11 October 2015
3 Chromebook creativity myths debunked

Chromebooks don’t work offline. You can’t do anything powerful with a Chromebook. I’d buy a Chromebook but I need to use Photoshop. I’d use a Chromebook as my main computer if I could do video editing. We have heard it all before. Chromebooks are loved by many and when you declare said love out loud, you get some funny reactions.

We all know Chrome OS is a beefed up Chrome Browser. There are new features being added all the time and Android is becoming a bigger part of it. Whilst this has potential to open up the library considerably, there are still doubts over some more technical uses for Chromebooks.

By the time you have finished reading this, you will find out that there is less of barrier than you think to most of these assumed “myths” by Chromebook outsiders. If you need to edit video, audio or a photo, we have you well covered.


Myth 1 – You can’t edit video on a Chromebook

The biggest myth and the easiest to be debunked. Yes you can edit a video on a Chromebook.

You can use YouTube’s video editor to bring together your clips and create a movie you would be proud to publish to your audience.

And it’s not just YouTube you’ll be pleased to know.

WeVideo is a browser-based video editing suite that does more than your basic video editor can do. You can add effects, split clips and use multiple clips to make your video come to life.

WeVideo is available here


Myth 2 – You can’t edit photos on a Chromebook

There are basic photo editing features that you can use within Google+. Perfect for if you need to resize, crop or add a simple filter.

That isn’t what you really mean though by editing a photo though right?

If you want to have a full photo editing suite that will give you access to filters, layers and all kinds of tools then you need Pixlr.

This photo editor that works online is magical. It has the power of most well known photo editing software and is completely free of charge.

There are other editors that you could use but this is the most trusted and recommended that you will find on the web.


Myth 2 – Subplot! Adobe Photoshop comes to Chromebooks

It’s true. The big one has graced the Chromebook albeit on only a small portion.

Photoshop for Chrome has been beta tested with those that have access to an education Adobe Creative Cloud account. It hasn’t been released further yet but shows that Adobe is taking browser-based editing seriously.

The way it works is that it streams a version of Photoshop to your Chromebook and allows you to edit everything on the fly. Early reviews seem promising.


Myth 3 – You can’t edit audio on a Chromebook

You create podcasts or radio shows. A Chromebook can’t possible be fit for purpose?

You would be wrong. It can edit audio.

There are many audio editors that you can use on your Chromebook but the best one for all round features and usability is TwistedWave.

If you want to get it, go here

Once you have this app installed, all your audio editing dreams will be realised.

The Future

Chromebooks are becoming a more mainstream choice for education and business alike. This means naturally as this audience matures that they may need more variety of apps that take care of common creativity problems.

As developers get braver with their solutions, we will see the Chromebook bloom into an even more reliable device.