Free Stuff Links

Free StuffWe need tools and other software ‘helpers’ if we’re going to survive in a constantly changing media landscape. There are some “must have” programs and applications here, as well as some “that’s so cool” pieces of software or simply links, that you may find indispensable in your investigations of our media world. As well, I’ll be posting programs here that are useful not only in technical theory, but in your general work in the media industry…or that may be helpful in other ways, too.

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On this page is a lot of copyright-free, or easily or reasonably clearable materials.

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Much of this material is free to use for educational purposes, but read each site’s rules and restrictions carefully! If you are not involved in education (student or teacher), then you will most likely not be able to use much of what is here, without prior written permission.

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World Travel:

http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm – Power (AC) systems around the world. If you’re travelling internationally, you need to know this.

http://countrycode.org/tv-standards – International TV Standards (analog). But, seriously, if you’re travelling around and shooting stuff, you need to know this.

Cool Information:

DivX Land – much more than just DivX: tips, software and more on all kinds of computer video formats

Images, Videos and Stuff:

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ – Public Domain Pictures

http://www.flickr.com/ – Flickr

http://www.sxc.hu/ – Stock.XCHNG

http://www.public-domain-photos.com/ – Public Domain Photos

http://www.imageafter.com/ – Image*After

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page – Wikimedia Commons

http://www.creativecommons.org – Creative Commons

http://arthist.umn.edu/aict/html/ – Art Images For College Teaching

http://rubens.anu.edu.au/ – Australian National University ArtServe

http://www.imagescanada.ca/index-e.html – Images Canada: Picturing Canadian Culture

http://smithsonianimages.com/ – Smithsonian Institution Archives

http://www.archive.org – Moving images, live music, audio, texts, and the renowned Web “Wayback Machine”

http://www.canstockphoto.com – Can Stock Photo.com

Tools:

Concept Mapping:

http://cmap.ihmc.us/ – CMAP (concept mapping software)

http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page – FreeMind (concept mapping software)

Productivity:

http://www.openoffice.org/ – Open Office – a free open source productivity software suite