Apps and Utilities
Free and inexpensive applications are available across the Internet, and some are licensed by Stony Brook University for student, staff, and faculty use as well. The ones listed below offer specific affordances to digital compositionists, from blogging sites such as Wordpress to 3-d spaces in virtual worlds such as Second Life and Cloud Party. Some are ubiquitous social networking tools (Facebook, Twitter) and others are presentation creating and sharing software (Prezi, Slideshare). Experiment with them and if you find something else you think should be up here, put it in a comment with the link.
In addition to this list, Stony Brook students and faculty have access to three major resources. First, Google Apps for Education are much more than your campus email and Google Drive. Check out Sites, Spreadsheet, Forms, Google+, Photos, and the Apps Marketplace. For training in use of software, Lynda.com offers high-quality video tutorials for common computer applications and other skills. The Virtual SINC Site provides a way for students, faculty, and staff members to access site-licensed, academic software titles directly from their personal computers from either on or off campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can use the Virtual SINC Site to access the Print From Anywhere service using any device or operating system. Don't forget to consult DoIT (Division of Information Technology) for the most recent information and developments.
Not mentioned in the list are the Microsoft Office applications, but these are always useful. Powerpoint is as creative as you want it to be--try to avoid the ubiquitous text on a slide for this project, and use some of the other features of PPT. You can embed graphics and photos, charts, hyperlinks, video, audio clips, animations, and much more. The Google App, Google Presentation, is similar. Microsoft Excel and Google Spreadsheet are versatile applications for recording and presenting data. You can make a survey in Google Forms or in Qualtrics, available to Stony Brook students, staff, and faculty. Catherine Scott in Assessment prepared this useful presentation for students who do primary research through surveys and interviews.
See also this list kept by the ePortfolio Consultants blog, In The Cloud.
- Animoto - a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.
- blip.tv - a media platform for web series content and also offers a dashboard for producers of original web series to distribute and monetize their productions.
- Blogger - a Google-owned blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries.
- Delicious - a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
- Facebook - social networking site.
- flickr - an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite
- FRAPS - screen video capture software.
- Google Drive - a file storage and synchronization service provided. by Google which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing.
- Haiku Deck - presentation software.
- iMovie - Apple's free movie editing software
- info.gram - Infographic and chart creator
- iShowU - a screen video capture software for the Macintosh.
- LiveJournal - a social network owned by SUP Media where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary.
- PBWorks - (formerly PBwiki) is a commercial real-time collaborative editing system or wiki (RTCE).
- piktochart - infographic maker.
- Pinterest - a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, "re-pin" images to their own pinboards, or "like" photos.
- Posterini - online poster/flyer maker.
- Popplet - a visual mindmapping (idea generating/connecting) program.
- Prezi - a U.S. software company, producing a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. The product employs a Zooming User Interface (ZUI), which allows users to zoom in and out of their presentation media,.
- Quicktime - Apple's native video formating program, available in free or pro version. Pro version is a bona fide editing program.
- Second Life - an online virtual world developed by Linden Lab. It was launched on June 23, 2003. A number of free client programs, or Viewers, enable Second Life users to interact with each other through avatars (also called Residents). Residents can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.
- Slideshare - a slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote, or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites.
- Soundcloud - a music uploading and sharing website for original work and remixes.
- tumblr - a microblogging platform and social networking website. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Much of the website's features are accessed from the "dashboard" interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.
- Twitter - an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters.
- Vimeo - a U.S.-based video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view high-quality videos.
- Vine - creative video looping program.
- WikiSpaces - a free web hosting service (sometimes called a wiki farm) based in San Francisco, California.
- Wordpress - a free and open source blogging tool and a content-management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system.
- YouTube - a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006, on which users can upload, view and share videos.
- Windows Movie Maker Live - Window's free movie editing software.
- Webs.com - formerly Freewebs and XWebs SiteBuilder, is a primarily static site-only web host founded in 2001. The service offers free and premium website hosting plans, and their own templated website building service. Unusually, Webs does not offer any dynamic content support aside from their own dynamic "apps", despite offering FTP access and allowing HTML uploads.
- Wordle - creates tag clouds, visual representations for text data, typically used to depict keyword metadata (tags) on websites, or to visualize free form text. Tags are usually single words, and the importance of each tag is shown with font size or color.
- Wordfoto - an iPhone/iPad/Android app that combines photos with tag clouds. (See this portfolio's banner for an example.)
- Zotero - free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDF files). Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processorsMicrosoft Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org Writer and NeoOffice. It is produced by the Center for History and New Media of George Mason University (GMU).
Softweb (licensed, free, and shared software sponsored by DoIT)
Lists of Lists
- 20 Useful Web Apps for Creative People (Pixeltango)
- 12 Creative Web Applications for Creative People
- EdJudo - Huge list of Web 2.0 applications for educational use, maintained by Jeremy Alger, a high school teacher with a Master's degree in interactive learning.
- In The Cloud
Source of descriptions: Wikipedia and product websites.