Inkscape - vector graphics editor

Inkscape screenshotInkscape is a graphics editor similar to Illustrator and Freehand. It uses the SVG (scalable vector graphics) format. When combined with the SVG free clipart library, you have a powerful graphics package and instant library of quality graphics.

Supported features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape runs on Linux, OS X and Windows platforms. It is released under the GNU General Public License so it is free to use and redistribute. This means you can freely install it on all your computers and give it away to your students and staff.

There are some good tutorials on the Inkscape home page:


UnitedStreaming Network Manager

If you want your staff to use for videos but want them to download videos overnight instead of during the school day, then you'll want to setup the Network Manager. You'll need your admin login code to do this. If you don't have one, contact Roxanne in Media Services.

Here are two how-to files that will get you started:


Using the Unitedstreaming Network Manager.pdf

Stellarium - Night sky imaging simulation

Stellarium screenshotStellarium is one of my favorite programs. It turns your PC into a planetarium. You can configure it for your location and it will show you the real-time night sky as the world turns. It has many configuration options including the ability to add panoramic images of your own location.


Stellarium is published under an open source license and is free to download, use and redistribute. It is available for Linux, MAC and Windows operating systems.


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CamStudio - screen capture to Flash utility

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Camstudio is a GPL licensed utility that let's you quickly and easily create flash videos of what's happening on your screen. When combined with microphone input, you can create mini-howto software demonstrations.

GIMP - Free Graphics Software for Mac, Win, Linux

It's not PhotoShop but then again, it doesn't cost several hundred dollars. It's free software and it's a great image editor. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GNU means it's free software in terms of price and the code is free to be improved by volunteers. That's exactly what's been happening for the last 10 years. The GIMP does just about everything a photo student needs to do and it runs on Linux, Macintosh and Windows computers. You can download your free copy from

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