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Topincs is a online database software. Given a data model, it allows information to be

  • recorded through forms,
  • displayed through data sheets, and
  • searched in the index.

It overcomes the rigidity of relational databases by using semantic technology. In the simplest use case, a group of users can collaboratively edit information and upload files from any device with a web browser and an internet connection. Development time ranges between 2 and 8 hours.

Last updated: 7 Dec 2016

ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting color schemes for thematic maps, most usually for choropleth maps. It includes 35 basic schemes with different numbers of classes for over 250 possible versions. Each scheme has CMYK, RGB, Hex, Lab, and AV3 (HSV) specs for the colors. The software is designed simply to list color specs for a scheme you find useful so you are able to create these colors in the mapping software you are using.

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

Smallpdf is a free online tool to compress, merge, split and convert PDF documents. It is simple to use and free to use. It can be useful to compress research papers, merge several documents together or extract graphs and images from PDF files.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Mar 2016

I would consider myself to be a visual learner. I surround myself with gifs and memes, and when it comes to academia I gravitate towards infographics, mind-maps and charts to observe key pieces of information. So it’s not surprising that I chose a graphics based tool to review. In my area of study (Digital Humanities and IT), we cross paths with a myriad of visualisations every day, in many different formats.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Mar 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

nodegoat is a web-based data management, analysis & visualisation environment.

Using nodegoat, you can define, create, update, query, and manage any number of datasets by use of a graphic user interface. Your custom data model autoconfigures the backbone of notegoat's core functionalities.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 17 Aug 2015

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

Lucidchart is a cloud-based diagramming and visual communication app with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Features include professional templates and an extensive shape library. Team users can edit the same file together in real time. With over four million users, Lucidchart is an excellent tool for making flowcharts, mockups, network diagrams, and more.

Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Lucidpress is a free online editor for making pamphlets, brochures, flyers, magazines, and more. Features include real-time collaboration, digital publishing, and easy sharing, all of which come in an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface. Upgrade to a professional account for increased storage space and access to additional templates.

Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

ImageJ is a Java open source image processing program designed for scientific multidimensional images. It is highly extensible, with thousands of plugins and macros for performing a wide variety of tasks, and a strong, established user base.

There are three major versions of ImageJ:

  • ImageJ1 - The stable version, developed by Wayne Rasband at NIH since 1997
  • ImageJ2 - Focuses on analysis of scientific multidimensional image data. Includes ImageJ1 with a compatibility layer
Code license: Open source
Last updated: 19 May 2015

Balsamiq Mockups is a simple, flexible, and collaborative software for building wireframes for websites, apps, and other digital media. Users may purchase a desktop license or pay a monthly subscription fee for the web app. Free desktop software is available for classroom use.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 21 Apr 2015

OmniGraffle is a comprehensive diagramming and drawing application. Drag and drop to create wireframes, flow charts, network diagrams, UI mockups, family trees, office layouts, etc.. Upgrading to OmniGraffle Pro adds Visio support, shared layers, presentation mode, object-geometry controls, AppleScript and Actions support and more.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 Apr 2015

Creately is a web based diagramming tool with real-time collaboration to work together on diagrams. If you're not comfortable storing data on the cloud you can use the desktop version. It lets you create workflows, mind maps, concept maps, business process models, wire-frames, org charts and many more diagram types useful in research projects.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 24 Mar 2015

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. It allows viewing, organizing and retouching a large number of digital images. Lightroom's edits are non-destructive. However, despite sharing name with Adobe Photoshop, it is incapable of performing many of Photoshop functions such as doctoring (adding, removing or altering the appearance of individual image items), rendering text or 3D objects on images or modifying individual video frames.

Last updated: 20 Mar 2015

Sketchbook Pro is a professional grade digital sketchbook. It offers a number of brushes and tools that give the illustration created a natural feel. It is easy to use and along with the use of a graphics tablet can quickly allow for the mock up of a visual concept or can be used in the creation of storyboards for a audio visual production.
It also comes as an app that can be used on android tablets or the ipad offering flexibility in order to suit your work flow methods.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 30 Jan 2015

Google SketchUp is easy-to-use free 3D modeling software.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 16 Feb 2015

Image Map Tool allows you to upload an image (or specify the URL of an image found online) and turn it into a clickable image map.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

QuarkXPress desktop publishing software is commonly used to create page layouts for a variety of print publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, posters and brochures. Similar in function to InDesign, the main differences are Quark's unique features for exporting documents as interactive webpages as well as its widespread use by printers, typesetters and page designers.
Features:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Paletton (a.k.a. Color Scheme Designer 4) presents the user with a color wheel and several color scheme styles:

  • Mono
  • Complement
  • Triad
  • Tetrad
  • Free style

By moving arrows around the color wheel, users can look at and compare different color palettes suitable for web design, logos, etc. A preview option is available for checking what the color scheme would look like as part of a light or dark website.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and Javascript for popular user interface components and interactions.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Manage and publish your existing journal, or lead the Open Access movement in your field by starting a new journal. Scholastica makes it easy to collaborate on a journal and publish scholarship at the click of a button.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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