i sincerely doubt the process is going to get any easier. The artwork has to be done in an external program, there is absolutely no way around it. and so far the only programs that can create full templates are draw plus and flash.
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While there might be a easier way to greate characters through some automated task thing, the quality of such is provably going to be limited to ugly generic character you provably wont want to use any way.
The only way CTA can truly improve the workflow directly is by creating actual art tools for the program (pencils, brushes, fill tools etc) and i know from experience that most likely they haven't put in the research an development for it, almost every commercial product that comes out always threads lightly so as not to accidentally create tools that behave similar to other tools so that they don't get sued by companies like corel and adobe. So they end up with extremely shitty and frustrating tools like the crap fest in Anime Studio or Toon Boom where even drawing the simplest of tasks is a pain in the ass you wouldn't wish on your worse enemies.
Maybe i'm just not using my imagination hard enough but i just don't see them getting away from the current template system. It really is the most efficient way. YES it can be a pain in the ass for a novice, hobbyist, dabbler or regular joe to try to do it, but that's just the point. You're not supposed to. The marketing is targeted toward those who want to use the pre-built stuff and just want to get work done without getting their hands dirty. Anything that requires pro level skills, well it requires pro level skills. You have to know how to draw, no machine is gonna replace that. You have to know how to use the other software. so any novice looking to take on the challenge just has to understand that it comes with multiple learning curves if that's what they really want.