Open Source Content Creation Tools give the flexibility to create multimedia content without any fees or licensing fees. The tools are easy to use and integrate with other tools, giving you greater flexibility in your ability to create engaging multiple forms of media.

Content creation tools are used to help you create media for your business. A lot of social media spaces allow for the use of these tools to help teach, inform, or market to your audience. There are a number of different tools out there, we will go through the popular ones and why you should be using them.

Bulma

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Bulma is a modular and responsive CSS framework for designing interfaces that flow beautifully. Design work is hardest between the moment of inspiration and the time of initial implementation, and that’s exactly the problem Bulma helps solve. It’s a collection of useful front-end components that a designer can combine to create an engaging and polished interface. And the best part is that it requires no JavaScript. It’s all done in CSS.

Included components include forms, columns, tabbed interfaces, pagination, breadcrumbs, buttons, notifications, and much more.

Skeleton

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Skeleton

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Skeleton is a lightweight open source framework that gives you a simple grid, basic formats, and cross-browser support. It’s a great alternative for bulky frameworks and lets you start coding your site with a minimal but highly functional foundation. There’s a slight learning curve, as you do have to get familiar with its codebase, but after you’ve built one site with Skeleton, you’ve built a thousand, and it becomes second-nature.

The Noun Project

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The Noun Project

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The Noun Project is a collection of more than 3 million icons and images. You can use them on your site or as inspiration to create your own designs. I’ve found hundreds of useful icons on the site, and they’re superbly easy to use. Because they’re so basic, you can use them as-is for a nice, minimal look or bring them into your favorite image editor and customize them for your project.

MyPaint

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MyPaint

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If you fancy creating your own icons or maybe some incidental art, then you should take a look at MyPaint. It is a lightweight painting tool that supports various graphic tablets, features dozens of amazing brush emulators and textures, and has a clean, minimal interface, so you can focus on creating your illustration.

Glimpse

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Glimpse

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Glimpse is a cross-platform photo editor, a fork of GIMP that adds some nice features such as keyboard shortcuts similar to another popular (non-open) image editor. This is one of those must-have applications for any graphic designer. Climpse doesn’t have a macOS release yet, but Mac users may use GIMP in the mean time.

 Open eLearning

A free and open source course authoring tool, Open eLearning provides a platform to build and create learning content. A course authoring system, Open eLearning is Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) compatible, which means a variety of eLearning tools can import and use the content and educational games on their platforms. 

A user need not learn to code on the platform to create content, while the software’s easy installation on laptops allow it to be used anywhere. The intention is to give creators all the necessary tools to make engaging content in multiple formats.

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Source – Open eLearning

Some features of the free and open source Free and open Source Course Authoring system are as follows – 

  • Easy content sharing tools
  • Third-party tool integration 
  • Bundling with Photoflare
  • Quizzes, test creator platform 
  • Platform independent program 
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) implementation 
  • Presentation creation tool (Slide sharing, numbering, editing, etc.) 
  • Object locking tools
  • In-app plugin implementation – Moodle and other important educational game implementations
  • Gamification interface and methods

Open EdX

While many learners are familiar with the exceptional EdX learning platform, the Open EdX Learning Management System (LMS) is the muscle behind it. Created as an open source course authoring tool, Open Edx enables the creation of instructor-led, online campus, degree, and self-paced curricula on the same platform. 

The eLearning system has already facilitated 40 million learners to achieve their educational ambitions. Close to 20,000 courses have also been created on the platform. The Harvard and MIT co-founded open project is massively scalable for learners and instructors alike. This helps large organizations, enterprises, and governments turn to EdX for their learning needs.    

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Source – Open EdX Learner Analytics

Some features of the advanced online course authoring system are as follows –   

  • Platform independent and easily scalable across multiple devices
  • Instructor View to Courses – Edit grades, manage teams, publish courses, etc. 
  • Customizable learner platforms to showcase the educational brand
  • Documentation and use of Open XML (OLX) standards using Open EdX Studio
  • Access to a vast library of third-party integrations and toolsets
  • Open EdX analytics and reporting dashboard 
  • Availability of high storage Learning Record Store (LSR) 
  • Content management (import and export) across multiple platforms 

 eXe Open Learning

An HTML-based eLearning and course authoring tool, eXe is a specifically designed tool to create, edit, and distribute online pedagogy. It can be used by teachers, professionals, and non-qualified teachers alike. 

It helps create content on self-contained web pages which can be loaded onto Learning Management Systems (LMS). It can also be exported as SCORM packages. Descriptive content as well as interactive modules could be easily developed using the software. 

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Source – eXe

Some features of the free and open source Course Authoring tool are as follows – 

  • Ability to generate complete websites of content 
  • XLIFF, IMS, and SCORM compatible projects
  • Interactive Content production elements (iDevices)
  • WYSIWYG functionality on pages. 
  • Pedagogical tips around iDevice implementation 
  • Rich Text editor
  • Powerpoint Conversion
  • Quiz and Interactive assessment support  
  • Image and document upload support

Pablo

When it comes to content marketing, imagery is vital. In fact, according to a recent study, 37% of marketers confirmed visual marketing was the most important form of content for their business, second only to blogging.

Pablo provides content editors with a quick and easy solution for image production.

Today’s consumer scans pages on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, which means to grab their attention, using eye-catching visual imagery is a must.

Instagram has around 400 million active users worldwide, and counting. If you’re looking to create stunning visuals for your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter campaign, Pablo is what you need.

Developed by the folks from Buffer, the platform’s accessible layout means you don’t need to be a professional photo editor to create eye-catching assets for your blog articles or social posts, and with pop-up tutorials to help you throughout, you can create a host of top notch images with ease.

Pablo allows its users to choose and edit images from its own Creative Commons library, as well as upload their own images and add text to enhance their pictures or add a clear-cut call to action.

Pablo not only saves time but it has enough functionality to create professional images to complement your content marketing efforts with ease.

Conclusion

Content creation tools free? Yes. Content creation tools for social media? Most definitely. Content creation tools for your business? Absolutely! In fact, no matter what type of content you want to create from your company, you’re certain to find just what you’re looking for in this comprehensive collection.

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