Now, more than ever, there is a wide variety of free software available. The hardest part is finding it; with so many choices, identifying the right tool can be a challenge. Here is a list of useful tools.
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Audacity's interface is simple and easy to use. The control buttons use the standard icons found on CD and DVD players and changing the sample rate, or quality, of a project is a matter of clicking a drop-down menu. Several tools for trimming audio are also available, including the ability to trim everything except the selected segment. In addition to the basic editing features Audacity includes several filters including noise removal and fades.
Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers.
ClassMarker is a free, easy to use, online quiz maker that marks your tests and quizzes for you.
Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!
a social bookmarking tool that allows you to save and collect the sites and stuff you treasure most. Like other social bookmarking sites, it allows you to create subjects, post information, and tag the stuff you bookmark for convenience.
Use to download online videos directly from streaming websites for your future viewing pleasure.
is a useful little color picker that grabs the pixel under your mouse and transforms it into a number of different color formats.
CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers programming-free (What You See Is What You Get) WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-learning content which can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMS and other devices.
Dipity is the easiest way to make and share interactive timelines about the people and things you care about.
Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy.
eXe : eLearning XHTML editor
The eXe project is developing a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup.
Facebook is a social utility that connects you with the people around you.
Online photo sharing and storage.
FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations. FreeMind is cross-platform and can save mind maps into serval formats including: HTML, JPEG, PNG, and PDF.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
Easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.
An online calendar.
Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch). Use our simple WYSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc. Invite others (by e-mail address) to edit or view your documents and spreadsheets.
Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information -- from videos to presentations -- and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.
Tool to aggregate resources, mail, RSS feeds in one place.
INNOV8 - a BPM Simulator
INNOV8 is an interactive, 3-D business simulator designed to teach the fundamentals of business process management and bridge the gap in understanding between business leaders and IT teams in an organization.
The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video from your computer to anywhere. It's something we want to give you, along with some online media hosting, to see how you use it.
Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds..
you can now create surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles.
a free tool that downloads videos from Youtube or Google Video and saves it as Avi or Mpeg or Flv file to your local computer.
Scribd is a Silicon Valley startup creating technology that makes it easy to share documents online. You can think of Scribd as a big online library where everyone can publish original content, including you!
Make calls from your computer â€” free to other people on Skype and cheap to phones and mobiles around the world.
Share your presentations. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to create a webinar.
An online survey tool.
An online survey tool.
ToonDoo - The Cartoon Strip Creator
Create your own comic strips, Publish, Share & Discuss.
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
uMark - a utility for marking the images and photos with a copyright notice or your company logo or both.
Ustream.TV is the live interactive video broadcast platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to a global audience of unlimited size. In less than two minutes, anyone can become a broadcaster.
Visuwords online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam).
makes movies from your mobile phone, digital camera, or webcam look great.
Turns bookmarks and feeds into interactive slideshows.
Create simple web pages that groups, friends, & families can edit together.
Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a high quality presentation.
Use WiZiQ's Virtual Classroom for synchronous online teaching and learning. Equipped with live audio/video, text chat, document/whiteboard sharing, and session recording capabilities, this web conferencing tool is available for unlimited free use.
WordPress is a publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration.
Convert any media file format (Documents, Images, Audio, Video & Archives) without buying or installing anything on your PC.
Online Video Sharing.