tl;dr - Switchboard Canvas vs Placid 👇🏼

Placid’s template selection and studio editor are both very sophisticated yet simple. Users can get into the tool, play around with different features, and become confident with the basics of using the platform quickly. However, for more complex requirements, coding is still required. To circumvent programming altogether, Placid needs to be integrated with other platforms.

On the other hand, Switchboard Canvas truly automates the image generation process. Although a video feature hasn’t been added to this platform yet, it’s a cut above the rest when it comes to automation and time savings. Even on the website, a simple demo can be done that requires the pasting of a website URL. That’s it; it’s so easy even your grandma could figure out how to generate endless images with it.

What is Placid?

Placid provides its users with a simple studio interface, allowing them to upload their own images or choose from stock photos, and begin creating custom templates. The colors, layout, words, and image features are customizable with simple drop-down menus or drag-and-drop selections. Placid has a large selection of custom templates to make getting started easier. The creation process outputs images, videos, and PDFs, ensuring added business value in many different areas.

Focused on a team experience, Placid makes it easy for your entire team to collaborate on creations, offer input and feedback throughout the design process, and create end products that everyone is satisfied with. Because of the template approach, multiple images can be created with the same theme, making this a great option to produce a cohesive visual series.

Software Strengths

Placid takes the hassle out of the editing process by incorporating auto-resizing and alignment features, as well as out-of-the-box filters and other effects. It easily integrates with no-code automation tools like Parabola so that your entire team can take advantage of its power. One of the best parts is that once a custom template is created, it can be saved, iterated upon, and used again and again, offering more long-term value.

With one of the longest lists of integration partners, Placid is great if your organization uses other popular content tools. These integrations include Airtable, Ghost, Make, Webflow, WordPress, and Zapier. Placid can be used to automate and optimize social media marketing, e-commerce advertisements, and even UGC content. Keeping up with marketing demands is challenging, but with Placid’s support, businesses can streamline asset creation.

Software Limits

Although there are many simple and accessible features available through Placid’s studio, it still requires integrations with other platforms to offer a truly no-code experience. With Rest API calls or URL APIs, basic programming skills are required to curate the ultimate end results. With more complex image and video outputs, the programming lift required will also be more complex.

Placid will pull both dynamic and static content from a website or other source and input it into the templates you created, but you do still have to create and customize the templates first. While Plaid cuts a lot of time from the overall process, true image automation is achieved when using Switchboard Canvas.

Lastly, Placid’s “credit” system is a bit complicated for most users. Instead of allowing a number of “requests” like most tools, different types of projects require a different number of “credits.” For instance, 1 image requires 1 credit, 1 second of video requires 10 credits, and 1 PDF requires 2 credits. This can make it challenging to find the right plan and budget the creation limits properly.

Feature Comparison

Switchboard CanvasPlacid
Responsive Templates
Multiple sizes per call
Twitter Integration
Canva Import
AWS Integration
PDF Generation
Video Generationlimited
Request Maximum100,000100,000
Additional Requests$0.10/requestNot available

Pricing Comparison

Switchboard CanvasPlacid
Tier 0n/a$19/month
Tier 1$19/month$39/month
Tier 2$79/month$89/month
Tier 3$299/month$249/month

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Why choose Switchboard Canvas?

Multiple images with a single API call.

Once your responsive templates are ready, you can begin creating images using the API, or integrating with automation services.

You can create multiple assets in a single API call by specifying dimensions in the sizes array.

Specify modifications per size.

For fine-tuned control when creating assets, overwrite template values on a size-by-size basis.

Translate text on the fly.

Translate any of your text elements into over 70 languages.

With Switchboard Canvas you're able to create, resize and translate in a single API call.

Integrate with Zapier and 3000 other tools.

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Connect Switchboard Canvas to over 3,000 tools and services using Zapier.

You can create multiple images at differente sizes in a single request, and easily send them on to other tools you use in your Zap.

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Directly connect to Airtable.

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Run our script directly from your Table

The Switchboard Canvas Airtable script lets you generate images based on data in your table's rows.
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The script can be triggered from a button field in your view, and generated images can be saved back to an attachments field.

Learn more about creating images directly in your view with our Airtable One-Click tutorial.

Use your Airtable API key

Bulk generate images at scale using your table's data and your Airtable API key.

Simply supply the Airtable REST API endpoint in your payload, and Switchboard Canvas will do the rest, informing a webhook when all the images have been created.

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Batch processing for images at scale.

Easily create batches of images at a time by supplying an input file of requests.

Switchboard Canvas will create all the images and notify your webhook when everything is complete.

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