Every time you share something with other people on the internet, you create content. A blog article, a YouTube tutorial, an Instagram post, or a TikTok video – all these are examples of content. And if you produce such things regularly, you know how important it is to have the most efficient tools at hand.
In this article, we’re going to share our four favorite apps for advanced content creation. Continue reading to find out what they are – and why we think they are so good.
Google Docs is probably the most popular writing and editing tool right now. And for a reason, as it’s the best cloud solution for every text content creator that totally replaces traditional office suites like Microsoft Office. With Google Docs, writers can create awesome content with minimum effort.
The service can be accessed online or offline and offers all of the basic editing tools that Microsoft Word does. Every content creator will surely appreciate the fact that the app is cross-platform. It is supported by all devices, meaning that you can use it both on desktop and mobile devices. With it, you can write and edit your documents anytime, anywhere.
You also won’t need to bother about saving the changes as all of them are being saved automatically after every symbol you type. But the most important thing is, Google Docs is perfect for collaborative writing and editing.
No more sending emails with your Word documents back and forth! Just share your Google Document saved on Google Drive with your collaborators in a couple of clicks, and they’ll be able to access the doc immediately. Isn’t it perfect for collaborating with a paper writer who’s helping you with your essay? And you can leave comments, too!
That’s enough to fall in love with Google Docs, but if you need to create other content like spreadsheets or presentations, you should also try these Google apps:
- Google Spreadsheets;
- Google Presentations;
- Google Keep;
- and Google Calendar – to keep track of all your plans!
Photo content is essential for attracting your audience’s attention – hardly anyone likes reading texts without illustrations. Oftentimes, images are even more important than texts – for instance, in visual social media like Instagram or Pinterest.
And though everyone can make a decent photo using a smartphone camera, it doesn’t mean such photos are ready-to-use for social media or blog posts. However skilled you are, all images need some tuning in an image-editing app.
One of the best ways to polish your images and make them look professional is to use Adobe Lightroom. This software is used by nearly all professional photographers. Even its basic free version is easy to navigate and doesn’t require any specific skills.
In fact, you can make your photos look better by using an “Auto” button. Yet, if you want to go further, there’s also a bunch of pre-installed styles that you can also apply in one click. What’s more, you can create and save your own styles (presets) or buy and load those created by professionals.
However, if you feel that Lightroom is not enough, you can install Adobe Photoshop. It is for sure the king of all photo-editing software which also comes as a mobile app called Adobe Photoshop Express.
Video content is getting increasingly popular on all social media platforms. So, there’s no escaping the fact that you need to create it if you want to stay relevant and keep engaging your audience. Still, you don’t have to be a professional video editor to produce decent clips worthy of posting in Instagram stories.
By now, there’s an abundance of video-editing software that’s free (in basic versions) and easy to use. One of the most popular cross-platform apps widely used by Instagram and TikTok bloggers is called InShot.
InShot’s free version is very basic, but it can still do a decent job when it comes to cutting and merging clips, adding music, simple transitions, and more.
However, you’ll have to watch ads every time you need to save or share your clips, and if you want to use the app in full capacity, you’ll eventually have to pay. Luckily, it’s not expensive and has different payment plans.
As for the alternatives, you can also try:
- iMovie (Apple only);
- Adobe Premiere (Adobe Premiere Rush);
- Movavi Clips.
One more indispensable app for creating social media content is Canva. Originally, it was an image editor for non-professionals, but now you can also edit videos in it. But what’s most valuable in this app is that it offers thousands of free templates that will help you jazz up your photo content in no time.
Canva is a cross-platform software that comes as both a desktop version and a mobile app. This makes it a truly universal tool for all content creators – primarily, social media managers. It also has lots of free features, but you’ll need to pay to unlock the advanced ones. However, it’s not too pricey – just a little over $100 if billed annually.
As for the features Canva offers, there are quite a lot. You can create your own designs from scratch or use professional templates for all kinds of graphic products. This goes for Instagram stories and highlights, logos, business cards, Twitter banners, YouTube previews, and more.
You can also use the program for image editing, adding captions in custom fonts, making animated text videos perfect for Instagram or Facebook stories, and more. If you don’t have quality images of your own, just choose from the program’s extensive library and create logos, banners, or image posts in minutes!
While Canva is awesome, there surely are some alternatives. One of the most popular ones is Figma.
Content creation is hard work that requires lots of knowledge and skills. However, it’s become much easier today due to the abundance of highly functional, easy-to-use apps. And though these apps are only tools and can’t do the brainwork for you, they can easily advance and facilitate every content creator’s working process.
In the article above, we’ve listed some of the best apps for content creation and editing available at the moment. Try and use them to your advantage!