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  1. 1. Free! Ten Alternatives to Expensive Technology by Andrew Shuping Learning Commons/Emerging Technologies/ILL Librarian Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University April, 2009
  2. 2.   <ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Conference Sessions-- Wiggio <ul><ul><li>It has multiple features including: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar which can import from Google, Yahoo, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Folders for uploading files or creating a document </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can have a virtual meeting, conference call, or chat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual has tools such as whiteboard, screen sharing, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>can only have 10 participants  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Polls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Send messages thru e-mail, sms, sticky note, voice note </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out the FAQ for all that it offers </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Networking-- <ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheap social streaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to embed and share  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People can contact you through the sites services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different themes, although some themes are pay for </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Photo editing-- FotoFlexer <ul><ul><li>Edit photos from other social networks and save to other sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can share edited photos easily </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple effects, animations, flashy stickers and other add ons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flash based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can handle layers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the privacy and terms of service policy before using </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Free webpages-- <ul><ul><li>Free hosting with no limit on bandwidth  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use drop and drag editing  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70+ templates or design your own  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NO ADVERTISING!  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish on own domain name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can imagine it, you can do it with them (sell products, forums, slideshares, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Online Storage/backup--- ADrive <ul><ul><li>50GB of Free storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Java based upload (does prevent using browser window while uploading) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any file can be uploaded or downloaded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built in PDF reader with now downloads  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More storage can be purchased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not autosync for the free account </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Screen Sharing-- Screencast-O-Matic <ul><ul><li>You can upload to YouTube or export movie (MP4, avi, flv) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Java based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can add more after accidentally stopping recording  (no editing features though) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You choose screen capture size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free is limited to 15 minutes  and there is a watermark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pro Account one time $5 fee for 1 hour of recording and no water mark basic editing and more features coming </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Text Messaging-- Google Voice <ul><ul><li>Web based platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transcriptions  of transactions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to block numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Route multiple numbers into one number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a number from any area code (within Google's directory) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invitation only at the moment </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Other-- Aviary <ul><ul><li>Flash Based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple tools including screen capture and audio editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images stored on their servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has layers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Import from other sites (Facebook, Flickr, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check FAQ closely for information on images and privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  11. 11. Productivity-- <ul><ul><li>100 MB of free storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password protection and flexible expiration settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ability to store and share images, documents, video, audio, and other digital content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realtime Chat and File Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also feature as a way to share presentations during real time. Participant sees everything the presenter does </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also features for creating media chat rooms </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. All else fails... Alternative to <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web based search to discover alternatives  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can limit by OS or online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix of online and downloadable software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix of free and pay for  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can filter by type of license   </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Other tools to try <ul><li>Conference Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>TinyUrl Chat rooms </li></ul><ul><li>DimDim </li></ul><ul><li>Free Conference calls </li></ul><ul><li>Vyew </li></ul><ul><li>Twiddla </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Ceevee </li></ul><ul><li>VisualCV </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity  </li></ul><ul><li>EasyPlanner </li></ul><ul><li>PDF to word </li></ul><ul><li>Webpages without RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the Milk </li></ul><ul><li>Lovely Charts </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Editing </li></ul><ul><li>PhotoShop </li></ul><ul><li>Picnik </li></ul><ul><li>FotoFlexer </li></ul><ul><li>Sumo Paint </li></ul><ul><li>Aviary Phoenix </li></ul>
  14. 14. Other tools to try pt. 2 <ul><li>Free Webpages </li></ul><ul><li>Roxer   </li></ul><ul><li>Dinky Page </li></ul><ul><li>Online Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Backupify </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Sharing   </li></ul><ul><li>zscreen </li></ul><ul><li>ScreenToaster </li></ul><ul><li>ScreenCastle </li></ul><ul><li>ScreenPreso </li></ul><ul><li>SMS text messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><li>Liber Key--portable aps </li></ul><ul><li>Openwith </li></ul><ul><li>PortableApps </li></ul><ul><li>Survs   </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sources? <ul><ul><li>Search for a need via Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lifehacker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Download Squad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Techcrunch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listserv and other blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most important, colleagues.  Both in real life and virtual networks. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16.   <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>I can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions? <ul><li> </li></ul>