The Digital Toolbox will help you discover tools that are suited specifically to your project needs. Select from the available categories or search for an application by name.


 

Adobe Aero

Use Aero’s mobile app to create, share, and view AR objects and environments. App available for Apple and Android devices.

Free To Use, Mobile

Adobe Creative Cloud

The entire suite of Adobe creative products includes sophisticated software for editing graphics, video production, animations and more.

Graphic Design, Media Editing

Adobe InDesign

A graphic design application included in the Adobe Suite. Provides a detailed page design and layout toolset for use across desktop and mobile devices. Great for publishing graphics for books, brochures, apps, and magazines. Available on all Digital Scholarship Lab desktop machines and select Mac laptops. Requires a free Adobe account.

Graphic Design

Adobe Photoshop

The go-to for image editing and compositioning. Available on all Digital Scholarship Lab desktop machines and select Mac laptops. Requires a free Adobe account.

Graphic Design, Media Editing

Adobe Premiere Pro

Video editing software included in Adobe Creative Cloud. Allows users to combine multiple video files, add transitions or special effects, incorporate audio tracks, and more. Includes 3D video editing capabilities. Available on all Digital Scholarship Lab desktop machines and select Mac laptops. Requires a free Adobe account.

Media Editing

Anaconda

Suite of tools for Python and R, includes the JupyterLab, Jupyter Notebook, and RStudio coding environments, Spyder and Visual Studio Code editors, the data visualization package Glue, and the Orange toolkit for data mining and analysis. Available on PC desktops and laptops in the Digital Scholarship Lab, or for free download and installation on personal machines.

Coding, Data Analysis, Free To Use, Visualization

Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe’s mobile and desktop app for shooting, editing, and sharing professional-quality video. Mobile app is free and available for Apple and Android devices, and the desktop starter version can be downloaded and installed on personal machines with a free Adobe account.

Free To Use, Media Editing Mobile

Adobe Spark

Free web-based Adobe application for creating images, videos, and web-pages. Mobile apps also available for Apple and Android: Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Video, and Adobe Spark Page.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Graphic Design, Media Editing, Mobile, Web publishing

ArcGIS StoryMaps

Web-based interactive map creation. Integrate multimedia content into your maps and create engaging stories to present geographic data.

Presentation, Visualization

Anchor.fm

Web and mobile application for recording, editing, and sharing audio, especially podcasts. Easy to use collaboratively.

Media Editing, Free To Use, Presentation, Entry Level, Mobile

ArtSteps

Create a virtual-reality experience to showcase your content. Incorporate multimedia objects and customize your virtual space.

Presentation, Entry Level

Audacity

Open-source audio-editing software comparable to Adobe Audition. A cross-platform tool for recording, editing, and processing audio that accepts .WAV, .AIFF, .MP3, and .OGG files. Installed on all Digital Scholarship Lab Mac desktops and laptops, and is free to download and install on personal machines.

Free To Use, Media Editing

Bubbl.us

Mind and concept mapping program.

Entry Level, Graphic Design, Visualization, Presentation

Canva

Easy to use cloud based graphic design software.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Graphic Design, Mobile

Flipgrid

Allows a teacher to create a video prompt and then students respond to the prompt and each other in 90 second video responses.

Entry Level, Interactive Learning, Media Editing

Flourish

Web-based application for creating data visualizations. Easy-to-use with a live preview mode and excellent in-screen explanations of different features and data/graph features. Recommended as an entry-level alternative to Tableau Public or Microsoft BI.

Data Analysis, Entry Level, Free To Use, Presentation, Visualization

Gephi

Gephi allows users to create sophisticated custom graphs or network visualizations for use in research projects, academics, and journalism. Great for formatting data to generate graphs or clusters. Available on desktop PCs in the Digital Scholarship Lab, and can be downloaded and installed on personal machines.

Free To Use, Visualization

GitHub

Platform for hosting, collaboration, version control, web-publishing, and more. Develop projects on your own or fork existing projects to customize or expand yourself. Users can use GitHub Pages to create web pages from their personal repositories.

Free To Use, Coding, Web Publishing

Glogster

Can create multimedia digital posters with embedded videos, links, quizzes, etc.

Entry Level, Graphic Design, Presentation

Google Sites

A web-based publishing tool offered by Google that allows the creation of structured wiki pages and webpages. Supports collaboration with multiple individuals. Free with a Google account and easy to use.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Web Publishing

iMovie

Apple’s native video editing software. Available on all Apple machines.

Media Editing, Mobile

Hypothesis

Annotation of any document on the Internet.

Interactive Learning

Kahoot

Allows for faculty to do game-based quizzes.

Free To Use, Interactive Learning

Kialo

Helps with student engagement such as debates, discussion, essay outlining, knowledge sharing, etc.

Interactive learning, Free To Use, Presentation

Knight Lab Tools

A suite of interactive data presentation and visualization tools from Northwestern University. The collection of web-based tools includes StoryMapJS for digital mapping, TimelineJS for timeline creation, StorylineJS for annotated line charts, JuxtaposeJS for image comparisons and more.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Visualization, Presentation

LucidChart

Create flowcharts, infographics and other visual communication.

Graphic Design, Presentation, Visualization

Medium

A web-based blog and web-publishing platform. Allows for group collaboration in creating blogs or web content. Articles and stories are accessible to the entire internet, so both beginning cooks and seasoned journalists can find an audience. Free and easy to use for everyone.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Mobile, Web Publishing

Microsoft Power BI

“Microsoft’s data visualization software. Comparable to Tableau Public, Power BI transforms data into visualizations and dashboards for learning, collaboration, and presentation. Available on Windows desktops and laptops in the Digital Scholarship Lab. Also available as a web application or to download for installation on a personal machine at https://office.mu.edu. Mobile apps available for Apple and Android.

Data Analysis, Mobile, Presentation, Visualization

Near Pod

Faculty can create interactive lecture slides.

Interactive learning, Presentation

Notepad++

Source code editor that features syntax highlighting and supports programming, scripting, and markup languages. Use Notepad++ to edit in languages like HTML, JSON, Python, R, and more. Available on PC desktops and laptops in the Digital Scholarship Lab, and also for free download and installation on personal machines.

Coding, Free to Use

Omeka

Open-source web publishing platform. Great for display of digital collections and exhibits. Requires no experience with web design or coding to use. Requires use of a server to host site. For more information or inquiries contact Digital Scholarship Lab.

Free To Use, Web Publishing

OpenRefine

Open-source cross-platform application used for data cleaning, reconciliation, and transformation (or wrangling). Accepts data in a variety of formats including .XLSX, .CSV, .TXT, .JSON, as well as web data from Google Sheets. Can be downloaded and installed on personal machines.

Data Analysis, Free To Use

Orange Data Mining

Open-source toolkit for data visualization, data mining, and machine learning. Available via Anaconda on PC desktops and laptops in Digital Scholarship Lab, and can be downloaded and installed onto personal machines, either independent of or packaged with Anaconda.

Data Analysis, Free To Use, Text Analysis

Otter.ai

Web-based application for live note-taking in real time and transcription of audio files. Advanced features and unlimited transcription minutes require a paid account.

Free To Use, Media Editing, Text Analysis

oXygen

An XML editor that's great for beginners too. An excellent resource for projects using Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Located on PC desktops in the Digital Scholarship Lab

Coding, Data Analysis, Web Publishing

Padlet

Students can respond to a board with sticky notes in real time

Entry Level, Free To Use, Interactive learning, Presentation

Palladio

A suite of visualization and analytical tools, including geographic and relational mapping features, created by Stanford’s Humanities + Design Lab for visualizing data relationships and networks.

Data Analysis, Free To Use, Visualization

Perusall

Allows students to annotate readings - either purchased textbooks OR uploaded PDFs.

Interactive Learning

PiktoChart

A web-based infographic generator and slideshow creator. Equipped with a collection of icons and graphics, PiktoChart allows you to easily create presentation materials that can be shared via social media or downloaded as a JPG. Some features are limited to their premium accounts. You must register for an individual account to use it.

Entry-level, Graphic Design, Presentations

PythonAnywhere

Host, run and code python in the cloud.

Coding, Data Analysis, Entry Level, Free To Use

Reclaim Hosting

Web-hosting platform recommended for students and academics. Supports a large selection of easy-to-install content-management and web-publishing software including Omeka, Scalar, Wordpress, and more. For more information or inquiries contact Digital Scholarship Lab.

Web Publishing

Replit

Web-based coding environment that supports over 50 coding languages including HTML, Python, R, JavaScript, and more. Write, run, collaborate, and share code right from your browser.

Coding, Entry Level, Free To Use

Screencast-O-Matic

Web-based coding environment that supports over 50 coding languages including HTML, Python, R, JavaScript, and more. Write, run, collaborate, and share code right from your browser.

Media Editing, Free To Use

Soundcite

Creates inline audio.

Free To Use, Media Editing

StoryMaps JS

A web-based interactive map creator. Equipped with Google Maps software to easily search for world locations through specific addresses or key words. Allows the user to add images to better display the location. Great for history, geography, cultural studies classes. You must login with a Google account to access it.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Presentations

Tableau Public

A set of data analysis and visualization products, great for understanding and representing data in innovative ways. Tableau Public is installed on all Digital Scholarship Lab desktops and laptops, and is free to download and install on personal machines.

Data Analysis, Free To Use, Presentation, Visualization

Tinkercad

“Web-based 3D design and editing tool. Design your own 3D object or import an existing 3D file to edit. Export your creations in .STL, .OBJ, or other formats for use in VR/AR environments or for 3D printing.

Entry Level, Free To Use, Mobile

Voyant

Web-based text analysis tool with an easy-to-use analytics dashboard.

Free To Use, Text Analysis

Wakelet

ool for creating visually engaging presentations. Great for collaborative work in real time.

Free To Use, Interactive Learning, Presentation

Wordpress

A web publishing tool for website or blog creation. Requires no previous experience in web design for basic sites. Advanced customization options are available but may require a paid account.

Entry Level, Free to Use, Mobile, Web Publishing

XSplit Broadcaster

Video editing tools for dynamic mixing and integration of source material for broadcast-level production of media content. Can be downloaded and installed on personal machines.

Media Editing, Free-To-Use