We ♥︎ Free Apps

A digital toolkit for content discovery and curation, collating and organising information, communicating and collaborating, reading and research, writing and referencing, presentations and publishing. This list has been tailored to meet the general needs of my students in the core media and cultural studies units of a tertiary level creative media degree. All recommended apps and services are either free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions. For more app options, check out these comprehensive listicles featuring an extensive selection of apps bundled into the following categories: Apps for Creativity, Apps for Writing and Blogging, Apps for Presentations and Apps for Content Curation.

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Medium

Medium is a place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you. Medium is an easy-to-use blog publishing platform. It’s great for people who want to quickly publish content without having to think about information display.

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway App is a program that highlights common text errors. You can use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice and complicated words. If you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.

Speech Notes

For many of us, key-typing is slow and thus time-consuming. Speechnotes lets you type at the speed of speech (slow & clear speech).
Speechnotes lets you move from voice-typing (dictation) to key-typing seamlessly. This way, you can dictate when convenient and type when more appropriate. You can also dictate and edit your text results right away, and continue dictating. This is a browser-based app which also makes it quick to launch and convenient for email and other online communication.

Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a place to share and discover scholarly research and connect with academics in your field of interest.

Instapaper

A simple tool for saving web pages to read later on your iPhone, iPad, Android, computer, or Kindle.

MeisterTask

MeisterTask is an intuitive collaboration and task management tool. Create a project, add as many team members as you want, assign tasks and follow each other’s progress. MeisterTask’s flexible project boards adapt to your workflow and make sure everyone is always on the same page.

WasteNoTime

WasteNoTime is a browser extension which is designed to help you manage your time spent on the Internet more efficiently.

  • Time Tracker feature gives you reports on what websites you spent most of your time.
  • Instant Lockdown feature allows you to focus on your work for a period of time with limited Internet access.
  • Time Quota feature automatically block selected websites when you have spent a preset amount of time on them each day.
Prezi

Create impactful business presentations and sales pitches with our online software. Cloud-based for seamless real-time collaboration.

WorkFlowy

WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It's a surprisingly powerful way to take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, plan and generally organize your brain.

WordPress

Wordpress helps you create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that works the way you do. Get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone.

Basket

Put your favorite links in Basket, read your articles later and enjoy a personalized bookmarking experience.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Bluefire

Bluefire Reader is the best way to read Adobe® Content Server protected eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. With Bluefire Reader you can read EPUB and PDF eBooks downloaded via your EBrary subscription.

Diigo

Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community. Use Diigo for better reading and research with annotation, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking & more.

SlideShare

Making documents and presentations available on the web quickly and easily is possible with this tools. Slideshare allow you to embed your documents and presentations into a webpage or LMS and allow students to view your uploads in their own viewer so instead of having to download the documents and open then in Word or Powerpoint, you can scroll through them right on the screen where you have embedded them.

AudioNote

Take notes with recorded audio. AudioNote combines note-taking and voice recording software to create a powerful tool that saves you time while improving the quality of your notes. Available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.

Google Keep

Google Keep is more than just another notes app. It can also do Text-to-Speech. Google keep does a fantastic job of recognizing and converting text in images to editable text (ocr) -> copy and paste into translate for TTS and you've got a solution for anyone adverse to printed text.

Thanks to Mathew Fletcher for this great tip.

Google Drive

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

Evernote

Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.

Feedly

Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests. The feedly platform lets you discover sources of quality content, follow and read everything those sources publish with ease and organize everything in one place.

Grammarly

Instant grammar checker, pagiarism checker - online proofreader. Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.

NaturalReader

The NaturalReader text-to-speech application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words. NaturalReader saves you from experiencing eye strain, and lets you sit back, relax, and listen. It is also an efficient proofreading tool; it not only picks out mistakes in your work, but gives you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written. NaturalReader is a great help to students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

ResearchGate

Find over 80 million publications, 8 million researchers and 1 million answers to research questions. ResearchGate is a network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences. All for free.

Noisli

Improve your focus and boost your productivity. Block out annoying noises and create the right environment for working or relaxing. Noisli is the best and most beautifully designed productivity companion throughout your day. No matter if you are in an environment where it is too loud or too quiet, with Noisli you can create and listen to your favorite background sounds in order to focus and concentrate on your tasks.

Unstuck

Unstuck is an in-the-moment digital coach that's ready any time you're feeling stuck.

Unstuck offers up personalized digital tools and content to help you get from stuck to unstuck, no matter what the challenge may be. Feeling stuck? Well the app helps you diagnose what’s really going on—with a challenge at work, a relationship issue, a goal that’s just out of reach. It teases out what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and what you’re actually doing.

Google Docs

Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Docs to edit Word files.

CiteThisForMe

Automatically reference everything correctly with CiteThisForMe. Save your work forever, build multiple bibliographies, run plagiarism checks, and much more.

Headspace

Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. And with millions of users in more than 190 countries, we’re well on our way. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics pack.

Livebooklet

Using our simple booklet designer, you can drag and drop text, images, videos, audio, code, and more to make a multipage web booklet. If you already have a document, just upload it and we'll automatically convert it to a livebooklet.

SMMRY

Summarize articles, text, websites, essays and PDF documents online for free with SMMRY.

Habitica

Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.

Slack

Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

Pocket

When you find something you want to view later, put it in . Pocket lets you save articles, videos or other various content on the web so you can easily find and read them later.

MindMeister

Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with MindMeister, the leading online mind mapping software.

Slides

Slides is a place for creating, presenting and sharing presentations. The Slides editor is available right in your browser. Unlike traditional presentation software, like PowerPoint, there's no need to download anything.

Zotero

Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and an academic social network. Manage your research, showcase your work, connect and collaborate with over six million researchers worldwide.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find, share, organise and present ideas for all of your projects and interests.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Download free Acrobat Reader DC software, the only PDF viewer that lets you read, search, print, and interact with virtually any type of PDF file.

Tomighty

Tomighty is a desktop timer specifically designed for the Pomodoro Technique®. It's a software created and developed by Célio Cidral Junior, licensed to you under the Apache License 2.0. It’s free (gratis) and open source.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions provides you with a way to view and manage media rich eBooks and other digital publications. With Digital Editions you can read EPUB and PDF eBooks downloaded via your EBrary subscription on your desktop computer.

FieldNotes

A note taking tool for your mobile device to take with you on the road. Makes geo-referenced data sharing and collection a snap for those on the go.

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