PatternSmith vs ActivePresenter

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Category: Video Editing Tool
Industries: Marketing, Social Media, Communication, Educaiton


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Category: Video Editing Tool
Industries: Communication, Educaiton




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PatternSmith reviews

Ease of use. Flexible.

- Scott H. Programming Director

We're running and Autometrix table, and Patternsmith is the best tool that integrates seamlessly. When it works, it's very efficient. Once you get accustomed to the workarounds and establish a workflow, custom work can be drawn up very quickly. Customer service is outstanding.

- Karl M. Production Manager

Good product, easier to use in new version, but no language choice

- Jonathan P. Machine programmer

ActivePresenter reviews

It is a very simple video editor, and most of the options are available for free.

- Cecilia V. Instructional designer

It is a good tool but some functions are to advanced, it could be a lot simpler and easier to use.

- Mirnes M. Quality Assurance

It does'nt have some great tools for video editing although this is not the focus of ActivePresenter, I usually edit videos in other specialized tools and use ActivePresenter to add texts, annotations, zoom and panning and essentialy creates the story.

- Germán Andrés C. Business Developer & Content Marketing

Pros & cons


Excellent for making cutting markers
Also great for scoring plastic stiffeners
Helps automate what would be a tedious manual process
Techs like how easy it is to use and set up was also easy
It has been an effective design tool along with providing efficient use of materials."

When we first got the Software we had a long lost Patternsmith 2005 book that came with it
We do most of our panel manipulation usinging Auto-Cad and MPanel so some of Patternsmith's way of selecting and right clicking is a bit awkward for us
My previous work place had one of the competitions and watching them struggle with learning program was horrifying
They had someone out for two weeks or more and we only had someone out 1day
Low level functionality
It is good for cutting premade dxf files but bad at making changes to those files."


We have been using this platform to create video resources, demo resources and it has been very effective so far, It has worked like any paid platform and given pretty much the same result
ActivePresenter is one of the best alternatives for tools which are paid and pretty much do the same things active presenter does
Best multipurpose software for recording how-to and education videos
Overall, ActivePresenter is an extremely useful software and very easy with so many interesting features in it."

The outcomes are not the best and the could be a lot of disappointments and frustration when editing
Maybe it is my PC, but ActivePresenter is the usual application that behaves this way, I lost a few of my recordings to this crashing
Usually when I log out and back in, the mic appears
Could be user error, and not the software...I don't know
It's a high-end video edit and there's a learning curve if you haven't used a similar product before
If you have, some things work differently but there are no real surprises."

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