New Media Picks Of The Week: Sharewood Picnic 45
Here is a new basket full of new media gems for another great technology-rich Sharewood Picnic
The Sharewood Picnic is my weekly collection of the best, most interesting new media tools, resources and pointers I have run into during my daily research and online explorations. These are new media tools and technologies that can facilitate more effective communication, promotion, marketing, networking and your ability to discover like-minded individuals and organizations around the world.
Photo credit: Olga Shelego
This is what I have found this week:
- Video publish, share and remix community
- Online application creator
- Web-based image editor
- International photo sharing social community
- Photo-video sharing tag-organization application - server- and web-based
- Digg-like social bookmarking resource for video only
- Search support service helps find what others have found before you
- UK-based cutting-edge price comparison via Web and SMS
- Mobile podcasting software for PocketPCs
- Best open-source and free software apps for Windows PCs and Macs
Upload, publish and share your own videos. vMix supports easy upload of Quicktime (MOV), Windows Media (WMV), Audio Video Interleave (AVI), MPEG 1, MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 video file formats (no limits to the number of videos uploaded - max size allowed 200 MB per video) as well as tagging and the ability to create your own compilations or "playlists" of your favourite vide clips. vMix is built on Flash technology and all video clips uploaded are converted into the highly portable Flash-based video format. At least for now, videos cannot be downloaded. Video clips uploaded require from thirty minutes to two hours to be approved and published. Any video author gets notified by email when a video clip goes live. Video clips can also be easily syndicated and republished on other sites. A cool new type of audio-visual slideshows are also supported by vMix. Here is one good example. vMix has been created by artists, musicians and executives from the original MP3.com. Free to use.
- Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator is a free, online application which allows anyone to create and share web applications in the easiest way possible. Zoho Creator allows you to:
- Create web applications on your own without being a full-fledged programmer
- Generate applications without ever coding
- Author interactive Forms and Views to any page you create
- Share newly generated applications with your friends, colleagues and clients
Each author can create working groups allowing individual contacts to access with ease the work being developed. Zoho Creator supports tags and both public and private publication of your favourite apps. Free to use, business model yet to be developed. Give it a try.
Pixoh is an excellent online image editing tool, which allows non-technical people to open, resize, crop, rotate and alter image adjustments like brightness or contrast with extreme ease of use and at no cost whatsoever. Pixoh requires no time to learn and you can immediately start editing images sitting on your hard disk or available online at a specific URL. Pixoh also allows automatic import of digital images from any web site, including Flickr, allows the exporting and saving of any image to GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, PDF, or TIF, sports a powerful unlimited undo and redo function and it is adding week by week new and more powerful features. Still in beta, free to use. Recommended.
Zooomr is a multi-language socially-aware application for sharing digital images. Still in Beta but launched back at the end of October 2005, Zooomr is a photo-sharing and tagging community which was born to explore the information inside of photos and the people inside and behind those very images. Zooomr in fact aims not to be just another photo sharing service, but a free service that helps connect people together through images. Zooomr is available in over 15 languages and growing. Some of the characterizing traits for Zooomr include the ability to put your photos directly on the map, to add sound to them and to define who's inside a photo. Zooomr Accepts .jpg, .png, .pdf, small .psd's, and small .tiff's. The email upload feature only accepts .png and .jpg. Zooomr supports RSS feeds and tagging. All beta accounts on Zooomr feature a 50 megabyte upload capacity and unlimited storage. For every person that you refer to Zooomr your upload capacity limit is extended. More info and news at the Zooomr Blog. Basic accounts are free.
PicPix is a photo-video sharing-tag-organization application, with an emphasis on metadata and backups. PicPix is based on open-source code and closed-source extensions for billing, disk/bandwidth tracking, including the ability for users to define what groups of people (anonymous, friends, certain friends) can waste how much of their bandwidth, at what rate, etc.. PicPix is nothing else but the web-based version of the feature-rich FotoBilder software. PicPix is designed to be used by individuals and small groups, as well as by multi-million user installations. It can also be run on your own server. See some PicPix features live. Not available to the public yet in this web-based format reserved to those who don't have a web server. If you fall in this category get FotoBilder or contact directly brad (at) danga.com.
Woomu is an online community where you can vote and select your preferred video clips available online. It is kind of a digg for video clips. You submit links to videos you think are good and then other people vote in favour (woo) or against (mu) those very videos. If a video clip gets enough woo votes, it makes it to the main page. The result should be a constantly updated collection of the best videos on the internet. Check it out. Free to use.
Similar in principle to Trexy, showcased in the last Sharewood Picnic seven days ago, PreFound is an online search support service where you can see what other people have already found about the things you're searching for. PreFound is based on the belief that communities of passionate, like-minded people can identify relevant sites with greater accuracy than a search engine that depends only on software algorithms. PreFound.com allows you to see what other people have manually selected from the web and have shared with the PreFound.com community, while providing effective tools to gather and tag this information. You can leverage the search work already done by others rather than repeat each time a task others have already successfully completed. PreFound is free and you don't even have to sign up or sign in. Registration is required only if you are interested in sharing links that you have found out on the web with others.
AskRav is aiming to become the leading price comparison service in the UK. Use AskRav to compare the prices of items such as Electronic Goods, Mobile Phones, DVDs, Books, Kitchen Appliances, Fashion and much more. Over 700 trusted retailers contribute real-time product feeds to it covering over 1 Million items, arguably creating the largest online shopping catalogue available to the consumers in the UK. AskRav is all about shopping smarter and getting the best price as quickly as possible this leaving you to spend time on more important things. A unique addition is Askrav unique SMS service which allows you to get request a price for any product and get back, usually within seconds, the best three prices found online thus allowing you to instantly compare any offline price of any product in front of you in a shopping window with the best price alternatives available online. While the basic web/based Askrav.com is free to use the SMS service costs about 43 cents per call but could indeed save you quite a bit of money.
- Voice Atom
AudioBay is a podcasting software for users on Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. Using the AudioBay software, users can set up a podcast, record an episode, and upload it to the Web within a matter of minutes. Main features include simple podcast creation, RSS feed generation, free integrated hosting for podcast audio files and location-based podcast search. System requirements: Pocket PC 2002, 2003, or Windows Mobile 5.0 - Supported Platforms: Windows 98/XP - Supported Resolutions: All resolutions. RAM memory usage: 400 KB. Free to try. USD 24.95 to buy.
- OpenSourceWindows and OpenSourceMac
Open Source Windows and Open Source Mac are two simple lists cataloguing some of the best free and open source software for Windows and for the Mac. These lists do not try to be a comprehensive listing of every open-source application available out there, but rather attempt at showcasing the best, most important, and easiest to use tools among the hundreds available. This human edited catalog is intended as a handy reference for getting more people to start using free and open-source software.
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