Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Psykopaint ~ image manipulation magic

| September 3, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Inspired by some of the remarkable scenery we have seen on our travels…here’s another goodie

Psykopaint is another fun way to manipulate & transform pictures into original works of art.

The range of “brushes” means your masterpiece can be unique.

Either use one of your photographs as a template, or start with a blank canvas, and let your creativity flow.

Be patient, experiment, adjust settings, look at the tutorial, investigate some of the artists style, and use “printscreen” or, even better, something like Gadwin to save your final image. Would love to see some.

Seaquence ~ an experimental musical petri-dish

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Seaquence is an “experimental musical petri-dish. Adopting a biological metaphor, Seaquence allows you to create and combine musical lifeforms into unique, dynamic compositions. This is an initial alpha release and still under development”… but that’s like the primordial swamp, isn’t it?

Design, and drop, creatures into a virtual sea. Each life form can be one of five sounds (including a drum module). You can click and drag the waveform and turn notes on/off in a grid. When you have your sea full of creatures makings sounds click Share to to flood the world with your creation.

We feel that Seaquence is a powerful, yet almost hidden, introduction to many aspects of sound manipulation. It allows users to tweak various parameters of the creatures’ sounds – such as waveform, octave range, and simple melody.
Explore, and dive deeper, into a sea of sound.


MultiColr ~ colour related image searching

| September 1, 2015 | 1 Comment 

MultiColr is a very simple but powerful little search tool, that enables you to hunt for images that feature a specific colour, or range of colours.

When preparing posters, presentations, websites or blog pages, it can be handy to stick to a colour theme. Multicolr means you can search for images with one, two or more colours.

The more you add a colour to the search, the more prominent it will be in the outcomes. (Remember to check for copyright issues before using).

A toolkit for artists

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments 

The Artist’s Toolkit provides guidance and support for students when learning the basic concepts of artistic styles and techniques.

It then gives the chance to experiment with these aspects.

Explore Line ,Edge & Outline, Primary & Secondary and Warm & Cool colours, Complementary , Natural & Arbitrary , Tints & Shades, Depth , Positive & Negative , Linear & Aerial perspective, Geometric & Organic shape, Symmetrical & Asymmetrical balance, Visual Rhythm and Repetition making a Pattern

The Toolkit also contains a chance to see a couple of artists in action, and an encyclopedia, which is an in-depth guide to learning more about the building blocks of composition. Go get arty!

Wraparound (Mac) & Unlimited Mouse (PC)

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Wraparound is an application primarily intended for users with large and/or multiple screens, which allows the mouse cursor to “wrap” around the screens. Rather than spending time and energy moving the cursor across the screen, from one side to the other, simply drag it off one edge and it immediately appears on the other side. Wraparound can handle even the most abnormal of screen layout configurations, and even allow windows and other objects to be dragged though screen edges. And if you’re worried about not being able to hit your menu bar or dock without the edge to stop the cursor, you can always turn off horizontal or vertical screen wrapping to suit your preferences.

Unlimited Mouse is a free tool that allows you to move your mouse cursor from the right-end of your monitor screen to the left-end and vice-versa. Similarly, from the top-end of your monitor screen to the bottom-end and vice-versa without any stoppage. You can also move a window from one-end to the other-end of your monitor screen.

Run the tool and it will sit in the system tray. Right-click on its icon and select Unlock mouse. Now your mouse will move freely from one-end to the other-end of your monitor screen. To make your mouse back to default behavior, right-click on its icon and select Lock mouse.

Both of these could be useful if you use a split screen option when using a presentation tool, or interactive whiteboard software of many kinds. Off one side – instantly on the other…

Non Linear delights ~ Twine

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Over the last few events, we have been investigating LOTS of creative ways of developing non-linear experiences.

Twine is another way to create branching texts. It is slightly less graphic than some, and perhaps more suited to older students, but well worth exploring as it can motivate and inspire some, often reluctant, writers to explore the power of words, and be in charge of an adventure, yet know that readers will also feel in control, to some extent.

We used this with some lads, as a way of taking the focus off the spelling worries they had, and placing emphasis on them using their imaginative talents to create engaging, intriguing narrative. Continue Reading

SurveyMonkey ~ a classic goes on

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 072“Intelligent survey software for primates of all species”.

SurveyMonkey has a single purpose: to enable anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily.

Using just your web browser, create your survey with the “intuitive survey editor”. Select from over a dozen types of questions (multiple choice, rating scales, drop-down menus, and more…). Powerful options allow you to require answers to any question, control the flow with custom skip logic, and even randomize answer choices to eliminate bias.

View your results as they are collected in real-time. Watch live graphs and charts, and then dig down to get individual responses. Securely share your survey results with others. Powerful filtering and cross tabulation allows you to display only the responses you’re interested in.

Citrify ~ Online photo editor

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Citrify is a browser-based photo editor, that lets you pretty up your headshot by removing blemishes, erasing wrinkles and whitening teeth.

ObamafyIt also lets you add effects to pictures — for example, you can Obamify your picture based on Shepard Fairey’s widespread red and blue image.

(Flash, so doesn’t work on everything.) Simple, but useful, perhaps because of its simplicity.

Wordnik ~ 1.7 million words & counting

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Wordnik is “a dictionary aiming to collect all the words in the English language: 1.7 million so far! Examples, pronunciations, user notes, and more”.

Wordnik is a place for all the words, and everything known about them”.

Wordnik‘s goal is “to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known”. Continue Reading

GeoPlanet Explorer

| August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Here is a powerful tool, when carrying out a geography project of any kind: GeoPlanet Explorer. Here you can explore the geographical information provided by Yahoo in the GeoPlanet API and data set.

Simply enter a location in the form and submit it to get detailed information about the place you are looking for – including its “ancestors”, “siblings”, “children” (smaller regions of the area) and other relationships.

For example, when you look up Bristol (you can drill down much deeper and in more detail than that) it shows the ancestors as England and The United Kingdom. It “belongs to” category includes area codes, counties (both existing and historical) and much more.

This could be useful information when investigating a local area, or contrasting region somewhere else in the country, or indeed, the world.

DrumBot ~ Some fascinating tools with a beat

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments 

There are lots of useful tools for the budding musician at The best little app is the DrumBot itself: An online drum machine for those who can’t find a real drummer to jam with! It has different loop sets, that can get you started with your sequencing of drum sounds, at great pace, with realistic loops to choose from.

As the pro drummer joke shows, there is no replacement for a REAL musician with sticks: “What’s the difference between a drummer and a drum machine? About four bars by the end of the piece!”

There are some other useful utilities at Drumbot too:

For example, with TapBPM, find the beat of a song by tapping your keyboard.

Guitar Tuner is exactly that: an online tuner to help you tune a guitar by ear.

The metronome is a free online metronome buddy, to keep you in time as you practice.

The Drumbot Sequencer enables some simple collation of beats and sounds.

With DroneFX you can create drones, ambient music and unique soundscapes with ease.