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GA COMO-Free! Alternatives to expesnive technology


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Presentation by Andrew Shuping October 2008 alternative to expensive technology for GA Library Association

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GA COMO-Free! Alternatives to expesnive technology

  1. 1. Free!  Alternatives to Expensive Technology by Andrew Shuping Interlibrary Loan/Circulation Services Librarian Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University October 15, 2008 GA COMO
  2. 2. We're covering what? <ul><li>So what are we looking at today? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not looking at open source ILS  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not looking at programs that require the use of a server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at programs that can be used online or downloaded to the computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some of these tools may require other equipment, such as a webcam or a microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools that are FREE! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why even look at free? <ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Programs you already know <ul><li>What free programs have you already encountered? </li></ul><ul><li>How about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picasa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AIM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What else have you encountered? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What alternatives? <ul><li>Alternatives to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Photoshop/Corel Draw </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camtasia (screen capture) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online meeting collaboration tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately there's not enough time to show all of them or even some of them in depth.  But fear not!  We'll cover some high points and show resources to find others! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Document Alternatives <ul><li>Downloads: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Office --Windows, Linux, and Mac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IBM Lotus Symphony --Windows and Linux  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Online: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoho </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scribid </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demoing today Google Documents </li></ul>
  7. 14. Photo Editing <ul><li>Some alternatives to Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Download: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> --Windows only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gimp --Windows, Linux, and Mac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artweaver --Windows only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Online: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Picnik --integrated with Flickr, free and paid versions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FotoFlexer --Flash based, wide range of tools and editing capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Showcasing FotoFlexer </li></ul>
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  10. 23. Screen Sharing <ul><li>Alternatives to Camtasia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12seconds --Requires a webcam and is hosted on their site.  Only 12 seconds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screencast-O-Matic --requires Java to run, no downloads! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jing --from creators of Camtasia.  Windows, Mac, and Linux. Requires .Net3 framework.  Only 5 minutes and hosted on their site. See this page for an example . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CamStudio --requires download.    </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capture Fox --FireFox addon.   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  Showcasing Screencast-O-Matic </li></ul>
  11. 28. Online Meeting Collaboration <ul><li>Download: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ooVoo --Web cam chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype --call other Skype users, video chats, and other lines for $0.014 per minute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Online: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dimdim --Web collaboration, whiteboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WiZiQ --collaborative whiteboard, desktop sharing, flash based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doodle --Schedule a meeting, poll </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Showcasing WiZiQ </li></ul>
  12. 38. Computer Protection <ul><li>Alternatives to Norton or McAfee  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>All downloads: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AVG Free --Anti Virus software, Windows product only, read the license before using for the library! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spybot --spyware remover, Windows product only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ad-Aware --adware, spyware remover.  Windows product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PC Tools Firewall- -firewall, Windows product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avast --anti virus software, Windows product, read the license before using for the library! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Showcasing AVG Free and PC Tools Firewall </li></ul>
  13. 39. Other <ul><li>What does other include?  All kinds of cool tools and programs that can be used in the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Downloads </li></ul><ul><ul><li> --store and sync your files  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foxit ---alternative to Adobe Reader, faster and lightweight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CutePDF --create PDF's from almost any Office file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox Add ons  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Online: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> --convert files from one type to another </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> --free website design and hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> --50GB of online storage </li></ul></ul>
  14. 40. Example of
  15. 41. Sources? <ul><ul><li>Searching for a need </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. 42. Reminders! <ul><ul><li>Remember when downloading software to your computer make sure, you can trust the site.  Check to see if it's available on or , two sites that check to make sure programs are not spyware and help protect your PC. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine the license!  Do this for either type of software, and make sure that it meets your needs and won't obligate you to the company for future payments.   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please note that some versions have both FREE and paid versions.  Make sure you look at the differences. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check to make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements to run the programs. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 43. Questions? <ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 44.   <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><ul><li>Link for my presentation will be located on my blog </li></ul><ul><li>Resource list at: </li></ul>