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Storyboard That Review

  1. Tina Hargaden avatar
    I Use Storyboard That Every Day

    As a former classroom teacher of French and Spanish, English Language Arts, and Social Studies, my business now is creating resources for language teachers to tell stories and teach about culture, geography, history, and other a language that may be quite new to the students. So, with that kind of work, you can bet I am always on the lookout for the best tools to visually scaffold the information so it is easier to understand through pictures, icons, and other design elements. I use Storyboard That almost every single day in my work on these materials. Since the resources are for (mostly) children and teens, I prefer a comic or cartoon-y style. Storyboard That is my go-to "character generator." I use it to make and pose characters into scenes and then I combine these groups of characters with Canva, to create PNGs that I then make into presentations for giving mini-lessons in class, texts for kids to read in class, etc. For me, Canva AND Storyboard That together are the perfect solution, and the price is right, for my purposes, as Pixton (which integrates directly with Canva) charges about $500 a year for the rights to replicate your work using their library for commercial purposes, whereas Storyboard That is only $12 or so a month, which includes that permission level for your original compositions. Pixton without that level of permission is about $40 a month, so you would need to think about what the integration of the two would be worth for you in terms of efficiency or the available images and effects in Pixton. For $144 a year, Storyboard That is an excellent option for me. And for free, you can create three active storyboards at a time, so you could potentially use it and never pay a dime.

    ๐Ÿ Competitors: Pixton
    ๐Ÿ‘ Pros:    Allows commercial use of your designs using their elements|Has a free option that allows you to make three active storyboards|Affordable price|Good range of racially-diverse characters
    ๐Ÿ‘Ž Cons:    Interface needs improvement|The dragging and clicking is often cumbersome for me.|No canva integration (pixton integrates with canva directly but costs substantially more)