I am ecstatic that the Canva android app is finally here. The website has been crucial to me but I needed something that I could with on the go. A phone app for designing graphics is a must as finding time to sit at a PC is tricky with a toddler. The free apps I’ve tried so far do not get the end result I want without a lot of effort. So you can imagine my excitement when the pop up appeared informing me of the impending arrival of an android app.
- You can create quick designs on-the-go with more than 60,000 templates to choose from covering social media posts, collages, flyers and many more. You don’t have to be a designer to get started, just search for an idea or pick one with the look you like and get going. It is really that simple
- You can add images, texts and all manner of shapes to your design. The images can from your phone or from the Canva library.
- Editing is simple too. For images there are all manner of filters to use. There are very handy centre guidelines for arranging your components. Transparency can be applied to graphics and there are many fonts and colours to play with.
- You can download your image or quickly share to your social media apps
- Multipage designs are not yet supported so you can only edit the first page of the design you started on the desktop (also means you can only create one-page designs in the app)
- You cannot start a design from scratch – which you can on the desktop app. You have to select a template as a starting point
- Images and branding items such as logos and fonts which have been uploaded in the desktop app are not available
- As it’s an app, touch editing can be fiddly so it can take some getting used to
- Can’t save on different file types e.g. social media posts default to png
- There is currently no way to control Push Notifications. The only items under Settings are “Help” and “Logout”
- Designs cannot be resized. On the desktop, this feature is quite handy to get the appropriate image size for different social media
- When you search for a template, you can’t see the size of each template before selecting it so there is no way to know whether it’s an Instagram or Facebook template
- If your desktop designs contain elements that the app can’t handle then you can edit it
- Objects are layered in the order they are added so if you decide to add a background shape, items already present will be behind it
- Can’t change the name of your designs so they’ll have the template name when viewed on the desktop app
- It’s confusing that’s there’s no obvious “Download” option, just “Share” which downloads in the background as well as bringing up sharing options
This is a direct comparison to the desktop app so users that have only experienced the android app may actually not miss the missing features at all.
I am mainly using the app to make final changes to designs started on the desktop app or to download designs on the go so I can cope with the “bad points” for now. There is an app updating waiting so I’m hoping some of these will be addressed or some extra features added as Canva are actively encouraging feedback. Watch this space.
Do you use Canva? Have you tried the Android app yet? If not, do you use any android design apps?