Apps for Creativity

This list features 50+ apps to help inspire your creativity and make it easier for you to edit or create images, videos, music, games, animations, comics, digital stories, magazines, websites, apps and interactive designs. It also includes apps to help you stay on track with your creative goals, manage creative workflow, brainstorming, project management and collaboration. All apps and services listed below are free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions.

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BrainSparker

Spark an endless supply of fresh ideas in one easy to use app on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Whether you're facing a challenge at work, in life or with a creative project, join tens of thousands of people who are using our creativity prompts to brainstorm new ideas, trigger creative thinking, overcome blocks, inspire creative writing and spark innovation.

GameSalad

GameSalad revolutionizes learning through applied game development. GameSalad Creator lets you focus on your game and not code. GameSalad is the fastest and easiest way to learn, create, and publish games.

Hopscotch

Learning to code? This award-winning app lets you make your own games and publish them instantly for anyone to play. Use super easy-to-follow videos to make games like Angry Birds, create pixel art, or build something brand new.

GIPHY

Make your own animated GIF and share it. GIPHY is your top source for the best & newest GIFs & Animated Stickers online. Find everything from funny GIFs, reaction GIFs, unique GIFs and more.

Multi-Touch Interface

IntuiLab is the world’s leading interactive digital experience creation platform company. Use IntuiFace to create interactive presentations, digital signage solutions, information kiosks, point-of-sale installations and more.

You.DJ

The best online DJ app to mix SoundCloud music and Youtube videos for FREE! Powered by the iWeb DJ mixer, SoundCloud and Youtube.

BeFunky

BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker.

Pixlr

Pixlr is a fun and powerful photo editor that lets you quickly crop, rotate, and fine-tune any picture. Choose from over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and borders to further personalize your image. Pixlr makes you look like a pro, even if you’ve never edited a photo before.

ThingLink

Thinglink is a tool for image interaction that allow content sharing via online images. The purpose of ThingLink, is to allow photos and other images to be made into web links. Use it to design interactive posters and visual content.

Fotor

Fotor offers free online photo editor with cool effects, collage maker and more.

Pixel Press Floors

Have you always wanted to create your own video game but never knew where to start? Pixel Press Floors offers a revolutionary and simple way to create & play games - create on paper with "Draw-on-Paper" and take a picture of it, create directly on the screen just like you would on paper with "Draw-in-App", and then share & play games created by you and the entire community in the "Arcade".

Webflow

Build responsive websites in your browser. Launch with a click. Or export your code to host wherever. Discover the professional website builder made for designers.

Triller

Triller lets you make celebrity-quality music videos on your iPhone.

Eko Studio

Learn more about Eko’s creative guidelines for creating interactive serialized entertainment, dig deep into our sample project Fiji, and discover other helpful Eko Studio creator tips.

Multi-Touch Interfaces

IntuiLab is the world’s leading interactive digital experience creation platform. Use IntuiFace to create interactive presentations, digital signs, information kiosks, point-of-sale installations and more.

Soundtrap

Make music online by recording vocals, guitars and more. Invite friends to collaborate. It’s free and no download is required. Works on Mac, Windows, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Linux and ChromeBooks.

Music Maker Jam

The free music app Music Maker Jam by MAGIX. Whether you're into hip hop, dubstep, rock or EDM, a complete range of over 100 music styles and an 8-channel mixer give you plenty of room to express your creativity. Easily record vocals and share your songs with our global music community.

Explee

Explee allows you to make eyecatching and interactive animated video. Go for video scribing and whiteboard animation to blow your audience away.

Flat

Write your music scores online. Use the easiest tool to create sheet music collaboratively. Compose with your smartphone, tablet and laptop with your friends at the same time. Also available for Google Hangouts.

Audacity

Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from other media. Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in many different file formats, including multiple files at once.

Comic Master

Comic Master allows you to create your own short graphic novel. Create your own graphic novel with this interactive comics tool that uses prompt questions to help you.

Comic Life

The app is designed to create graphic novels and comic pages using digital photos. Users can drag and drop photos from their libraries, finders, directly from web pages or other programs. Comic Life has an integrated camera feature that allows the user to snap a picture and add it directly to a comic. These images as well as those from iPhoto and anywhere on the hard drive can be 'filtered' to look comic like.

Toondoo

Toondoo lets you create comic strips and cartoons easily with just a few clicks, drags and drops.

SumoPaint

Browser based online image editor and drawing application. Community and sharing features for registered users.

Webs

Make a free website with our professionally designed templates and easy to use website builder. Free hosting included.

Venngage

Venngage is an easy to use Infographic Maker. Visualize your data and information with free templates, charts and text. Enhance your infographic by adding icons and images from our library. Customize your infographic design by changing the fonts and colours with our infographic maker. Apply your own style to make your infographic unique.

Make A Gif

Learn how to make a gif. Create animated gifs online with our free gif animator in just three easy steps. Upload, Customize, Create.

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper's superior inking technology lets you write as on real paper. Writing never felt that natural before. Enjoy your handwriting on iOS, Windows or Android tablets. Get creative with a selection of pens and brushes for writing, sketching, coloring and highlighting. Zoom in for added precision and fit more notes onto the page. Experience Wacom's superior ink engine, providing the best drawing and writing quality on iOS, Android and Windows tablets.

Ideament

Ideament lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Ideament for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more.

Marvel

Simple design, prototyping and collaboration tool that helps you turn sketches, mockups and designs into web, iPhone, iOS, Android and Apple Watch app prototypes.

WeVideo

Make and share videos using WeVideo's online video editing software, available on Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Chromebook.

ACMI Generator

A creative studio space to explore storytelling and the moving image. Download free video, images and sound and upload your own media. Create your own storyboards and share them online.

Popplet

Popplet is the simplest tool to capture and organize your ideas. With Popplet you can quick jot down your ideas and sort them visually.

easel.ly

Easel.ly is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)... no design experience needed! We provide the canvas, you provide the creativity.

Storybird

Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes. Storybird is a creative community where readers & writers celebrate storytelling.

Canva

Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. Canva is an online graphic design platform that offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options.

Storehouse

Explore beautiful stories from around the world, or create your own!

Immagipic MockUp Scene Creator

ImmagiPic is the first mockUp Scene Creator online. Create your own scene online and choose between many objects. Save your png and use it in your projects.

YAKiT

Make ANY photo talk, just by speaking! Pets, friends, food, family, nature, artwork... anything!

Animoto

Make great videos, easily. Turn ordinary photos and video clips into stunning, HD videos with Animoto's online video maker.

Piktochart

Piktochart is a web-based infographic application which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to easily create professional-grade infographics using themed templates. Additionally, the program provides tools to add interactive maps, charts, videos and hyperlinks.

Sway

Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Sway is an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Its built-in design engine helps you create professional designs in minutes. With Sway, your images, text, videos, and other multimedia all flow together in a way that enhances your story. Sway makes sure your creations look great on any screen.

Kizoa

Kizoa is a free online Movie Maker, Video Editor, and Slideshow Creator to personalize photos, videos, and music with special effects, text, and more! Users can upload, store and edit photos, then turn their memories into custom designed slideshows with hundreds of creative options to choose from, including music, animations, text, transitions and other flash-based effects.

MIT App Inventor

This is a Google supported platform where you can get to create awesome apps using just drag and drop. It enables you to customize the look and feel of your apps, add buttons, attach objects and many more. It requires a Google account.

Madmagz

Madmagz enables you to create a digital or a print magazine. Try it, it's free! Including dozens of templates created by professional graphic designers.

Visme

Easily Create online presentations, animations, animated HTML5 banners, infographics and other rich visual content free in your browser.

Calaméo

Publishing platform for digital magazines, interactive publications and online catalogs. Convert documents to beautiful publications and share them worldwide.

Renderforest

Renderforest is free online slideshow maker and animated video maker. Create slideshows, promotional and explainer business videos, logo animations and more.

Padlet

From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.

Youtube Multiplier

Play from 2 to 8 YouTube videos at once, with global control. More images, more videos, more sounds, more fun! Make enjoyable mashups and share them.

Blurb

Create and self-publish books, magazines & ebooks.

TouchCast

Video and the web are coming together. Experience both like never before with TouchCast- a new medium that looks like video, but feels more like the web.

FlipSnack

FlipSnack is everything you need to easily publish captivating online magazines, transforming your pdfs into online flipbooks. It works and looks great across all digital platforms, engaging your customers with interactive experiences and making it easy to sell directly from the pages of your digital publication.

Vectr

Vectr is a free graphics editor. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app. Link your website's graphics to Vectr documents, then update them forever without touching code.

Projeqt

With Projeqt, your presentations never remain static. Pull in live tweets or blog feeds, insert an interactive map, add audio notes or stream videos. Let your presentations be as dynamic as you are.

Shorthand

The world's most successful publishers & communications teams use the Shorthand visual storytelling platform to engage audiences and move them to action.

Noun Project

Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World’s Visual Language.

StoryBuilder

Build and Share the Next Generation Story! StoryBuilder allows anyone with text, pictures and/or videos to combine this content into a creative story that can be published and shared with the world.

The Matboard

The Matboard is a social bookmarking hub for creatives which enables users to explore, share, and inspire creative work.

Create beautiful timelines

Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.

Voicethread

Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting. Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread.

Moodboard

Build beautiful, simple, free moodboards for sharing designs, inspiration, and ideas quickly and easily!

Freemix

Freemix is great for fast intuitive creation. Access a nearly infinite pool of images and collage them with a rich array of easy to use tools.

Pageflow

Build your visual story within hours. Publish within seconds. No code, just story. Your story. Prepared to drop some files? Register now for free.

Closr

Upload your image. Spot it with annotations. Share your story and make every detail be accessible from any screen. With Closr it's the fastest way to do it. You can publish/share your zoomable images on blogs, online magazines, native apps. Or, you can just use it privately!

Inkscape

Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you!

Mammoth

We've completely re-imagined notes to simplify your busy modern life. Instead of short post-it like cards, in Mammoth you create living, editable boards to capture everything around a topic. Put down ideas, discuss them, throw in links, pictures and all relevant files. Organize it all just like a document. The powerful browser extension is your online research companion and the mobile app puts it all in your pocket.

GIMP

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Scratch

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Blender

Blender is an open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.

AppMachine

Make an app with AppMachine. After creating an account at AppMachine you can get started right away ! Building an app with AppMachine is free, easy, fun and your app will look gorgeous.

Legend

Legend for iPhone turns words into stunning text animations, in video or animated GIF. Perfect for Instagram, Vine, SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp or IM conversations.

Lego Movie Maker

Build your own LEGO® adventure, then capture your story! Bring LEGO characters to life with the LEGO Movie Maker App. This fun app lets you create a custom LEGO stop-motion movie. Simple tools and guides make it easy to shoot, edit, and even score your movie with music. Add one of the customizable title cards then share it online and, who knows, you may have the next summer blockbuster in your hands…literally!

Adobe Spark

The new Adobe Spark suite includes Adobe Spark Video (formerly Voice), Adobe Spark Page (formerly Slate), and Adobe Spark Post (which was just Post before). For iOS and web, lets you quickly design nice-looking images for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog with a handy selection of presets. Pick a size, color palette, and title themes. You can also choose from ready-made templates to design videos and web pages. Spark will guide you through each step, doing all the heavy lifting behind the scenes. Most of the themes are stylish and modern, which gives it a leg up over most of the competition. It also allows a lot of flexibility, if you want to avoid making a cookie-cutter image just like everyone else using the same app. On iOS the app is split into three parts for posts, videos, and web pages.

Pixton

A powerful and easy to use comic and storyboard creator.

RealtimeBoard

RealtimeBoard is an online collaboration software created as a team collaboration and online brainstorming tool. It's super easy to use & free!

lino

With Lino you can freely post memos, pictures and videos you take with your iPhone, and even files as stickies on your virtual pin board or canvas. You can keep what you post private or use it to share your ideas and to have a discussion with your friends and colleagues.

SyncSpace

SyncSpace collaborative zoomable canvas lets people express and explore visual ideas together, wherever you are. It is a zoomable drawing space that can be shared in real time over the net. It is a shared whiteboard plus a whole lot more.

Emaze

Emaze is the next generation of online presentation software. Simply select any of our professionally designed free presentation templates to easily create an amazing visual experience for you audience.

Paper 53

When inspiration happens, put it on Paper. Use this app for visual notes, photos, and sketches. Draw on photos or quickly spotlight details. Sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease.

TimeRime

Search, compare and make free time lines on TimeRime.com. The time lines can be filled with audio and video fragments such as MP3 and YouTube.

Pop

Pop

POP turns hand-drawn wireframes to interactive prototypes. Sketch the app ideas on paper; take pictures and add links between the mockups; sync your app prototypes with Dropbox, simulate on iPhone, Android, or web and share your prototype idea online to get feedbacks.

Music Memos

Record song ideas on the go. Add a backing band, keep ideas organised, and bring your best tracks into GarageBand or Logic Pro to add final touches.

Go Animate

Make animated videos online for your business with GoAnimate. Create animated marketing videos, sales videos, explainer videos, training videos and elearning videos. Make video presentations and produce video advertising. Use our powerful animation software to increase the ROI on your video.

iTagged

A secret world of holographic content floating all around you. iTagged will revolutionize the way you see the world using augmented reality holograms tagged to specific places, events, or moments. Just look through your phone and you’ll instantly reveal a world of holographic tags.Holographic Tags are high-definition screens that can be dropped anywhere in the real world and the content – videos, photos, links, tweets… whatever… lives on there forever for others to share and interact with. iTagged truly lets you see the world like never before.

Wideo

Make a video online for free with wideo! Create demo videos, bring animated e-cards to life, create educational videos and lots more.

HTML 5 Maker

Create free animated banners and sliders, which are responsive and mobile friendly. There's over 200 free templates and images to choose from or you can upload you own.

PhotoFunia

PhotoFunia is a leading free photo editing site packed with a huge library of picture editor effects & photo filters. PhotoFunia can help spice up any photo or add your images into a variety of scenarios.

Soundation Studio

Soundation is a powerful online music studio with professional features like recording, effects, virtual instruments and over 700 free loops and sounds.

Animaker

Animaker is an online do-it-yourself (#DIY) animation video maker that brings studio quality presentations within everyone's reach. Animated Videos, Done Right!

Spun

A new app called SPUN allows users to mash up videos from their phone along with topical pop culture videos and then personalize their creations using the app’s own library of animations, cutouts, special effects and text.

Stupeflix

Make beautiful videos, online, easily! How to make travel movies, wedding videos, promo ads, property virtual tours: just add photos, clips, music and watch your video!

Opinion

We asked ourselves why podcasting is a medium reserved for tech geeks and media corporations. Our answer is Opinion, audio recording and editing made human. As instant as taking a photo. Yet powerful enough to take your story to the next level.

Story Wars

Story Wars is a place where random writers with amazing ideas in their head come to express their thoughts.

Any person can pitch an idea and create a story, but the moment the story is published, it is no longer truly theirs, but it is adopted by the Story Wars Community. Different users can write a chapter to a story that they like and want to contribute to. The twist is that for your chapter to be official, it has to be voted in. By going up against different authors, you actually have to try. Because of that, you slowly start to become a better writer.

If you want to stop writing a certain book, you can. You can give it to the hands of the community, and watch it flourish into something beautiful.

InVision

InVision is a prototyping, collaboration and workflow platform, InVision lets you transform your designs into beautiful, interactive web & mobile (iOS, Android) mockups and prototypes!

MindMeister

Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with MindMeister, the leading online mind mapping software.

Skitch

Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

Biteable

This effective and extremely easy to use video and animation app will help you make professional video content in minutes. Really, it's the easiest app around for making this type of content and pitches itself as "World's Simplest Video Maker".

Stencyl

Make iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, Flash, Windows & Mac games without code. Stencyl isn't your average game creation software; it's a gorgeous, intuitive toolset that accelerates your workflow and then gets out of the way. We take care of the essentials, so you can focus on what's important - making your game yours.

Animatron

Make engaging and compelling animations online for your business or school. Create explainer videos, animated marketing videos, training videos and presentations. Make HTML5 banners and interactive video content. Use Animatron to increase ROI on your video and presentation.

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