Authoring interactive works

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HEURIST is an extremely flexible data management system designed specifically for Humanities data - see http://HeuristNetwork.org. It is available as a free web service for researchers (hosted at the University of Sydney Data Centre) or for local installation (Open Source). Any confident researcher can design, create, manage, analyse, visualise and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without programmers or consultants. Quite complex databases can be built in a few hours through borrowing structures and vocabularies published by other users. Databases can be designed and built incrementally, as existing data are not affected by changes in structure. Advanced features include record linking, drilldown facet searches, rule-based queries, custom reports, linked map-timelines, network visualisation, normalised spreadsheet import, crosstabulation, XML feeds, XSLT transforms.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 31 Mar 2017

PressBooks lets you and your team easily author and output books in multiple formats including: epub, Kindle, print-on-demand-ready PDF, HTML, and inDesign-ready XML.

Last updated: 17 Jun 2016

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial data authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, video, and on cartographic quality map compositions. It is primarily designed for geospatial raster data processing and the creation of digital images for mapping use in GIS or CAD software.

Features:

  • Image Analysis, Remote Sensing
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.

Features:

  • View and query maps
  • Manipulate shapefiles and geodatabases
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Viewshare is a free web application for creating interfaces and visualizations of cultural heritage collections. It can create interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds, histograms, and image galleries. The intended users of Viewshare are individuals managing and creating access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Viewshare is offered as a software as a service (SaaS), email ndiippaccess@loc.gov to request a free account.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Authoring environment for interactive content on desktops, televisions, smartphones and tablets

Last updated: 23 Feb 2016

Pachyderm is a web-based rich-media interactive presentation authoring and publishing system that meets most accessibility requirements. It works off of an extensible template system. Pachyderm allows users to upload multimedia (images, audio, video) and publish them online using pre-defined templates or download them for use on their own website, or on a CD or DVD. Version 3 (released June 2014) now also supports iOS and other non-Flash devices using HTML5, and appears to be a major upgrade. Requires Apache HTTP or Tomcat web server installation (WAMP or MAMP is fine).

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 22 Feb 2016

A Python-based XML web publishing framework which enables dynamic pipelining of XSLT transformations. Data is processed by an XML pipeline composed of several WSGI applications and middleware components.

Features:

  • Apache Cocoon Sitemap 1.0 compatible
  • WSGI modularity
  • URI pattern matching
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 26 Jan 2016

A visual development tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content: Dreamweaver offers a graphics-based WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You GET pronounced wizzywig) and code-based user interface for the development of web pages and sites. The tool may be used to simplify the process of web site development (in comparison to creation of individual web pages), through the provision of a templating system that allows single-source update of shared code and layout across entire sites without server-side includes or scripting.

Features:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 Aug 2015

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Scalar can also be used to assemble and annotate video content, and combine in with text to create a rich media document

Last updated: 3 Aug 2015

Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Originally developed for text manipulation, it is now used for a wide range of tasks including graphics programming, system administration, network programming, applications that require database access and CGI programming on the Web.

Features:

  • C, shell scripting (sh), AWK, and sed
  • Powerful text processing facilities
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Support for multiple programming paradigms
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Anthologize is a WordPress plugin that allows users to outline, order, and edit content into a single volume that can be exported as PDF, TEI or epub.

Last updated: 22 May 2015

POP allows paper based wire frames to be converted to a simulated mobile app.

Last updated: 19 May 2015

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.

Last updated: 19 May 2015

Flashcard Machine is a web interface with a corresponding iOS app for creating and studying flashcards.

Last updated: 2 May 2015

Sophie is an electronic tool for authoring, collaborating, reading, and publishing rich media documents in networked environments. Built in Java it runs on a variety of platforms.

It does not support either the epub or mobi formats instead using its own internal format.

Development of the project seems to have stalled

Last updated: 1 May 2015

Scratch is a programming language, designed for children, for creating interactive stories, animations, games, music and art and publishing them online.

Last updated: 20 Apr 2015

Rwui allows you to convert an R script to a web page with an interface where users can run the script(s) even if they don't know R.

Last updated: 3 Jan 2015

Exceed is a PC X server system which allows for graphical user interface (GUI) interactions with networked computers. Exceed provides data exchange among applications on different platforms including UNIX, Linux, VMS, X Window Based System and IBM mainframes. Enables users to connect Microsoft Windows desktops to a wide variety of X Window-enabled servers and access X applications.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Pro Tools is audio creation and production software. With Pro Tools it is possible to compose, record, edit, and mix music or sound for pictures and video with out havingto use a variety of software.
Features:

  • over 70 groundbreaking virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins
  • over 8 GB of audio loops
  • view, edit, arrange and print MIDI data as music notation
  • Supports files up to 4 GB
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Autodesk 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio MAX) is an open source graphics software tool used by video game developers, motion picture studios and architectural visualisers for modelling and animation projects. One of the most advanced 3D modelling tools in the industry, 3ds Max has been utilised by many CGI-animated films such as Avatar and 2012 to generate computer graphics alongside live acting.

Features:

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

TextPad is a text editor. It may be used as a basic text editor, web page editor, or as part of a programming IDE.

Features:

  • Universal Naming Convention (UNC) style names support
  • Files up to the limits of 32-bit virtual memory can be edited
  • Spell checker with dictionaries in 10 languages
  • Multi file editing support
  • Commands to change case, and transpose words, characters and lines
  • Commands to indent blocks of text, split or join lines, and insert whole files
  • Change tracking
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

XML-based software application for structured authoring and editing documents and content collaboration.


Features:

  • Spellchecker, thesaurus, track changes and other word processing functionality
  • Configurable document view (normal, tagged, plain text)
  • Resource Manager may be used to locate and insert items such as image files and text fragments.
  • Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    A text editor designed for use by software developers and web designers to edit, search, and manipulate text. BBEdit provides native support for several programming and scripting languages. Third party custom modules are available, created by users, to handle languages that are not supported in the native application.

    Features:

    Code license: Closed source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    A suite of products developed for web designers that may be used to convert large images into a form that can be zoomed and panned. Zoomify enables large images to be viewed and manipulated, without an increase in server load or download time. It converts large images stored in raster formats (e.g. TIFF, JPEG) into a set of pieces or 'tiles' The individual pieces contain sub-sections of the image at different resolutions or levels of zoom, which are combined to create a type of mosaic.

    Features:

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    A software tool for the creation of 3D interactive environments. It may be used to model and interact with physical objects that currently or have previously existed in the real world, or create virtual environments that have not previously encountered. VirTool player software is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS X, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360.

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    TurnTool is a suite of tools that enable 3D models to be created and viewed in a low-bandwidth environment. The suite consists of two components: a TurnToolBox plug-in for integration with 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Viz, Cinema4D and ArchiCAD that allows these software applications to export objects into the TurnTool format; and a TurnTable Viewer plug-in that is able to recreate the 3D model in a windowed environment or web browser.

    Features:

    • 3D modelling
    • ActiveX viewer
    • Low bandwidth use
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    A digital asset management system for the storage, management and delivery of raster images, audiovisual content, documents and other digital asset types. The software provides limited eCommerce functionality for use by institutions that wish to use the system to sell digital products. It may be installed in-house on a Windows/Linux/Unix system or hosted on a system operated by the developers.

    Code license: Closed source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    A structured text editor that may be used to create, edit, validate and convert XML and SGML documents. EpcEdit contains an integrated validating parser, an editor for CALS and HTML tables, an attribute editor and an element manipulation tool.

    Features:

    Code license: GNU GPL, Open source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    Xalan is an XSLT processor for transforming XML documents into HTML, text, or other XML document types. It implements XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 1.0 and XML Path Language (XPath) Version 1.0.

    Features:

    • Conversion between structured markup formats
    • Stylesheet validation
    Code license: Apache License, Open source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    A software application for the playback of audio recordings. SoundScriber offers specific functionality for researchers that wish to transcribe a recording. It was originally developed for use in the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) project and released for use by academics performing similar work.

    Features:

    • Audio playback via installed audio codecs (e.g. Wav, MP3)
    • Variable speed playback
    Code license: GNU GPL, Open source
    Last updated: 29 Jan 2015

    InDesign is a desktop publishing (DTP) software application which can be used to create periodical publications, posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. The latest version, InDesign CS5.5 , is the twelfth generation in the product line.

    Features:

    • Tightly integrated with other Adobe suite software
    • Dynamic cross-reference support that updates content when moved within a document
    • Spread rotation
    Last updated: 30 Jan 2015

    XSugar is a proof of concept tool for mapping textual content between a flat file schema and XML format. It performs statistical analysis to establish if transformations between the two formats are bi-directional, enabling content that has been converted into an XML format to be re-exported to the original flat file structure, or vice-versa. To validate the conversion, a schema must exist for source and destination formats, e.g. a bespoke XFlat encoded XML document that contains a definition of the structure of a class of flat files, an XML schema.

    Features:

    Code license: GNU GPL, Open source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software. After Effects allows users to animate, alter, and composite media in 2d and 3d space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins, as well as individual attention to variables like parallax and user-adjustable angle of observation. The latest version, CS5.5, is the twentieth generation in the product line.

    Features:

    • Tightly integrated with other Adobe suite software
    • Searchable timelines and projects
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    iSpring is an authoring tool that allows you to create online presentations with slides synced with audio and video narration. You can create quizzes and courses, add attachments and web links, and integrate these courses with BlackBoard LMS. Additionally, you can download iSpring Free which allows you to convert PowerPoint to Flash for free to view your presentations online.

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    Yutzu is a collaborative tool that allows people in the creative industries to collect, share, and publish multimedia content in an easy-to-use and intuitive way.

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    Substance is a fully web-based document authoring and publishing platform.

    Code license: GNU GPL v3, Open source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    WorkTop was designed to enhance the ability of students (and scholars at all levels) to more efficiently perform fundamental scholarly tasks while at the same time providing new opportunities for collaborative learning.

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    Artifex Press is a publishing and technology company that digitally publishes catalogues raisonnés, a comprehensive, annotated documentation of all of the known artworks by an artists. They have developed a proprietary, patented software platform and a dedicated publishing program in order to create digital catalogues raisonnés. They offer both their own digital catalogues raisonnés and the ability to licence the software to produce your own projects.

    Code license: Closed source
    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    VSim facilitates the real-time exploration of highly detailed, three-dimensional computer models in both formal and informal educational settings.

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

    This is a great tool to Build and share simulations and interactive data explorations on the web. They have a free version with limited features too.

    Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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