New Media Tools Of The Week: Sharewood Picnic 75
Looking to find the latest new media tools, web services and the just-released new application software for independent publishing, for distributing content online or for communicating more effectively without needing to have a big budget? Here is our weekly collection of the best new media tools we have run into during this week. Check them out and let us know what you think.
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- Photo slideshow maker that you can use to create presentations of your digital pictures
- Multimedia scrapbooks creator allows you to publish albums with photos, videos and audio
- Voice mail service for cell phones allows you to record unique voice greetings for anyone who calls you
- Photo albums creator enables you to set up online albums with pictures and video clips too
- Online image editor that lets you resize and edit your pictures within a web browser
- RSS feeds aggregator creates web pages in which you can collect video, audio and pictures through RSS
- Screenshots capture tool lets you create thumbnails of any sites and display preview bubbles on links
- Music showcase site for independent artists who can submit their songs for listening and gather ratings
- Customizable search engine provides results from your favorite sources and allows you to create your own search engines
- RSS feeds alerts service sends real-time news updates to your Skype
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Slideroll is a photo slideshow maker that you can use to create slide shows with your digital pictures. You can upload your photos to Slideroll and publish slide shows either on Slideroll sito or on your own website. You can also make special slideshows to embed on your MySpace pages. Slideroll also has a large selection of music tracks for you to add to your slideshows. Basic members are limited to uploading 100 photos and creating up to 10 slide shows. Slideroll Pro costs $3.75 per month and allows you to upload up to 5000 photos and create unlimited slideshows. Free sign up.
Scrapblog is a service that lets you create multimedia scrapbooks featuring your photos, videos, audio and other elements. You can share your scrapblog online with friends and let others add notes and comments. Once you upload your multimedia files, you can turn them into high-quality photo books and DVDs. Scrapblog is free to use and requires no download.
YouMail is a voice mail service for cell phones, which allows you to record unique voice greetings for anyone who calls you, based on their caller ID. You can personalize your voice greetings for friends, family or important callers while maintaining a standard greeting for other callers. YouMail works with your existing phone and carrier and is free for users who sign up now, while there are still beta accounts available.
Phanfare is a site that enables you to create photo albums online. With your account, you get a destination web site for your album collection. Your Phanfare website will be at http://yourusername.phanfare.com. You can set a password to protect all your web albums, or leave some albums open and protect others. You can import short video clips into Phanfare for inclusion in your albums. Each clip can be up to 10 minutes long and there is no limit to the number of clips you can store. An account costs $6.95 per month or $54.95 per year (a life membership is also available at $299.95) and offers unlimited storage.
PicResize is a online tool that enables you to resize and edit pictures within your web browser. You are allowed to resize multiple pictures at once and then save the result in .gif, .jpg and .png formats. On the website of PicResize you will find a useful video tutorial showing you how you can use this tool with ease. Free to use.
FeedRaider is a web-based RSS feeds aggregator, which enables you to create unlimited pages in which you can collect text, video, audio and photos through RSS feeds. You can watch videos from the most popular video sharing sites (such as YouTube, Google Video, DailyMotion, Revver, etc.) and also photos, podcasts and comic strips. FeedRaider is completely free.
Songrio is a service that allows musicians to submit songs and gathers ratings on those songs. Songrio has just been released and it recently added the ability to upload tracks and stream those tracks for listening (downloads are not allowed). You will be able to find music that has not been yet broadcasted by the mainstream media, along with original remixes made by the members of the community. Free to use.
ResultR is a search engine which provides you with relevant information from your favorite sources. When you search for an item, ResultR returns to you the results from each source and shows them to you in one single page. In addition, you can create your personalized search engine by selecting the sources that you like and save it to use it anytime you want. You don’t need to register to create your own search engine. Free to use.
Anothr is a tool which provides real-time alerts for your favorite RSS feeds directly on Skype. You simply need to add “anothr.com” to your personal Skype buddy list. After doing that, you have to subscribe to your favorite feeds to let Anothr know which kind of news you are interested in. Anothr will verify them and send you instant messages everytime there are fresh news. Free to use.