Cubize is a web app which allows you to upload standard 3D CAD files and have them rendered as 3D interactive, manipulable objects that can be embedded on any web site.
Supported 3D file formats include:
Polygon File Format (.ply)
Standard Tessellation Language (.stl)
Object File Format (.off)
With Cubize it is also possible to choose how the 3D objects are rendered (materials and textures, shininess, reflectivity, bump maps and more) and displayed in terms of size and aspect ratio, whether they are floating or on the ground, its background and more.
3D objects rendered with Cubize can be annotated, commented, tagged and easily shared on all social media channels.
Bunkr is a new web app which allows you to easily collect and organize all of your existing content and images and to build up visual presentations by easily dragging and dropping your selected items into a dedicated presentation area.
Bunkr slides can be easily edited, with text, images or video clips. Slides can be easily deleted, moved or rearranged intuitively.
An integrated library + search facility makes it easy to organize in a professional way all of your imported content so that you can use it for more than just one time.
The final presentation can be saved, previewed and exported to HTML5 iframe embed code, PDF or PPTX formats for final publication and distribution.
My initial impressions are quite positive as the tool feels fast, and quite intuitive (after you have seen the tutorial clips). From there everything works as expected and once you have imported your selected content, you can build a presentation in a matter of minutes.
Some features that would make Bunkr an immediate winner with me would be:
a) Ability to search for resources (content+images+video) out on the web
b) Option to import an image in a slide and have it automatically fill the whole slide
c) Better text control handling (small controls, low usability) to make it easy to edit text easily and format it faster
Fotor is a free cross-platform image editing tool and web app which makes it easy for everyone to crop, resize, filter or optimize any image without needing advanced skills or an expensive piece of software.
Key features include an easy-to-use gallery of over 60 image filter effects, ability to control contrast, brightness, manually controllable tilt-shift effect, borders, backgrounds, clipart, instagram-like presets, and full file export support for JPG, PNG, BMP and TIF formats.
The interface is excellent, intuitive, easy to understand and use even after a few seconds of use, and the app, both on the web as well as in its dedicated OS versions is very responsive to every action and commnd applied.
The collage making facility is excellent and provides a good selection of ready-made collage layouts which can be further adjusted and personalized.
Fotor is available both as a web-based app, immediately accessible here: http://www.fotor.com/ as well as a free download app for Windows 8, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
SlideShark is the one and only app used to reliably view and share PowerPoint on the iPad or iPhone. Get it for free now.
Robin Good's insight:
Slideshark is a free mobile app which allows you to show and broadcast PowerPoint presentations to anyone across the desk or around the world while providing you with tens of useful features. PPT presentations maintain all of their original look, fonts, graphics, animations and links.
Slideshark is a great tool for any professional presenter, who travels, moves from conference to conference but needs to have always access to all of its presentations in a reliable fashion. Additionally Slideshark makes your iPhone/iPad/iPod act as super-efficient remote controller and preview unit for your slide, giving you the possibility to deliver and control your presentations directly from your iPhone or iPad.
Key features included in version 3:
Broadcast Slides over the Web
Laser Pointer in iPhone
Import Files from SkyDrive, Syncplicity & Google Drive, Box & DropBox
Support for .wmv sound effects (PPT 2010)
Remote Control via iPhone/iPod of the presentation
Support for embedded video
Pinch to "zoom in" on slides on iPhone or iPod touch
Support for projector or TV (iPhone 4 and later)
Access presentations from multiple iOS devices
Support for streaming to a projector/monitor via Apple AirPlay
View slide notes
Slide and presentation timers
See previous and next slides
Hide or re-order slides
Share presentations online for on-demand viewing
Share via email and social media
User & permission management
Usage reporting and analytics
Auto-advance slides and "looping mode"
There are two versions of SlideShark available: a Individual Free version that is completely free and which offers up to 100MB of storage space or a Slideshark Plus version which includes 500MB of space and costs $49/year.
For businesses there is SlideShark Pro version which costs $95/year (less than $10/mo) and it provides 1GB of presentation space for one user. The Team Edition, which costs $149/year offers access to unlimited team members and 5GB of storage space.
Here is a good collection of 20+ tools that allow you, without needing to have any technical skills, to pull together specific information bits on a specific topic and to create great looking infographic-like visual information displays for free.
Adobe Revel is a new app, working across Mac and iPhone and iPad which makes it extremely easy to import all of your photos, help you organize them into "libraries" and "albums", and to share them privately with your selected contacts.
Adobe Revel also makes it easy to edit any image with a number of intuitive real-time controls and Instagram-like "effects".
I must say, after having imported nearly 25,000 photos, that Adobe Revel is very simple, intuitive and straightforward to use. Learning time is zero and everything works like you expect it too.
The free plan allows you to import unlimited pictures for the first 30 days, and then a maximum of 50 additional pics every month.
The paid option, at $5.99/month, allows you to upload unlimited number of photos always.
N.B.: For users with Android phones you can download Revel Importer. Revel Importer is not a full version of Revel but it does give you a way to import the photos on your Android phone into your Revel photo library.
There is also a web version of Revel at www.adoberevel.com. The web version of Revel includes almost all the features of Revel EXCEPT the ability to edit your photos.
Color Hunter is a free web app that allows you to instantly derive a color palette from any image or photograph you submit.
To find existing color palettes on Color Hunter, enter a search term in the box at the top of the page. You can search by tag or hex color code or image URL.
If you have an image, you can upload it and get a color palette based on the colors in the image.
When you search for color palettes by tag, ColorHunter.com searches Flickr.com via Flickr's API for images labeled with the tag you entered. The thumbnails of the Flickr images are used to create a color palette. ColorHunter.com uses the Flickr API but is not endorsed or certified by Flickr.
Mapbox is a professional map creation and customization app that allows any web publisher to create, edit, personalize and serve professional-looking interactive maps to thousands of viewers.
Maps can be personalized by using predefined design templates, by controlling color for each map individual element and positioning location placeholders providing specific information anywhere across the map.
Maps can also be made interactive, as if they were mini-apps by utilizing layer switching, map easing, geolocation and other features.
Other key features include:
Create custom styled maps using MapBox Streets and upload custom layers from TileMill.
You can create an unlimited number of custom styled maps and upload as many custom layers as your plan's storage allows.
Responsive, native map integration for your mobile app with the MapBox iOS SDK.
Analytics. MapBox tracks map traffic from embeds, mobile devices, and custom applications so you can learn about your audience.
Online video slideshow maker. Converts photos into amazing video. Import pictures from Facebook, Flickr or computer, and adds music and text to it. Easy to use.
Robin Good's insight:
PicoVico is a web app, very similar to Slide.ly, which allows you generate a music video made out of your favorite photos. PicoVico makes it easy to select your preferred photos (either from computer or from your social media profiles) and to arrange it in a sequence, that you can personalize with your music and titles.
PicoVico also offers a set of pre-designed video "themes" from which you can select your favorite "style" and allows you to fully customize the pictures, order, titles and soundtrack that will be displayed in your clip.
Final videos are published to YouTube or Facebook at 360p resolution.
An upcoming paid version will allow for exporting and saving the video also at higher video quality levels including HD.
Thanks to Pinterest, Giuseppe Gagliano and my own work, here is a useful collection of over 50 presentation tools, resources and services that I have curated, reviewed or written about in the last year or so.
The collection includes presentation tools, resources for finding music, clipart and images as well as services that allow you to add video, converto to other formats (PDF, video) and to deliver your presentations in all types of events and to all types of devices.
P.S.: This Pinterest collection is the natural, evolutionary fruit of people "pinning" images and stories from my own newsradar dedicated to Presentation Tools available here: http://presentationtools.masternewmedia.org.
SlideCaptain is a new web-based web presentation app, which allows you to create full HTML5-CSS3 slideshows, with text and images, which can be exported as HTML or PDF files.
SlideCaptain introduces the "flow" concept, allowing sequences of slides to have branches and alternative directions. Instead of being able to go only to the "next" slide, I can also set up a slide "up" and one "down", allowing myself for three different display options after anyone slide. Furthermore a very useful navigation icon, displayed at the bottom right of my slides reminds me at all times which navigation options I have at every slide.
The app integrates with a number of online services like Flickr, Instagram and Google Drive to facilitate importing and integrating images into slideshows. You can even search directly for image files on the web and import them directly onto your slides.
By default presentations are set to "private", but as soon as you want to, you can share them publicly for everyone to see.
My comment: Powerful and promising presentation editor, altough not so intuitive as would be expected. For example, inserting new items in a slide is not as clear as it should be. Look forward to improvements in the editor UI and workflow.
If you need to rapidly add some notes, text, highlights or arrows to a screenshot or a photo, there is no better and easier free tool that I know of than Evernote Skitch.
The newly released version 2.5 introduces full PDF annotation capabilities, and a great set of superuseful "visual stamps", that further enhance Skitch fast and elegant markup capabilities.
At its core Skitch is a super-handy image capture and editing utility that allows you to resize, crop, and add unique annotations and highlights to any image while allowing you to save and export in all major image file formats.
Skitch fully integrates with Evernote allowing you to automatically save all of your annotated images into one or more dedicated "notebooks".
From the same guys behind the excellent video curation tool DragonTape, here's a new interesting editing, curation and remixing video tool. SooMeta allows you to grab videos, pictures, text paragraphs from any web source and turn them into short movies.
SooMeta amkes it very easy you to combine videos from YouTube, pictures from the web or from your desktop, text, and voice recordings to create a presentation. You can also pull content in from Pinterest and Twitter to use in your final product.
To produce a video you need to do the following:
a) enter a great title than press create.
b)search with the integrated tool quality content to remix
c) copy/paste your best Youtube, Vimeo or any image URLs and mix them into a new story.
d) use the Soo Cut bookmarklet to collect content or images from selected websites
e) trim the video, enlarge the image, crop the text
f) save and publish, share on social, embed on sites
If you are looking for an outstanding collection of public domain images that you can use immediately on your website or blog, Pixabay offers more than 65,000 free images, photos, vector graphics and clipart contributed by its community.
Developed by Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger this is a great image resource to bookmark right away.
From the official site: "...a repository for outstanding public domain images. You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author."
Office Timeline is a free timeline maker PowerPoint add-in that allows you to easily create and share beautiful simple timelines, gantt charts, and project schedules.
Robin Good's insight:
Instant Timeline is a new web-based app which allows you to easily create professional-looking timelines and Gannt charts (that you can use and publish anywhere) in a matter of minutes, from any device or OS, and for free.
The process is very simple. You first select the style/look of your template, and then you manually add tasks, dates and milestones that you want to be displayed in your timeline. As a last step you can further personalize the look and appearance of specific elements before seeing your timeline fully displayed on your monitor.
At this point you can go back and edit the data, the look and feel, or download the newly created timeline as PowerPoint or as an image file ready to be used anywhere.
Instant Timeline is a close relative to Office Timeline, a free timeline maker PowerPoint add-in that allows you to easily create and share beautiful timelines, gantt charts, and project schedules inside PowerPoint.
A "Plus" version of Office Timeline (starts at $29.95) allows for even greater visual customization options, for direct copy-paste of data directly from Excel, and the leveraging of a large set of professionally-designed ready-made templates plus the ability to do all these things directly within PowerPoint.
Photo Pin is a free tool that helps bloggers and designers find beautiful photos for blogs and websites using Creative Commons licensing. Download the photos and get attribution links already formatted for you.
Robin Good's insight:
Pin Photo is a great free web service that facilitates your task of finding free, Creative Commons licensed images that you can utilize on your web site, ebook or blog.
"Using the open API of Flickr, Photo Pin searches the whole Flickr image database, which carries almost 39 Million pictures, if you reduce it to CC-BY-SA.
Switches in the Photo Pin surface allow for the filtering of search results and limiting them to commercial or non-commercial licences. Results are sorted by date, relevance or interestingness.
The search results page resembles the new look of Google Images and presents the pictures in an endless grid. Each image carries a link “Get Photo” which becomes visible on hover. Clicking on it opens a modal window from where you can perform the rest of the necessary tasks. Here you can see the available resolutions and, and this is the unique selling proposition of Photo Pin, the preformatted attribution link to just copy it out and paste it back in.
...Compared to manually performing these tasks on Flickr, you will save loads of time, especially when you are a heavy user."
If you want to know what characterizes the new PowerPoint 2013 from the version you have been using unitl now, here is all you need to know.
Key new features you should be aware of:
Wide-screen friendly There’s a 16:9 layout, and new themes designed to take advantage of widescreen possibilities.
Start an online meeting from within PowerPoint Send out a link to the slides, or start a full-on Lync meeting that displays the deck with audio and IM. Your audience can join you from anywhere, on any device using Lync or the Office Presentation Service.
Improved audio and video PowerPoint now supports more multimedia formats, such as .mp4 and .mov with H.264 video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio, and more high-definition content. PowerPoint 2013 includes more built-in codecs so you don’t have to install them for certain file formats to work.
Touch device support
Now it’s possible to interact with PowerPoint on most any device including a Windows 8 PC. Using typical touch gestures, you can swipe, tap, scroll, zoom, and pan your way through your slides, and really feel the presentation.
Share & Save to the cloud Save your Office files to your own SkyDrive or to your organization’s site. From there you can access and share your PowerPoint presentations and other Office files. You can even work together with your colleagues on the same file at the same time.
Use Presenter View on one monitor Presenter View no longer requires multiple monitors. Now you can rehearse in Presenter View without hooking up anything else.
Zoom in on a slide Click the magnifying glass to zoom in on charts, diagrams, or whatever you want to emphasize for your audience.
Theme variations Themes now come with a set of variations, like different color palettes and font families. And, PowerPoint 2013 provides new widescreen themes along with standard sizes. Choose a theme and variant from the start screen or from the Design tab.
Jump to a slide Use Slide Navigator to browse to other slides in the presentation.
Automatic set up PowerPoint can automatically sense your computer setup and choose the right monitor for Presenter view.