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The Useful, Free Software List, designed to help faculty, staff and students with their content production needs.
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The purpose of this libguide is to provide links to useful, (mostly) free software that may be utilized in an academic environment. We hope that you find them interesting and valuable. 

Free Online Software

  • Be Funky
    Edit Images Online
  • Bubbl
    Mind mapping tool
  • Canva
    Edit and Design Images Online
  • Capzles
    Social Storytelling tool
  • Classcraft
    Provides a game layer to a course to allow adventure-game-reward learning: similar to badge award health apps, but for classrooms.
  • Doc2PDF
    Turns your document into PDF
  • Dropbox
    Online file storage system
  • Evernote
    Modern life can be complicated. Simplify it with Evernote, the app to manage it all. (Great for collecting, collating, and generating information/notes).
  • Flaming Text
    Logo Designs Galore! (Love this site. Love it.)
  • Fotor
    Edit Images Online
  • Google Bookmarks
    Free personal bookmarking system. Need your bookmarks to follow you wherever you go, but unable to use your favorite browser, here is the solution.
  • Google Calendar
    Google's calendar provides a full calendar system, including to-do lists.
  • Google Drive
    Google's Online Document Editing System. It's very versatile, it's free and every student at LU has access to it. If you don't have Microsoft, you do have Google.
  • HTML Basix
    Various useful web codes for websites.
  • Infogram
    A chart building tool
  • Juice Labs - Chart Chooser
    A chart building tool
  • Knovio
    Create videos from your presentations
  • Tools
    Loads of Math tools for students. Loads!!
  • Microsoft Online Office Suite
    The office suite online. Like Google Docs, which did it before Microsoft, this suite allows you to create docs, edit slideshows and build spreadsheets; but this time it has features that you'll recognize from Microsoft. Enjoy.
  • Mind Meister
    Mind-mapping tool
  • Morguefile
    Stock Images for creative use.
  • Nearpod
    Learning system that allows combinations of slides, video, pdf, and other types of media. Has an integrated quiz tool.
  • Online MP3 Cutter
    With you can cut any audio file online. No more complicated programs for cutting songs and creating ringtones for your mobile device. Three simple steps and your ringtone is ready!
  • PDF to Excel
    Will convert PDFs with spreadsheet information into speadsheets.
  • PDF to word
    Converts PDF to words. Caution, will sometimes use images rather than text.
  • PDFescape
    An incredibly useful and versatile PDF editing tool. Create, edit, build forms, etc. Allows you to *save* your form once it is filled out!!!
  • Pearltree
    A web and note organizer.
  • Photopeach
    Create video presentations from your photos
  • Photoshop Online
    Edit Images Online
  • Picasion
    Create Animated GIFs online for free! Upload your pictures or grab them from Flickr or Picasa Web, make avatars or funny animations and post them to Tumblr, MySpace, Hi5, Facebook, eBay, Orkut, Bebo, Digg, Friendster, etc. No need for Flash.
  • Piktochart
    A chart building tool
  • Pixlr
    Edit Images Online
  • Prezi
    Very visual presentation system
  • Stock Exchange
    Free! Stock images for photo editing, etc.
  • Twisted Wave
    TwistedWave is a browser-based audio editor. You only need a web browser to access it, and you can use it to record or edit any audio file.

    All the audio is stored and processed on the server, so you don't need to download anything, or save your work when you are done. Close your browser window and your work is saved. Open TwistedWave somewhere else, and all your audio files, with the complete undo history, are still available.
  • Video Toolbox
    Edit Video (including Youtube videos) Online
  • Web color chart
    Hex color codes for websites
  • Zentation
    Combine slideshows and video into one synchronized presentation.

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