Monday, 4 April 2016

Create and customise

C is for Canva, Camscanner and Chrome

A-Z challenge 2016: Apps in April

Canva

Canva is one of my favourite apps for creating graphics for a wide range of purposes including posters, presentations and sites. Choose pre-set sizes for social media posts or customise to the desired size.
Upload your own photos or use Canva’s free backgrounds. There is a small charge should you choose to use Canva images. Use the wide variety of text types and banners to create unique graphics for all your needs.Change the colour and format of any of the provided templates.
Canva has comprehensive tutorials ideal for learning the finer points of design. Save your designs as public or private. Download as jpg, png or pdf or share via email as an editable design. View some of the designs created here.
iOS app, or use in a modern browser on the Web.

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Camscanner

camscanner
Why use a scanner app instead of a photo? A scanner provides recognition of document edges and provides alteration points to clearly focus in on the content. Once a document is scanned the OCR feature enables search by text recognition.
Choose from magic colour, black and white, grayscale or lighten to enhance the readability of your documents.
Scanned documents can then be shared through a variety of apps and cloud services.
Need to cite some text from a book, use the scanner. Focus on the page you want to scan then tap OCR. The recognised text can then be copied to the clipboard, opened in other apps or simply emailed. To do this you will need to purchase the full app not the free version. Try out the free version to see if this one suits your needs.
Available for Android and iOS.

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Chrome browser

Chrome is free for all platforms. Sign in with a Google account to view all your bookmarks, (favourites) and pages recently visited on all the devices you own. So my Android phone shows pages recently visited on my laptop and iPad. The iPad shows recently visited pages on the phone and laptop, i.e. the browser syncs across the platforms and devices, saves having to type in those pesky addresses.
Search by voice provides quick access to apps and the web as well as searching within your Google contacts. Only you can see the results if contact details are displayed.

Find in Page, located under the hamburger menu (top right-hand side) on the mobile apps, is the most useful function to save scrolling and quickly focus on the required text. If you are a family historian looking through a long list of names use this function to simplify your task. Choose the Go Incognito tab if you prefer to keep your browsing history private.

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Next up D - Do your data a favour

16 comments:

  1. Hi Carmel,this was a helpful write up. I'm hearing a lot of good stuff about Canva, so I think I'll check on it. Thanks for sharing.
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. Ah, I've visited your blog, I think there is very little that you do not already know about colour and design. :)

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  2. had know about Canava, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Very good post .

    I will use this info.
    http://wp.me/p6m76X-3G

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  4. I have started using Canva recently, and the edits I'm using for the challenge are made via Canva. It's a really good app!
    Visiting from Fabulus and the Blue Life!

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  5. I've heard a lot about Canva; you've inspired me to check it out! Great post.

    Cheers!
    Modern Gypsy

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  6. I have upgraded to the paid Canva version. Saved your colours and magically resizes images for social media. Scannable is the app I use as it saved to Evernote when I found it. It is good when they find the edges of documents.

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    1. Yes I like Scannable too, will probably list it later in the month if I ever get as far as S!

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  7. Not heard about camscanner but Canva is some awesome stuff! Chrome is not unknown to anyone. It's one of the best browser

    C- Can I?

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I assist seniors with their mobile devices at my local library so my series of posts may introduce them to apps previously unknown to them. Best wishes for the unfolding story in your A-Z posts.

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  8. Carmel, how wonderful to have met you here via the April AtoZ challenge and thank you for your visit to Little Wandering Wren. April is going to be a wonderful month of learning for me with your posts, I have signed up to have them e-mailed so I don't miss out in the hectic schedule!
    Thank you I have been back to A already!
    Wren x

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    1. Thanks for visiting, your site has been added to my Feedly for updates. Feedly is coming up in F is for....

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  9. So grateful you previously introduced me to Canva. I use it regularly.

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  10. Not heard about Canva definitely going to look in to that. Seems like a good app.

    AGCreativeBlog

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