1. Hi Michael – great post! On a related note, I’d like to introduce you to Kaltura. We have developed a full open source online video platform. The platform includes a video player, video editors, video uploader, a complete management console and more.
    Our platform is in use by more than 38.000 publishers worldwide, with hundreds joining every week.
    We also have a video plugin for WordPress with full video capabilities.
    I suggest you check it out at our community website – http://www.kaltura.org. (Our corporate site is at http://www.kaltura.com)

    • Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for your kind words! I’ve had a quick look at Kaltura – I think that it may well deserve a post all of its own…

  2. Michael-

    I think this is a great idea. There is no single “magic” tool that does everything. It will be really helpful to have a list of free tools.

    My preference would be to also have a third category in there that has tools that cost $. It’s great to have a lay of the land of all tools. I can probably help with that more than with the free tools. Also, Cammy Bean has a pretty cool tool overview here:


  3. Hi Michael – Your blog came highly recommended by my friend and colleague, Christy Tucker, and I’m glad I stopped by. The series on OS is just what I needed for a presentation I’m working on at the moment.

    I really like Wink but, unfortunately, it is freeware and not open source. I had to double check because I could not find the source code so I could tweak it a bit.

    Despite that, it is probably one of the better OS tools for tutorials and screencasting. Christy and I even discussed how to use it as a (very limited) simulations tool to replace Captivate.

    Please keep the OS posts coming! There are incredibly useful.

    Take care,

    • Hi April,
      Thanks for getting in touch – it’s great to get feedback and readers’ reactions to content on the E-Learning Curve Blog. I’m not sure if you’ve seen this post, but Wink (and another suite of OSS tools called Kaltura) is on my “master list” of apps and technologies to cover in this series on OSS and free-to-use e-learning applications. Of course, my list isn’t exhaustive; it’s comprised of programs I’ve used – and importantly – of suggestions from contributors. While I can’t guarantee I’ll feature it, I certainly research every suggestion people make, and if it’s a good fit I’m happy to share my views on it with the wider community. So if you’ve any ideas, let me know!
      I hope you continue to enjoy the blog – and don’t forget, this is the Read/Write Web: it’s all about interaction and collaboration.
      Best regards,

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