Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Guide Aug24 08
What do you use when you need to create online presentations that really stand out? In today selection of visual communication tools a great tool for visually comparing different items as well as a graphic chart creator and some cool image editing tools.
Photo credit: Ariusz Nawrocki
Here the complete set of visual communication tools I picked for you this week:
- Imgares: Drag&drop images, batch edit them, and export them as video slideshows
- Tablefy: Easily create comparison tables that you can embed on your site
- PhotatoBug: Upload pictures online and create slideshows with background music
- Iterasi: Take screenshots of any webpage and upload them online directly
- Multicolor Search Lab: Search for Flickr pictures that share the same colors
- Piecolor: Create pie charts with no image editing skills
- TubePopper: Add subtitles and comment to YouTube videos for free
- GoAnimate: Create cartoon animations with your own characters, speeches and effects
Visual Communication Tools
Imgares is a Windows-only photo editing software that lets you modify your images. To start editing pictures in batch mode, just drag&drop them and choose what you want to do:you can resize and rotate photos, add text to them, change light and contrast, and also make slideshows (as a AVI file). The software is free to download and use.
Tablefy is a free service that you can use to build comparison tables. To create a new table, just insert a title, description, and start filling the details, which can be text, numbers, yes/no fields, and even multimedia files. After a table is complete you can embed it anywhere, modify it at anytime and grant access to other users. Free to use.
PhotatoBug is a free site where you can upload your images and organize them in video slideshows. Just upload your pictures through the Flash uploader, create a slideshow with background music, and share it via email. The free service offers you one slideshow, but you can upgrade at anytime for unlimited storage.
Iterasi is a browser plugin that works with Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer that lets you take screenshots of any webpage. Anytime you are on a page, just click on the toolbar, provide a title and description, and a full screenshot of the page will be automatically updated in your account page. You can then browse your screenshot from anywhere you are and share them with other people. Free.
- Multicolor Search Lab
Multicolor Search Lab is an image search engine that you can use to look for pictures that share the same color(s) on Flickr. To start looking for pictures, just select one or more colors, and wait for results to gather: all the picture will mostly contain the colors you selected and, after you click one of them, you will be brought to its Flickr page. Free.
Piecolor is a free tool that lets you create pie charts easily. Without any registration, you can create a chart in 3 easy steps: specify the number of slices you want, give them values, names and colors, and click generate. You pie chart will then be ready for download in PNG format. Free to use, no registration needed.
Video Publishing Tools
TubePopper is an annotation system that allows you to easily add subtitiles and comment to YouTube videos. After a free signup, you can search for YouTube videos directly from within the site and start annotating them with many controls. When done, you can share via a public link or simply embed the new video anywhere. Free to use, registration required.
GoAnimate is a free online service that you can use to create cartoon animations. After you sign up for free, you can start creating your story: pick up characters, select a background from a library or upload your own, add speech bubbles and effects. You can then save your animation, embed it on your website, or email it to anyone. Free to use.
Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi and Robin Good for Master New Media and first published on August 24th 2008 as "Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Aug24 08"