Tired of Facebook and YouTube? Try Fleshing Out Some Visions

If you visit our CyberSpot and use our public access computers, you may have noticed a couple of changes, the most obvious of which is the installation of 12 new systems with wide screen displays.  They've replaced the oldest computers in that area and are much faster than their predecessors.

While faster and better looking computers are very welcome additions, they're only as good as the software that runs on them.  So while we were at it, we upgraded whatever software we could and also took the opportunity to install some new applications that we hope appeal to your creative side.  Of course, we still have the usual productivity software such as Microsoft Office, but now there's also a folder on the Desktop named Creativity Sandbox (see below).  In it you'll find shortcuts to some pretty slick applications.  While Library staff may not be familiar with them and be able to provide help in their use, they're fairly easy to use and we hope you take the time to explore them on your own.

As we move forward, we'll be sure to add other software packages, so by all means, if you'd like to recommend any in particular, be sure to write me and let me know about them.  And by the way, it helps if they're free, as these are!

Creativity Sandbox Software

Alice

http://www.alice.org/

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.

GIMP

http://www.gimp.org/

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Google SketchUp

http://www.sketchup.com/

Intuitive, fun and free for anyone to use, you can model anything you can imagine.  Redecorate your living room.  Invent a new piece of furniture.  Model your city for Google Earth.

Paint.NET

http://www.getpaint.net/

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software. It  features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Pixologic Sculptris

http://www.pixologic.com/sculptris/

Sculptris is an elegant, powerful and yet easy to use 3D sculpting software, allowing the artist in you to simply focus on creating amazing 3D artwork. Gone are the technical and often tedious constraints typically associated with digital art.

Scratch

http://scratch.mit.edu/

Intended for 8- to 16-yr olds, Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.  Using it is almost as easy as putting together Legos.
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