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ENG 3307: Intro to Film & ENG 3308: Advanced Topics in Film: Presentation & Tech Tools

A research course guide to library resources for Intro to Film students.

Commercial Presentation Tools

Other Tech Tools

Some of these may be totally free but some just give you a free trial.

·           Ispiring free – Powerpoint to flash converter

Slideshare - post your slideshows and share

Animation Tools


Comic Strip Creators:      

Timeline tools

  • ARIES - An interactive image manipulation system that enables the exploration and organization of fine digital art. Free web based access with free account. Also makes timelines.
  • Tikki-Toki
  • Timetoast



IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework)

"Access to image-based resources is fundamental to research, scholarship and the transmission of cultural knowledge."

See more about IIIF

Apps & Demos for viewing and working with IIIF compatible images

Open Source Presentation Tools

These are open source or free presentation or visual tools. Most require you to register and some are available for free for a trial period

  • Google Books Ngram Viewer When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years. 
  • Google Drawings - make flow charts, diagrams, callouts - part of Google Drive
  • Simply Analytics - Web-based mapping application to create thematic maps and reports.

Presentation Tips

  • High quality, good resolution images -  for enlarging or zooming if neeeded
  • Show as large as possible, with captions that have information for image (for artworks artist, title, date, location if applicable, media and size if available)
  • Giving attribution or citing an image you didn't make is ethical and helps other people discover the original creator of the image. Cite your own work too! It's the right thing to cite!
  • Captions should be near 18 pt
  • Clean font that is easy to read, usually a sans serif font if best
  • Simple backgrounds such as white, black, or gray so they do not clash with colors of the artwork
  • Professional, well proofed and edited slides that appeal to the eye
  • Know your audience
  • Be "present" at your own presentation!