Back when I was in college, I remember thinking about how great it would be to have a small, light laptop. Maybe 13”, really thin, easy to carry around, but more functional than a netbook. I would have always used it in class to take notes, which is a lie, because I was a terrible student and would have probably used it to play StarCraft or something. Unfortunately, the ultrabooks didn’t exist then.
They do now, and they’re perfect for people much more creative and productive than I – Millennials who are always moving from coffee shop to coffee shop, roaming around crowded streets and looking for their next source of inspiration. But, who says a computer itself can’t be a muse? The Lenovo IdeaPad® is a sharp, stylish ultrabook that’s ready to keep up with the busy lifestyle of today’s creative youth. The 13.3″ U310 weighs just 3.75 pounds with a thickness of 18 mm, while the 14” U410 weighs only 3.97 pounds, with a thickness of 21 mm. They’re ready to go anywhere, and do anything.
They have the guts to handle whatever you throw their way, too. With the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors and Dolby Audio, artists of all kinds will be able to create their visions on their new IdeaPads. Throw in an ultra-fast wake-up time of two seconds and an extra long battery life of seven to nine hours, and you know you’ve got a winner. Social media mavens will be pleased to know that their IdeaPad will constantly keep their feeds updated, even while asleep. And, with five different colors to choose from, you can make sure your IdeaPad is just the right ultrabook to suit you.
But, what’s an ultrabook without the latest and greatest in creative software to go with it? Take a look at five of the many excellent web apps and programs to give your creativity an added boost.
Adobe Photoshop Express and Elements
Millennials are creative, but they’re not always flushed with cash – the full version of Adobe Photoshop is maybe a little out of reach for many. Not to worry – a couple branches from the Photoshop tree should do pretty nicely. Photoshop Express is a free web app designed to give everyone, from experts to novices, basic photo editing tools to get the most out of any photograph. For the serious art photographers who need a little more depth, Elements provides more filters, more editing tools, and more ways to customize even the smallest details, in order to get things looking picture perfect.
Many people forget that Facebook was never better than when Facebook Graffiti had its heyday. The small sketch program resulted in some brilliant works of digital art, all of which could be replayed, so you could see the creation process from start to finish. What Facebook Graffiti made huge, Odosketch is perfecting. There are tons of pictures you can browse for inspiration, before taking the e-brush into your own hand and creating your own masterpieces. Up and coming illustrators and graphic artists can find few better launching pads for their ideas.
Indaba Music Mantis
Aspiring DJs and producers alike can enjoy Indaba Music Mantis, a giant collaborative music community centered on creating remixes to popular tunes. Indaba has a wide selection of songs and loops available, and there are frequent contests to see who can produce the best remix to a given song. The app makes it very easy to collaborate with others through the cloud, too. You can enjoy it for free, but there are pro and premium subscriptions available, which grant access to more music and more mixing functionality.
Hey, writers can use some creativity software help, too. WriteItNow is designed to help finally get that novel that’s been lurking in your mind out onto paper (or e-paper). This suite of software helps to keep chapters and scenes organized, and helps writers to organize their brainstorming sessions. You can create storyboards or character diagrams in order to create clear visual representations of who your characters are, and where they’re going.
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5
Future directors can get their movies looking professionally done with this suite of video editing software from Corel. VideoStudio Pro X5 has loads of editing tools and scene transitions. If you’re looking to make an animated masterpiece, you can use the software for time-lapse and stop-motion effects. On top of all that, you can bring your finished creation into 3D. Throw in support for a broad range of file types, and you’ve got the looks of a winner when it comes to video editing software.
See what you can do with the Book of Do, the IdeaPad® U Series Ultrabook™, at Lenovo.com.
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