Cooliris is a company that first received attention by making a Firefox plug-in that allowed for you to view images on a 3D wall that you could easily scroll through instead of clicking through pages of photos. This layout made it natural and easier to view a bulk of photos. I first used this plug-in to view my image search results on Google. Now Cooliris has unveiled Cooliris Express, a web based version of this plug-in that allows for you to add your photos and videos to a 3D wall and you can embed it into your blog, Twitter post, Facebook post, or website. This would be great for a presentation of a portfolio or for a presentation in class (thinking Art History as an example). You can also pull photos from other places (I’m thinking CC licensed photos on Flickr for a class presentation).
To learn more about Cooliris Express and to build your own 3D wall, click on the link below:
I recently came a across a new tool called Prezi. It’s a web based application that allows you to create slideshows and display information on a screen. So what’s so new about it? It’s the way the information is presented. You have one giant screen with all your information on it, instead of a group a slides that you navigate by clicking the forward and back buttons. Here, you can go up, down, left, right, sideways, zoom in, zoom out. You can draw graphics like circles arrows to call out to information, add text, and media (like images, video, and PDFs). It’s a nice alternative to the typical presentation, but the zooming and bouncing around effects can becoming dizzying and over used. You can sign up for a free account here (there are also paid accounts with more space and the option to keep presentation files private, with a free account, your presentations are public. I also did not see an embed feature which would be nice in the future) :
Stanford University has just made their course, iPhone Application Programming, available for free on iTunes U and pretty soon on YouTube. It will teach you how to develop software for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. It is a 10 week computer science course. To find out more about the free offering check out the links below.
SUMO Paint is a free web based (online) image editor. What’s really nice about this service is that it has some of the features that you would see in image editor like GIMP or Photoshop (that you need to install on your computer). SUMO Paint can do many things like transform an image, it has support for multiple layers and many other features like a smudge tool, blur tool, and symmetry tool. This is a great tool to have in your toolbox if you use maps in your humanities classes. You can edit them online and them download them. SUMO Paint also has a community you can post your images to for others to see and comment (but you can not directly save the image to services like Facebook or Flickr, you would need to download them to your computer first).
If you want to explore the tool before creating an account, you can by visiting the link below: