2020 was a wild year. It was messy, wretched and unexpected. So, what we all needed were all the tools in the world in order to survive and make our lives easier. Therefore, this is my list of 6 apps and e-tools that made my life easier in 2020.
Let’s dive in.
Kindle is the first mention in my list. It is not quite like the others and does not concern content creation, video or photo editing. Still, it is something that heavily changed my routine.
I used to be an owner of a heavy, slow e-book that I scrapped from my routine a few years ago. It did not manage to keep me hooked. So, I stayed an avid supporter of the paper format.
However, all my books came with a different problem – storage. Moving around did not make the issue much easier. Thus, after many times losing my cool and buying out a bookstore, I finally purchased a kindle.
I found its software is faster than PocketBook, which is the reason behind the choice of brand.
I still find it hard to read as much as I did once. Still, the convenience the Kindle gives me is reading in all kinds of situations. Let’s not even mention the sustainability factor of paperless books.
Having all that said, I would fully recommend the transition.
I cannot remember how this app got onto my phone. Still, it is one I use almost every day and I would gladly recommend.
I’ve been trying to unify my Instagram feed. So, I downloaded and created a few different presets, but I’ve never stayed happy with them. They never cover variety of photos well. It might fit a portrait, but then when it comes to a landscape I hate it.
Koloro has a great variety of presets, but also gives you the options to additionally adjust the photo. You can control the intensity of filter, the light and colour settings of the photo, as well as it’s sharpness.
So, if you are in need to spice up your photos and make them more colourful or unified, Koloro can be a great choice for you. It is easy to navigate and keeps the quality during photo editing.
Bonus: You can use it to colour correct videos as well!
Talking about videos, recently I’ve delved deep into video editing for social media. Therefore, a few of my recently found tools concern this.
I’ve consistently been using Canva when creating promotional materials. However, I recently realized its capabilities when it comes to video editing. It has a great library of royalty-free images, fonts and videos to use in your projects.
Yes, many features are still for paid users and transitions are almost non-existent. But it definitely has some advantages.
So, if you are already a user, I would advise you to check its video editing options as well.
This is an app that easily became one of my favorites, especially when it comes to TikTok content creation. What makes it even better is the price – completely free!!!
The app is very easy to use and navigate. It includes plenty of transitions at your disposal, as well as speeding schemes, effects and even stickers to add-in.
I highly recommend it to everyone who would like to produce video content for social media on their phone.
Another great app to make the list. It is especially useful when you are trying to stay consistent on Instagram (do not take my profile as an example!).
The free version is limiting – you cannot automate the sharing to Instagram. Yet, it is a great way to organize your photos, prepare captions and play with the look of your feed. You can schedule your photos, but it is limited and only gives you a notification to do so.
I would recommend it for people like me, who try to produce social media content on a budget.
Milanote is a moodboard. It helps you organize all kinds of data and thoughts in one place. I personally found it while researching how to manage my character profiles and story plans (yep, I’m trying to write a novel too).
However, I found it has a great variety of templates – for software, marketing and design professionals.
So, if you are in need of managing your projects in a more clear and comprehensible way, Milanote is a unique way to do so. The catch is – the free version has a limited number of projects. Still, I believe it is worth your investment, if it is something you will be using consistently.
All in all, those are my best finds of 2020. As you see, my year was spend pretty much online, but I believe I am not alone in this. So if in any way shape or form, you would like to get more into content creation, photo or video editing, please try some of those apps. I am sure they will be of help to you, as much as they were to me!