A Few Good Digital Storytelling Tools

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  • A Few Good Digital Storytelling Tools Presentations No cost:

    Google Docs (docs.google.com): Includes free, online presentation application. Very basic features and themes (youll probably want to download your presentation and touch it up in another program before presenting), but great collaboration as it allows for multiple people editing in real time.

    Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/): The leading open-source office software suite. Includes Impress, a tool for making presentations (similar to PowerPoint).

    Prezi (http://prezi.com/): online zooming presentation tool. Good for impressive-looking presentations that explain concepts.

    SlideRocket (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/node/2421): Online, collaborative presentation tool. Easy to embed videos and live Twitter feed into slides, and can get statistics on views of your slides. A discounted 1-year Pro subscription is available through TechSoup Canada for $24.

    Low cost:

    PowerPoint (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/node/282): Traditional tool for creating presentations, though its been updated many times as part of Microsoft Office. Very popular, has many features and familiar Office interface. Available through TechSoup Canada for $13 or as part of Microsoft Office.

    Audio & Video No cost:

    Animoto (animoto.com/): free service for creating basic video slideshows. Premium version is available for free to nonprofits.

    YouTube (www.youtube.com/): Online video sharing and hosting; an affordable way to tell your stories online. YouTube Editor can do basic video editing. Charities can take advantage of the YouTube for Nonprofits program.

    Camstudio (camstudio.org): Free video recording software. Record video of your desktop with audio to produce screencasts.

    Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net/): Free, open source software for audio recording and editing. Jaycut (http://jaycut.com/): Free online video editor.

    Medium cost:

    Adobe Production Premium (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/node/3763): A suite of applications for creating video, audio, and interactive productions in a variety of formats. Includes Premier Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Illustrator, OnLocation, Encore, Device Central, Bridge and Media Encoder. Available through TechSoup Canada for $157.

    High cost:

    Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/): Screen recording and video editing software. Website says there is a nonprofit discount but requirements are not clear.

  • Graphics No cost:

    Paint.net (www.getpaint.net): Free image and photo editing software for Windows. Easy to use and quick to load. Active online community and online tutorials available. Great alternative to Photoshop.

    Gimp (www.gimp.org): The most popular open source image editing software. Runs on Windows, Mac and Linux

    Irfranview (www.irfanview.com): Simple and easy to use image viewer. Great for quick edits and conversions of graphic files.

    Picasa (http://picasa.google.com/): Photo organizing and editing software from Google. Low cost:

    Microsoft Publisher (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/node/23): Create publications for print, email or web. Available through TechSoup Canada for $9 or as part of Microsoft Office.

    Adobe Photoshop (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/node/1480): Edit, retouch, optimize and distribute digital images. Available for $16 through TechSoup Canada.

    Medium cost:

    Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium (http://techsoupcanada.ca/node/3761): This is the complete suite of Adobe products for multimedia and design. Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Acrobat Pro. Available through TechSoup Canada for $168. For those who arent eligible, Adobe is now offering access to Creative Suite on a subscription basis: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/cssubscription.html.

    Photo Sharing No cost:

    Flickr (www.flickr.com/): Online photo and video sharing. Free for one album. TechSoup Canada offers two 1-year Pro accounts for $7.

    Picasa Web Album (http://picasa.google.com/): Online photo sharing from Google.