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Adobe Spark: rebranded apps & a platform-agnostic website for free student creation

A little over a month ago, I posted about my affection for the growing Adobe suite of tools/apps in Smashing Adobe. A couple of years ago, I kinda raved about Adobe Voice in Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling.

This week Adobe announced an official smashing of its apps with its integrated Adobe Spark, designed as a full suite of tools for creating and sharing impactful visual stories.

The three selected and rebranded productivity tools work beautifully as a team, look good across devices, and are free to everyone, including educators, students and they look great on any device.

Adobe Spark consists of:

  • Adobe Spark web app: a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos.
  • Spark Post: an iOS mobile app that enables anyone to create stunning social posts and graphics in seconds. (previously Adobe Post).  This app competes with one of my other faves, Canva.
  • Spark Page (formerly Slate): an iOS mobile app that helps users create beautiful magazine-like web stories.
  • Spark Video (formerly Voice): an iOS mobile app that enables users to create compelling animated videos by combining text, images, icons, music, sound effects and themes with your own voice over the story.

If you are already familiar with these individual Adobe tools, all of this will feel like a rebranding.  Because these free apps also play on Spark’s new web service means that you can now work on any laptop, Chromebook or tablet, as well as any iOS device. Y ou can sync your work across devices. Your stories are far more portable.

Note: Content created in the older incantations of these apps (under their old names, that is), has not been deleted.

And, happily, Spark was designed with educators in mind.

Check out Spark for Education; visit the Adobe Education Exchange; explore the Education Inspiration Gallery to see project examples; and download the Adobe Spark Guide for Schools and Educators Guide.Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 8.30.42 AM

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


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