Tech & Tools

This is a quite random selection of tools and technology to inspire, invoke and maybe innovate (or other words that start with the letter "i") Web journalism. Please send me a note if you want to add or subtract tools.

LAST UPDATED: September 7, 2014



360 Panorama

Photo App to easily create powerful 360 panoramas.
Site | 360Verse | Example

960 Grid System

Design An effort to streamline web development - 960 pixels.
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About.me

Misc. Quickly build your personal page.
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After the Deadline

Utility Polish your writing.
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amara

Misc. An easy way to caption and translate any video.
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Animoto

Video An automated MTV-style video creator.
Site | Example

Audacity

Audio Cross-platform, audio-editing software.
Site | Screenshots

AudioBoo

Audio Audio clips posted online.
Site

Aurasma

Misc. View, create and share augmented-reality.
Site | Video

Banjo App

Utility Mobile app to explore across social media.
Site | Browser

BatchGeo

Interactive Copy, paste to create maps.
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Bento

Education Everything you need to know about web dev.
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Bottlenose

Utility track news and trends across social networks
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Buffer

Utility Scheduled your social media sharing.
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BuiltWith

Utility Find out the technology behind websites.
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Canva

Design Browser-based graphic design for non-designers.
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Capzles

Interactive Timeline that has a lot of design flexibility.
Site | Example

ChatStep

Misc. Private, encrypted on-demand chatrooms.
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Clue

Misc. Easy way to do a usabilty memory test on your site.
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Codecademy

Education Learn to code for free. (Makers of Code Year)
Site | Example

Contxts

Utility A tech alternative to business cards.
Site | Example

Crowdmap

Interactive Get crowdsourced data -- mapped.
Site | Example

CuePrompter

Utility Converts your browser into a teleprompter.
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Dipity

Interactive A date-driven timeline with some flexibility.
Site | Example

Dropbox

Utility Store your photos, docs, videos - and share them.
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easel.ly

Design Create custom infographics via browser.
Site | Video

EtherPad

Utility Awesome, simple collaboration tool. Sync.in | TypeWith.Me | PiratePad

Evernote

Utility Find your notes on any computer, phone or whatever.
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FlixTime

Video Upload images, video and audio for a quick, flashy video.
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Foursquare

Misc. The current leader in geolocation games.
Site | Example

freze.it

Utility Take nearly any webpage and create an archive.
Site | Example

FotoForensics

Utility See how/if an image has been Photoshopped.
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GeoCommons

Interactive Visual analytics through maps.
Site | Example

GifCam

Utility Easy and fun animated gif making app. (PC only)
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github

Utility Sharing code (and more) socially.
Site | Example

GoAnimate

Video Make your own animated videos.
Site | Example

Fusion Tables

Interactive Visualize and publish data tables online.
Site | Example

Goggles

Misc. Instead of using words, take a picture to search.
Site | Example

GoogleVoice

Utility Own your phone number - for free.
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HackDash

Utility Upload your project. Add colaborators. Inform status.
Site | Example

hackpad

Utility Edit, organize and share docs. "The Best Wiki Ever."
Site | Example

HandBrake

Utility Open source, multiplatform video transcoder.
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hola

Utility Access all of the Internet, including sites blocked by country.
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HootSuite

Utility Social Media dashboard for teams.
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How much to make an app

Misc. Estimate the cost.
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IFTTT

Utility "Put the internet to work for you" with recipes.
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infogr.am

Design Create interactive infographics.
Site | Example

iRig Recorder

Audio Make quality recordings on your iPhone, iPod, iPad.
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JellyCam

Video Make your own stop-motion videos.
Site | Demo

jQuery

Misc. Awesome interactives.
Site | Example

JuxtaposeJS

Interactive Compare different views of the same scene.
Site | Example

Kaywa

Misc. Generate QR codes.
Site | QArt | Apps

Kuler

Design Color schemes via color wheel or from the community.
Site | Example

Layar

Misc. Augmented-reality tool.
Site | Example

LinkTally

Utility How many times a URL was shared on social networks.
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LiveShare

Photo Fast, easy group photo (and soon file) sharing.
Site | Example

Livestream

Video Broadcast from your desktop.
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Let me Google that for you

Misc. Smart-ass tool.
Site | Example

Many Eyes

Design Data-driven graphics made easy.
Site | Example

Meetings.io

Misc. Effortless video meetings. Embeddable.
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MeetWays

Utility Easily find a halfway point between two locations.
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Meograph

Interactive Storytelling with time and location.
Site | Example

OpenBook

Misc. Facebook isn't private.
Site | Alt Site

PhotoPeach

Photo Slideshows with audio and text — fast.
Site | Example

PhotoSynth

Photo A collective, VR experience.
Site | Ex: 1 | 2 | Video

PicFog

Photo Real-time photo results.
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Pixlr

Photo Browser-based photo editing.
Site | Example

Pligg

Interactive Create your own Digg site.
Site | Example

PodOmatic

Audio "Podcasting made simple."
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Poll Everywhere

Interactive SMS, Web and other polling tools.
Site | Example

Pollmo

Interactive Super simple polling application.
Site | Example

PopcornMaker

Video Enhance video with content from the Web.
Site | KettleCorn for journos

Pressfolios

Utility Build a better online portfolio, without code for free.
Site | Example

Prezi

Interactive An alternative to boring PowerPoints.
Site | Example

Project Naptha

Utility Highlight, copy, and translate text from any image.
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Protovis

Design Free, open-source Web-native visualization.
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Quora

Misc. Crowdsourcing questions and answers.
Site | Example

Rasterbator

Misc. Create multi-page posters from any image.
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realtime

Utility What's trending on Internet based on Bitly.
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Responsive G.S.

Design A quick, easy & flexible way to create a responsive site.
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ScreencastOMatic

Utility One-click screen capture recording, with no install.
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Screenr

Utility Web-based platform for instant screencasts.
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SoundCite

Audio Contextually embed audio into text.
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SoundCloud

Audio Easily create, edit, chare, mix audio.
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SoundGecko

Misc. Convert any text story into an MP3.
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SoundSlides

Photo "Ridiculously easy" audio slideshows.
Site | Example

Storify

Interactive Curating social media sources.
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StoryMap

Interactive Tell stories that highlight locations.
Site | Example

Survey Monkey

Interactive Easy, simple surveys - for cheap.
Site | Example

Tableau Public

Design Create and publish interactive data visualizations.
Site | Example

TalkShoe

Audio Browser-based studio for calling-in podcasts.
Site | Example

ThingLink

Interactive Make your images more interactive.
Site | Example

Timeglider

Interactive Web-based timeline software for creating.
Site | Example

Timeline JS

Interactive Beautifuly designed timeline presentation.
Site | Example

TinEye

Utility Reverse image search, verify and more.
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Tinychat

Misc. Chatrooms with A/V.
Site | Example

tlbox

Misc. A toolbox for Web designer/developers.
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TripIt

Utility Trip planner keeps all of your travel plans in one spot.
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TripWow

Photo Quick way to make fun slideshows.
Site | Example

TweetDeck

Utility Favorite desktop Twitter client.
Site | Air

Twitter Advanced Search

Utility Best way to find tweets.
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twXplorer

Utility Journalism focused, advanced Twitter search.
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UStream

Video Cross-platform live streaming application.
Site | Example

ViddyJam

Misc. Pandora + Music videos.
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VineClient

Utility Upload a custom video into the Vine app via browser.
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visual.ly

Design Community to create, share infographics and dataviz.
Site | Example

Vokle

Video Platform to broadcast townhall-style events.
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Vyclone

Video Crowdsource multi-camera videos via mobile.
Site | Video

W3Schools

Education Free tutorials on Web development (not the best).
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Wayback Machine

Utility The history of the Internet, via archive.org.
Site | Example

WebPlatform

Education Community building resources for a better Web.
Site | Tutorials

Webstagram

Utility Search Instragram easily.
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Weebly

Misc. Websites made easy.
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WeVideo

Video Collaborative, mobile/online video editing.
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Wordle

Design Generate "word clouds" from text that you provide.
Site | Example

Writer

Utility Stay focused with the "Internet typewriter."
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Zamzar

Utility Change audio, video, images and doc formats.
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ZeeMaps

Interactive Create and share interactive maps.
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Zite

Misc. iPad magazine "that gets smarter as you use it."
Site | Video