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Social media tools: office suites and presentation tools

Tools and applications to help with general office work and presentations.

Office Suites

Basecamp Project management and task management software: . Commercial product

FlySuite is a combined package which acts as word processor and spreadsheet.

huddle. This is a network of secure online spaces that combine document, project and team tools with the simplicity of social networking. Pricing from £4.99 a month. Freebie version also available

LibreOffice is a complete package, and free.

ShowDocument. Upload, view and share documents, web pages and images stored on your workstation or server. Exchange ideas and information with colleagues via a real-time interactive whiteboard.

Scribd is a free online library where anyone can upload. Use their embeddable PDF player to publish and view documents right in your web browser.

ThinkFree  Microsoft office beater. Spreadsheet, word processing, presentations, the works.

Presentation software

animoto - the end of slideshows. Create videos in minutes. Upload your pics or pull them from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and more. Then just choose a soundtrack and you're done!

authorSTREAM Present and Share PowerPoint Online. Looks very like in that you can upload Powerpoint presentations, share them, lock them and so on.

BrinkPad does exactly what you'd expect from a presentation package.

Comment bubble lets users comment while a video is being run, so that they can react in real time.

Google story builder allows you to create your own Google docs story.

Kizoa is a video maker, slideshow creator and collage builder.

MyBrainshark is very simple - upload a presentation, add a voice over, use a video.

MyJugaad is a slideshow for webpages, which are sourced either from popular websites or from a list provided by you or from your RSS feed(s).

MyPicPals is a free slideshow generator.

PhotoPeach. First choose where to upload the pictures from: your web album of Picasa, Facebook, or your own computer. Now, all the pictures are ready to be presented in the slideshow, add music and you're done.

PhotoShow Turn your photos into a musical slideshow. Add pictures, whack in some music, throw in some captions and garnish with transitions and you're done.

Powerbullet Presenter. Presenter is a small, simple and free program for creating presentations in the Flash™ format.

PowerShow View, Upload and Share PowerPoint Presentations. Does exactly what it says on the tin.

Powtoon is an excellent tool that allows you to create animated presentations.

pptPlex uses Plex technology to give you the power to zoom in and out of slide sections and move directly between slides that are not sequential in your presentation

PresentationEngine creates stunning multimedia presentations - automatically!

Slidebean is for presentations that design themselves.

Slidebomb to easily build simple mashup slideshows for teachers and students.

SlideBoom – Share Live PowerPoint Presentations Online. Think authorstream and and you're pretty much there.

Slides is a place for creating, presenting and sharing presentations.

SlideServe is the easiest way to Upload and Share your PowerPoint presentations Publicly or Privately with the world.

Slideroll interactive drag-and-drop slide show creator. From there, you can build slide shows with smooth pans, zooms, and fades. Create documentary-style slideshows with that famous "Ken Burns Effect". Brilliant. My #1 choice, upload a .ppt and you're done

Slidestory Tell a story using your photographs and narrate in your own voice.

Slidetalk lets you put a voice onto your presentations. Great if you like computer generated sounds.

Textthemob The easiest and most entertaining way to collect feedback from your audience: Project polls or message boards on a large screen, have everyone send their input via their cell phones and see results instantly!

Thinglink to discover, create and share interactive images and videos.

Timeglider is webased timeline software for creating and sharing history, project planning and more.

VCASMO is a multimedia presentation solution for personal photo-video slide show, business presentation, training, academic teaching, sales pitching, seminar, conference, press release meeting, live event.

WebEx MeetMeNow: Online Meeting, Net Meeting and Web Conference Software. Commercial product (£27 per month) allowing you to share and run presentations across the net.

Web Poster Wizard. Creates lessons, worksheets and class pages and puts them up online.

Zaption turns online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students

Zoho Show 2.0 The online tool for making powerful presentations.

Project management

14Dayz is great for teams that are geographically distributed and still need a central place for logging their hours. - application for brainstorming online

FreeMind - free mind mapping software. It's a free download - it looks very impressive.

HiTask - free online task management. It's a simple web based task management application to bring your team together.

LiquidPlanner. It's online project management software that offers teams a complete project environment, rich social networking features.

Mindomo is a versatile Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser Take minutes easily!. This is an app that you can use to take minutes quickly, with to do lists, notes, links and so on, and publish them using secret URLs, with personalised email, to'dos highlighted and grouped.

Nozbe is an online organiser.

Project2Manage is a free hosted project management solution that virtually anyone can use.

Same-Page provides software for project management, document management, online calendars and contact management that improves workflow and enhances communication between workgroups and clients.

timeXchange is a member-based, on-line timesheet exchange for individuals and teams who are required to submit, route, approve and collect project time-tracking details.

Twiddla is a free no-setup, web-based meeting playground.

Screen sharing and recording

CoPilot Commercial product. Why would you?

GoView lets you capture your computer screen and audio and then instantly share your recording online.

Groupboard Free online collaborative whiteboard and chat. Groupboard is a set of multi-user java applets including whiteboard, chat, message board, games and voice conferencing which you can place on your web page by simply copying a few lines of HTML code. You can also run Groupboard on your own web server. It can be used for tutoring, distance learning, training, or simply for fun! With the whiteboard you can upload background images and draw on top of them, and all of the users connected to the board will see the changes in real-time. Free for 5 users.

Join Me with instant screen sharing with powerful meeting tools and unlimited audio. Free and commercial.

LogMeIn does what you'd expect

Mikogo. This is a free online meeting tool. At no cost, Mikogo allows you to share your screen with up to 10 participants simultaneously from any PC, in true-color quality and in real-time.

OCam is very simple and easy - it’s a quick download and basic product.

Radmin (Remote Administrator) is the world famous, award winning secure remote control software and remote access software which enables you to work on a remote computer in real time as if you were using its own keyboard and mouse. Commercial

RealVNC provides remote control software which lets you see and interact with desktop applications across any network.

Screenleap shares your screen instantly to any device with a browser. No downloads, installs or signups.

ShowMyPC is a Community providing tools and services for Online Meetings and Collaboration. Users can help, present services to multiple users, or provide one on one remote support.

Snapzen - discover social content as you browse.

TeamViewer - Free Desktop Sharing and Remote Control. This works through Firewalls, works on Macs, you can make presentations from your machine to another, share files, chat, switch direction and so on. It's free for personal, non-commercial use.

TightVNC is a free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen.

Unyte Share your desktop blah blah. Free for 2 person use, otherwise commercial.

WebHuddle does what the rest of them do.

Yugma. From the site: " Share your computer screen in real-time so that everyone sees what you see - regardless of the application, software or operating system you are using.

Yuuguu Hold online meetings, share your screen and work together on the same documents in real time.


Google Docs and spreadsheets. It's a Google product - what else is there to say!

Flysuite Does spreadsheets and word processing

Writing documents

Draftin is a collaboration tool for writers.

EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen.

GrammarCheck checks your grammar for you.

Gobby. Gobby is a free collaborative editor based on libobby, a library which provides synced document buffers. It supports multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like platforms.

Inklewriter creates branched stories

Issuu is a tool that means in practice is that you can upload your own content, edit it with one of their templates and let other people read it.

Kl1p is an online notepad. Start with a URL and then add/create content. is a web-based application for taking notes. You can take your notes and share with others by providing the shorten url to a friend.Fast: is built for speed and performance. You can take notes quickly and browse your archive.Easy: doesn’t require installation. Just write and share shorten link!Short:’s url just 8 character. You’ll get shorten link of your note when you want to share. create a blog post in seconds with a url they provide

ProofHQ is a smarter, easier way to manage review and approval of designs, artwork and documents.

QuickTopic Document Review - free document collaboration. Quick Doc ReviewSM gives you an instant private space for gathering comments on any HTML document (Microsoft Word documents too).

Qipit - Copy and share documents. Copy documents, whiteboards and handwritten notes with your camera phone or digital camera to store, fax, email or publish!

Scribd is a bit like Slideshare for documents. Load up your documents, share them, comment, you know the sort of thing. You can also do a very nifty search, both for documents and text within them.

SubEthaEdit is a powerful and lean text editor. is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate and conference on text documents, useful for meeting notes, brainstorming, project planning, drafting sessions, training, and more.

TextFlow. This product allows you to take various edits to a document and merge them quickly and easily.

TitanPad. It's a word processor, with real time edits. Fairly straightforward.

Wepaste Here you can very simply create your own page, paste your text, save it and open it anywhere!

Zinepal creates eBooks in the PDF, ePub, Kindle and Mobipocket formats.

Zoho Writer Online word processor - free


BB FlashBack Express. Record a commentary or PC sounds while recording the screen. Record a window, region or full screen.

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

Capture Fox Movie is a Firefox add-on and a handy tool to create tutorials about a software, a web site or anything that can be displayed on your computer. It records your screen frame by frame. You can also record your voice.

GoView Capture your computer screen and audio with GoView™, then instantly share your recording online. It's quick. It's easy. And it's free!

Jing lets you snap a picture of the screen, record video and share over the web. I've used this myself, and it's very good.

Screen2exe is an easy-to-use tool to capture desktop activity and save it as a self-playing .exe file. The program will capture mouse movements, clicks and even optional audio comments from your microphone. You can choose to record the entire screen or just a selected area, configure the recording quality and also the frame rate. The captured video is highly compressed and saved as standalone .EXE viewer that can be sent by email or made available for download.

ScreenCastle. One click screencasting. It is possible to record fullscreen or to choose the part of the screen to record Accepts Audio. Unlimited video length. No registration.

Screencast-O-Matic is the original free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!

Screenr - Create screencasts and screen recordings the easy way. Now you can create screencasts for your followers as easily as you tweet. Just click the record button and you'll have your ready-to-tweet screencast in seconds. Web-based recorder-nothing to download. Records on Mac or PC. Plays everywhere on the web, including iPhones. Free

Snagit. Create an image of all or part of what you see you see on your computer monitor. Flexible options that let you capture only what you want. Annotation varieties like arrows, speech bubbles, fancy edge effects and more. Versatility in what you do with your capture. Send it to your favorite program, share it online, save it for later.

Webinaria lets you record demonstrations, tutorials, publish in Flash.

Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.