Tool

LoudBlog

Tool Logo: 
Version: 
0.8.0a
Summary: 

Loudblog is a sleek and easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) for publishing media content on the web. It automatically generates a skinnable website and an RSS-Feed for Podcasting. Just upload your audio/video files, add some notes and links, and you're done.

License: 
GNU/GPL
content_windows_installer: 
http://www.loudblog.com/index.php?s=file_download&id=69
Linux installer: 
http://www.loudblog.com/index.php?s=file_download&id=69
content_mac_installer: 
http://www.loudblog.com/index.php?s=file_download&id=69
System Requirements: 

1 Megabyte of free webspace, PHP 4.3 or higher, MySQL 4 or higher

Usage Level: 
Easy
Installation Level: 
Easy
Languages: 
English
Guides and Tutorials: 
Documentation and Resources: 

Tools

Tactical Tech's mobiles in-a-box has been designed to support campaigners looking to use mobile technology in their work. It includes a range of tools to help you achieve this.

Audio tools

We've included downloads and guides for the following tools to help you create your audio.

 

  • Audacity - A free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder. 
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  • LoudBlog - An easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) for publishing audio content on the web. 
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  • Ourmedia - A website for publishing audio and video and creating Podcasts.
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    iMovie

    iMovie is a popular and simple to use editing tool for Apple computers. It comes free with older Macintosh computers though you will now have to pay for it.

    This guide includes easy to follow screencasts take from the Make Internet TV guide.

    Screencast: Intro to iMovie

    Windows Movie Maker

    All versions of Windows have free access to a basic video editing program, called Windows Movie Maker (WMM). This guide will show you the basics of how to use it. If you already have access to a Windows computer check if you have it installed. 

    This guide is taken from MakeInternetTV.


    Screencast: Intro to Windows Movie Maker

    VLC

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    1.0.1
    Summary: 

    VLC is a audio/video player that will read almost any format you throw at it, including DVDs and VCDs. It can be used to rip CDs and DVDs, encode video and connect to audio and video streams, and that's just the half of it.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/videolan/vlc/1.0.1/win32/vlc-1.0.1-win32.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/videolan/vlc/1.0.1/macosx/vlc-1.0.1.dmg
    System Requirements: 
    • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Mac OSX or newer
    • Installers are available for most Linux distributions and well as for numerous other operating systems
    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian.

    Miro

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    1.2.4
    Summary: 

    Miro is a browser for watching videos and subscribing to vodcasts - grab webpages with video and video RSS feeds (including podcasts, video blogs, and BitTorrent feeds), and watch them full screen, one after the other. It's free and open source.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/miro/win/Miro_Installer.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://www.getmiro.com/download/ubuntu.php
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/miro/osx/Miro.dmg
    System Requirements: 
    • Windows 95/98/ME with DirectX 3.0 or later
    • Mac OS X 10.3+ and QuickTime 7
    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    English and 44 more
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    BlipTV

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    -
    Summary: 

    Blip.tv is a video sharing service that provides content creators with free hosting, support for a variety of video formats, distribution using technologies like RSS and an opt-in advertising program with a 50/50 revenue share. If you are happy to use a commercial service Blip is probably currently your best choice.

    License: 
    supports open content licenses
    System Requirements: 

    - N.A.

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    English
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    Avidemux

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    2.5.0
    Summary: 

    Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types and is a great tool for converting or compressing files or making simple edits.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://prdownload.berlios.de/avidemux/avidemux_2.5.0_win32.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://www.getdeb.net/app/Avidemux
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://prdownload.berlios.de/avidemux/avidemux_2.4.4_Gtk_Quartz_universal.dmg
    System Requirements: 

    N.A.

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    - NA-
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    - NA-

    Documentation and Resources: 

    Jubler

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    4.0
    Summary: 

    Jubler is a tool to edit text-based subtitles. It is mostly used as an authoring software for new subtitles or as a tool to convert, transform, correct and refine existing subtitles. The most popular subtitle formats can be used. Preview of the subtitles in realtime or in design time, spell checking, translation mode and styles editing are some of the main features.

    License: 
    Liberal (GNU) public licence
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/jubler/files/Jubler%20Binary%20Releases/4.0/Jubler-4.0.exe/download
    Linux installer: 
    http://linux.softpedia.com/progDownload/Jubler-Download-3015.html
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/jubler/files/Jubler%20Binary%20Releases/4.0/Jubler-4.0.dmg/download
    System Requirements: 

    • Latest version of JRE

    • MPlayer to view subtitles

    • ASpell to spell-check the subtitles

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Moderate
    Languages: 
    English
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    Scribus

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    1.3.3
    Summary: 

    Scribus is a page layout program. With Scribus, individuals, organizations and communities can create layouts for newsletters, bulletins, manuals, reports and/or any other printed material that require text and image layout.

    License: 
    GNU/GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://voxel.dl.sourceforge.net/project/scribus/scribus/1.3.3.13/scribus-1.3.3.13-win32-install.exe
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/scribus-svn/1.3.5.rc3/Scribus_1.3.5SVN_RC3_010709.dmg/download
    System Requirements: 

    Operating System (OS)

    • Unix/Linux
    • Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard
    • Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003/Server 2008

    Hardware (Minimum)

    • Pentium III or better/ 750Mhz or better processor
    • 256 MB memory (RAM) or higher
    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Difficult
    Languages: 
    Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dzongkha, English American, English Australian, English British, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, German Swiss, German Traditional, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portugese Brazilian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish Latin, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Welsh Please refer to the link below for language translation status: http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=transstats133
    Documentation and Resources: 

    Joomla

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    1.5.14
    Summary: 

    Joomla is ideal for individuals and small organizations that want to create, manage and publish content on their websites easily.

    License: 
    GNU/GPL
    content_server_side_installer: 
    http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/frsrelease/10785/42655/Joomla_1.5.14-Stable-Full_Package.zip
    System Requirements: 

    Operating System

    • Unix/Linux
    • Windows

    Web Server

    • Apache

    PHP

    Database Server

    • MySQL
    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    Vietnamese, Latvian, Spanish, Farsi/Persian, Dutch, German, French, Arabic, Portuguese Brazil, Portuguese Portugal, Bosnian, Russian, Sinhala, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Bengali/Bangla Bangladesh, Ukrainian, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Gujarati, Indonesian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Greek, Catalan, Mongolian, Thai, Armenian, Icelandic, Finish, Korean, Slovak, Tatar, Tamil, Bahasa, Lithuanian, Romanian, Sindhi, Mecedonian, Hebrew, Estonian, Japanese, Krdish, Afrikaans, Albanian, Polish, Belarussian, Azerbaijani, Pashto, Uzbek, Georgian, Cymraeg Welsh There are many more language translations available. Please click on the link below for other languages and current language translation status.
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    Installation Manual (version 1.5)

    Documentation and Resources: 

    SPIP

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    2.0.9
    Summary: 

    SPIP is a publishing system for websites. It allows a community of users to collaborate online, creating and developing content.

    License: 
    GNU/GPL
    content_server_side_installer: 
    http://files.spip.org/spip/stable/spip.zip
    System Requirements: 

    The only requirements (Using Linux / Apache is not mandatory) - MySQL 3 or greater - PHP 4 or greater *Installation Level*: 

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Creole, Czech, Danish, German, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Basque, Persian, Fon, French, Galician, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Luxembourgish, Dutch, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    Drupal

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    6.13
    Summary: 

    Drupal allows an individual or a community of users to publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

    License: 
    GNU/GPL
    content_server_side_installer: 
    http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-6.13.tar.gz
    System Requirements: 

    Operating System

    • Unix/Linux
    • Windows

    Web Server

    • Apache
    • Microsoft IIS

    PHP

    Database Server

    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Difficult
    Languages: 
    Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dzongkha, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnih, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungaria, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Latvian, Lithuanian, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scots, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
    Guides and Tutorials: 
    Documentation and Resources: 

    Inkscape

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    0.46
    Summary: 

    Inkscape is a powerful and convenient drawing tool for the creation of logos and illustrations. It supports features such as shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape allows importing and exporting of most widely used graphics file formats.

    License: 
    GNU/GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://downloads.sourceforge.net/inkscape/Inkscape-0.46.win32.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=2118
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://downloads.sourceforge.net/inkscape/Inkscape-0.46-3.TIGER.UNIVERSAL.dmg
    System Requirements: 
    • Unix/Linux (Unofficial Package)
    • Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard
    • Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista
    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Moderate
    Languages: 
    <p> English, German, French, Brazilian, Italian, Spanish, Nynorsk/Norwegian, Japanese, На русском/Russian, Slovenščina/Slovenian, slovenčina/Slovak, Vietnamese, 简体中文/Simplified Chinese </p>
    Documentation and Resources: 

    User Manual (Official, work in progress)

    User Manual (Un-official, user contributed)

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

     

    Firefox

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    3.5.2
    Summary: 

    Mozilla Firefox is considered by many to be the best browser available, particularly due to its security features, the global community of developers involved, and the huge range of add-on products that extend its functionality. Firefox runs on all platforms.

    License: 
    Mozilla Trilicense
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.5.2&os=win&lang=en-US
    Linux installer: 
    http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-3.5.2&os=linux&lang=en-US
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.5.2&os=osx&lang=en-US
    System Requirements: 

    Installs easily on Mac and Windows. Most Linux distributions have Firefox packaged in them as the default browser.

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (British), Finnish, French, Frisian, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish
    Documentation and Resources: 

    Open Office

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    3.1.0
    Summary: 

    OpenOffice.org includes a word processor, spreadsheet application, presentation manager, and a drawing programme.  OpenOffice.org also works with a variety of file formats, including Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. 

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://spout.ussg.indiana.edu/openoffice/stable/3.1.0/OOo_3.1.0_Win32Intel_install_wJRE_en-US.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://download.openoffice.org/other.html
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/openoffice/stable/3.1.0/OOo_3.1.0_MacOSXIntel_install_en-US.dmg
    System Requirements: 

    For Windows and Linux *

    • 128 Mbytes RAM
    • 200 Mbytes available disk space

    For Mac OX X

    • Power Mac G3 400Mhz or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.3.x (10.3.5 recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.x
    • 256Mbytes RAM
    • 350Mbytes available disk space
    • X11 required.

    * - Ubuntu linux comes with OpenOffice pre-installed.

    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    65 languages so far... watch this link http://projects.openoffice.org/native-lang.html - the translation page on the OpenOffice website for updates.
    Documentation and Resources: 

    KompoZer

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    0.7.10
    Summary: 

    KompoZer is similar to Dreamweaver or FrontPage, allowing you to manage and create websites. KompoZer allows WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editing of pages; making Web creation as easy as typing with your word processor. It also has lots of nice tools that allow you to maintain entire websites both on and off line.

    License: 
    MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license
    content_windows_installer: 
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/files/current/0.7.10/kompozer-0.7.10-win32.zip/download
    Linux installer: 
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/files/current/0.7.10/kompozer-0.7.10-gcc4.0.3-i486.tar.gz/download
    content_mac_installer: 
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/files/current/0.7.10/kompozer-0.7.10-mac.dmg/download
    System Requirements: 

    KompoZer is not resource intensive and will work on computers that are up to 4-5 years old.

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    Nederlands, Deutsch, Dansk, Slovensko, Slovensky, Castellano, Russian, Suomi, French, Catalan.
    Documentation and Resources: 

    Gimp

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    2.6.6
    Summary: 

    GIMP is similar to Photoshop for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
    Typical uses include creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, changing colours, combining images, removing unwanted image features, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create animated images and preparing images for websites. The full capabilities of the GIMP extend much further and include advanced image editing, manipulation, and professional

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gimp-win/gimp-2.6.6-i686-setup.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://www.gimp.org/unix/
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gimponosx/GIMP-2.6.6-Tiger-universal.dmg?use_mirror
    System Requirements: 
    • Windows XP
    • Almost all linux distros are supported
    • Mac OSX requires x11
    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Difficult
    Languages: 
    English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Swedish and many more.
    Guides and Tutorials: 

    Intro vido
    GIMP Screencast. If you are unable to play the downloaded file using the software on your computer, download and install Video Lan Client from here.

    GIMP Basics

    GIMP Tutorials

    Documentation and Resources: 

    Podcasting with WordPress

    Wordpress is great for distributing podcasts and video. Learn how to set up a hosted Wordpress blog, install Wordpress on a server and upload and publish your audio file to create a podcast.

    Wordpress

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    2.8.4
    Summary: 

    Wordpress makes publishing and maintaining a website quite easy and it is also great for distributing podcasts and video. You can easily add pages through a simple form and quickly update content. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools in the world. To use Wordpress you can either signup for an account at wordpress.com or for full control and more features you can install it on your own server.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_server_side_installer: 
    http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
    System Requirements: 

    WordPress can be used as a web service or installed on a server for greater control. To use the webservice go to wordpress.com or to download the Wordpress software to install yourself click here.

    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Difficult
    Languages: 
    English, Arabic, Azeri, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh.

    Songbird

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    1.2
    Summary: 

    Songbird will help you manage your music files and subscribe to podcasts. Its' functionality is similar to iTunes so you can create playlists. Songbird is the only media player which works with the Firefox web
    browser so you can use it to surf the web and find audio files to download.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/download.songbirdnest.com/installer/windows/i686-msvc8/Songbird_1.2.0-1146_windows-i686-msvc8.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://getsongbird.com/download/
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/download.songbirdnest.com/installer/macosx/i686/Songbird_1.2.0-1146_macosx-i686.dmg
    System Requirements: 
    • Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista
    • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
    • Songbird has been tested on Fedora Core and Ubuntu Dapper
    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    45 + Languages

    Video Lan Client

    Tool Logo: 
    Video Lan Client
    Version: 
    1.0.1
    Summary: 

    VLC is a audio/video player that will read almost any format you throw at it, including DVDs and VCDs. It can be used to rip CDs and DVDs, encode video and connect to audio and video streams, and that's just the half of it.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/videolan/vlc/1.0.1/win32/vlc-1.0.1-win32.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/videolan/vlc/1.0.1/macosx/vlc-1.0.1.dmg
    System Requirements: 
    • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Mac OSX or newer
    • Installers are available for most Linux distributions and well as for numerous other operating systems
    Usage Level: 
    Easy
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian.

    Audacity

    Tool Logo: 
    Version: 
    1.3.8
    Summary: 

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder. Audacity allows you to open audio files from a digital recorder or import them from CDs. It allows you to cut, copy, paste and edit audio along a timeline. You can add multiple tracks and a range of effects like normalize volume levels across a selection or an entire file, fade regions of the file in or out, pan the sound from left to right and much more. If you want to get into making audio pieces for podcasting or radio Audacity is a great place to start.

    License: 
    GNU GPL
    content_windows_installer: 
    http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-win-unicode-1.3.8.exe
    Linux installer: 
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/beta_linux
    content_mac_installer: 
    http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-macosx-ub-1.3.8.dmg
    System Requirements: 
    • Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista
    • Mac OS X 10.1 or later
    • Installer packages for many common linux distributions are available from the website
    Usage Level: 
    Moderate
    Installation Level: 
    Easy
    Languages: 
    Czech, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Norweigen, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese.
    Guides and Tutorials: 
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