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Content Creation Tools You Should Start Using In 2019

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GetCraft
March 12, 2020

This year, you owe it to yourself to up your content creation gear!

Let’s face it, being creative is tough. It’s not too hard to imagine that many have included it in their New Year’s resolutions to be more productive this 2019—may it be by writing more, taking more photos and videos, or embarking on new passion projects.

Still, no matter how much of a visionary you may be or how many good ideas are floating in your head, it would never hurt to grow your arsenal of tools. These serve as vehicles towards new paths of creativity when it comes to content creation. Opening your mind to more instruments also gives you added vision on how to realize your content plans.

The best part is, in this digital age, you don’t have to search too far, buy analog devices and installation disks, or spend a huge amount of money on tools that may take your content to the next level. Today, a whole world of helpful apps is literally just a tap away.

To help you start the year on the right foot, we’ve made a list of top-rated apps/tools that will be your helping hands in content creation as you continue on this path:

For writing:

Headline Analyzer

Free web-based

Tell us if you’ve experienced this before. You spend hours pouring over a piece. It’s one of those moments when you feel like the muses have blessed you with the gift of art and articulation. There are just so many things you want to say! But then you realize you still don’t have a headline!

How do you make all your good ideas fit into one line? Will your headline be as compelling as you wish it to be? A clunky headline can detract readers. And of course, you don’t want to make it too clickbait-y and straightforward.

Headline Analyzer is a free tool you can find online, and it’s pretty easy to use. You type in your proposed headline, click “Analyze Now,” and it will tell you if your headline needs more power, if it’s the right length, and even if it feels too generic. The site also links you to supplementary articles to help you craft better headlines.

Grammarly

Free basic, with premium membership

No writer is immune to typographical errors; that’s a fact. And many times, we don’t have a ready second set of eyes to proofread our work. (And come on, we can’t really rely on our word processors’ spelling and grammar checker either.) Good thing there’s Grammarly.

Grammarly is mostly free. You can use it online, via an app, or through a browser extension. Grammarly acts as a guide correcting and suggesting spelling, grammar, and even punctuation.

If you want to see Grammarly and its extent of capabilities, try out its premium version. Premium dives deeper by analyzing your writing based on style presets, as well as giving recommendations on your sentence and paragraph structure.

Readable.io

Free basic, with premium membership

Readability can be a challenge. Many times, we can get so carried away with our flow of thoughts that we end up stringing together sentences that are too long or too complex. Have you tried reading your work aloud? If you catch yourself at a loss of breath, you may have to revise.

Readable.io seeks to be the solution to this writing woe. The web-based app scores your writing based on its reading level. It even runs your rating via indices like Gunning Fox and the Flesch-Kincaid.

For photo and video:

A Color Story

Free with in-app purchases

There are apps for tinkerers, like Snapseed and Lightroom, and there are apps that flood you with beautiful presets. A Color Story is one of these apps.

Often compared to VSCO, A Color Story sets itself apart by ease of use. It boasts of literal click-of-a-button presets that can bring out the color and life out of your gloomy pictures.

Want to see for yourself how the app is used? A Color Story has its own Instagram feed featuring wondrous photos from users who use the hashtag #acolorstory.

Powtoon

Free with different paid licenses

Who said animation needs to cost a lot? Powtoon takes the ease in creating slide presentations and transposes it to the process of animation.

See those Ted-Ed and Vox videos? You yourself can do your own animated explainers in Powtoon. Just pick a theme, type in your text, and set it to your voice over.

Powtoon also has multiple built-in themes for many of your video needs.

Canva

Free with in-app purchases

Initially an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, Canva has transformed itself to be a favorite tool of content creators in designing for social media.

Its lack of customizability (which basic users may not even need) is more than made up for by its beautiful templates and its simple interface. Drag and drop elements like icons and shapes to make your images pop. Use its library of beautiful presets to enhance photos. It even has a rich selection of text styles that you can use to add a unique touch to your designs.

Write-on Video

Free with in-app purchases

Write-on Video is an app that allows you to make professional-looking videos without the extensive knowledge required in using professional editing software.

Annotate, animate, and add transitions to your photos and videos—may it be a slideshow or a full-on movie. Put your handwriting or drawings to make your work feel more personal. You can even use Write-on Video to create scripts or storyboards to guide you in your journey into video creation.

Splice

Free but an upgrade is needed to remove watermarks

If you haven’t made yourself well-versed in the art of vertical videos, 2019 is the year for you to do so.

Splice is from the creators of GoPro. It prides itself in having all the tools needed in customizing your own vertical video. Change video speeds, add transitions, and trim runtimes. You can even add music from the in-app library or from your iTunes.

For project management/staying organized:

Trello

Free with in-app purchases

Trello works for both personal to-do lists and more extensive projects that involve team management.

Tasks and reminders are lumped together into projects and are displayed in vertical columns called “lists.” From this, you can manage larger tasks into bite-sized cards. For group works, these columns can be turned into representations of people or teams to ease the process of assignment.

Trello is very much a useful portal that gives you a bird’s-eye view of what needs to be done in a way that’s organized, customizable, and very collaborative.

Todoist

Free with in-app purchases

Todoist is the checklist that understands you best. What sets it apart from most apps is its ability to understand your natural language. All in one line of text, you can set time reminders, categories, and priority levels.

Example, if you type in “send final presentation tomorrow at noon #work p1,” it will set a reminder at 12 pm the next day, at the highest of priority levels, and placed under your “work” bucket.

You can even integrate the app with other project management apps like Trello and Slack as well as 60+ more apps like Google Drive and Alexa, just to name a few.

Toggl

Free basic, with premium membership

Being productive involves knowing how to manage your time well. Toggl is an app that records how much time you spend doing your to-dos, as well as how long you are idle.

On your computer writing or designing? Toggl has desktop and web-based apps to check how much time you’re devoting to a certain task. Have to travel for a meeting or some other task? Toggl will sync to your mobile device to continue tracking your flow of activities.

Toggl even has a Pomodoro timer, if that working style fits you best.

Also read: Start Your Creative Portfolio In 2019

And that’s it for our top picks! While these are all great apps that can help you improve your work in different ways, there’s no need to use all of them at once. Just try them out and see which ones work for you. Content creation is still a personal process. The important thing is that you stay open to new tools that can help you work better and create higher-quality content.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, visit the GetCraft Marketplace to browse through sample works of talented content creators from our network!

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