The volume of content being created on mobile devices had overtaken desktop long ago, while the number of Google searches taking place on mobile is now more than ten times higher than on the computer screens.
All this leads to the inevitable conclusion—smartphones are getting more important than computers. And thus we start naturally expecting more of them. While a couple of years ago it was just enough to dully consume content on the mobile screen, now we all want to be part of it. We want to take notes, manage documents, create videos or animations, add filters and effects, and publish them all immediately to social media or YouTube.
Addressing that need, a whole new group of mobile apps has been formed. Those are the apps that allow you to actually create and manage digital content on mobile and across the web. They are finally unlocking old barriers and making content more diverse, powerful, and ultimately accessible at all times.
Mobile content creation apps usually fall into the productivity category. And they actually do make you more productive, especially if you are a busy professional. Let’s check out the content creation apps that are currently leading in the category and see what makes them stand out.
Evernote has been around for years now and has become one of the ultimate productivity tools for the entire generation of smartphone users. Evernote doesn’t just let you capture content. Evernote offers a full range of powerful tools to annotate documents, create checklists, or organize content into folders. All that enables it to create a whole new type of content—meaningful and informationally enriched.
If you don’t like it for some reason or need more cloud space—try checking out its closest and also cross-platform alternative NoteLedge. It comes with a Kdan Cloud solution and lets you synchronize all your digital assets.
Have you ever done animations? It’s really fun. You don’t need any expensive software for that anymore—you can just do it all on your iOS or Android mobile device with the help of Animation Desk. It’s a great example of a content creation app that lets you draw, use graphics, and create unique standalone pieces of art in a matter of minutes or hours.
Animation Desk is also almost completely cross-platform—the app can be used on iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows 10. If you would like to share your work with fellow animators—they even have got a dedicated community for that! AniZone brings together not only the users of Animation Desk but also graphic design influencers having a yearly animation contest AniMagic.
If, on the other hand, you are more into videos and love shooting and editing short clips on your mobile—you definitely should check out Write-on Video. It’s another app which is totally transforming the way we produce and distribute content. Write-on Video lets you easily cut and edit the videos shot with your mobile device camera, then add some effects and post your final work to social media or YouTube. Being a vlogger has never been easier.
Snapseed is the Photoshop of mobile photography. Immensely powerful, the app was acquired by Google in 2012 and since then it has been the #1 favorite choice of many professional photographers working on mobile. The app allows you to transform the photographs taken with your camera into pieces of art—by adding filters, tweaking colors, and performing some more advanced filtering and editing operations.
PDF Reader has been among the most popular Mac apps on the Mac App Store for years now. It offers both free and paid versions, helping you to manage, annotate, merge pdf and do all kinds of operations with your PDF documents. It supports all possible document types like XLS, DOC, audio or video. All that allows you to create versatile and powerful documents inside of just one app.
PDF Reader is one of the must-have apps for digital professionals, marketers, PR professionals, students, or anyone working a lot with documents.
It has been announced that the world will be going paperless some years ago. But we’re still not quite there yet—often drowning in the piles of paper. Digital professionals, however, are among those who cannot afford that. Frequently, all you have is your smartphone and your laptop with no space for papers or folders in your small backpack. But the job needs to be done. What do we do?
Pocket Scanner is an amazingly simple and useful app which solves the dilemma as mentioned earlier. All you need to do is take your smartphone and scan the document—then, you can add up some notes and put it into the right folder. Done. The app is also connected to the cloud and integrated with the previously mentioned NoteLedge app.
Trello is an amazing project management tool not only on the web. The mobile experience is immensely important when having a busy schedule and needing to be able to catch up with the projects on the go. Trello allows you to create and manage boards right on your mobile—which greatly enhances the effectiveness and the precision of teamwork.
Social media managers are very busy people, and they do love their mobile devices. Buffer’s team realized that and thus created a very neat mobile version of their tool. It has a very clean and understandable user interface—and has all the same features as Buffer’s web app. I was once planning social media even when vacationing—it only takes a couple of minutes and is very fun.
Google Docs wouldn’t be called this way if they weren’t accessible across platforms. Following Google’s minimalistic style, the mobile Google Docs apps are pretty simple and yet allow you to perform all the necessary operations. Now you can forget about your laptop—and just do the job on your mobile device. Immensely useful superpower for any digital professional.
Slack has been almost irreplaceable for many teams around the world. And if it didn’t offer the mobile content creation experience, it wouldn’t be even half as powerful as it is. Many complain that having a mobile app allows job issues to intrude their personal life—but in the end it’s always up to the person to balance that up and take care of the push-notifications settings.
If you are a busy digital professional working with a lot of data and content, you can’t afford being tied up to your desktop. Hopefully, with the applications mentioned above you will be able to boost up your work experience, become more productive, and also have some great fun creating creative and professional content on your mobile.