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PowerPoint

PowerPoint

Tool Summary

Powerpoint is a presentation program developed by Microsoft. The program uses slides to get information across to the audience. Presentations made in Powerpoint can be very complex or very simple. It all depends on how you want the information you are trying to convey to come across.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free to students – if not a student prices vary
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, IOS, Android, Widnows10 App, and Web 
  • Recommended For: Beginners

Things to Know

Powerpoint is overall a great presentation tool to use. Did you know that you can add captions to your presentation? Along with captions, Powerpoint gives the capability to check how accessible your slides are. Under the review tab, you can click check accessibility. By doing these things you are making your presentation more accessible to people with disabilities. You can also present your Powerpoint live. This helps with remote presentations you might have for school or work. The slideshow tab is where you can find the button to present live. When clicked it will give you a URL you can share and also a QR code your audience can scan to follow along with you while you are presenting.

Getting Started Guides:

Basic Beginners Guide to Creating a Powerpoint

How to Make Powerpoints More Accessible 

Additional Resources

Powerpoint Templates – Free, easy online access or downloadable 

Unsplash – Free, no permission required photographs

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Tinkercad

Tinkercad

Tool Summary

Tinkercad allows its users to interact with 3D modeling software to design and eventually print specific projects. By placing shapes, texts, files, or pre-designed printables onto the platform’s workplane, it is possible to manipulate, merge and build upon given objects. After creating a model, or browsing the Tinkercad website and selecting another user’s project, the user can export their design for 3D printing or laser cutting. 

Quick Facts

  1. Price: Free
  2. Platforms: Available on all platforms
  3. Recommended For: Beginning users of 3D printing design software

Things to Know

Through Tinkercad, users have the option of turning their products into blocks or bricks, which strongly resemble the Minecraft layout and Lego format. This can aid in designing projects that need to be scaled inside Tinkercad, but translated onto a separate physical or digital plane. If the user is not interested in 3D modeling, or wishes to work off of designs that are separately sourced from Tinkercad, it is possible to import stl, obj, and svg files (as long as they are under 25MB). Even URLs are acceptable imports. The dimensions and scale of the file can be changed if they are too large. On the workplane, objects can be duplicated, mirrored, made invisible, lifted, aligned, and shifted. Grid properties, located above the snap grid feature, can be altered to scale to the size of the Dremel or Makerbot model being used.

Getting Started Guides

Lesson Plans – Available designs for the user to learn how to create on Tinkercad

PromoAmbitions Video Tutorial – Six part introduction to 3D modeling

Keyboard Shortcuts – A simple guide to moving objects around on the workplane

Additional Resources 

ThinkLab – UMW recourse for 3D printing and design tools

Thingiverse + Cults  – 3D printing websites

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Inkscape

Inkscape

Tool Summary

Inkscape is a free alternative to the Adobe vector image editing platform, Illustrator. Vector graphics are great for creating logos and illustrations because of their ability to be scaled up and down, unlike raster images which lose their quality scaling up and down.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: GNU/Linux, MacOS X, and Windows
  • Opensource: Yes
  • Recommended For: Beginners to advanced designers

Things to Know

If you are familiar with the dark theme of Adobe Illustrator, or would prefer a more pleasing interface, Inkscape makes it very easy to change from their automatic white theme. You can go to Inkscape, chose preferences, interface, and then select dark theme, or choose what looks best to you!

Use layers to easily divide your design into sections. With layers, editing one layer will not impact other layers. You can lock or hide layers to more easily edit your design!

Getting Started Guides:

Inkscape Download Page – Click on the operating system on your device 

Inkscape wiki page  –  Learn how to use the different functions and tools on inkscape

Interface and Basic Drawing

Shapes, Tools and Options

Additional Resources

Vector Image Trace 

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Slack

Slack

Tool Summary

Slack is a channel-based messaging platform. In Slack you can message in channels or with other team members privately, share various media like photographs, and connect apps. It’s available for your computer and phone.

Quick Facts

  • Price: 
    • Free with limited storage and some limitations on apps and integrations
    • Standard, Plus, & Enterprise Grid
  • Platforms: macOS, Windows, Linux (beta), iOS, Android
  • Recommended for: Beginners – The interface is user friendly and organized. It resembles Discord’s interface.

Things to Know

A free account with Slack lets you create channels as well as direct message other users in your workspace. A free account will hold on to the most recent 10,000 messages you have sent, store up to 5GB of files, and allows one-on-one video calls. When you get an invite to join a new slack workspace you will have to sign in to it since most workspaces are password protected. If you are using Slack for work, class, or something personal you can customize your profile differently across different workspaces.

Getting Started Guides

Resources Library 

Slack Tips

Additional Resources

How to Make Video Files Smaller Without Losing Quality

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Fusion 360

Fusion 360

Tool Summary

Fusion 360 is an advanced 3D modeling, animation, and physics simulation software. With it one can create or import 3D models through a variety of means, as well as edit them in a shareable workspace.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free (with educational license)
  • Platforms: Mac and Windows
  • Opensource: Yes
  • Recommended For: Intermediate Users – Flexible modeling software with several powerful features and a moderate learning curve.

Things to Know

Fusion 360 is one of the most widely used CAD software available as it features several useful functions in addition to flexible 3D modeling. Models can be created from any of several different methods, or in combination of multiple. Some of these options include extruding an object from a sketch, picking it from a preset shape, or designing it from sheet metal. Another option is “form” which allows for a high degree of control over object, with smooth dragging of features providing a more fluid method of creation. Fusion 360 grants the ability to the join objects with joints – allowing for a designated range of motion which it can also animate. In addition to this, models can also be rendered in high resolution both within the software and as separate images. Some of the rendering options include texturing model elements with a library of different materials, backgrounds, various lighting options, and both cloud and same system rendering.

Getting Started Guides

Getting Started Video Guide

Making a Basic Lamp (PDF download)

Additional Resources

Tinkercad: Beginner friendly modeling software

FreeCAD :Alternative to Fusion 360 that works on Linux

Blender: Powerful and complex open-source modeling/animation software

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OpenShot Video Editor

OpenShot Video Editor

Tool Summary

OpenShot Video Editor is an easy to use, quick to learn, open-source video editing software. This program is great for beginners just starting out. It has many built-in features to help the simplest of projects look great.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, and Linux 
  • Opensource: Yes
  • Recommended For: Beginners – This a great tool to learn video editing, but lacks some features advanced users may miss.

Things to Know

When first opening the program a tutorial will be offered. It is good to go through if this is your first time using OpenShot or video editing in general. There are easy drag and drop options for video, audio, and image files. Along with easy video playback buttons to see the project as it is being made. The program even gives you transition and other effects that can be used. When exporting you can make the project into an MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MPEG, OGG, or WEBM file. This makes it easier to move the project to other platforms like Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve, and other video editing platforms that offer more advanced features.

Getting Started Guides

Getting to Know the Basics of OpenShot

OpenShot Users Guide

Additional Resources

Unsplash: Free stock photos

BenSound: Royalty-free music. Must credit the site if music is used if you don’t buy the music license

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GIMP

GIMP

GIMP is an image editing program that also allows you to create digital art and graphic design elements. GIMP is currently available for Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX, and Windows operating systems.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX, and Windows
  • Open Source: Yes
  • Recommended For: Beginners

Getting Started:

If you haven’t already downloaded GIMP onto your device that should be your first step. The download page can be found here.

GIMP has is a very detailed crash course for beginners which can be found here

Additional Resources

Below are some beginner level projects that will help you familiarize yourself and GIMP and also get yourself more comfortable working in the program.

  • GIMP Text: This video allows you to practice working with text tools, the transform tools, gradient fill, etc.

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Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is an advanced digital audio workstation. Professionals and amateurs alike use this powerful platform for mixing sounds for video and film, recording and editing radio shows or podcasts, repairing and restoring audio, and to create and mix music.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Adobe Cloud Subscription ($19.99 a month for Students using your UMW email address, Free On Computers in the HCC)
  • Platforms: Mac and Windows
  • Opensource: No
  • Recommended For: Advanced Users – Great tool for people with audio experience, but maybe overwhelming for beginners.

Things to Know

Adobe Audition is a powerful audio editing and creation tool. It has many helpful features that will take your projects to the next level. One feature is the two editing views it includes to help users edit easier depending on what they are doing. These views include the Waveform view, which is used for making changes to an individual audio file, and Multitrack view, which allows the user to view multiple tracks at one time to assemble and mix together on one screen. Another great feature is the flexibility of being able to export video and audio files into Audition, giving you the ability to look at your video as you edit the sound. Premiere Pro even has an Audition soundboard included to get you started with audio edits and will allow you to export your work directly to audition to do any additional editing.

Getting Started Guides:

Adobe Audition Beginner Guides

Additional Resources:

Mixkit – Free Stock Music (Some will need attribution)

Freesound – Free music, sounds, sound effects, and beats for download (Some will need attribution). You can use the filter on the site to sort sounds by license and other preferences.

How to make a Podcast

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