How many times have you heard of Evernote or MailChimp? While some tools are not very “cutting edge” or hard to come across, we thought there might be a few that could pleasantly surprise you.
Need a Whiteboard? Paint One on a Wall! – IdeaPaint turns spaces into creative spaces… literally. Choose the wall you want to use as a whiteboard (or perhaps an entire room?!) and roll the paint on. Within 3-7 days, you will have a whiteboard ready to use!
Create Animation – No Design Experience Required – Go! Animate is an application you can use to make customized video animations. With over 50 template cartoon characters, 20 backgrounds, 20 music tracks and 200 props, you have all you need to create your own animation. Use the program’s template voices for your characters or customize them even further by recording your own. Xtranormal used to operate similarly to Go! Animate, but animations are 3D. 500 characters, 200 background sets, 20 languages and direct up to 12 characters per scene.
Develop a Prototype from Your iPhone – Popapp is an iPhone app allowing you to create a wireframe from a sketch. Take a picture of your drawing, create a storyboard by linking your sketches together with “link spots”, and share them with colleagues or friends for feedback. We think this is a really great tool! Do you have your own iPhone App idea? Let us know how we can create your custom app or browse the available selection at GizmoPlay.com.
Use Google for More Than Search and Analytics – Google Trends allows you to observe trends in hot searches. Browse by date, or look at top searches in different categories with the new Top Charts function. Finally, with the Explore function, input a search term and see how it trended over time and location. You can also now view popular searches in a colorful fullscreen format. Google Correlate is a part of Google Trends that allows you to look at search trends over time. For example, type “soup” and a clear increase in searches during the winter months will be displayed.
What’s your favorite tool? Let us know!