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Software for doing the technical stuffEdit

Where possible we would recommend using good quality open source software. Open Source Software is a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge; i.e., open.
Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community.
I have 'cut and pasted' some of the technical blurb so please excuse my laziness. It is purely to indicate the current capability of the software and who better to do that than the authors. If you wish to skip it please feel free to do so.

OpenOffice software suiteEdit

I use the Draw function to paste direction arrows onto pictures and the Writer to do my word processing...

[Office]

OpenOffice.org is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral Open Document standard from Oasis.

What’s in OpenOffice.org?Edit

WRITER is OpenOffice.org’s word processor: use it for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book with embedded illustrations, cross-references, tables of contents, indexes, bibliographies... Auto-complete, auto-format, and real-time spelling check make light work of the hardest task. Writer is powerful enough to tackle desktop publishing tasks such as creating multi-column newsletters, brochures – the only limit is your imagination.

Use CALC to bring your numbers under control. This powerful spreadsheet has all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, summarise, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics. A fully-integrated help system makes entering complex formulas a breeze. Sophisticated decision-making tools are just a few mouse clicks away. Pull in external data using the Data Pilot, and sort it, filter it, and produce subtotals and statistical analyses. Use previews to select from thirteen categories of 2-D and 3-D charts including line, area, column, pie, XY, stock and net with dozens of variants.

IMPRESS is the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will truly stand out with special effects, animation and high-impact drawing tools.
DRAW will produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects. New to Version 2, BASE enables you to manipulate database data seamlessly within OpenOffice.org. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, either using your own database or Base’s own built-in HSQL database engine.

Audacity audio editing softwareEdit

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

RecordingEdit

Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio.
Record from microphone, line input, or other sources. Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings. Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware). Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.

Import and exportEdit

Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats. Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files. Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad. Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library. Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD. Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile. Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command. Note: Audacity does not currently support WMA, AAC, or most other proprietary or restricted file formats.

EditingEdit

Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete. Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps. Very fast editing of large files. Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks. Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points. Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.

EffectsEdit

Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa. Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises. Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects. Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects.
Other built-in effects include: Echo Phaser Wahwah Reverse Sound Quality Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples. Record at up to 96 KHz. Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and Audacity will convert them automatically in realtime.

Plug-insEdit

Add new effects with LADSPA plugins. Audacity includes some sample plugins by Steve Harris. Load VST plugins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler. Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language.
Analysis Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies. “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis.

Free and cross-platformEdit

Licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux.

TCPMP Portable Audio and Video Player Software for PC & Pocket PCEdit

http://tcpmp.corecodec.org/about

The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) is an open-source media player for Palm OS-based and Windows CE / Windows Mobile-based devices. It plays .mp3 files and will display any images associated with a particular track making it suitable for playback of audio tours that include graphics.

ID3-TagIT - THE ID3-Tag-EditorEdit

http://www.id3-tagit.de/english/index.htm ID3-TagIT is a programme for editing, adding, or deleting ID3 TAGs in MP3 files. (In the case of Audio Tour Development it is particularly useful for attaching pictures to individual audio tracks.)
Single file and batch editing are both supported. Edit one, ten or all your MP3 files at once!
ID3-TagIT has many functions to help you achieve your goal as quickly as possible. ID3-TagIT is - in contrast to many other editors - able to read information from the directory structure and put it into the TAG, organize files into folders, handle several comments and genres in the ID3V2 TAG, and every function is available for ID3v1 and ID3v2. For detailed information go to the features descriptions. You will also find a FreeDB Connection, some analyse functions, libaries for your genres and artist and some transfer and copy functions for the TAGs. Compressed and Unicode encoded ID3V2 TAGs are supported to version 2.4 (TAGs of version 2.2 can only be removed)

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