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App of the Week: Splice Video Editor

While iMovie has become the standard video editing app for the iPad, it is only free on newer iOS devices.  Splice allows you to create and edit videos from start to finish via your iPhone or iPod Touch with no laptop or desktop computer necessary and is free for all devices. The power of Hollywood is now with you, anytime, anywhere. Splice together HD photos and videos in an amazingly simple way. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more.

Price: Free with ads, $3.99 ad-free

Platform: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

More infohttps://spliceapp.com

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Productivity, TLT, Video

New Adobe Licenses Available

Great news!  IT just announced that they have secured two fabulous Adobe products for use by CofC faculty and staff.

For Free – Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro will allow faculty to view and create PDFs.  This is a critical piece of software if you are preparing for tenure and promotion.  You can also use it to:

  • combine multiple PDFs into one
  • make your PDFs accessible
  • annotate a PDF
  • shrink the file size  of a PDF
  • digitally sign a PDF
  • convert some PDFs to Microsoft Word format

This is a free license for faculty and staff for use on CofC owned computers.

How do you get it?

Easy!  Just contact the Helpdesk (helpdesk@cofc.edu or 953-3375) and indicate that you would like to have Adobe Acrobat Pro installed.  Make sure to indicate the type of computer you have as well as your computer’s name.  The Helpdesk folks can help you figure out this information.  Just give them a call.

Adobe Creative Cloud

While not free, IT has secured an amazing price on this comprehensive software bundle.  For CofC computers, your department can purchase a license of Creative Cloud for only $165/year.  Creative Cloud includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere.  Be advised that this suite is not needed for basic video or photo editing.  There are easier, free versions of software that can help you meet basic needs (contact your instructional tech for help with the free versions.)  Also be advised that, currently, CofC does not offer training on these applications.

How do you get it?

  1. Contact IT Financial by phone at (843) 953-3989 or by email at ITFinancial@cofc.edu and indicate that you would like to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud.
  2. IT Financial will walk you through the steps to submit an IDT in the amount of $165.00 per year per copy. Please know that this will be automatically renewed at the end of the fiscal year. If you wish to cancel your subscription, you’ll need to inform IT Financial.
  3. Once the IDT has been received, IT Financial will arrange for a technician to contact you for installation. Please note that classroom installations will have first priority.
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Collaboration, Distance Ed, Google, Google Apps, instructional technology, Productivity, Share

Google Docs Now Has a “Track Changes” Feature

I love Google Docs for sharing and reviewing documents but I do miss the features of Microsoft Word’s track changes.  Well, Google Docs has recently added that feature.  Now when you open a Doc you will see a new item in the toolbar entitled Editing.  This gives you the choice of “Editing” as you normally would, “Suggesting” which turns on the track changes, and “Viewing” which views the original document or the accepted changes.   This long awaited feature elevates Google Docs into an even better collaborative tool than it was before. If you are interested in using this feature just open a Google Doc and, under the Editing menu choose Suggesting then make your changes.


As of the writing of this post it appears that this feature is only available in Docs and not in Spreadsheets or Presentations.