Top Tools for Publishers Vol.2

We’re back with Volume 2 of the Top Tools that all digital publishers should know about, from image editing to video conferencing and keyword tracking.

Liam Handford

Liam Handford

June 4th, 2019 | Reading Time: 4 mins

To follow up from our Top Tools for Publishers Vol.1, we’re bringing you the next instalment, filled with tools to make your workflow simpler.

Google Alerts

Google Alerts is a must, by tracking important keywords you can keep on top of any new mentions of your brand or important industry terms to help inform your content.

You can filter by region, sources, and decide how often and when you’re alerted – so you can even create a weekly wrap up that goes straight to your inbox.


Buzzsumo helps you keep your finger on the social pulse, tracking the most popular content shared on social media. You can search by keyword or domain, and even see what topics are gaining the most traction for your competitors.

The free version can only be used to make a couple of searches a day, which can be frustrating but still very useful. For unlimited searches and the ability to set alerts, Pro is $79 a month.



A sleek cloud-based photo editor, BeFunky works flawlessly and allows you to easily spruce up your images, create collages, flyers, cards and pretty much anything else you can think of.

For simple edits you can use BeFunky for free, the Plus subscription for $6.99 a month allows you to make use of all the extra features like stylizers and premium overlays.

Nolt is a simple way to collect feedback, get new ideas and share your roadmap. It has a twist when compared to a tool like Typeform – since users can vote on ideas, as well as add their own to be voted on. The roadmap feature let’s your users also stay informed on what you’re currently working on.

$25 a month per board, but they offer a free trial too.

Zoom Video Conferencing

If Google Hangouts and Skype just aren’t cutting it, give Zoom a try. Zoom is by far the most consistent video conferencing tool we’ve used, with clear audio and no problems with randomly being unable to get into a call (We’re looking at you Hangouts..).

It’s easy to set up, providing a simple link for people to follow to join a call, and offers a bunch of useful features like instant filesharing and better control over screensharing than most alternatives.

The free plan offers unlimited 1-to-1 meetings, upto 100 participant group meetings, with a limit of 40 minutes on those groups. Paid plans start at £11.99 a month, very competitive.

Lightweight PDF

Reduce the size of your PDF files by upto 90%. That’s it, and it’s great. Sadly only available on Mac.

Litmus Putsmail

Putsmail is an invaluable tool we use all the time here at Canvasflow – a free, easy way to test HTML emails. Simply add the recipient email addresses, a subject line, and paste your HTML content then send.

You can also add plain text and apple watch versions so you can cover all your bases, and in our experience the emails are received instantly.




If there are any tools you think WE should know about, tell us in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it!

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