6 Best Facebook Messenger Bots for Business

You’ve probably heard of chatbots (or bots) before. They’re supposed to replace mobile apps, email marketing, and change the customer service industry for good. They’re also supposed to take on a good chunk of your responsibilities as a business owner like increasing your revenue, attracting new customers, collecting data, and cutting your costs. 

If you also find the idea of someone (or rather something) else doing your job for you appealing, have a look at this list of the best Facebook Messenger bots for business. We found some of the best Messenger bots out there that you can use as examples if you’re looking to create your own. 

What’s a Facebook Messenger Bot?

Facebook Messenger bot, or Facebook chatbot is an automated messaging software powered by AI that converses with people. A chatbot can be placed on any website or page, but with Facebook’s user base of over a billion people it makes sense to use Messenger as a platform. 

Bots can understand questions, answer them, and perform simple tasks like providing information or scheduling appointments. It’s a time-saver for both customers and businesses. Using a Messenger bot, you can get the information you’re looking for, avoiding installing yet another app, making phone calls, or wasting time on Google. 

Why Use a Messenger Bot for a Business?

One of the biggest advantages of using a Messenger bot for business is obviously the wide reach of Messenger as a platform. People don’t just use Messenger as a standalone messaging app anymore. Many use Facebook Messenger when they wish to speak with a business about a customer service issue. Plus, if you’re looking to connect with your customers, creating a Messenger bot is a lot easier than building a mobile app.

Some other benefits include reaching new customers, helping you handle transactions, re-engaging your past clients, and improving customer service.

Top Facebook Messenger Bots for Business

We put together a list of some of the best Messenger bot examples. Have a look at how other businesses use them and get inspired to add your own Facebook Messenger bot. 

Surveybot

Not many people like filling out surveys. As a business owner, sometimes you have to jump through hoops to get your customers to give you feedback in a form of answering a few questions. That’s because this interaction happens after the customer received the service you provided and they aren’t getting anything out of it. 

Using a Messenger bot to ask them to fill in a survey takes the seemingly difficult part out of the task. There’s no need to download, or fill in the registration form. The customers simply type in the answers.

Surveybot is easy to use, as there’s no coding involved. All you need is to create a survey using the Surveybot website and then forward the link to your customers in Messenger. Surveybot will collect the responses for you so you can analyze them later.

Domino’s Pizza Bot

Domino’s Pizza bot is a great example of using Facebook Messenger bots to speed up the ordering process for both you and your customers. When using a bot to take care of the ordering process, you’re freeing up one or more of your employees (or yourself) to take care of other tasks, saving your company time and money. Plus, since bots don’t take breaks, your customers won’t have to wait till someone becomes available to take their order.

Domino’s Pizza bot curates the entire ordering procedure from start to finish. You start by selecting to Order, to Track Order, or to access Customer Support. When ordering, the bot will show you all of the pizza options available and you can add them to cart by selecting to Add to Order. The whole process is very straight-forward and doesn’t take longer than a minute.

One more thing that Domino’s Pizza bot does is re-engaging with the company’s past customers. The bot saves the information about people who have completed orders through it in the past and asks if they’d like to make the same order.

Pure Adrenaline Gym Bot

You might imagine that interacting with a chatbot is a lot different to interacting with a human business representative on Messenger. You can set your bot to engage with your customers in a playful yet informative manner and make them feel like they’re talking to a friend online rather than a business.

Pure Adrenaline Gym bot uses emojis, gifs, and a type of language that doesn’t feel dry or machine-like. The whole interaction with this bot resembles the process of actually talking to another person online, making people feel more comfortable and more likely to make a purchase from you. 

Sephora Messenger Bot

If your business is tied to scheduling appointments and meetings, have a look at what Sephora does with their Facebook Messenger bot for business. Using a Messenger bot will enable your clients to schedule appointments easier and faster whenever they’re online. There’s no need to call or browse through the company’s website in search of the contact details. You might even be able to use a bot to replace a customer service specialist. 

Sephora is a beauty brand that was one of the first companies to start using Messenger bots. Their bot helps customers to schedule in-store service appointments. The procedure is very simple and only takes a couple of minutes. You just need to select Book a Service, then choose the service you’d like to schedule, time and location that’s closest to you. 

Kayak Facebook Messenger Bot 

Your Messenger bot can help you drive your customers to buy your products and services. You can create a bot that will collect information about your customers’ likes and dislikes and give them personalized recommendations. A good example of a bot like that is Kayak Messenger bot. 

Kayak Facebook Messenger bot gives users recommendations on flights and hotels based on their needs. When a user first messages Kayak, the bot will ask them a series of questions to find out what they’re looking for on their trip. There’s also an option to ask Kayak bot travel-related questions which is a great alternative to spending hours on Google searching for relevant information. The bot can be of great help for anyone traveling for the first time and not knowing where to begin.

You can apply the same strategy for getting your customers to make purchases if your business offers a wide range of products for different types of people, like an online store or a delivery service. 

Evernote Messenger bot

Evernote isn’t just an excellent note-taking app, they also have a convenient Evernote Messenger bot that they use to handle customer queries online. Contacting customer support is always associated with long waits and busy phone lines. With Evernote, you can just message the bot and get an immediate reply. 

When you first message Evernote on Messenger, the bot will ask you to provide your email address and to detail your query. This way, you don’t feel anxious about waiting for the company’s reply, but instead get reassured that a customer service specialist will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

If you have a problem with customer support or get a lot of queries from your clients, you can set up a similar Facebook Messenger bot for your business to make your customers feel heard and improve your business image. 

Create a Facebook Messenger Bot for Your Business

Owning your own business means having to deal with the competition 24/7. If you’re always looking for a way to beat your competitors and connect with your customers in a more efficient way, give Facebook Messenger bot a go. You can create a Messenger bot for your website, as well as a Facebook page. 

Have you ever used a Facebook Messenger bot for business purposes? If you were setting up one for your own business, what tasks would you have it perform? Share your thoughts on Facebook Messenger bots with us in the comments section below. 

7 Best Apps and Websites to Watch Videos Together

It isn’t always possible to meet up with our friends. That doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting ways to carry on having fun and seeing your friends and family without being nearby. One of the best ways to do this is to watch videos together—after all, who doesn’t love a good Netflix movie or interesting YouTube playlist! 

Rather than trying to sync your videos manually, you can try one of these seven apps, websites, and services to help you watch videos together with your friends without leaving your own home.

1. Teleparty (Netflix Party)

With original content and old favorites to enjoy, Netflix is one of the best streaming services around, but thanks to a third-party Chrome extension called Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party), you can enjoy watching Netflix with friends online without leaving your sofa.

While Teleparty isn’t available as a standalone app, it offers one of the best and most seamless experiences for synced Netflix watching between friends and family. That’s not all—it now supports synced Disney+, Hulu, and HBO streaming, giving you a wider choice of movies and TV shows to binge watch together.

Teleparty is available as a Chrome and Microsoft Edge extension on your PC or Mac, with a built-in chat system, emoji support, screenshots, support for up to 50 different users to watch a synced stream together, and more. Teleparty is completely free, but sadly, support for mobile devices like Android or iOS isn’t available.

2. Syncplay

If you’re looking for a standalone app that supports syncing video playback from local files to your friends, you’ll probably want to give Syncplay a try. This free, open source tool creates a stream of a local video file that your friends can join and watch over the internet.

Syncplay has few features, but that’s the point—it syncs videos, offers a chat functionality, and lets you (and your friends) share custom video playlists in a private area. Before a video is played, each user has to select a I’m ready to watch checkbox, ensuring that the video is synced in unison with all other streamers.

Anyone can pause, rewind, and control the stream, giving you all a chance to pause and reflect (or make a quick drink). Syncplay is supported on all major desktop operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

3. Scener

Movie lovers looking to host a party with their friends remotely will find it hard to find a system that works as well as Scener. This web-based platform describes itself as a “virtual theatre”, letting you host public or private video screenings for an unlimited number of users, although only 10 can switch on for video chats as co-hosts.

If you’ve got a big family or group of friends, and you’re looking to host regular movie nights by watching movies together, Scener is perfect. Like many of its competitors, Scener will sync a hosted video from live streaming service like Netflix and Disney+, but it also supports streaming from other video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Like Teleparty, Scener requires you to install a Google Chrome extension to get a remote party up and running. There’s no fighting over the remote, either, with controls limited to the main host, although you can “pass the remote” virtually to other users.

4. Plex VR

While not everyone will have a VR headset, those that do can take advantage of an unusual feature in Plex, the network-capable media player, thanks to Plex’s built-in virtual reality features.

If you’ve set up Plex VR, you can share a virtual reality environment with others, with options including a virtual home cinema or drive-in theatre available to view. From there, you can chat with your friends while watching a video playback on a “virtual” screen. You can even interact and throw virtual popcorn at each other. 

Plex VR isn’t for everyone—you’ll need supported headsets and a Plex server set up to share your local videos and movies with other users. If you have the equipment, however, Plex VR offers a cinematic viewing experience unlike almost anything else, including a trip to the local movie theatre.

5. Zoom

Zoom is the platform that exploded into the public consciousness in 2020, with office workers and parents alike figuring out how to use the freely-available video conferencing service for work and leisure.

One great feature that Zoom supports, however, is the ability to share a screen to watch movies together. This feature can be used by friends to watch videos together, syncing videos together while allowing users to chat and see each other in real time.

Only the person sharing their screen has control over the video, offering more limited controls than dedicated services like Scener or Teleparty provide. It doesn’t take much to get started on Zoom, though. Simply create a room, invite others, share your screen, and off you go. You can even join a Zoom meeting on your smartphone.

6. Kast

Whether you’re trying to host a small number of friends or organize a huge family get-together remotely, few services have the features and flexibility that Kast offers. It offers real-time, synced-up virtual video parties, but it’s not a one-trick pony either, with a number of features that put it ahead of many of its competitors.

Kast is a multi-platform system, allowing you to connect through your browser in Chrome or Edge, using a desktop app on Windows or Mac, or on-the-go on your Android or iPhone device. It supports screen sharing (even on mobile), letting you share videos, games, and other content with up to 100 other users.

If you want, you can let up to 20 other people in a Kast party share their screen or camera, too, making popular parlor games like charades possible remotely. While Kast is free to use, some features (such as ad-free support and an increased video bitrate) require an additional Kast Base or Kast Premium subscription.

7. Rave

Social encounters are hard when you’re miles apart, but Rave tries to bridge the gap, letting groups of friends create shared video and music parties using content from YouTube, Netflix, and even your own Google Drive account.

Videos playing between shared users are synced, with a built-in text and voice chat system allowing you to communicate with your friends and family. You can set up a private party, or start a public “rave” and get to know other like-minded users. Rave is totally mobile based, with Android and iPhone apps available to use.

Unlike other platforms, however, Rave has a focus on music (although you’re free to play any type of video content you like). If you’re creating your own music, you can even share it with others using Rave’s sister service, Rave DJ, allowing you to view it (and other new music) together through the Rave app.

Keeping Friends Together Online

Whether you’re looking to watch movies together with friends online, or you just want a new and interesting way to stay in touch, there are plenty of apps and websites out there to help keep your friendships with distant friends from going stale.

Watching videos isn’t for everyone, however. If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you could try fun iMessage games to keep yourself busy, or give some two-play games a try online instead.  Thrill seekers could even give online escape room games a go, but it’s probably easier to play games on Steam instead.

5 Best Video Converters for Android

When you have applications such as VLC player or sites such as YouTube that can essentially handle any video format, do you really need a converter for your Android device?

In most cases you probably don’t, but when you encounter a video that won’t play on your player of choice or you want to shrink the size of a video before sending it to someone, they can be incredibly useful. 

Besides, modern Android phones are so powerful they can crunch through video conversation jobs with relative ease. We selected five video converters for Android and put them through their paces. 

1. VidSoftLab Video Converter

This video converter is more than just an app to convert video formats. VidSoftlab has packed their software with features. There are several tools to choose from, but they have managed to make the interface easy to navigate. Although we aren’t crazy about the cutesy design language.

Apart from being a video converter, it also has trimming, compression and merging functions along with the basic video editing options. The process of converting our sample video to a new format was snappy.

The big problem is the invasive advertising in the free version. Every time you try to complete an action, you have to see an advert. Before each individual video conversion you have to sit through a lengthy video as well. 

The Pro version of the app ditches adverts and gives you more functions. It gives you access to batch conversion. So while we can heartily recommend the paid version, the ad-supported version is only for the odd once-off conversion or someone who can bear the ads.

Rating: 3/5

2. InverseAI Video Converter

Like the VidSoftLab app, Inverse AI has created a product that does more than just convert file formats. It has a trimmer, compressor and offers the choice to only extract audio. In case you want to make a ringtone, for example.

There’s also a dedicated audio cutter, so if you only want to trim an audio file you can. Most of the mainstream formats are supported as well as a few which are a little less common.

We’re also not too bummed out by the level of advertising in the free version of the app. It’s also got most of the features you want in the free version of the software. If you do want to pay, there are various options. You can choose to only remove ads for a monthly or once-off fee. For a higher price, you can also unlock more features such as additional formats, including the latest HEVC video format. You’ll also gain unlimited batch conversion queue length.

Which brings us to the video conversion experience itself. Good news! You can batch convert using the free version of the app! That immediately moves this app to the top of the list when it comes to free video converters for Android. Both the speed and quality of the conversion was more than satisfactory. InverseAI has done an excellent job here.

Rating: 5/5

3. Antvplayer Media Converter

The word “barebones” comes to mind when first encountering the interface of Media Converter. This is an app that takes you back to the early days of working with an Android phone. It’s a thin interface painted over the conversion engine that’s sure to be off-putting for many users who are used to more modern interface design.

If you give it a chance however, you’ll find a lean and rather powerful video converter application. Although it does contain advertising, it’s easy to ignore. There are no features hidden behind a paywall either.

Using additional options such as trimming the clip or cropping it isn’t as easy as it should be. While the options to crop, rotate, change resolution or trim are easy to set, there’s no preview. So you’re making these changes blindly. If there is a way to see a preview of the changes you’ve made, then we couldn’t find it.

As for the conversion itself, it worked just fine. The quality was great and the video worked as intended. So if you just want to convert videos and not modify them, this is a fantastic free option.

Rating: 3/5

4. Audio Video Factory

After experiencing the stark austerity of Media Converter, Audio Video Factory feels like the furthest thing from that raw, minimal design. It’s colorful, clear and makes it perfectly obvious what you need to do from the second you open the application.

When you hit the big “+” button to start your conversion process, you can choose from videos in your library or from the SD card. You can also add audio files, since this acts as an audio converter as well.

As with the other better video converters for Android, you can do batch conversions without having to pay. We converted three video clips with no fuss at all.

Setting the desired output settings was a doddle and there are options to crop and trim right in the conversion menu. Yes, unlike Media Converter, AV Factory does offer previews for cropping and trimming. So you can see exactly what you’re doing.

The ad-support isn’t bad at all. Before initializing our batch conversion, we had to watch one short full-screen advert. Other than that, the advertising is pretty light. 

Rating: 4/5

5. KKapps Video Converter

The last app on this list came as quite a surprise. KKapps have managed to create a video conversion app that strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and functionality. The first screen you see straightaway offers you two options. Either choose “new videos to convert” or look at the conversions you’ve already done.

Picking a video is easy, especially since there are three useful basic categories of video to filter your choices. Once you’ve chosen the video you want to convert, it’s an on-rails guided process to get to the conversion itself.

The biggest drawback with this application is that it won’t allow you to select more than one video at a time. So batch conversion isn’t an option. It is however perfectly suited to people who simply want to convert one video in the fastest, most straightforward way possible. Within that niche, it’s a 5-star application. As a general-purpose converter, on the other hand,it’s more in the middle of the pack.

Our sample video conversions were all fine. No obvious quality issues were apparent and we didn’t have to deal with too many adverts to get the job done.

Rating: 3/5

Video Converters for Android Are Handy  

While we think that mobile phone video conversion is a pretty niche app category, it’s good to know that there are so many quality choices for those who need it. Even if you don’t have a regular need to change video formats or otherwise tweak your clips before sending them on, it’s worth keeping at least one of these apps installed. You never know!

Google Meet vs Zoom: Which Is Best?

If 2020 has done anything, it has made the average person much more familiar with video conferencing programs. Google Meet and Zoom have seen a lot of use this year, but there is no clear consensus on which program is the better option. 

Features and Details

Zoom and Google Meet serve the same basic function, but Zoom is a comprehensive and fully-featured platform. Google Meet has simplified features that make it useful for basic functions. This difference becomes even more clear when you look beyond the free versions of each program into the paid tiers. 

Pricing

Both Google Meet and Zoom are free to use, with optional paid tiers for users that need more features and functionality. 

Google Meet has two paid options: Google Workplace Essentials and Google Workspace Enterprise. Google Workspace Essentials is priced at $8 per month, while Google Workspace Enterprise is priced on a case-by-case basis—and honestly isn’t something the average user is ever going to need. 

Zoom has four price tiers outside its free plan: Pro, Business, Zoom United Business, and Enterprise. These plans are billed annually, with Zoom Pro starting at $149.90 per year, Zoom Business at $199.90 per year, Zoom United Business at $300 per year, and Zoom Enterprise starting at $199.90 per year. 

Participants

The free versions of Google Meet and Zoom allow users to host meetings of up to 100 participants each. The paid versions of each program increase the number of participants in each meeting.

Zoom Pro still allows only 100 participants, but Zoom Business increases the count to 300. Zoom Enterprise allows 500 participants, and Zoom Enterprise+ allows up to 1,000. 

On the other hand, Google Workspace Essentials allows up to 150 participants, while Google Workspace Enterprise allows up to 250. Google does not have an option that allows a huge number of participants in the same way that Zoom does. 

Meeting Length

Zoom is well-known for its 40-minute meetings. They’ve become something of a punchline over the span of the year, but 40 minutes is all the free plan allows. However, the paid versions of Zoom extend the meeting length by quite a bit. 

Zoom Pro allows meetings to go for up to 30 hours. This is the maximum amount of time Zoom allows, regardless of tier. 

Google Meet allows meetings to last for up to an hour on its free plan, and up to 300 hours maximum if you opt for the paid version. On a price-to-length basis, Google Meet is the better value. Meetings can last up to 10 times longer on Google Meet than on Zoom, although it is debatable whether anyone needs a 300 hour long meeting. 

It’s also worth noting that both Zoom and Google Meet allow for an unlimited number of meetings, even on the free plan. This means you can host meeting after meeting if you don’t want to pay, so you can extend your meeting length for as long as you need. 

Recording

The free Zoom plan allows users to record meetings to their hard drives, while the premium tiers allow users to save locally or up to 1GB to the cloud. Zoom Enterprise provides unlimited cloud storage.

Google Meet doesn’t allow local recording on its free plan, but Google Workspace Essentials does allow users to save recordings to Google Drive. 

Other Features

Zoom was built as a dedicated video conferencing platform, while Google Meet is part of a larger suite of services. As a result, Zoom has a more comprehensive set of features than Google Meet does. 

Zoom allows users to integrate with other services, including Skype for Business, Facebook Workplace, and Salesforce. It also integrates with Google services like Google Calendar and Google Drive. On the other hand, Google Meet integrates with all Google services and a few others like Skype for Business.

Zoom users can conduct polls, collaborate on a virtual whiteboard, and more. All of these features make it the objectively more powerful platform, but not necessarily the best choice. 

Security

One area that has to be addressed is the security of the two platforms. Zoom came under scrutiny throughout the year for security breaches, such as trolls making their way into meetings and causing massive disruptions. 

Since that time, Zoom has implemented several security features to make the platform safer, such as 256-bit TLS encryption, end-to-end encryption, and more. You can also set it up so that users can only join if they have an email from a specific domain. 

Google Meet also has a number of built-in security protocols. All of these are active by default, and there are also server-side protections that are difficult to bypass. Google Meet allows for 2-step verification for users joining meetings.

Google Meet vs Zoom: Which is Better?

Both video conferencing platforms excel in certain areas. If you are in search of a dedicated, fully-featured video conferencing service with every bell and whistle you can think of, Zoom is the best choice. Its suite of features, customer support team, and expanded platform make it a phenomenal choice for businesses.

While Google Meet may have less features, it is easier to set up. You do not need a dedicated account. Users can join Google Meet calls with a standard Google account, which enables meetings to get started faster with less set-up involved. 

From an objective standpoint, Zoom is the better option. It works, and it works well—and 2020 has seen the platform expand in major ways. However, not everyone needs all of the features that Zoom offers. If you are working on a minor project with friends, or you are a student in search of a way to remotely meet with your classmates, Google Meet can get the job done with less hassle. 

8 Best Drawing Apps for Chromebook

When it comes to Chromebooks, there’s a misconception that they lack quality apps for creative work. The truth is that Chromebooks support a variety of drawing apps that work flawlessly and offer powerful combinations of drawing capabilities.

There are Chromebook drawing apps designed for specific tasks or for professional illustrators, hobbyists or  anyone who likes drawing. If you need one for your child’s Chromebook, there are a few that can keep them occupied without the mess of real painting.

Best Drawing Apps for Chromebook

Here are the best drawing apps for Chromebooks to help you create visually stunning artwork.

1. Sketchbook

Sketchbook by Autodesk is the best drawing app for creative industry professionals.  Thanks to Android support, this popular digital drawing app is available on Chromebook, and offers a variety of drawing tools and brushes that you can customize on the fly.

The best part is that Sketchbook runs well in full-screen mode giving you a large canvas on which to create your original work. The app is compatible with stylus pens so you can use it to draw or sketch your designs, and save or store them to Dropbox or iCloud.

For freehand drawing, Sketchbook’s Predictive Stroke technology corrects your shapes and lines so you won’t have to do it manually. Plus, you can scan paper drawings using your Chromebook’s camera, digitize them, and continue working on your creations.

The free version of the app offers a gallery organizer, pinch to zoom, layer and symmetry tools, and offline support. Upgrading to the premium plan unlocks more pro tools including powerful layer and selection tools and an expanded brush library.

Sketchbook has a steeper learning curve than most drawing apps, lacks many Photoshop features, and its subscription-based model may be expensive for occasional users.

2. Concepts

Seasoned creatives don’t need any special introduction to Concepts. However, the cross-platform drawing and vector sketching app can be used by the casual drawer or design professional as it’s widely accepted among the best drawing apps available.

The free version of the app gives you fast access to layers, brushes, and precision alignment aids with a distinctive circle of controls . However, Concepts offers a one-time Essentials plan that lets you add infinite layers, create custom brushes, and export your work in different formats.

If you want more features, the monthly Everything+ plan or yearly in-app purchases give you access to more objects, brushes, import and export options, sharing capabilities, CAD-style tools, and various object libraries.

Besides brushes, pencils and pens that respond to tilt, pressure and velocity, Concepts is also compatible with different types of stylus pens. The app’s infinite canvas allows you to pick from various textures and preset paper types and alter your drawing’s scale, position, color or smoothing using its vector-based drawing options.

In addition, you can create image composites in a few taps using Concept’s infinite layering system and broad spectrum of blending options.

3. Sketchpad

If you don’t have Play Store support on your Chromebook, Sketchpad is a solid drawing app you can use on the web. The app comes with offline support but you can still install it as a progressive web app (PWA), and use all its features without changing any settings. 

Apart from that, Sketchpad offers standard tools including layers, color picker, 18 different brush styles, and if you have a penchant for vector drawing, you can do that in the app.

Sketchpad also lets you trace pictures using line and path tools to create perfectly realistic drawings. Plus, the platform contains over 5000 vector images in its clipart collection, which you can use in your projects for free. 

On top of free images, you can choose from over 800 fonts to include in any picture you create, and adjust alignment, set new Letter and Word spacing values, or pick the Blend Mode. 

You can import photos from any computer or drag and drop them to your web browser, scale, rotate, and apply filters. When you’re done editing, you can print your images directly from Sketchpad or save them to your Chromebook. 

4. Infinite Painter

Infinite Painter is a less demanding drawing app suited for inexperienced visual artists who are starting out or learning the ropes of drawing and design.

The app works incredibly well on Chromebook and offers more than 160 presets of natural brushes but you can still create new ones. You also get blend modes, layer support, paper textures, transformation and gradient tools, pattern, perspective aids for 3D painting, and geometrical tools.

Infinite Painter isn’t among the top drawing apps on Play Store nor does it have the easy name recall of great drawing apps like Autodesk or Adobe. However, it’s garnered a significant cult following among Android users.

You can turn any photo into a painting using the Clone tool, and once you’re done creating, you can export your finished works into JPG, PNG or PSD.

Infinite Painter comes with a 7-day free trial after which you can access premium features by making in-app purchases.

5. Chrome Canvas

Chrome Canvas is a free web-based drawing app for Chromebook that you can use to create quick sketches. The app offers basic drawing tools including pencil, chalk, marker, pen and eraser options and you can use the custom color picker or palette to select all the colors you want.

Unlike other drawing apps for Chromebook, the Chrome Canvas app doesn’t work with a stylus pen. Plus, you can’t use it for professional design tasks such as creating digital paintings from images or creating multiple layers.  

However, you can set the opacity and size of your drawing tools to adjust them to your drawing, and use it offline where you don’t have an internet connection.

Chrome Canvas is a great drawing app for beginners and your child can use it to start practising painting or doodling.

6. Gravit Designer

For professional designers, Gravit Designer is a well-developed, pro-grade vector drawing app that lets you draw and design a variety of graphics elements.

You can use anchor points to create objects like icons, logos, and vectorized graphic elements, insert images to existing designs, or apply effects to your pictures. On top of that, you can freely create animations and characters as the app supports raster graphics illustration.

Gravit Designer works online or offline making it the perfect pick if you want to work on new projects from anywhere. However, its tools aren’t aimed at newbies to the creative industry, so you’ll need at least some basic designing skills to start using the app.

You can use the free version to check out Gravit’s features, after which you can upgrade to the Pro version ($49 per year) to use it regularly.

7. ArtFlow

ArtFlow is an excellent digital art studio with a huge range of features and tools for sketching and drawing. You can create digital paintings from scratch or from images and save them in high resolution or export as JPEG, PNG or PSD files. 

Among the powerful features you’ll find in ArtFlow include 100+ customizable brushes, Gradient Fill or Smudge Tool for creating images, layers, symmetry tool, six-step undo, color picker, and support for two layers. 

The app is suitable for beginners who may get overwhelmed by other pro-grade drawing apps as it’s easy to install and runs like a charm. In addition, the app offers tilt support that helps you control line width and rotation using some brushes. 

ArtFlow comes in a free version though with limited features. The Pro version expands your tool selection to include stylus pressure support, expanded history support, custom palettes, and you can create up to 16 layers. 

8. Best Kids Drawing Apps for Chromebooks

Kids can use basic drawing apps for Chromebook instead of the advanced ones previously mentioned. Besides Chrome Canvas, which is created specifically for Chromebook, there are other good options that are simple and easy to use.

These include Google Keep, Kids Paint, Coloring Games, and Learn to Draw (Kids Painting). The major drawbacks with these apps are that they lack palm rejection, pressure sensitivity and other drawing tools but they’re a good place to start for young artists.

Create Your Masterpiece Digitally

Chromebook is almost on par with iPad for illustrations and drawing owing to the slew of quality apps with a suite of tools to help you express your creativity. These drawing apps work with a mouse, but even more seamlessly with a touchscreen or stylus as you can control your virtual pens and brushes directly.

Tell us your favorite drawing apps for Chromebook in a comment below.