Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jul06 08
Here's a new roundup of cool visual communication tools picked up for you by uncle Robin and verified and tested by me, Nico Canali De Rossi. In this weekly MasterNewMedia digest we have focused on creating presentations and slideshows fully online, as well as edit images without ever downloading any software.
Photo credit: Kanchana Sandamali Fernando
Here our selected visual communication tools for this week:
- ProfCast: Downloadable tool lets you record your presentation sessions and export them in various formats
- BrinkPad: Java-based software allows you to create presentations and slideshows online
- PhotoMajig: Upload any image from your computer or URL and edit it online
- Gretastudio: Upload a PowerPoint presentation and start adding elements and content to it
- FotoViewer: Insert a Flickr username and create 3D embeddable slideshows for your website
- 72Photos: Upload your photos, edit them with many options, and add them to different galleries
- Wordle: Create a tag-cloud out of a normal text document
- Shrink O'Matic: AIR based application lets you resize images easily
Visual Communication Tools
ProfCast is a new simple downloadable tool that lets you record your presentation sessions. Just drag the presentations that you want to give in the box, select the audio input device that you will be using to give your presentation, and simply click the "Start Recording" button: when you're finished with the presentation, simply click the "Stop Recording" button and publish it online in various formats. Free trial, full version available for $59.95.
BrinkPad is a Java-based software for creating presentations and slideshows online. With no registration you can launch the Java applet and start creating a new presentation: it features many controls like picture importing from Flickr, freehand-drawing, line tool, text-box, and everything you need to create a presentation like if you were using a real software. When you are done, you can save all the slides in jpg format or simply play the show online. Free.
PhotoMajig is an online picture editor that allows to edit your pictures with basic editing tools. After you upload a picture from your computer or provide the image's URL, you are able to resize it, rotate it, decide the output format (.jpg or .png) and, when done, it'll show you the final size and a download link. Free to use.
Gretastudio is a web application that gives you the opportunity to create dynamic web presentations. Simply upload your existing PowerPoint file, connect your microphone and webcam, and start recording audio and video content to your presentation. You can also add surveys, animations, simulations, etc. When the presentation is created, you can easily share it with your viewers. Private Beta.
FotoViewer is an online application that you can use to create slideshows with Flickr Pictures. Just select the type of 3D slideshow that you want, insert a Flickr username, select the photoset, and click OK. You 3D slideshow will be created, and you will be able to get the embedding code so that you can re-publish your work on your blog or website. Free to use.
72Photos is a website where you can upload your photos and edit them if you wish. There are many editing options: you can rotate, crop, enhance, and add effects to your photos. Once you are done editing your photos you can organize them into categories, tag them, label them, and add them to different galleries that you can also share with your friends. Free to use, free registration needed.
Wordle is a free service that you can use to create visual tag-clouds. You can paste any text into the box and, after you click OK, your image will load, and you will be able to change the font, color and layout. You can then save the map to the gallery, embed it or print it. Free to use, no registration needed.
- Shrink O'Matic
Shrink O'Matic is an AIR based application that lets you resize images easily. After you install it, all you have to do is select the new size of the output image, select the format between JPG, PNG and GIF format, and then choose the image that you want to resize. Free to use.
Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi and Robin Good for Master New Media and first published on July 6th 2008 as "Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jul06 08"
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