you preview the video, the audio will play in sync and you can do the changes right inside Doodly.
You can trim out parts of recorded videos, adjust timelines, and even add a few audio effects in between for professional touch.
Its not the most advanced audio recorder and editor but for beginners, it gets the job done.
Alternatively, you can import your audio files and then sync them inside Doodly. I often find myself doing this as Im an avid user of Audacity which has more advanced features.
#8. One License Covers All Your Devices
Lets be honest.
Most video creators or online business owners own a couple of computers these days. One laptop and desktop setup at home and probably one more at the workplace.
And youll often find yourself switching from one machine to another.
If it was 2000, you may need to buy a separate license for each of these devices which can quickly add up.
Thankfully, Doodly isnt following the age-old pricing techniques but allows you to install the software on multiple machines with a single license.
And its compatible with both Mac and Windows machines with Tablet and Smartphone apps in the pipeline.
After your purchase, you get the download link to Doodly software in your email. It contains links for Windows (32-bit), Windows (64-bit), and Mac download links.
This way, you can install and create Doodly videos on whatever device youre using right now.
Moreover, since Doodly uses cloud storage (although its downloadable software), everything will be synced to all of your devices.
#9. Up To Full HD (1080p) Video Export
The world is moving towards quality videos and higher resolutions.
Granted, most people these days have over 50mbps internet plans or 4G data networks. Also, the laptop, smartphones, tablets, etc. display resolutions are getting higher and 1080p is the new standard.
You can no longer get away with making 480p videos as theyll look horrible on these devices and viewers will be forced to quit watching.
If you look at other whiteboard video makers, theyll either allow only 720p video or ask you to upgrade for a higher resolution.
Fortunately, thats not the case with Doodly.
On both Doodlys plans, you can export videos in a resolution ranging from 360p to full-HD 1080p resolution.
Besides, you can enter a custom video resolution if needed.
For those who care about FPS, you can also select between 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60 frames per second (FPS) settings.
In terms of video formats, Doodly supports MP4, MKV, OGG, and WebM file types. If youre uploading to YouTube, MP4 is the one you need to choose but its good to see other files being supported.
The trade-off with higher quality videos though is the slow render time. Ill talk more about this under the cons section.
#10. Free Doodly Tutorial Videos
As I said before, Doodly is very easy to use. If youve used any software in the past, youd be able to easily navigate through Doodly and create your first video.
But, there are still certain features and options that will confuse you or take time to learn.
Also, its a good idea to watch a few tutorial videos before buying any software to make sure it can do what you want it to do.
Thankfully, Doodly has a dedicated Tutorial page with 10 step-by-step tutorial videos talking about various basic processes.
At the time of writing, the videos available are:
- Interface Tour
- Background Types
- Creating Your First Video
- Timeline Basics
- Video Settings
- Asset Settings
- Scene Settings
- Working With Additional Assets
- Panning And Zooming
- Exporting Your Video
You can watch these tutorial videos for free without creating an account. So, Id recommend you go through them once and make yourself comfortable with the interface before investing.
#11. Doodly Support and Knowledgebase
Another thing that I liked about Doodly is their support system. There are three ways you can get a solution to your query:
- Support Page: Doodlys dedicated support page has covered the majority of the basic doubts/problems one can have.
From working with Doodly to billing & cancellation, you can find answers to over 70 commonly asked questions here.
And the answers are presented in a detailed manner with screenshots, GIFs, and links to helpful resources which I liked.
- Create a Ticket: If you cant find a solution on the support page or have something to complain about, this is the best option.
On top of Doodlys support page, youll find an option to create a new ticket which then proceeds to ask for more details. Generally, you shall receive a response within 48 hours.
- Live Chat: If you dont want to wait for hours to get a reply, try live chat. You can start a live chat by entering your name and email address and an agent should connect with you. You might not find an available agent at all times so keep that in mind if the wait time is longer.
If that wasnt enough, theres a Facebook community waiting for you. Upon your Doodly purchase, you get an invitation to join the Doodly Facebook group. As of now, there are over 75,000 active members - a surprising feat for this type of product.
#12. 30-Days Money Back Guarantee
I honestly believe that youre getting a run for your money with Doodly. At just $20 per month, you are getting something thats powerful, easy to use, and lets you create unlimited videos.
What it means is that you can take Doodly for a 30-days test drive and experience what its like to use.
After your test, you can decide if you want to keep it. If not, submit a refund request and Doodly will issue a refund with no questions asked.
This is great and speaks about how confident Doodly is about their product. They know youll most likely love the features and are ready to bet on them.
As a consumer, youll also have a piece of mind knowing that you can get your money back if things dont go as you planned.
A piece of advice: If you are unsure if Doodlys right for you, always subscribe to a monthly plan first. This way, you wont have to pay a large annual sum upfront. If you want to continue, upgrade to an annual plan to get a 49% extra discount.
Note: These are the exact features that you get with Doodly when you buy this software. Before going through purchase this is the thing you need to know what comes with this software.
There are also some pros and cons of Doodly which are mentioned below:
Here is my honest Personal Experience with Doodly
Do I recommend Doodly? A big YES
In my opinion, this is the best and most powerful whiteboard animation software also the pros outweigh the cons any day and most of the cons I mentioned shouldnt bother a regular user.
Without any second thought, I can say this is one of the most affordable and best whiteboard animation markers this will only cost as low as $20 to get started.
Bearing in mind that itll cost you well over a hundred dollars to get a simple 30-sec whiteboard video to outsource, Doodly is a no-brainer.
If you create just one video, youve more than covered the cost of a monthly subscription. Not to forget, you can start selling this service and probably turn it into a nice side income.
Moreover, the fact that it is very easy to use, allows unlimited videos, and works for both Windows and Mac puts it on the top three of my favorite video maker list.
Its now time to wrap up this Doodly review. Hopefully, you have a greater understanding of what it has to offer and if it is the right choice for you.
If you are after whiteboard animation software that is easy to use, then I would thoroughly recommend getting Doodly. Im glad I invested.
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.
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.
Is Doodly free?
No, you pay for a monthly subscription to use Doodly.
How much does Doodly cost?
Doodly costs a minimum of $20 per month (annual billing) or $39 per month (monthly billing) to use. However, you can cancel the plan whenever you want
What is Doodly Standard?
Its the base plan available to purchase. It comes with fewer characters and props. However, the rest of the features remain the same.
Who created Doodly?
Doodly is created by a company called Bryxen. Their other products include Toonly (animated video maker) and Voomly (video hosting)
How can I get a Doodly free trial?
Unfortunately, you cant. Doodly doesnt offer a free trial.
Where to find Doodly login details?
Youll receive the login details and download links in the email after your purchase. Make sure to check the spam folder if you havent or contact the support team.
does Doodly work offline?
No. Although you need to download Doodly on a Windows or Mac machine, it needs an internet connection to work.
How to install Doodly software?
You can install it similarly to any other software based on your operating system. You can find the installation instructions here.
Is there any Doodly coupon code available?
Sadly, no, there are no coupon codes available for Doodly. However, you can grab Doodlys lifetime offer for just $67 (one-time fee)