Digital Tools & Media

There are a plethora of digital tools both on the web and as software. We’ve compiled a list of tools that we recommend below. Get creative!

Mapping, Storytelling, Timelines

Google My Maps is a great tool to create custom maps. It can be used for personal projects, as well as personal use. You will need to have a Google account before you begin because your work will be saved in Google Drive. Check out Google’s Help Guides to get started.

StoryMap JS s a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. You can make a story on a map or on a gigapixel, a high resolution image of a photograph, map, piece of art, etc. The steps to get started as well as their support is on their homepage.

Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story. Learn how to get started with Esri’s Resource Guide.

Juxtapose JS helps storytellers compare two pieces of similar media, including photos, and GIFs. It’s ideal for highlighting then/now stories that explain slow changes over time (growth of a city skyline, regrowth of a forest, etc.) or before/after stories that show the impact of single dramatic events (natural disasters, protests, wars, etc.). Everything you need to know about getting started is on their homepage.

SoundCite JS is a simple-to-use tool that lets you add inline audio to your story. The audio is not isolated; it plays right under the text you choose.

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS’s core functionality. Timeline JS supports media from a variety of sources such as Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud, etc. You will need to have a Google account to make timelines with this tool. 

Aurasma is HP Autonomy’s free augmented reality platform. It is available as a software for iOS- and Android-based mobile devices. Aurasma image recognition technology uses a smartphone or tablet camera to recognize real world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. You can create overlay media on the app or online here. You will need an account. Their support guides can be found here.

Infographics

Canva lets you design infographics,  presentations, social media graphics, posters, and more. It has a bunch of preset layouts and a drag and drop builder. Check out their tutorials if you need additional help.

Piktochart is an infographic maker with professionally-designed templates and a drag and drop interface. When you are finished designing your infographic, you can save it as a document, display it as a presentation, and share it on the web. Learn how to make an infographic in just five steps.

Image Editing

Adobe Photoshop is a robust image editing program available on all of the HCC computers. This software allows you to  create, manipulate, and analyze 2D and 3D images in layers or videos in frames, and create animated GIFs. It supports numerous file types as well as Camera Raw file types. In addition, Photoshop allows you to not only save finished projects, but also project files (.psd files), so you can start and stop image or video editing editing projects whenever you need to. Adobe provides a library of tutorials, projects and articlescommunity support and commonly asked questions support for Photoshop.

GIMP is a free, open source, cross-platform image editor. GIMP is similar to Photoshop in that you can work in layers, transform objects, manipulate your images with a variety of tools, and create animated GIFs. You can download GIMP here. GIMP provides thorough documentation on how to do just about everything the software has to offer for image editing.

Pixlr is a free online image editor with multiple web apps and a mobile app. Similar to Photoshop and GIMP,  you can work in layers, transform objects, manipulate your images with a variety of tools. To get started with Pixlr, you can learn about the menu bar and browse other support topics.

GIFs are animated images made from video frames or multiple images. The DKC created a website dedicated to showing the UMW community how to make GIFs, and displaying some GIFs created by UMW students. On the Giffing site, you’ll find tutorials on how to make GIFs using Adobe Photoshop or GIMP(image editors), and MPEG Streamclip (a free video trimming software).

Video Editing

iMovie is Apple’s default video editing software. In iMovie you can create trailers, trim clips, add effects, use chroma keying (the green screen effect), and more! iMovie videos can be exported as a QuickTime file (.mov), or uploaded to YouTubeVimeo, and Facebook. iMovie is available to use on all of the HCC computers, when booted up into MAC OS. Apple’s support documentation for iMovie is comprehensive and a great guide to help you get started!

OpenShot Video Editor is a free video editor available for download on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Very much like iMovie, you can add and trim videos and audio, add video effects, transitions, and text. You can find their User Guide here.

Final Cut Pro X is a more robust video editing software available for MAC OS. In Final Cut Pro, you can edit uncompressed high-definition video, fix common problems such as camera shake, excess hum, or loudness, and add in effects to video, audio, and photos. Similar to iMovie, Apple provides straightforward and detailed documentation on how to use Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut Pro X is available on the computers in the HCC Multimedia Editing Lab (HCC 116). Anyone in the UMW community can access the suite. You will just need your EagleOne card to scan in. 

Adobe Premiere is one of the industry-leading video editing softwares. It’s very robust, more robust than Final Cut Pro X, and has several functionalities in addition to editing video clips such as adding text and transitions, editing audio, and adding effects. To get started, check out Adobe’s beginner tutorial.

Adobe Premiere is available on the computers in the HCC Multimedia Editing Lab (HCC 116). Anyone in the UMW community can access the suite. You will just need your EagleOne card to scan in. 

Audio Editing

Audacity is an audio editing tool that allows you to record and edit audio. Besides trimming audio files and converting audio files, Audacity also has audio effects built in, so you can remix and mashup audio as much as you want. Audacity’s documentation is broken up into a few pieces and be accessed below.

You can download Audacity here.

GarageBand is a Mac OS X music maker and audio editor that allows you to record your voice and instruments. It also comes complete with a sound library that includes a selection of instruments, such as guitar presets, and voice presets, and percussion.  You can get started with their support guides here! GarageBand is available on all of the computers in the HCC.

Logic Pro X is one of the ultimate audio mixers available on Mac OS X. Produce music by using software instruments, recording your own voice and instruments, adding effects, customize your mixing, and automatically match the timing of your tracks. Everything you’d want to know how to do in Logic Pro X can be found here

It’s available on the computers in the HCC Multimedia Editing Lab (HCC 116). Anyone in the UMW community can access the suite. You will just need your EagleOne card to scan in. 

3D Prints

Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app. Tinkercad works with shapes and combining them can create basic or complex models. They provide step-by-step lessons to help you get started.

If you’d like to print your 3D model, or get a tutorial on 3D printing, check out the ThinkLab in Simpson Library 225A.

Meshmixer is a free software that can help you design and sculpt 3D objects, clean up a 3D scan, and more. Look over their manual for additional help.

If you’d like to print your 3D model, or get a tutorial on 3D printing, check out the ThinkLab in Simpson Library 225A.

Research

Zotero is a free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Take a look at their quick start guide to learn more. 

Zotero is available as a free download and a browser extension.