Element Erase Delay
Add a field in the element options for Erase Delay. This would be a time delay before the element is erased. As an example: I had to put a blank text element in a scene with a slow draw time as the last element so that the other text on the screen had time to be read before moving on to the next slide. I was using the Erase transition. I tried using the delay built into the scene options, but that delay came after the transition erasure occured and before the slide actually transitioned.

Stephen Orth shared this idea 18/10/18 15:59
Tanveer ul Islam 18/10/18 16:55
yes delay before erasing effect is much required, agreed with Stephen
Brandon Zitting 18/10/18 18:38
Similarly, the ability to delay before a scene STARTs drawing, after it has transitioned to the new scene, would be great! I've also had to create a blank png to use to work around this issue.
Wayne Hardin 18/10/18 20:04
Ashley Bredenberg 14/11/18 22:41
YES! I want to be able to pause and let people read first, and use the erase as a transition to my next point, or erase a line and replace it with new text. Also, when I erased something and then transitioned, the text comes back and slides off the screen in the transition.
Emilio díaz Fernandez 22/11/18 17:12
Muy útil
David Curley 06/12/18 00:38
It would be nice to be able to rub out assets explicitly (in order to replace them like this) or after a timer expires from when they were drawn (as in this request). The timer thing in particular would enable new and interesting animation effects; drawn elements disappearing as the timeline progresses. For instance, text "labels" appearing around the scene, and automatically disappearing to avoid clutter, just as another is being drawn.
Burt 06/12/18 00:54
YES! This is the single biggest missing feature, from my use of Doodly. I would prefer it be as David Curley described though -- the ability to create an explicit separate step of erasing a character or prop. For example, I want to draw a scene with a main title and a character off to the side. I would then draw one prop (a drone), then draw the text "drone photography." I then want to erase the drone and text (leaving the main title and character), then draw an image of a bullet bursting a balloon, then the text "high speed photography." The erase the bullet and text, and draw.... etc.
Harold Ward 11/12/18 01:04
Useful feature.
Greg Fishback 29/12/18 19:08
Seriously, this is a critical feature. Not having it for my particular needs will probably cause the software to expire into the money pit of unused software that came before it. Seems like a simple fix. Any chance it is being addressed?
Greg Fishback 29/12/18 19:54
Hey Team.. figured out how to get the result! Create your scene with no erasure, then duplicate the scene into a second slide. On the second scene, set the entry animation to none with zero seconds and exit as erase with the duration. Delaying the prop's execution on the second slide will set the delay between the doodle finishing and the start of erasure.
Glynn Williams 14/01/19 20:36
I agree with @Burt, not being able to have an element erase is a huge lacking feature. I should be able to create a scene with say a happy character, then after an event (text or something) have the happy character be erased and a new sad character take its place.
Dennis Kamprad 31/01/19 19:43
This would be great and save a lot of unnecessary workaround steps (and thus also be easier on the servers)!
Shanda Boren 02/02/19 02:18
Yes! To Dave and Burt, that's exactly what I was going to add. To Greg, that doesn't necessarily work because the scene will still disappear for a second then pop back up to do the erasure, there's no fluid transition where it just stays up on screen to add the delay.
Daniel Vincent 16/02/19 18:37
Agreed. And I agree that it would be really useful to be able to erase explicit assets and replace them with something else within an individual scene. For example, I want to show a character sitting on a chair next to a board and then have him erased (leaving the chair and the board as they are) to be replaced by the same character standing pointing to the board. Then various lines of text appear on the board, one after the other, each replacing the previous one (once there's been time to read it.) At the end the standing character is replaced by the sitting one again. This would make the scene much more dynamic. Greg's workaround works, although not very smoothly, but it means duplicating the scene for every single change.
John Collin 17/02/19 16:04
Yes! I was very frustrated when I saw that i couldn't do this.
Doug Spicher 29/05/19 19:51
Erase or disappear/fade out without the eraser hand needing to appear
Mandy 24/01/20 18:00
I've read through most of the comments. I want to be able to erase after new images have come in. At the moment it draws and erases in the same timeline!!
Steve Horner 01/03/20 15:29
I just got Doodly and it hadn't even occurred to me before buying that this wasn't easily achievable. I had hoped to create a sort of conversation between two characters, but this is tricky.
David Higginbotham 03/03/20 15:40
I've found this can currently be accomplished by duplicating the scene (there is no draw time or transition between scenes), then perform the erase.
Hugh Heinsohn 01/04/20 00:05
Yes please! This is a critical missing feature and without it, it's simply impossible to produce most simple videos. There are many many circumstances where you want an element to appear on the screen and STAY THERE without instantly being erased. I have tried the workaround involving duplicating the scene, but I cannot get this to work at all. If I set a zero draw time and long erase time for the prop in the second scene, the second scene starts with a blank whiteboard and then waits the delay time; then the prop suddenly appears and immediately begins being erased. Useless. If I set the draw time to a long time and the erase time to zero, the second scene also starts with a blank whiteboard and the prop immediately begins appearing, but at a very slow rate. Also useless. Very frustrating that such an elementary function is completely missing.
Phil Davies 01/04/20 16:28
Essential feature, either a delay or a timeline based erase action (i.e erase item A after/before item N is drawn)
Dimson Uchendu 17/04/20 21:57
Still not sure why this hasn't been implemented
Zatora Zetra 26/04/20 17:29
Really needed this feature.
Syed Tahir Ali 19/05/20 07:02
I could do this, write the text with only enter animation, then copy and paste same place. This copied text make exit animation only keep enter animation none. Now you can delay the copied text. But no doubt it is required very much.
Lisa Becotte 17/06/20 20:24
Greg Fishback and Syed Tahir Ali, I couldn't get the workaround to work. When the second slide came on, the text would disappear even when there was no entry animation. Setting a delay would only show a blank board until the end of the delay, at which point the text would instantly come on the screen and then start erasing. This is a critical feature and its absence severely restricts the usefulness of Doodly.
Shruti 14/10/20 06:43
It seems simple enough within the software to have an erase of a specific object with a delay time rather than an erase on exit option only. This way we can use the eraser to create the effect of erasing only selected items from the scene instead of the whole scene. Can this please be considered?
Blane Judd 02/11/20 17:03
This would be useful for introducing actors and then taking them out of the scene.
Steve 20/11/20 20:44
This is clearly the most needed update to the program of all.
Hamid 29/11/20 13:46
Yes this is a really great idea. Is there a timeline to know when this would be applied?
Andrea 18/01/21 01:21
Seems like a pretty basic function. I am using a classroom scene with a chalkboard and I want to have time to read the text before it is erased.
Ron Shope 11/02/21 18:42
I would agree with the other comments. This is a feature that is needed. I have figured out a workaround but it really takes 3 scenes to do it. A delay in erasing would solve that problem and allow you to better replace assets on the screen.
Dustin Baker 15/02/21 20:22
I would like this feature also. I don't think I would want it to be a timed delay, but rather an explicit "step" you add to the sequence which erases an Asset instead of drawing it. It would be great if you also added a Toggle to allow us to indicate that we want whatever was behind that asset to be re-drawn.
Corbin Jewell 17/03/21 14:57
Two and a half years and it is still not a feature. Is Doodly listening?
Clint Ungashick 19/03/21 23:52
Alfredo José de Paula Barbosa 31/05/21 00:55
I'm surprised it still wasn't implemented. There's only a delay before the transition, but there should be a delay after the drawing and a delay before the transition. Without it, we need to add blank elements to the scene.
Gaby Isabelle Gelinas 16/06/21 12:23
This is the one little thing that’s missing. I use a same background in my video, where only the text changes. Given the lack of this feature, I have created a new frame for each change, and it does the thick, but I lose the «eraser» effect. Delaying the eraser would be perfect: no more adding frames, and keeping the eraser effect!
Caleb W 11/09/21 20:26
Yes! I have to use another editing program to delay erasing. It would be great if it was all included in Doodly!