Monday, May 10, 2010

Web 2.0 Tool of the Week: Aviary

Aviary is a suite of powerful graphic creation applications that you can use directly in a web browser. Aviary offers an open canvas from which users can create, edit, and develop their artistic visions. From novice to artist, anyone can create using Aviary and the variety of tools they offer.

About Aviary
  • Basic account is free; paid account offers full access to the entire suite of applications, enhanced file sharing and collaboration, full watermark control, and unlimited storage.
  • Programs in the tool include:
    • Phoenix- layer-based image editor, comparable to Photoshop
    • Peacock- visual laboratory for creating amazing effects and visualizations
    • Toucan- customized color palette coordinator
    • Raven- vector image editor, comparable to Illustrator
    • Falcon- basic image markup with shapes and text, similar to Smart Art in Office
    • Myna- audio editor, comparable to Audacity
    • Talon- Firefox extension that allows users to perform screen capturing

Why use Aviary?
  • Photo-editing
  • Create logos or original illustrations
  • Create a course banner
  • Create or edit images for presentations

Ready to explore Aviary?
Sign up for an account here.

Already using Aviary?

Share with us a creation you’ve made on Aviary in this post's comments..

Monday, May 3, 2010

Web 2.0 Tool of the Week: Diigo

Diigo is a social bookmarking and annotation site for people to discover and share web content. Users can highlight content directly on web pages and post sticky notes for additional commenting. The site allows users to “like” a site, share a site by email, categorize sites, and comment on various items posted. Content can be public or private. Educators can apply for a special free account to use with student groups.

Account Information
  • Diigo accounts are free
  • Accounts can be connected to other social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter

Why use Diigo?
  • Discover popular web sites
  • Collaborate on research and projects
  • Enhance class communication using web content
  • Submit your favorite web content
  • Bookmarks can be “tagged” for easier searching
  • Search with terms of your choice
  • Information can be accessed anywhere with internet connectivity

Ready to explore Diigo?
Sign up for an account here

Already using Diigo?

Tell us other things you like about Diigo in this post's comments