From the site: "StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. StoryMapJS is currently in an alpha release, which means that we're looking for early adopters to try it out and give us some feedback. We're working on a user-friendly authoring tool, but for now, you will have to be comfortable looking up the geocodes for your locations yourself and creating a JSON data file. If you're ready to get started, read our advanced documentation and give it a try. You can use our support forumto post questions, or email email@example.com."
Use Videolicious to make and edit professional-quality video, automatically. Just choose your shots and Videolicious does the rest.
Videolicious added to The Social Media Kitbag for Journailsts. Last week I added the Android app for making news videos - StoryMaker - this one is for IOS and claim to be planning to roll out an Android version.
Present.me - the video presentation platform. Share all your presentation content in one place. Slides, slides and audio, slides and video or just video. No software to install, all you need is your slides, a webcam and YOU!
Could this be used by journalists to create short news bulletins? Has anyone any experience of doing so? Please share.
Kwout enables you to grab part of a web page and embed the element in a blog or website or share via social media with links back to the original. Could be useful for writing articles where you need to source other sites.
Video beyond the box. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video.
From the site: "Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds."
Your Social Magazine. Available for iPad, iPhone & Android.
I've been playing with the new Flipboard Magazine tool and started building a personalised magazine about the Media's Future, dragging in random articles that catch my eye and which I want to store and share. Now I am trying to figure out how useful and disruptive this new version of Flipboard (2.0) could be. Please share any experiences/comments/ideas below.
From the site: "The Future Journalism Project explores disruption, opportunity and innovation across the media landscape. We do this through a mix of original thinking and reporting, curation and the use of various platforms that best fit the type of content that we’re working with."
Wufoo's HTML form builder helps you create online web forms. Use our web form creator to power your contact forms, online surveys, and event registrations.
From the site: "Wufoo is a web application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun."
Note: You are able to make three forms only with the free version but those forms will have limited functionality. I signed up and had a try and the free version seems to offer the basics needed to gather information. Upgrading to the paid version promises far more, but I have not tried that. Any comments from people who have upgraded welcome.
Podcastomatic works well. Simply add the URL of your blog and it will turn it into a podcast read by a robot. One or two issues which I will mail them about. If your blog has a 'read more' function as in WordPress or Joomla the robot stops reading at that point. The robot also reads information at the bottom of the post such as the permalink and invitation to add comments. But it's a good start.
Spreecast is the social video platform that lets people broadcast together.
They call it "The ultimate live video experience" with the chance to interact live with individuals and groups, post questions live onscreen, share and embed. Could be good for groups of stringers reporting on a news story from multiple locations. Have just signed up for an account but not tested yet. Please add any experiences below.
According to the site this is 'hyperlocal-blogging' and Journalism UK says it "is a platform which enables users to create a group of Storify stories. Publishers could use it to group together Storify stories from a certain event, for example, or covering a specific subject."