AI has been part of the daily conversation in 2023, largely dominated by ChatGPT and OpenAI. However, there are now a plethora of tools out there that are providing amazing features that can help supercharge your daily workflow, regardless of which area you’re working in.
Here is a list of the top 10 tools that we absolutely love. There are of course many competing tools, but we’ve tried to spread the reach across different areas (audio, video, text generation, images & graphics, etc.) to cover as much ground as possible. We hope you find these helpful.
1. Otter.ai – Transcribe meetings
There are a ton of meeting transcription tools out there now as voice to text transcription becomes an increasingly solved problem, and the APIs provided by giants such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud become cheaper and easier to integration. We like to use Otter due to its fantastic UX and integrations. It has become a part of our regular workflow and has saved us hours of work already. With a generous free-tier offering, you can’t go wrong with giving Otter a shot.
2. Resume Worded – Improve your resume and LinkedIn profile
A smaller and lesser known tool, Resume Worded is providing a much needed service – a Resume grading and improvement recommendation engine. You can upload your resume and receive advice on how to improve, review samples of high-scoring resumes, and even optimize your LinkedIn profile based on recommendations from the same engine. Look out for more tools to emerge in this space soon. But for now, Resume Worded is a good place to start if you are looking to improve your resume.
3. Soundraw – Stop searching for the song you need. Create it.
Image and art generators have taken up most of the headlines, but Soundraw has quietly been capturing the Music Generation space. This tool will allow you to generate royalty-free music using AI and your imagination. You can adjust it to your liking by tweaking the mood, genre, theme, length, tempo and instruments to create the sound that best fits your needs. For content creators on YouTube, Twitch, etc. this is an absolute dream come true. No more worries about copyright strikes, or paying to license music.
4. Natural Readers – Natural sounding text-to-speech
Narration isn’t exactly a new area as text-to-speech (TTS) engines have existed for decades. However, we have become accustomed to robotic sounding voices when we think of text-to-speech. That is no longer the case. Natural Readers is a great example of how much text-to-speech has improved with the new AI advancements that have emerged. There are many options out there in this space, but Natural Readers provides a great entry level tier to play around in this space without breaking the bank. A delightful product to use, we recommend it for anyone wanting to experiment with text-to-speech in their product or workflow.
It’s hard to pick one between these two giants in the AI-based copywriting space, so we decided to add them both. One of the main use-cases that jumped out from the ChatGPT saga was how well these tools can perform on copywriting tasks. Copy.ai and Jasper are the gold standards in this area. The main difference between the two would be that Jasper also has some image generation tools built in, but in our experience, it’s shining point is the copy. They can help with anything from website copy, marketing material, sales emails and more.
6. Quillbot – Paraphrasing tool
The reverse of generating copy, Quillbot will take in long articles and summarize them for you – and it is shockingly good at this. Gone are the days of pouring over massive articles or documents to get the gist of the subject matter. Quillbot will simply ingest all the material for you and provide the cliff notes for you. You can customize it by selecting from styles such as Formal, Simple, Creative, etc. and tweak the vocabulary level you want it to use. With a host of tools like Plagiarism checker, Grammar checker and Citation generator (to name a few), Quillbot has become a main-stay in many day-to-day workflows.
7. Looka – Brand generation tool
When starting something new, one of the biggest challenges usually revolves around brand generation. A lot goes in to the creative aspect of starting a new brand from scratch, such as color pallet, logo, marketing material, social media outreach material, and more. Looka not only helps generate your brand based on ideas and materials you provide, but also creates merchandise and marketing collateral for you on the fly. A truly one-stop shop for brand generation, Looka is an impressive tool that addresses a big need in the market.
8. Colorful – Turn your browser into a photo studio
Perhaps one of the most impressive products on this list, Colorful is an all-in-one photo studio for physical products. Simply take pictures of your product and upload it to receive a fully rendered 3D model, along with an interactive and dynamic environment in which to place it and take product photos for use on Ecommerce or retail sites. You can even generate videos for social media apps like TikTok or Instagram. What once used to require hiring an agency is now accessible directly from your browser. Immensely powerful.
9. Beautiful – Create beautiful slides
Anyone who has to create slide decks and presentations will attest to the fact that designing them is one of the most painful parts of the entire experience. That no longer needs to be the case. With Beautiful, you can focus on the content and let the AI tools create the designs for you. Tweak and play with the slides as much as you need until it fits your theme, mood and storytelling goals. With a vast array of options to play with, Beautiful has become a main-stay in our presentation building workflow.
10. Runway – Full audio & video editing suite
Saving the best for last, Runway is easily the most powerful platform on this list. It is a combination of tools that play in the audio, video and image generation and manipulation space. But it is the way this tool brings them all together that really shines. Whether you want to do remove video backgrounds, paint out objects from videos, do motion tracking, automatic beat detection, subtitles, noise removal, and so much more, Runway has it covered, all in one software.
A couple of bonus single-purpose tools:
- Cleanup Pictures – A lightweight tool to cleanup pictures, removing backgrounds, and fixing small defects.
- Unscreen – A simple tool that can be used to remove the background from a video and make it transparent.
So there you have it. Ten (or twelve) AI based tools and platforms that are supercharging people’s daily workflows. We hope you find value in them, as we have.
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