Getting creative - The best apps for businesses
Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.
Users can choose from many professional designed templates, and edit the designs and upload their own photos through a drag and drop interface. The platform is free to use, and paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise offer additional functionality.
As of 2019, Canva last raised at a $3.2 billion valuation and has over 20 million users across 190 countries.
This app is great for making some visual social media content, newsletters and extremely useful if you’re looking to add a bit of creativity to your marketing strategies.
Wix.com Ltd. is an Israeli software company, providing cloud-based web development services. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.
Users can add social plug-ins, e-commerce, online marketing, contact forms, e-mail marketing, and community forums to their web sites using a variety of Wix-developed and third-party applications.
The Wix website builder is built on a freemium business model, earning its revenues through premium upgrades.
For those looking to develop their website creating techniques, Wix is a great site to use! It enables you to learn new skills whilst having the freedom to shape and create your very own site. And, it doesn’t just have to be a business site…you could get yourself involved in a blog, portfolio site etc. Use Wix to put your creativity skills to the test and see what quirky content you can make!
VideoScribe is software for creating whiteboard animations automatically.
It was launched in 2012 by UK company Sparkol. By April 2014 it had more than 250,000 users in 135 countries around the world.
VideoScribe is developed in Adobe Flash and produces QuickTime movies and Flash videos.
Video files can be exported to Quicktime video, Flash video or image sequences (JPEG or PNG)
In April 2013, American school children used VideoScribe to create a message for Barack Obama, pleading with the US President to reinstate their tour of the White House after it was cancelled by federal budget cuts. UK Chancellor George Osborne narrated a scribe to explain the Spending Round on the British Government website in June 2013. The following month, VideoScribe was recommended on the BBC News website. The VideoScribe iPad app won Best Mobile/Tablet B2B App at the 2013 MOMA Awards after being nominated in three categories. Mashable have used VideoScribe to make several whiteboard videos for their website.
VideoScribe is available as a desktop version, an iPad app and an Android app on Google Play. The desktop version allows a seven-day free trial after which users can buy VideoScribe Pro on monthly, yearly or one-off subscriptions, which gives users rights for commercial and resell use. There are multi-user discounts for businesses and education establishments.
VideoScribe can be great for creating mini promotion video, introduction videos or even to just practise your video editing knowledge and skills. With the free 7 day trial, you can get a flavour of what its like and whether you can vision yourself using the software to create some funky content for your media platforms!