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RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE

Audio | Blackboard | Collaboration Software | Common Plug-Ins | Document Conversion | E-mail | Photo Editing | Productivity Suites | Video | Web | Other

-- Audio

Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Audacity is freeware for recording and editing audio. The software is available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and other operating systems.

-- Blackboard

Respondus
http://www.siue.edu/respondus/
Respondus is a Windows based application that enhances the functionality and usability of Blackboard's quiz, survey, and self-test tools. It can also be used to convert an existing test in Word or plain text file into an electronic format suitable for use in Blackboard. Respondus also includes an option to print a test, making it an ideal tool for those currently creating print exams with the ultimate goal of moving those question banks into Blackboard for future electronic tests.

LockDown Browser
http://www.siue.edu/respondus/
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that provides a secure testing environment within Blackboard. Students are locked into the assessment and are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has a campus-wide license for the Respondus LockDown Browser software. To download your student copy of the software visit the Lockdown Browser website.

Quizlet
http://quizlet.com/
Quizlet is website where instructors and students can create and share online activities, such as flash cards and crossword puzzles.Registration required if you want to create content, but it is not required to view and use content (e.g. - an instructor might register and create flash cards, and then share the flash cards with students via a web link or embedded in a Blackboard page. The students would not need to register.) The site is free, but has optional "upgradeable" features.

Jeopardy Labs
https://jeopardylabs.com/
Jeopardy Labs is a free online Jeopardy game creator. Registration is required for instructor or creator, but not students/users. Instructors can share games in Blackboard via a web link. Students can play alone or in teams.

Just Crosswords
http://justcrosswords.com/
This crossword site lets you browse a collection of puzzles or create and share new ones. No registration is required. Instructors enter words and clues, save the puzzle, and either embed the puzzle in a Blackboard page or share via web link.

-- Collaboration Software

Dimdim
http://www.dimdim.com
Dimdim lets anyone deliver synchronized live presentations, whiteboards and web pages and share their voice and video over the Internet - with no download required.

Twiddla
http://www.twiddla.com
Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.

Windows Live
http://home.live.com
Windows Live ID gives you access to Microsoft services including MSN, Hotmail, Office Live, Xbox LIVE, and many more.

Yugma
http://www.yugma.com
Yugma free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with up to 20 people.

-- Common Plug-ins

Adobe Reader
Flash
Java
Microsoft Excel Viewer
Microsoft Power Point Viewer 2007
Microsoft Word Viewer
Microsoft Windows Media Player
QuickTime
RealPlayer
Shockwave

-- Document Conversion

PDFOnline
http://www.pdfonline.com/
Need to convert a file into pdf format but you do not have Adobe Acrobat? Try this website and convert your files for free.

SplitPDF
http://www.splitpdf.net/
Need to extract only a piece of a pdf file but you do not have Adobe Acrobat? This website allows you to upload a pdf and specify the pages you need to be exported into a new file.

Zamzar
http://zamzar.com/
Another free, online conversion program. Zamzar offers the ability to convert document, image, music, video, and other compressed formats. Click here for a complete list of files that can be converted using Zamzar.

Microsoft Office 2007 Add-on
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads
This add-on for Microsoft Office (2007 only) enables files in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other programs in the Office suite to be saved in pdf format.

-- Email Clients

Mozilla Thunderbird
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/
Thunderbird 2 includes many new features to help you manage your inbox. With Thunderbird 2, it's easier to prioritize and find your important email with tags and the new find bar helps you find content within your email faster.

-- Other

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Convertor for Mac
Running a version of Microsoft Office other than Office 2007, and having trouble opening an Office 2007 document (.docx, pptx, xlsx)? Download and install the appropriate Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for your operating system.

-- Photo Editing

GIMPshop
http://www.gimpshop.com
GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP. Available for Windows and Mac.

Irfanview
http://www.irfanview.com
Need to resize, crop, or compress an image quickly and easily? Download and install this freeware, and then see the Irfanview Tutorial: http://www.siue.edu/web/pdf/Quick_Guide_to_IrfanView_Updated.pdf

Paint.NET
http://www.getpaint.net
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Photoshop Express
https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html
Photoshop Express is a free, online, basic version of the image editing software. While lacking the extensive features of the original product, there are still quite a few editing options available.

Splashup
http://splashup.com
Splashup is a free, in-browser image editor. In addition to editing images, other features include text and webcam editing.

XnView
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enxnview.html
This simplistic image viewer and converter program functions in Windows, Mac, Linux, and several other environments.

-- Productivity Suites

Microsoft Office 365
http://www.siue.edu/its/news/2014/03/microsoft-office-students.shtml
This is for SIUE Students ONLY.  Faculty & Staff are not eligible.

Open Office
http://www.openoffice.org
Very similar to Microsoft Office. Can also open, edit and save as Microsoft office files.

-- Video

Animoto
http://animoto.com
This software automatically creates slideshows incorporating user-supplied images and selected music. The slideshows can be shared in a variety of ways: on a website, uploaded to YouTube, or even downloaded to an iPod. This freeware is available for both Windows and Mac environments.

CamStudio
http://camstudio.org/
Similar to Camtasia or Captivate, CamStudio is a screen capture software that can be used for creating tutorials. Unlike some software listed in this section, audio can be added to CamStudio recordings. This freeware can only be used in a Windows environment.

Jing Project
http://www.jingproject.com
Similar to Camtasia or Captivate, Jing allows users to record a video that records the screen as well as mouse movements and keystrokes. The videos can then be shared via Jing's site or through email, IM, or blogs. This freeware program is available for both Windows and Mac environments.

Skitch
http://plasq.com/skitch
Simplistic Mac-compatible screen-capture software with several mark-up tools and exporting options.

Wink
http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
Windows-only screen capture software designed for creating tutorials that incorporate callout boxes, buttons, and other features.

-- Web

del.icio.us
http://del.icio.us/
Social bookmarking tool that allows you to easily bookmark and tag specific sites.

Google Chrome Browser
http://www.google.com/chrome
Google Chrome runs web pages and applications with lightening speed.

Mozilla Firefox Browser
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-older.html
Note that there are some compatibility issues with Firefox 3 and Blackboard, so do not upgrade from 2.0 if you are a Blackboard user.

Opera Browser
http://www.opera.com
Opera is the only Web browser that comes complete with everything you need to be fast, safe and productive online.

Seamonkey
http://www.seamonkey-project.org
The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite. Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email and newsgroup client with an included web feed reader, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users.


* The resources listed above could be used to meet your eLearning needs. However, ITS does not provide technical support for third party software. For assistance with any of this software, contact the individual company.
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