Tools & Apps

Here is a list of technologies and web apps that may be useful for you to develop the website project. These categories are somewhat arbitrary. The apps might be applicable across more than one.

iLife Apps

  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • iPhoto


Data & Tables

  • Census Bureau official website. You can find area profiles, population, housing, and business information there.
  • collects Census and American Community Survey data; allows users to: profile an area, compare area across a region, and produce their own tabulations. Data can be saved for use in a variety of popular spreadsheet, presentation, and mapping programs.


  • Download Helper is a Firefox extension that allows easy downloads of YouTube videos
  • Jing (video screen capture) and excellent tool that allows still and video screen captures
  • Keepvid is a website where you can download YouTube videos in mp3 or other compatible format by entering the address of the desired video and simply selecting “save”
  • YouTube has additional functionality that allows for annotation of the video with live links attached
  • Vimeo an alternative to YouTube with a higher resolution and more sophisticated appearance


  • Audacity is a free multi-track audio editor.  This application runs on your computer (not on the web).
  • Myna is a free multi-track audio editor that runs completely in the browser.  Good for simple projects on the go, but upload restrictions may make this program unsuitable for detailed projects.

Annotation and Social Bookmarking

  • Digg
  • Flickr is a photo storage and sharing web site. All photos can be annotated visually, allowing for an explanation of key elements of a given photo. Downsides: while the photo will embed on other web sites, the annotations are only visible when you look at the photo on Flickr.
    • iMapFlickr is an app that allows you to create custom Google Maps from your geotagged Flickr photos to embed in your website.
  • Slideshare is a slideshow player that supports Word, Powerpoint. PDF and iWork pages files. You can also add an mp3 file to play as a soundtrack to your slideshow, as well as embed a youtube video within your slideshow. The slideshow can be embedded in your website.
  • Voicethread is a web-based service which allows you to upload & arrange images/slides, then add audio commentary and written annotations. You can also draw on the screen to highlight portions of a slide. The final result is easily embeddable. Multiple users can comment on one VoiceThread, allowing for a conversational approach.
  • YouTube has additional functionality that allows for annotation of the video with live links to other Youtube videos attached. Learn more: Youtube Video Annotations.
  • Zotero


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