Audio, Graphics, Presentations, Video


Audio Players

Amarok free; Mac, Win, Linux
Open source audio player, regularly updated.
Kioo Media Player free; Win
Open source media player for both audio and video.
MusicBee free; Win, usb
MusicBee makes it easy to organize, find and play music files on your computer, on portable devices and on the web.
Media Monkey free/pay; Win
Music player that can manage small to very large collections of audio files and playlists (50,000+), whether on a hard drive, network, or CDs.
XMPlay free; Win
These pages are dedicated to bringing you some fine audio related software, with the focus on quality and efficiency. Including the XMPlay audio player, the BASS audio library and the MO3 audio format!
VLC free; multiplatform
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC regularly makes the lists of top media players.

Audio Editors

Adobe Audition $$$; Win
Recording, mixing, editing, and mastering — Adobe® Audition® 3 software is the all-in-one toolset for professional audio production.
Ardour free; Linux, Mac
Record, mix, edit, collaborate… Unlimited audio tracks and buses. Non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo.
Audacity free; Mac, Win, Linux
Highly popular free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. (multi-platform)
Garageband free; Mac, iOS
Audio editor bundled with Macs; part of the iLife suite.
MP3 Direct Cut free; Win
A fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing.
Rosegarden free; Linux
A well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
Soundation $; online
Online audio editor. Includes a limited free to try option.
SoundForge Audio Studio $; Win
Powerful editing tools, fast processing, and advanced workflows define the core of this award-wining application.
TwistedWave free/$; Mac, iOS, online
Recording, editing, converting sound files. The online version is free while it is in open beta; this may change when the final version is released.
Wavosaur free; Mac, Win, Linux
A free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.

Voice Recording and Sharing Online

Audacity free; Mac, Win, Linux
Highly popular free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. (multi-platform)
Audioboo free; Win, Mac, mobile
A mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear. Can be used from browser or from mobile devices such as Android or iPhone.
Chirbit free; online, mobile
Chirbits are audio clips that you record or upload. To record a chirbit directly on the site, all you need is a microphone or a webcam with a built in microphone.
Google Voice and Audio free; online, mobile
You can let Google save a recording of your voice and other audio to your Google Account by turning on Voice & Audio Activity.
Vocaroo free; online
Basic voice recording and sharing.


Free Graphics & Image Editors

Quick Resize online
BeFunkyCroppolaImage EnlargerResize Your Image

BeFunky mobile; online (free and pay versions)
Produce stunning photographs and captivating designs with fun, easy-to-use editing tools
— Chrome Store: BeFunky
DrawBerry Mac
With layers, powerful tools, inspectors and workspace, DrawBerry is a complete and easy-to-use drawing solution.
Fotor multiplatform; mobile; online (free and pay versions)
Powerful, user-friendly and globally accessible, Fotor is an online photo editing suite, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to anyone and everyone.
— Chrome Store: Fotor
Gimp multiplatform
Highly-regarded free open-source Photoshop replacement with layers, multiple tools, and special addons..
— Tutorials: Gimp TutorialsGimpUsers.comGimpologyWikiHow: Gimp
Google Photos online
Replacing the popular Picassa Photo Editor, Google Photos allows editing, organizing, and accessing pictures across multiple devices.
Inkscape multiplatform
Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X…. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features … and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface..
iPiccy online
iPiccy has many powerful and easy to use photo editing tools right in your browser.
— Chrome Store: iPiccy
Irfanview Win
This great little freeware program can crop, resize, optimize, change colors, change formats, do basic Paint editing, create thumbnails, slideshows, and more. There is also a Portable version.
— Tutorials: Irfanview; the best freeware image toolResizing Large Images Using IrfanviewWikiHow: Irfanview
Photoshop Express Online Editor online
Free online editor from the creators of Photoshop allowing the uploading, editing, and downloading of .jpg image files.
Pinta multiplatform
Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing. More complex than Irfanview, less than Photoshop or the Gimp
— Tutorials:How To Forge: Using Pinta
Pixlr online
This image editor allows the use of layers and some fairly advanced editing options.
— Chrome Store: Pixlr EditorPixlr Express
— Tutorials: PixlrSupport (video)
Sketchpad online
Online drawing program allowing a wide variety of colors and gradients.
TuxPaint multiplatform
Free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12..
Vectr online and multiplatform
Vectr is free, simple and most intuitive vector graphics editing software. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app.
— Chrome Store: Vectr


Creating Infographics

Canva online
Easy, Drag-and-Drop Infographic Creator online
Popular site for creating quick online posters or infographics with easy drag-and-drop interface. online
Feature-rich tool for creating charts and infographics.
Piktochart online
Offers templates to easily make infographics, presentations, posters, flyers, and reports. online
Popular site for creating quick online posters or infographics, including interactives and videos.

Finding infographics online

Free 3D Graphics & CAD Programs

3d Crafter Win
3D Crafter is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling.
Blender multiplatform
Popular and well-supported open source 3D modeling program available for multiple operating system in a variety of languages.
FreeCAD multiplatform
FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters.
Meshmixer Mac, Win
Do you need to clean up a 3D scan, do some 3D printing, or design an object that fits something else? Meshmixer can help. Think of it as a sort of “Swiss Army Knife” for 3D meshes.
Sculptris Win
A neat little program for sculpting models as if making them from clay.
Sketchup Free online
SketchUp Free is the easiest way to draw in 3D, now delivered in a web browser. Draw, orbit, push-pull: make anything you can imagine, however you envision it.
Tinkercad online
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models.


Presentations - Style

7 Public Speaking Tips From the World’s Best Speakers & Presenters
Take these 7 lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters, and apply them to your next presentation. You’ll also find them in the SlideShare below, sliced up into 10 lessons.
9 Presentation Tips for Students
Making effective classroom presentations takes practice, but with a few tips up your sleeve, you are ready to take on the challenge.
10 Tips for Better Slide Decks
10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert.
11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations
Whether you’re using Visage, PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across.
Brain Rules for Presenters (slideshow)
What all presenters need to know from Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen.
Death By Powerpoint
Classic slideshow on effective presentation style.
It’s The Story, Stupid
Don’t let presentation software keep you from getting your story across.
Life After Death By Powerpoint (video)
Life After Death By Powerpoint 2010 (video)
Commedian Don McMillan demonstrates how people should not use PowerPoint.
Making Presentations in the TED Style
From the excellent “Presentation Zen” blog, information on the rules of presenting for TED conferences along with some examples of superior presentations.
Slides Carnival
Free Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for your presentations.

Presentation Software

Animoto $, online
Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Short videos free; longer videos cost small fee.
Explain Everything $, online
Excellent whiteboard and collaboration app for Windows, Chrome, iOS, and Android devices. While not free, there is a steep educational discount for 5 licenses or more.
Google Slides free, online
The Google Drive suite includes the ability to upload, create, show, and download presentations via the Google Slides application.
Jing free, Mac, Win
Whether for work, home, or play, Jing gives you the ability to create basic visual elements and share them with others.
Photo Peach free & pay, online
With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. We also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.
Powerpoint $$, Win, Mac
Powerpoint from Microsoft comes bundled with Microsoft Office or you can buy it separately.
Prezi free and pay, online
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery. Includes a gallery of re-usable presentations.
SnagIt $, Mac, Win
Take the hassle out of creating images and videos. Capture your screen, edit images, and deliver results.
ThingLink free and pay, online
ThingLiks allows you to add links to specific parts of images or videos and then to share them. The limited basic version is free; there is also an educational version which allows use with student.
VoiceThread $$, online, display with commenting
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
Zentation free & pay, online
Easily synchronize your video and PowerPoint slides together in a single presentation format… Not for creating slides or videos, but for putting them together in one presentation.

Google Slides Tips & Tricks

Excellent Tutorials to Help You Create Presentations on Google Drive
Here is a set of practical video tutorials on Google Slides… The purpose behind this collection is to provide teachers, especially beginner users of Slides, with practical know-how to assist them in creating, editing and sharing Google Slides.
Get Started With Google Slides
From Google, a tutorial showing how you can Create and present professional pitch decks, project presentations, training modules, and much more.
How to Use Google Slides
Step by step tutorial showing how to create a Google Slides presentation.
Google Slides Tutorial
Free tutorial from GCFLearnFree.
How to use Google Drive videos in Google Slides
How to insert videos from Google Drive into your Google Slides. Doing this removes the need for you to use videos that are hosted on YouTube.

Powerpoint Tips & Tricks

Cutting Down Powerpoint File Size
How to Create an Interactive Quiz Using Powerpoint Masters
Shows how to linked slides to create an interactive presentation.
MS Office: PowerPoint Help and Training
Step by step guide to creating Powerpoint presentations.
MS Office: What is Presenter View?
Describes how you can show a Powerpoint on one screen complete with speaker notes, while the show itself shows on another screen without them.
Powerpoint to Video or Video Slideshow
Powerpoint 2016
Free tutorial from GCFLearnFree. Tutorials are also available here for other versions of Powerpoint.
Video Embedding



24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts
We asked our team to share their favorite best practices for creating higher quality screencasts. Without further ado, here are our 24 top tips.
Five Steps to Creating Effective Screencasts
Let me share with you my 5-step process for producing screencasts. Along the way, you’ll pick up plenty of tips too.
Most Common Mistakes in Screencasting
An experienced screencasters tells what not to do. While this article is pretty old (Dec. 2010), the basic principles of good screen presentation design haven’t changed.
Screencasting in the Classroom
A guide for teachers from Kathy Schrock.

Screencasting Programs

CamStudio free; Win
Record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and … turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).
Educreations freemium; iPad
Record your voice and iPad® screen to create dynamic video tutorials that students and colleagues can access any time, as needed.
Lensoo freemium; tablet
Lensoo Create turns your iPad or Android tablet into a virtual whiteboard with voice recording and smooth digital writing.
Nimbus Capture free; Mac, Win, browsers
Record video from your screen or webcam, draw on top of it, and save to disk or share with friends.
OBS Studio free; Linux, Mac, Win
Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily…
Screencastify freemium; Chrome addon
Available from their own website or from the Chrome Store this popular screencasting program allows uses to make videos of up to 10 minutes long for free.
Screencast-O-Matic freemium; online
The free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!
ScreenStudio free; Linux, Mac, Win
ScreenStudio will let you record your desktop in a full HD video files. Overlay some text or even your webcam. It will also let you stream your desktop to services like UStream, Hitbox or

Video Creators & Editors

* All video editors here are either free or freemium (some free features).

* Desktop programs need to be downloaded or purchased and installed on individual machines. However, they work much faster and generally with higher quality than web-based editors.

7 Tools for Adding Questions and Notes to Videos
The following tools allow you to add comments and questions to videos… Useful for teachers and students alike. (Sept. 2015)
Subtitle Creators
YouTube Tools
add annotations: MoocNote VideoAnt Vialogues
extract, splice: Embed Plus TubeChop YouTubeTime
remove ads: QuietTube SafeShare TV Tube ViewPure Watchkin

Adobe Spark online
Create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos with Spark’s free graphic design app.
Animata Mac, Win
Animata is an open source real-time animation software, designed to create animations, interactive background projections for concerts, theatre and dance performances.
Avidemux multi-platform
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF… and conversion from one format to another.
Blender multi-platform
Free open source 3D content creation suite [animation program], available for all major operating systems.
Dvolver Movie Maker online
For making quick and easy cartoons online.
Edpuzzle online
Allows cropping, adding audio, embedding quizzes, and Classroom integration.
iMovie Mac
Video editor for Mac computers. Comes with newer Macs as part of the iLife bundle and purchasable separately for other Macs
Masher online
MASHER lets you easily create a video by mashing together photos, music tracks, text and special effects.
OpenShot Video Editor Linux
Powerful free video editor with user-friendly interface.
Pencil2D multi-platform
An animation/drawing software… [which] lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoons) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil, the original program, is no longer under development, but a fork called Pencil2D is now available.
Synfig Studio multi-platform
Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.
Wax Win
Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software.
YouTube Video Editor online
Once you’ve uploaded a video to YouTube, you can use this free tool to do basic editing. (Must be logged in to use.)
ZS4 Video Editor multi-platform
Advanced video editing and compositing software with over 150 built-in video effects.

Video Players

5KPlayer Mac, Win
[A] mixture of free (MKV) HD video player, music player, DLNA & AirPlay enabled media streamer and online downloader.
ALLPlayer Win
Plays a wide variety of video formats; includes a video converter and YouTube downloader.
iTunes Mac, Win
Media player and library from Apple, with built-in links to Apple’s iTunes Store. For more information, see:
CNET: iTunes Tips and TricksGizmodo: iTunesLifehacker: iTunes
DivX Player Win
[A]ward-winning video software to play, create and stream your favorite videos, including DivX, MKV, and HEVC up to 4K.
KMPlayer Win, Mac
KMP is a versatile multi media player which can cover a various different types of contained formats. Without any separate Codec, you are able to play any media files because KMP has its’ own internal Codec.
Global PotPlayer Windows
Lightweight highly customizable media player.
Kodi multi-platform, mobile
Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.
Leawo Blu-Ray Player Win, Mac
It acts as free Blu-ray disc player, free DVD disc player, free CD player (video-CD), free HD video player (free 4K video player), free ISO file player, and free audio player (free music player).
Miro multiplatform, mobile
Excellent open-sources music and video player, downloader, converter, and organizer.
MPC-HC Windows
MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.
Real Player multi-platform
Adware which plays a variety of audio and video files.
VLC Media Player multi-platform, mobile
VVLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Windows Media Player Mac, Win
Microsoft’s media player, already included in Windows.
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