Best Apps for Creatives
Best Apps for Creatives (and Creative Entrepreneurs): Nowadays, being a “Creative” isn’t just about making things. If you want to make it in this viper pit of a world, you have to be a Creative Entrepreneur as well.
Basically you need to take the business side of being a creative into your own hands.
And unless you have a team of assistants working for you for free out of pure devotation to your craft, likelihood has it that you will have to do a lot of the grunt work and organisation yourself.
But thanks to a little thing called technology (which has simultaneously complicated our existence), the wonderful world of apps is here to make our lives just little bit easier.
So we’ve rounded up our favourite and apps for Creatives to make your days all the more artistically and entrepreneurially prolific.
This app allows you to accept credit cards anywhere, anytime. You just plug an external card reader into your phone or iphone. Want to sell artwork instantly, on the floor at the gallery opening?
Perfect for creative collaborators or anyone needing to streamline content between a thousand different tech devices. It’s essentially a free app that allows you to easily upload and share information, images, videos, etc. with yourself and others.
Virtual mood board meets Pinterest all kept together in a neat little app. Create mood and inspiration boards on your iPad and take them with you to meetings or as reference in the studio.
This app does the dirty work for you: your expense reports. You can import expenses directly from a credit card to create free expense reports, approve reports online and reimburse directly to a checking account.
Starting at $5.99
Now for the fun stuff: iDraw is a graphic design and illustration application for iPad. Inspiration strikes you while on the road? Just expressing your creative inclinations while waiting for the bus? This app can be used by both amateurs and professionals.
A multi-faceted modern workspace that syncs between all of your devices: Write notes, checklists, and research , organise web articles, docs, and photos. Sidenote: you can use Evernote as a mood board as well.
Didn’t pay attention in art history? Brush up here. Art Authority is a virtual to real-world art museum featuring works by over 1,000 of the western world’s greatest artists, from ancient times to modern day with 70,000 paintings and sculptures, organized into eight period-specific rooms. Wander at random or choose an artist by movement or name.
“Professional” photo editing software for your phone or tablet. This app was previously only available on the desktop.
Protect your work and yourself. This app replaces all paper release forms. Copyright is power.
Emails consume much too much of life, and make us feel like a disorganised mess. Important messages get lost and we are all guilty of forgetting to respond to someone, making us come across us unprofessional or leading to a missed opportunity. This app finds these emails and brings them to your attention.
Does anyone really want to know how much time we lose to “web procrastination”? As painful as it is, we need to face the cold hard realities of Facebook black holes. RescueTime gives you an accurate picture of how you spend your time to help you become more productive every day. AKA, it can set an alarm to tell you when you spent more than 2 hours on Facebook or create a goal like spending less than 1 hour per day on email to help you stay focused.