Cool Tools

There are so many cool tools to choose from these days. Whether they are the best of Web 2.0 or solid software favourites, here’s a selection of some of the best  tools to create, enhance and deliver effective communications. I urge you to try a few new ones. Step outside your comfort zone, add some new options to your toolkit. Isn’t this what keeps our communications, and our jobs, new and exciting?

Now, what are some of your favourites? Which are you using? What great things are you doing with them? Do you have picks not listed here?

Adobe Acrobat Professional
Create and control PDF documents

Adobe Connect
Web meeting/conferencing

Photoshop
Photo/Image editing tools

Adobe Presenter
PowerPoint-based e-learning tool

Adobe Reader
PDF Reader

Amazon
Online bookstore

Articulate
Presenter/Engage/ Quizmaker

Audacity
Sound editor and recorder

Basecamp
Collaborative, project management tool

BitStrips
Online comic strip

Blackboard
Course management system

Blogbridge
RSS reader

Blogger
Blogging tool

Bloglines
RSS/Feed reader

Bubbl.us
Mind mapping tool

Camtasia Studio
Screencasting tool

Captivate
Demo and scenario-based tool

Clipmarks
Web clip sharing

Cmap
Concept mapping tool

Comic Life
Create comics from photos

Cute PDF Writer
PDF Conversion tool

del.icio.us
Social bookmarking tool

Desire2Learn
Learning management system

Digg
Social bookmarking and rating

Digsby
multiprotocol IM client

diigo
Social bookmarking

dokeos
learning platform

dokuwiki
wiki tool

Dreamweaver
Web authoring tool

Drupal/DrupalEd
Content management system

Eclipse Crossword
Puzzle creator

edublogs
Blogging tool for educators

Elgg
Social networking tool

Elluminate
Web meeting / conferencing

EndNote
For managing bibliographies

eSnips
Upload and share files

Evernote
Note taking software

Excel
Spreadsheet software

Facebook
Social networking site

Feedburner
RSS service

Feedly
Social start page

Filezilla
FTP client

find.mobi
Mobile search engine

Firefox
Web browser

Fireworks
Graphics tool

Flash
Animation authoring tool

FlashMeeting
Online meeting tool

flickr
Photo storage/ sharing site (and mobile version)

FolderShare
Share folders

Friendfeed
Discover what others are sharing

Fring
Mobile calls

Gabcast
Phone in your podcast

Garageband
Personal recording studio

Gcast
Podcasting service

GIMP
Image/photo editing tool

Gliffy
Diagramming tool

GMail
Web-based email

Google Alerts
Keep track of new information

Google Analytics
Website analysis tool

Google Apps
Communication /collaboration

Google Calendar
Web-based calendar

Google Desktop
Computer search/organiser

Google Docs
Web-based documents

Google Earth
Satellite and aerial imagery

Google Groups
Group/collaboration Tools

Google Lively
Virtual world application

Google Maps
Maps of the world (and mobile version)

Google Notebook
Personal online notebook

Google Reader
RSS / Feed reader

iChat
Instant messaging for the Mac

iGoogle
Personalised start page

iMovie
Video editing software

instapaper
Save web pages for reading later.

Internet Explorer
Web browser

iPhone
Mobile phone

iPod
MP3 player

Irfanview
Graphic viewer

iTunes
Music and podcast player

Jing
Record/share screen captures/casts

Joomla!
Content management system

Jott
Voice to text

Keynote
Presentation software

Latex
typesetting system

LinkedIn
Social network

MediaWiki
Wiki tool

Meebo
Instant messaging tool

MindManager
Mind mapping tool

MindMeister
Mind mapping tool

Mindomo
Mind mapping tool

Moodle
Course management system

Movie Maker
Create, edit and share home movies

Mozy
Online backup tool

Namechk
Social media user name/vanity url check

Netvibes
Personal start page

Ning
Social networking tool

Notepad
HTML and text editor

Notepad++
Text and HTML editor

NoteTab
Text and HTML editor

Nvu
Web authoring tool

OmniFocus
Task management tool

OmniGraffle
Diagramming tool

OmniOutliner
Keep track of projects

OneNote
Personal Information Manager

OpenOffice
Office software suite

Opera/Opera mini
Web browser

Outlook
Email software

Pageflakes
Start page

Paint Shop Pro
Image editing tool

Paint.NET
Image and photo editing

PB Wiki
Wiki tool

Photostory
Photo slideshow tool

Photosynth
Synth and upload your photos

Picasa
Photo editing and sharing tool

Piclens now Cooliris
3-D browser extension

Picnik
Photo editing tool

Plurk
Microblogging  service

Polldaddy
Polling and survey tool

Portable apps
Suite of apps for a USB stick

Posterous
Blogging service

PowerPoint
Presentation software

Qik
Streaming video from your phone

Raptivity
Interactivity tool

Remember the Milk
Manage your tasks

Safari
Web browser

Scribd
Document hosting and sharing site

Second Life
Virtual world application

Skitch
Screen capture tool

Skype
Instant messaging, VoIP tool

Slideshare
Hosting / sharing presentations

Snagit
Screen capture tool

Sony Vegas Video
Video production tool

Stumbleupon
Social bookmarking tool

Subversion
Version control software

Survey Monkey
Survey and questionnaire tool

TextPad
Text editor

Thunderbird
Email client

TiddlyWiki
Personal wiki tool

ToonDoo
Create/share comic strips

Trillian
IM Aggregator

tumblr
Micro-blogging platform

Turning Point
Audience response system

Twhirl
Social software client

twitter
Microblogging tool

TypePad
Blogging tool

Udutu
Course authoring tool

Ustream
Live, interactive broadcasting

Utterli
Mobile social networking

VoiceThread
Collaborative slideshows

Voki
Express yourself with talking avatar

WebEx
Web conferencing system

Wetpaint
Wiki tool

Wikipedia
Collaborative encyclopedia

Wikispaces
Wiki tool

Wimba Create
Course authoring tool (prev Course Genie)

Windows LiveWriter
Desktop blogging tool

Wink
Software demonstration tool

Wordle
Word cloud generator

WordPress
Blogging tool

Worldcat
Library Search

Yahoo Groups
Community tool

Yahoo Mail
Web-based email

YouTube
Video hosting/ sharing site (and mobile version)

Yugma
Web meeting/ conferencing

Zamzar
Online file conversion tool

Zoho Suite
Online office suite  (and mobile version)

Zotero
Firefox add-on to support research

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2 responses to “Cool Tools

  1. Pingback: Cool Tools + Personal Learning Networks = Unlimited Education « outtathegate…news, highlights and ideas from the IABC World Conference 2009

  2. Maybe I just missed it, but Prezi has to be worth trying… (www.prezi.com) Early days for it, but pretty damn awesome presentation tool and a welcome relief from sheer PowerPointlessness.

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