Here’s some interesting stuff I’ve found/gathered over the summer whilst surfing the web. You will have to forgive me here, as hardly any of the content is connected. Simply a smorgasbord of good stuff.
1. Have several images to host on your site? Hongkiat ‘have put together a showcase of the best 10 galleries, slideshows and sliders they know of. They are all available for free, making them the perfect addition to position your website well for optimized browser and mobile viewing.’
2. If you do any portrait/life drawing, check out the examples on Carla Sonheim’s blog for drawing with a graphite stick.
6. Finally, if you haven’t checked out PBS’ webseries OffBook yet, you have been missing a great show. Their most recent episode is embedded below, but also check out their last one on the art of logo design.
I am really looking forward to giving these apps a try. You too may find them useful. Cartoonatic allows you to record videos with cartoon effects. Free and available for the iPhone & iPad2. Miniatures allows you to create time-lapse miniature (tilt-shift) movies using your iPhone or iPad2. Free.
Lastly, try out JellyCam for creating stop-motion animations. Free but installation required.
I must say, DropMocks is sure a simple way to share photos quickly. I simply saved the photos to my desktop and dragged them into the DropMocks window, which is pictured above. Simple. I haven’t even registered for it. Apart from that, there’s not much else I know about their features. It is however really useful and all you need to do is share the URL. Click here to see an example I used to send to my coworkers as we build a collage unit.
DragOnTape (currently in beta) is a cool little website that allows you to make video mix-tapes (playlists). You could use it to stream all your favourite YouTube videos or create that great Metal Mix for that video party you are throwing! This could also be a useful resource if you have a TV/Monitor in the lobby of your school to showcase curriculum videos or student work etc. I’ve embedded a basic demo video below that has some text instructions. A cool feature I like is how you can share the playlist via a web link. So, I gotta get back to that Metal Mix (click me)!
(Note: At times, there are a few glitches. Since they are in beta, keep your eyes posted to the site.)
I am a big fan of Vi.sualize.us. I use it a lot to bookmark and tag pictures I find from the web for the topics I teach. I wish I could do the same thing with video. Now comes along Snipi. With Snipi, you can grab pictures and video from the web to store in a central collection and organise them into streams to share with others. More info in the video below and then head over to AppStorm to read a full review.
If you read The Back of the Napkin, you’ll understand how diagrams solve problems and sells ideas. SimpleDiagrams is a free “…desktop application that helps you express your ideas quickly and simply. There’s just enough functionality to describe a thought or capture a process.” There is an upgrade available as well. Features include:
Drag, drop and size symbols from libraries
Add photos and post-notes
Various background styles (chalkboard, whiteboard, etc.)
Save diagrams on your computer
Export your diagram to PNG
SimpleDiagrams is built on the Adobe AIR™ platform so it will run smoothly on Mac, Windows and Linux.
With Pullfolio, you can create a portfolio site using your Flickr photos. I’ve given it a try and it may be a good alternative to showcase some of your work or that of your students. But yeah, you would need a Flickr account as well. Of course, there is Pictobrowser if you wish to simply embed slideshows onto your site. But if you want something that looks like an independent site, Pullfolio may be for you (free with a pro upgrade option). Click here to view further photo sharing options if interested.