Sarmad Hashmi suggests 12 must-have apps for content creators & digital entrepreneurs

A few days ago, I asked for recommendations from you guys on Instagram for mobile applications that have made your life easier. While I got some really interesting suggestions, the ones that Sarmad Hashmi (the quirky mind and soul behind Kr8v) shared were so amazing that I just had to share it with the wider world and give it a permanent space on dot com.

A little about Sarmad: He is an art director and a visual artist, with a passion for Urdu typography, and mostly known for the brand identities that he has designed in last couple of years. Based in Lahore, he is one of the most original designers that I have seen from Pakistan, who doesn’t mind pushing boundaries and creating out-of-the-box identities. I came across his work many moons ago when he started sharing art in Urdu, and have been hooked ever since.  He defines his aesthetic as “sense of nostalgic desi with a touch of minimalistic modernism”.

You can check out his work here, and if you can, join him on Patreon to support his work.

Now, let’s get to the apps that Sarmad recommends for content creators & digital entrepreneurs (with overview from the app’s own respective websites):

1. Over

Recommended for: editing mobile videos (used by Shahana Jan for editing mobile videos)

A multifaceted tool with a vast library of professionally designed, customisable templates and layouts. Also offers a constantly updated library of on-trend videos, graphics, and font collections, with access to stock photography from Unsplash, Pixabay and Google Images.

2. Adobe Premiere Rush

Recommended for: editing videos on mobile

It is an all-in-one video editing app for creating on the go. Wherever you are, from your phone to your computer, you can shoot, edit, and share high-quality videos.

3. Lightroom Mobile

Recommended for: editing photos

An app that helps you edit and share pro-quality images from your smartphone or tablet using simple yet powerful tools built with Adobe Photoshop technology. Experiment with colour, adjust clarity, and add vignettes, or use any of the 40 presets to edit in a tap.

4. Snapseed

Recommended for: editing photos

Snapseed is a photo editing app, with options like automatic adjustments and editing history, in addition to native presets like drama, grunge, vintage, center-focus, frames, tilt-shift, lens blur, glamour glow, HDR scape and noir. 

5. Canva and Canva Pro 

Recommended for: print and social media templates

Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app already includes templates for users to use. The platform is free to use but offers paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality.

6. Unsplash

Recommended for: free images to use

Unsplash is a website dedicated to sharing free stock photography under the Unsplash license. The website claims over 2 million photos, which can be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

7. The Noun Project

Recommended for: icons of all kinds

Noun Project features a diverse collection of over 3 million art-quality icons and stock photos, available for download in SVG and PNG.

8. Vimeo Create and QUIK (GoPro app)

Recommended for: editing quirky photos and videos, Al Jazeera style

Vimeo Create is an easy way to make high-impact videos with hundreds of custom-designed video templates that truly simplify video creation.

With GoPro’s Quik app, you can create videos with your favourite photos and video clips. Import your selection, and then let Quik work its magic. In seconds, it finds great moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music. Customise your story with text and music.

9. WeTransfer (collect)

Recommended for: Transferring photos and other stuff. Web and App

Collect by WeTransfer is a handy app to save everything that inspires you and fuels your ideas. Upload images and videos, save links and anything from across your apps, then organise it all into visual boards. You can share boards (if you want), and work together right in a board.

10. Google Hangout and Meets 

Recommended for: meetings

Connect and collaborate from anywhere in world with safe, high-quality video meetings for groups of up to 250 people, where you can also share your screen to present documents, slides, and more during your conference call. Additional note-worthy features are recording live events/meetings, and live, real-time captions powered by Google speech-to-text technology

11. Notion

Recommended for: planning and journaling

Notion is an application that provides components such as databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders. Users can connect these components to create their own systems for knowledge management, note taking, data management, project management, among others. It’s a new editor that blends notes, tasks, wikis in one app.

12. TikTok

Recommended for: editing videos and adding effects. It’s amazing. Trust me.

Enough said.

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