Audacity for Chromebook

audacity-160pxAudacity is a free and open source audio editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s a great, simple editor for single audio tracks. Although it isn’t available for Chromebook, there are some neat alternatives.

TwistedWave

TwistedWave supports Google Drive, and even looks visually similar to Audacity. However, it’s limited to editing 30 second long clips without an account – you can log in (currently free) to edit clips up to 20 minutes long.

Den Hoopingarner’s MP3 Recorder

Den Hoopingarner’s portfolio contains an excellent option from Chromebook users – a flash widget that records audio, offers trimming, and encodes it to MP3 for download. Very simple and useful. Thank you to a kind commenter for pointing this out!

Den Hoopingarner MP3 Recorder
Den Hoopingarner’s MP3 Recorder

HTML 5 Audio Tool

The HTML 5 Audio Editor from Plucked is an online audio editor derived from parts of Audacity. Since your Chromebook runs the Web Audio API in Chrome, this editor works great – just drag and drop audio and process with some simple effects like normalisation or linear fades.

HTML 5 Audio Editor
HTML 5 Audio Editor

Garageband for Chromebook

GarageBandGarageband is an audio recording and production suite for Mac, aimed for the the prosumer market. It is produced only for the Mac. However, there are some web based alternatives you can use for simple audio production, with the added benefit on the Series 3 of the incredibly high quality audio hardware.

If you’re used to using Garageband or another traditional desktop sequencer like Cubase, Sonar or Protools, you’re probably aware that laying down tracks means creating a lot of large audio files, storing, mixing and layering on audio processing on the fly. That’s hard to do in a web application, but there are some surprisingly good options online.

Soundation

Soundation is a flash based multichannel sequencer, featuring a sampler, soft instruments and a built in loop library. If you want to lay out a simple house track it’s actually pretty capable – the default loops are high quality, and you can layer effects like phaser, distortion and delay on top of the track, all playing in real time.

Soundation
Soundation

Audiotool

Audiotool is more like Reason than a traditional desktop sequencer, so if you prefer that style this is a great option. Audiotool contains a host of very high quality samplers, synths and effects that you can combine together to create some great sounding tracks.

Audiotool
Audiotool

Audiosauna

Audiosauna is a fairly traditional sequencer, but it’s more for note triggered soft synths rather than audio loops. There’s a number of soft synths available as well as a mixing rack and effects.

Audiosauna
Audiosauna

UJAM

UJAM is probably the closest online package to Garageband – it’s made for writing simple synth & loop based tracks with real audio vocals that record from the built-in mic on your Chromebook (via Flash audio). If you are using a Series 3, you can expect UJAM to be a little jittery, but still usable. The only downside is the interface, which isn’t styled after traditional sequencers, so if you’re used to the Garageband layout it may take some getting used to.

UJAM
UJAM

Microsoft Paint for Chromebook

Microsoft PaintPaint has been standard issue with Microsoft Windows since its early days. It’s a great utility app for creating drawings from scratch and making quick edits to photos. Happily, there are plenty of apps you can use to do exactly those tasks and more. The simple built-in editor works great offline, but for the others you’ll need to upload your image, edit it, and download it again.

Chrome OS itself

It’s not obvious, but Chrome OS has some simple image editing tools built in. Just head into the Files app, click on your image, then click the pencil icon to flick into editing mode where you can auto-fix colour, crop, adjust brightness and rotate your image. It all works offline, so you can process your images any time.

Chrome OS image editor
Chrome OS image editor

Google Docs Drawing

If you’re creating a simple line drawing, you can use a Google Docs drawing. Just head to Drive and click Create Drawing to get started. Unlike Paint it’s made for vectors, so you’ll find better tools for lines, shapes and text, but no brushes or colour adjustment tools.

Google Docs drawing
Google Docs drawing

Photoshop Express

Adobe have their own version of Photoshop that runs on the web, called Photoshop Express. If you’re a hardcore photoshop user you’re still out of luck, but if you want some simple and neat tools for photo editing, it’s pretty good. (Quick note – if you’re running Adblock Plus, make sure you disable it on this site or it won’t load.)

Photoshop express
Photoshop express

Pixlr

Pixlr is an online image editor that works great for cropping, resizing and annotating images. The advanced mode can handle layers, automatic area selection and has multiple undo levels.

Pixlr
Pixlr

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a smartly designed online photo editor. It’s perfect for adding filters, touching up and adding text to a photo, and it’s integrated with Google Drive so you can open images directly from your Drive rather than heading to PicMonkey and uploading. The only slight downside is that many of the fonts & filters are displayed but restricted to a subscription version.

PicMonkey
PicMonkey

PiZap

PiZap is a simple and slightly rough flash based online editor. It’s more designed for simple edits that end up in forums than creating a digital masterpiece.

piZap
piZap

Final Cut Pro for Chromebook

Final Cut Pro is a video production suite, used to produce movies like The Social Network, 500 Days of Summer and 300. It’s not available for Chromebook, but if you’re shooting for Hollywood this probably isn’t the computer for you. However, if you’re editing a home video or preparing some concert footage for upload to YouTube, there are some alternatives you can use.

YouTube Video Editor

YouTube Video Editor
YouTube Video Editor

If you’re uploading to YouTube, you can use the YouTube Video Editor – upload your raw video first, then hop into the editor to add captions, effects and cuts between clips. It’s not hardcore stuff, but if you’re after some basic editing and you’re already using YouTube, it’s a good option.

WeVideo

WeVideo

WeVideo is an online video editor with the usual set of basic features, plus some nice standard background animations you can fill out your movie with (e.g. for transitions). You can also collaboratively edit video, if that tickles your fancy. The downside is that it isn’t free – you’ll need to pay to export more than 15 minutes of video per month.

Photoshop for Chromebook

PhotoshopIt’s a ridiculously powerful application, and you can pretty much guarantee that every movie poster and celebrity photo shoot has been through it at some point. However, if you’re just looking to crop your photos or create a poster for the school play, there are some great tools that work just as well.

Chrome OS itself

It’s not obvious, but Chrome OS has some simple image editing tools built in. Just head into the Files app, click on your image, then click the pencil icon to flick into editing mode where you can auto-fix colour, crop, adjust brightness and rotate your image. It all works offline, so you can process your images any time.

Chrome OS image editor
Chrome OS image editor

Pixlr

Pixlr is an online image editor that works great for cropping, resizing and annotating images. The advanced mode can handle layers, automatic area selection and has multiple undo levels.

Pixlr
Pixlr

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is more in the style of GIMP or an earlier version of Photoshop. You get layers, a bunch of colour, drawing and filter tools that will look very familiar.

Sumo Paint 5.0.5
Sumo Paint 5.0.5

Photoshop Express

Adobe have their own version of Photoshop that runs on the web, called Photoshop Express. If you’re a hardcore photoshop user you’re still out of luck, but if you want some simple and neat tools for photo editing, it’s pretty good. (Quick note – if you’re running Adblock Plus, make sure you disable it on this site or it won’t load.)

Photoshop express
Photoshop express

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a smartly designed online photo editor. It’s perfect for adding filters, touching up and adding text to a photo, and it’s integrated with Google Drive so you can open images directly from your Drive rather than heading to PicMonkey and uploading. The only slight downside is that many of the fonts & filters are displayed but restricted to a subscription version.

PicMonkey
PicMonkey

Piccy

Piccy is very similar to PicMonkey, with a whole host of photo retouching tools, instagram style filters, and built-in export to Flickr. Currently, it appears to be completely free to use.

Piccy
Piccy

Sharing tools

If all you’re after is some simple cropping or Instagram style filters, your photo sharing service itself probably has some of this built in. You can crop and edit photos on Facebook, Google+ and Flickr, and the latter two give you some pretty decent photo processing tools as well.

Google+ photo editor
Google+ photo editor
Flickr image editor
Flickr image editor