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BEST FREE Digital Resources

lynda.com FREE
(normally $375/y)
Among the best tutorials for learning graphics, web, and video technologies.
Get your free membership with a Hillsborough or Pinellas County library membership. They will provide the info about login when you ask.

Free Tutorials

Adobe Tutorials
Social Media Training (Hubspot)
Google Analytics Academy
Hootsuite Academy
Lynda.com (normally $375/yer is FREE for anyone who signs up for a library card at the Hillsborough Public Library or Saint Petersburg Public Library!)

Free Media Sources

Stock Photography
Wikimedia Commons

FreeImages.com
Pixabay
StockXchng
Morguefile
FreeImages.co.uk
Dreamstime (free section)

NOTE: Cheap stock photography can be much better quality and cost very little. See, for example, iStock or Dreamstime.

Sound Tracks for Film/Video
YouTube (free sound tracks)
Jamendo (free)
www.mobygratis.com (free)
Audio Network (cheap per track)
Musopen (free classical)
Soundcloud (monthly fee)

Sound FX & Music Loops
www.flashkit.com

Vector Art
Google "Free Vector Art" for many sources.

Clip Art

www.classroomclipart.com/
www.clipartconnection.com

Fonts
Google Fonts
www.dafont.com
www.beau-coup.com
"Fonts Guide for All Occasions"

(Thanks, Cynthia, Mia & Friends!)
www.acidfonts.com
www.fontfreak.com
www.aplusart.com

Free
Productivity Apps


Coordinate Schedules
for Meetings

www.doodle.com

Sign-up Calendar
appointlet.com
People make appointements with you online (you can
synch w/ Google, etc.)

Internal Collaboration and Messaging (on Steroids) for Businesses
Slack.com


Web Conferencing
www.zoom.us
www.freescreensharing.com

Conference Calls
www.freeconferencecall.com

Remote Access/Synching
www.logmein.com

Dropbox (Cloud Server)
www.dropbox.com
Back up your files automatically to the cloud (in real time) and access them anywhere (Mac, PC, smart phone, iPad, a school computer).

Wunderlist
Take notes, make task lists, link them to your Google Calendar, link documents, set reminders, share to collaborate.

Evernote
Take notes, make task lists, brainstorm projects, save web clippings and photos, organize your info, back it up online and share. Link your projects to your Google calendar.

Reddit.com
Most popular social news sharing site.

Diigo
www.diigo.com
Collect web pages, highlight text, insert sticky notes, summarize, tag, keep private or share, create research groups.

Automatic Bibliographies (Quick)
www.bibme.com

Free Academic Resources

See teaching materials for topics such as: citing sources, grammar tutorials, copyright and copyleft information.

Free "Clicker" App
www.polleverywhere.com
(works with cell phones)

Fund Your Media Project Kickstarter.com
www.kickstarter.com 

Free Test Preps for Grad School
GRE: Free Test Prep
LSAT: Free Test Prep

Best Free App
for Keeping Personal Journal

Penzu (includes military encription)
The Pro version allows multiple journals, graphic customization, etc.

Publish Your Essays and Art
Apollon: The Undergraduate e-Journal

The Artifice
This online magazine covers a wide spectrum of art forms and has a following of 4 million.

Publication Platforms for
Academic and Research Publishing
www.openedition.org

Student Software Discounts

JourneyEd
www.journeyed.com
As much as 2/3 OFF.
Students and faculty send 
photocopy of ID with purchase

Free Software & Templates

Social Media Software &
Graphics Templates

Canva.com
Hashtag Generator
Google Key Word Planner Tool

Video Editing Software
OpenShot.org (Beginners)
Blender.og (Beginners)
iMovie (Beginners)
Lightworks (Advanced)

Video Templates
Animoto (templates)

Video Screen Capture
Screencast-o-matic (basic)
OBS: Open Broadcast Software (robust: includes video editing, webcam and screen capture)
Snagit (highly ranked but ony a free trial)

COMPARE: Screencast-o-matic and Snagit rank neck-and-neck, but the former has a free version and Snagit has limited trial. OBS is open source, so all functionality is free (including screen capture and webcam capture, image capture, and video editing), but the interface is more difficult to navigate.
OBS is popular with YouTube influencers.


Stop-Motion Video
Stop Motion Studio

Animation Maker
Animaker

Video Grab
(download videos from
websites like YouTube)
ClipGrab

Sound Editor:
GarageBand (Apple)
Audacity

Web Design (Free Tools)

Word Press
PROS: Industry standard and you can choose to code or not; lots of plug-ins.
CONS: The free templates are ugly, so you have to buy themes--the most popular is the "Divi" theme).

Wix
PROS: Great free templates
CONS: Only use this for small-scale sites because you can't use CSS with it, and all the plug-ins are proprietary.

Blogger
Google's CMS

Advanced Content Management System Platforms
www.drupal.org
www.joomla.org

Infographics
Canva.com
Piktochart
Visme

Presentation Software
Prezi.com
SlideRocket.com
PowToon.com

Free Office Software
www.openoffice.org
(compatable with MS Office)

PhotoShop-like Software (GIMP)
www.gimp.org


Layout Software
www.scribus.net


Color Scheme Designers
www.kuler.adobe.com
www.colorschemedesigner.com
Color Theory Info (recommended by Jackson Degroff)

Anti-Virus Software
www.avg.com

Online Virus Scan
www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo
NOTE: You will have to copy and paste the URL above into your browser. Then, when you get to the home page, see lower right side of page and select "virus scan". This web-based virus-scan is safe to use anywhere, and can even check to see if your own virus scan has let things slip through.

Domains
& Web Hosting

Reasonable Domains & Hosting
with 24/7 Support and special deals
www.godaddy.com 

Cheap Domains and Hosting
www.hostmonster.com 

NOTE: Free CMS's (like Wordpress, Wix, Blogger, etc.) have free hosting as well.


Free Web Goodies

Search Engine for your Site
www.google.com/cse

Captcha
www.google.com/recaptcha

Create Your Own Online Forums
www.freeforums.com

Create Your Own
Mobile App with Easy Templates
Mobile Conduit is like WordPress for Mobile Apps

Create Your Own Wiki
www.EditThis.info

Create a Social Network
(like FaceBook)
www.socialgo.com
www.spruz.com


Open Source

Organizations and Web Resources

Electronic Frontier Foundation: http://www.eff.org/
Free Software Foundation: http://www.fsf.org/
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
Open Source Foundation: http://www.opensource.org/
GrokLaw: http://www.groklaw.net

Graphics

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) : http://www.gimp.org
Inkscape : http://www.inkscape.org
Scribus : http://www.scribus.net
MyPaint: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
Pencil: http://www.pencil-animation.org/

Video

Kdenlive : http://www.kdenlive.org
VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
FreeMix: http://freemix.forja.rediris.es/
ffmpeg: http://www.ffmpeg.org/
PiTiVi:    http://www.pitivi.org/
Cinelerra: http://cinelerra.org/
Kino: http://www.kinodv.org/

Audio

Audacity : http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Ardour : http://ardour.org
Pure Data : http://puredata.info/
Mixxx: http://www.mixxx.org/
SuperCollider: http://supercollider.sourceforge.net/
Qtractor: http://qtractor.sourceforge.net/qtractor-index.html
LMMS: http://lmms.sourceforge.net/

Programming

Processing : http://www.processing.org
Arduino: http://www.arduino.cc
Cinder: http://libcinder.org/
OpenFrameworks: http://www.openframeworks.cc
Eclipse: http://www.eclipse.org

3D

Blender : http://www.blender.org
Wings3D: http://www.wings3d.com/
K3D: http://www.k-3d.org/wiki/Main_Page
BRLCad: http://sourceforge.net/projects/brlcad/
FreeCad: http://www.ar-cad.com/freecad/index.html
Art of Illusion: http://www.artofillusion.org/

Game Engines

Panda3D: http://www.panda3d.org
PyGame: http://www.pygame.org
Alice: http://www.alice.org
Cocos2D: http://www.cocos2d-iphone.org/, http://www.cocos2d.org
CrystalSpace: http://www.crystalspace3d.org/
OGRE: http://www.ogre3d.org/
Irrlicht: http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net/
Delta3D: http://www.delta3d.org/

Other

LibreOffice : http://www.libreoffice.org/
Firefox : http://www.mozilla.com
Gnome Desktop: http://www.gnome.org/
KDE Desktop: http://kde.org/
Linux Kernel: http://www.kernel.org/

Linux Distributions

Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com
Linux Mint: http://www.linuxmint.com
Fedora: http://www.fedoraproject.org
Debian: http://www.debian.org
OpenSuse: http://www.opensuse.org
ArtistX: http://www.artistx.org
PureDyne: http://www.puredyne.org
DistroWatch: http://distrowatch.com/