Friday, September 9, 2011

Converting MIDIs to MP3s

I found a nice piece of software to convert my MIDIs to MP3s. It is called Direct MIDI to MP3 by Pistonsoft. ( Other solutions I looked at required a real-time conversion but not Pistonsoft's solution. You can also batch convert your files. I found this software very easy to use and converted files quickly.

Direct MIDI to MP3 comes with a 30 day trial and costs $29.95 to purchase. However, if you promote the software on your website or blog (see the Pistonsoft site for details) they will send you a free key to register your software.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Photosynth – Capturing the complete picture

Microsoft Photosynth,, is a collection of tools that lets you create 3d panoramic images. The tools include a mobile app for iOS devices for capturing and uploading images, a desktop app stitch together images stored on your desktop and the site to host and share your images. The great thing about it is the service and apps are free.

Here is a panorama I created at the office.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Easy classroom file sharing with

Box is an easy to use file sharing service that I use to share files in my courses and for my projects. Files can be shared from your desktop computer or mobile device. Box also includes collaboration tools so others can contribute to your shared folders. The Box service is located at

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CrazyTalk Animator – Animation for your courses and projects

Crazytalk Animator ( is a great way to create animated videos for your class or other multimedia projects. CrazyTalk has a pretty easy learning curve and if you can build Mii’s on the Wii then you are well on your way with CrazyTalk. CrazyTalk has built-in lip syncing when sounds are attached to characters and you can even animate imported images using the actor fitting editor. CrazyTalk Animator comes with a content library that includes many props and accessories for your actors.