Monthly Archives: January 2009

Free Image/Graphics Editors

In the field of instructional design (being it corporate, education or independent sectors) it is sometimes hard to have the latest and most expensive editors out there. Many people coming into this field now that need to create materials and edit images know how hard ti can be to save up the money to buy the Adobe products, even with the student editions out there.
Here is a short list of free editors out there that might not be as complete as the Adobe suites but will do for many of those tasks you would perform on the expensive tools.

Some are cross-platform, others aren’t… this is a late night post that I will be back to separating these by categories and platform types (or at least adding the supported platforms in the descriptions). That is, if  I remember to come back to this post later on… :)

Paint.NET – basic image editor.

GIMP – open source image editor (similar to Photoshop).

GIMPshop – version of GIMP that most resembles Adobe Photoshop’s interface (for those used to working on Photoshop).

GIMPhoto – This one is even more similar to Photoshop.

Inkscape - open source vector graphic editor.

DrawPlus – powerful and intuitive vector graphic editor.

Pencil – open source animation (Flash) editor.

SynFig – vector based animation editor (similar to Flash).

AnimPixels – unique animation editor for isometric pixel art.

More tools and hints here and here.

Free Image/Graphics Editors

In the field of instructional design (being it corporate, education or independent sectors) it is sometimes hard to have the lates and most expensive editors out there. Many people coming into this field now that need to create materials and edit images know how hard ti can be to save up the money to buy the Adobe products, even with the student editions out there.
Here is a short list of free editors out there that might not be as complete as the Adobe suites but will do for many of those tasks you would perform on the expensive tools.

Paint.NET – basic image editor.

GIMP – open source image editor (similar to Photoshop).

PhotoGIMP – version of GIMP that most resembles Adobe Photoshop’s interface (for those used to working on Photoshop).

GIMPhoto

Inkscape – open source vector graphic editor.

DrawPlus – powerful and intuitive vector graphic editor.

Pencil – open source animation (Flash) editor.

SynFig – vector based animation editor (similar to Flash).

AnimPixels – unique animation editor with its own style.

More tools and hints here and here.

CNN Facebook mashup – Obama’s Inauguration

A good example of a live action interactive mashup can be experienced live on CNN.com by clicking on the live coverage link for the Obama presidential inauguration.
After having logged into Facebook and visiting CNN.com’s live coverage, an application come up with the footage to the left and your friends status messges AND other people’s as well, live.

Similarly, TwitterCamp does a “gathering” of status updates related to a certain topic (with a @ tag) into a visually appealing message board (without the video aspects of the CNN mashup above).

This type of technologies have fantastic potential for audience response and engagement in live classes/events as well as asynchronous ones, allowing learners/contributors to hve a discussion around certain content.

Although not a mashup either, Voicethread.com is a good example of this “discussion” thread idea around content. The mashups just take it to another level by bringing in 2 or more technologies without the need, normally, for the creation of new accounts, etc. on the users’ side (e.g. CNN broadcast + Facebook status updates).

Mash-up learning, working similar to the way our brains naturally work: gathering info from different sources and processing that in a way unique to each of us with an outcome.

Any other examples of mashups (especially for education) you can think of? I have some in mind but I will leave this open for contributions from you, the contributors to my blog. Please add your ideas as comments below.

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