Tools and Toys

The tools range from fun toys to powerful, professional tools, and most of them are free! Many integrate with Google so you may want to create a Google account just for this project - it's up to you. Most, but not all of these tools are web-based.

 

All       Anyone/Fun       Beginner/Easy       Intermediate/Learner       Expert      

You should be able to open this up, figure out how it works and have fun with this. There are lots of online "toys" that are actually worth playing with just for the experience, they'll give you ideas.


This category is for things that may take a little learning but don't need lots of effort. 


These items will require some studying but are worth the time. You can watch a few YouTube videos to get to grips with it, right? 


These are complex tools for those who are more technically minded, or researchers or professionals. But hey, don't let that stop you. 

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YouDJ


Mix Soundcloud and Youtube track on two decks

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Synfig


Synfig is a professional animation tool.

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ReCollection


Explore 10 years of sound in the most bizarre way

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CalmlyWriter


Minimalist distraction-free text editor. For when you just need to get on with it.

This tool also lets you save to Google Drive or to your desktop.

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Moises


Extract backing tracks from songs

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Components AI


Create your own textual CSS designs.

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ImageToMusic


Turn an image into an audio file. What does a picture sound like?

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Wrong Covid (Timegraphics)


This particular timeline has a collection of disgraceful peoples' pronouncements surrounding Covid, from Toby Young to Julia Hartley-Brewer.

But the tool itself, is a pretty amazing tool for creating timelines, with features such as being able to import from Google Calendar.

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MakeBeliefs


Create a comic from stock images

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Draw A Poem


Hack this code and then "draw your words".

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SilkDrawing


Paint strange images

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Doodle Place


A 3D world in which your doodles are automatically animated

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MotifN


Really Interesting Javascript-based live-coding music site.

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Canva


Fabulous design tool.

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UberDuck


Uberduck is a sophisticated text-to-speech tool.

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VDMX


VJ mixing tool. Free to use, but $349 to save your work.

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Boomy


Boomy is A.I. that automatically generates music in various genres. And as an added extra you can upload a vocal audio and it will bend it to the melody.

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Renderforest


Create animated explainer videos, animations and more easily. I made this movie ident in a few seconds

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GD Colon


What if you could only use emojis to make music? Bonkers!

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The Dungeon Maker


Reload the page and a new map of a dungeon is created for you. Amazing.

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Taguette


If you need to tag, or codify some text, looking for themes in transcripts, this free web-based tool is great.

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Collection of ML Tools for Art


Great collection of Machine Learning for Art projects, all with code samples.

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Diffusion Land


Another text-to-image AI tool. This one uses Midjourney.

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Photopea


Exactly like Photoshop of old, but in the browser.

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GSN Composer


Visual node-based graphics editor

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Woolitize


Give A.I some words and Woolitze will make it in wool for you. Sort of.

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Moolody


Paint on a revolving canvas.

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CC Image Search Bookmarklet


Fabulous little bookmarklet that makes searching for CC images easy.

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CCCreate


A lovely collection of tools for web developers

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Craiyon


A.I Text-to-image tool. Nice results (formerly DALL-E)

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Power Thesaurus


A very lovely thesaurus. Go try it.

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Adventuron


A tool for kids 8yo+ to learn coding an interactive narrative game.

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Blackout Poetry Maker


Drop your text onto the screen and make your own. 

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MIT App Inventor


MIT App Inventor is a block-coding tool with which you can create downloadable Android applications as .apk files, FOR FREE!

 

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Collection of Javascript Snippets


Single line examples of how to do all sorts of things with Javascript

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Groove Pizza


Create crazy beats with Groove Pizza

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Ilys


Unusual word counting "make you write" app.

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Search YouTube Transcripts - Filmot


Disaster of an interface, but a nice tool that searches YouTube transcripts for what you want.

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Colour Collage Maker


Upload an image and this will create you multiple colour schemes based on the colours in the image.

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HTML Names Colour Wheel


A color-picker but for the names of HTML colours.

 

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YouiDraw Painter


Painting tool with some interesting brushes

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Text to Image Notebook (nsheppard's)


A slow, but create Google Colab Notebook that turns text into images.

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UVI Workstation


This free desktop app can make some interesting noises, and if you use the arpeggiator (ARP) then you can create almost ambient loops.

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Image Texter


Make text into an image

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Thunkable


Create mobile apps using "block-coding"

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ProsePainter


Amazing A.I. tool that lets you define the text for painted areas of an image. A.I then fills in and blends a generated image into the image you have uploaded.

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Glitch Visualizer


Drop .mp3s onto this and enjoy

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Whale Synth


Make unusual sounds

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Google My Maps


Make and annotate your own maps

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FontStruct


Create your own fonts

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Play Sound


Interesting tool that searches Freesound, and lets you create soundscapes by clicking samples repeatedly, or letting them loop.

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PromptBase


No sooner does a new technology arrive, than someone tries to leech money out of it. A site to BUY prompts for A.I.

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Extract Tracks From Audio


A tool to isolate tracks from an MP3 file.

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Palladio


Node network diagram builder.

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MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia


Bring any photograph to life with A.I.

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Prompt Up Your Life


Nice prompting tool, but for drawing.

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Defonic


Create immersive soundscapes

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oTranscribe


This tool doesn't do it for you, but helps you make it easier to transcribe a video by hand.

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Wekinator


Machine Learning Controllers

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Incredibox


Have fun with a strange digital choir

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DroneFX


Requires Flash. Really interesting drone/soundtrack generator... Creating a moody filmtrack? This might be useful.

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SpeakYourMind


An interesting toy to make a typography based artwork about how you feel.

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Benthos Studio


A BETA stream and data editing and routing tool, like Yahoo Pipes I guess.

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Pixel Thoughts


What's bothering you? Relax it away...

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Whiteboards


Nice collection of both free and paid whiteboarding tools.

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Alice 3


Amazing 3D tool. You can create scenes and interactions using Scratch-like coding.

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Der Bunt


Colour theme tool

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Cables


Shaders are the code that runs complex computer graphics. Cables is a visual language to create shaders.

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Minimal Browser-based Instruments


Can you make music with 3 unusual instruments?

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Glisp


Web-based creative coding environment. But this one uses the LISP programming language.

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MiDaS


A depth map creation tool

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This Word Does Not Exist


AI generates "new" words for you.

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FXFive


Alter all the parameters to create your own sound effects

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AudioSauna


Interesting synth and sampler app.

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Touch Designer


Visual coding to create amazing visual effects and project mapping projects.

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Meaning Generator


Random concepts to help with creativity. Amazing what you can make with just three words

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ScatterPatter's Incorrect Quotes Generator


Use this dialogue tool to "begin a conversation". 

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Curaturae


As you type, A.I finds artefacts in its collection that matches what you have written.

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MusicalAlgorithms


An interesting tool. It's like a wizard for sonification. 

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RandomWordGenerator


Generate random words to use as a creative prompts

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Dabblet


Live hacking of CSS code. Greate for learning.

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Chimera Painter


Paint your own chimera with some help from A.I

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Animaker


Create animated explainer videos, whiteboard videos and dynamic typography videos.

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FreeOnlineOCR


Upload a picture of text, and get the text out.

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Superlooper


Make weird music with this weird digital instrument

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How far can you go by train in 5h?


How far can you get in 5h, on a train.

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Mixwords


Need help creating a name for something out of other words? This app lets you add a number of words then makes all the alternatives for you.

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Natron


Open source video compositing tool, which I think is, putting videos together from other videos and special effects etc

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Zine Maker


Zine are small and often handmade, self-published magazines.

This tool is something I made so that you can draw all the pages and then download it and print on one A4 or A3 sheet. You can then fold it into an 8 page zine and colour it in.

The source code is here.

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Boords


Boords is the collaborative online storyboard creator.

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Rasterbator


Turn images into large printable posters

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Auto Complete Tune


Play the piano, hold down a note, it extends your melody

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Tilda


Create a stylish web site for free.

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Live meme


Meme creating tool.

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Tome


An A.I tool that creates a slide presentation for you.

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The N+7 Machine


Mashup your text with the N+7 method

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Pencil 2D


Lovely desktop animation tool with onion skinning.

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Pulp-o-mizer


Create your own pulp fiction cover. Loads of fun.

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Citizen DJ


This project takes media archive material and turns it into "beats". Worth a play....

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SpaceTypeGenerator


Alter parameters, create textual animations

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Waifu2x


Tool that uses A.I to upscale the size of smaller images, hopefully without losing detail

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Rigglin


Block coding p5js/Processing. Lovely.

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Figma


Fabulous vector drawing and prototyping tool

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Polychrome


"Paint" with text, creating pyschedelic textures.

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In-G


Interesting sonification example that takes Github upload data and turns it into "music". See this article.

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RunDexter


Create bots

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Hydra


Crazy livecoding tool for visual effects. Learn a few functions, chain them together, and boom! Crazy!

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Bomomo


Really unusual paint tool.

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Landscape


Image resizing for social media

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Vocaroo


Easy way to record or host audio

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Hit Film Express


Free and very professional desktop video editor.

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Adobe Spark Video


Quickly create fun videos

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Collection of Oscillators for p5js


Useful if you are trying to code audio or animations.

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ToonyTool


Although having some quirks, this tool let's you easily add backgrounds, characters and speech bubbles etc, OR use the in-built collection of graphics. Simple, but I like it.

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ml5js


Machine Learning For The Web

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Keyboard Cam


A keyboard you can play with your face

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Google Colab


Google Colab Notebooks are documents where you can mix notes and Python code.

They are brilliant for creating teaching resources, or, working on a project where you are figuring it out as you go, because you can create little fragments of code, and run them one at a time.

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Marginalia


A search engine that doesn't return the obvious, well known, high ranking results, but instead returns unpopular, obscure, less visited pages. Go find weird stuff you couldn't before.

See this <a href="https://search.marginalia.nu/explore/random">random</a> link.

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Sketch Machine


Doodle yourself an animated gif. Good fun!

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Pts.js


A Javascript-based creating coding framework.

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Kalidoface


Webcam to character fun. Choose a character, then make it dance by dancing.

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Route Shuffle


Interesting map tool that generates new routes for your run or walk

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Oblique Strategies online


A nice version of oblique strategies, but online.

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Aphantasia Colab Notebook


Text-to-Image Google Colab notebook. Run all the code sections, add your text, and get an image AND a movie.

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Online OCR


Upload a picture of text, and get the text out.

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Poetry Generator


Poetry Generator with Markov Chains

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FlipGrid


A teaching and discussion tool, but one with a focus on short video conversations

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Selfie2Anime


Upload a picture and let artificial intelligence turn it into Anime. Here's me.

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PoemGenerator


Creative writing prompt tools

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Synaesthesia


Generate fantastic drones

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CSSDesk


Live hacking of CSS code. Greate for learning.

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EveryoneDraw


Collaboratively create HUGE pixel art.

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Computoser


Change some parameters and let Computoser generate you a music track, downloadable as midi or mp3.

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FlatIcons


Vector resources for logos and designs

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Gitmind - Mind Maps


A really nice, free, mindmap tool.

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Dust3D


A 3D modelling tool, which is allegedly easy-to-use. Not tried it yet.

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ImageResizer


Resizes image into multiple formats for social media.

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Coolors


Interesting colour theme maker.  

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Workbench


Visual coding of connected devices (including Google Sheets)

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Spark AR


A desktop tool with which you can create 3D Augmented Reality apps that do face tracking and other cool AR features. You can create interactive patches using a visual flow language or code in Javascript.

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Be Creative


If you select your problem type, Be Creative will then suggest creative methodologies for you to use.

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Rasturbator


Rasturbator is fabulous tool. It chops up your image so that you can print it on twenty or thirty pages, glue them together to fill an entire wall.

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Lines


Find places based on what you draw

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Ampermusic


Not free, by any means (about $29 per 5 minute track), but an interesting music generation tool.

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Drawing With Sound


Your drawing generates sounds

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Chat GPT


The A.I that seems to be able to do almost magical things, except be funny.

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ScribbleMaps


Easily create your own maps with scribbles on

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LeiaPix: Depth Field Maker


Tool to create depth maps, which can be used to create fake-semi-3d pics.

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Make A Meme


Tool for creating memes.

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A Frame


A web framework for building virtual reality experiences

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AR Studio


Tools to help you create Augmented experiences.

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Runway


Machine Learning as an "easy to use" online service.

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Girl Talk In A Box


This strange tool lets you load and control a music track

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WayScript


WayScript lets you create webhook functions, like APIs, or workflows using a visual workflow editor.

You can use Python, Javascript and SQL.

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Search for XR/AR content


A search engine to find XR sites.

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Geo Poetry Generator


Find the latitude and longitude coordinates of a place here: https://www.latlong.net/ then have it make a poem about that place for you. Or just go to the site and see what it makes.

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Inkscape


Fabulous vector image editor.

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Batch Image Tools


Tools to adjust batches of images, such as face removal (this looks handy)

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Upscale Media


Uses A.I to make a small image bigger without going all pixelated.

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WordsAPI


A really power API for getting words to generate stories etc.

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BlockBench


Simple online 3D model maker.

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Google Data Studio


Connect to your data source and create an interactive dashboard visualiation

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Adapter


A utility that converts audio, movies and images into various formats. Looks useful.

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Regexer


LIve editing of regular expressions.

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Pure Data


Pure data is a visual programming tool to manipulate audio, images and videos. This is the free alternative to Max/MSP.

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Dot Big Bang


Make your own games and share them with your friends.

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Pangur


Interesting. A visual text processing language. 

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Radiooo


Listen to radio from different countries, from different decades.

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AudioShake


Isolate vocals or drums from a music track to get your own "clean" samples.

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Reedsy


Thousands of writing prompts. Try one.

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httpie


A HTTP tool for coders to see what URL requests are doing (like Postman)

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Godot Engine


Free, open source games development environment. One day, I'll get round to having a go with Godot.

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GuitarMachine


Guitar riffs to mix n match

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Mr Data


Convert tabular data (.csv) into json

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Face The Music


Play music with your face.

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WikiHaikuBot


Another automated Haiku generator. I like this one because it shows its source (a wikipedia page) and somehow makes intriguing poems.

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Teleprompter


Lovely free, web-based tele-prompter, or autocue. Really helpful if you're recording a voice track.

It even has mirroring so you can hold a sheet of glass, and reflect onto it, looking straight at the camera. Nice.

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Flag Maker


This wonderful flag making tool lets you start from all the world's flags, or add Wikimedia commons graphics.

See also, this catalogue of imaginary flags.

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Faust Playground


Start audio processing with a flow diagram like language in the browser. OMG! Amazing!

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Synthesia


Create a "talking heads" video using artificial intelligence, in multiple languages.

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Scratch


No better place to start learning to code than with Scratch.

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Graph Commons


Easy to use network graph visualisation tool

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Veed


Veed is an easy to use video editor, with which you can edit YouTube videos,  along with your own content.

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DragonBones


Open-source animation tool for Mac and Windows

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Monster Mash


A really easy and fun 3D animation tool. Draw a character, inflate it, then animate it by moving the points.

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Random Street View


Google Maps but opened at a random place on earth, in Street View mode. 

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Tokking Heads Avatar Animator


Choose or upload an avatar and animate it to your soundtrack.

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Accessible Brand Colors


Is your colour scheme accessible?

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HeavyPaint


As it says on the site, "A SIMPLE YET SECRETLY POWERFUL PAINTING APP".

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SoundPlant


Amazing tool to "play" a collection of samples whilst manipulating them.

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VR Puzzles


Collection of VR puzzles.

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Portent Idea Generator


Helps you create clickbait titles

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Character Generator


Creates characters, with characteristics you may use somehow.

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Whyp


Music/audio hosting site.

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Thing Translator


Works on a laptop or mobile. Point your camera at something and AI tell you what it is (hopefully) AND translates it for you.

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Photomosh


Make gifs and images with a heap of bizarre effects

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Twine


Write interactive narrative fiction (the online version). Create your own adventure game!

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Latent Cycles


Start the beats and beeps, let it play on.

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Ink


Create textual interactive narrative adventure games easily.

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Neural Beatbox


Record some audio, analyze then generate rthyms

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VideoScribe


Build "hand drawn" animations

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Portmaneau Maker


Maybe use this tool with <a href="https://randomwordgenerator.com/">this random word generator</a> to create a new word.

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Carrd


Create a simple one page site

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Word Tree


Branching concordance, discover the structures in text.

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Noisli


Generates ambient sounds for work and relaxation

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Episode


Interactive fiction platform. Not tried this yet.

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BaseRow


Open-source database/spreadsheet tool that offers something between a relational database and a spreadsheet, like NoCoDB. 

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Silex


Create a stylish web site for free.

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Echoes AR Walks


Create AR audio walks with this tool.

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MediaBangPaintPro


Wonderful image editor

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Sampulator


Use your keyboard to play samples

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Ambient Mixer


Create background soundscapes

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Background Burner


Remove backgrounds from images online

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Medium


Write long form articles.

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Novation


Just click the buttons and get a groove going

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Osmosis Drone Generator


Create pleasant background sounds

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Google Tour Creator


Create VR tours from Google Street View or 3D images.

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Bright Sparks


This tool selects a random person for you to use as a creative prompt, and then asks leading questions to help you develop your ideas.

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EKO


Create interactive narrative videos. Fab!

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Sound Maker


A keyboard that let's you create sounds halfway between a cat and a trombone

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Scene


Create VR stories

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Wavvy


An audio editor VERY like Audacity, but in the brower.

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Scanseqjs


Play music with your web cam

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Auto-poetry from Codita


...complete with random generative graphics

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Charticulator


Fantastic data-driven drawing and visualisation tool. For when you want to extract data from unstructured text.

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The Lenticulator


Create images that move, or change when you do. 

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Lumen5


Turns your web pages or articles into video. Amazing

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Dictation


Easy online dictation. Speech to text

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100 Random Things


This tool will generate a 100 things for you.

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Noun Project


Vector resources for logos and designs

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MIT AppInventor


Create mobile apps using "block-coding"

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Decker


Based on Hypercard, this web-based authoring tool looks great.

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Typatone


Type and your words become notes

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Write With Transformer


Start writing and let the unicorn finish your sentences by hitting tab.

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Evoke AI


Choose the genre and mood and let AI generate a two minute track. 3 downloads with free use. Quite interesting. Could be used for a promo video.

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Cut Up Machine


Enter text and it scrambles it up

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WebModular


Old skool synthesis, pulling out and plugging in wires. Interesting because you can type notes using strange notation.

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Virtual Graph Paper


A drawing tool that is like a notepad with graph paper.

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Aframep5


A brilliant Javascript p5js library that is integrated with A-Frame so that you can generate A-Frame objects but using the more familiar format of p5js.

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Soundation


A full, multi-track sequencing tool.

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Design for Inclusivity Cards


The Cards for Humanity team have created this fabulous deck of cards to help you think about inclusive design.

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A.I Generated Spotify Playlist


You describe the sort of music you want to hear, and A.I creates a playlist based on that description.

I added "post-punk-industrial tribal drums distorted guitar with funk bass, creating incredibly anger and tense discordant melodic noise" and it made this list - how'd it do?

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Vecta


Diagram and SVG editor

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Google Tour Builder


Create tours around Google VR spaces

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List of Idioms


A brilliant list of idioms. For fun, pick one at random and "bend" it slightly to give it a different meaning.

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Mindful Harmony


A tool to compose or arrange unusual chords - and you can then save it in midi (maybe importing it into Garageband or BespokeSynth).

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Quillbot


An A.I powered tool that paraphrases, summarizes and improves your textual content.

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Mansion Generator


Generates animated 3D mansions... really unusual.

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Acoustic Atlas


Do you want to hear what your voice would sound like in the Temple of Love in the Taj Mahal? Of course you do. You'll need headphones for this.

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Little Sis


Brilliant site that is a mixture of a database of people and corporations and governments etc. and tools to "connect the dots" between them.

For example, take a look at How Fracking Special Interests Infiltrate the UK Parliament

See also: My Little Crony

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Punchlines


A.I will write punchlines to joke prompts for you. All painfully unfunny.

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Grammarly


Get help with your grammar skills

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Stamper for p5js


A modular and visual way to edit p5js code.

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Anchor Podcast


Easy way to publish podcasts

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Vectornator


Mac and iOS only I'm afraid, but a very cool vector editing tool.

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Webpage Screenshot Free


An handy extension for the Chrome browser that lets you screenshot the page and save it with cropping or full page.

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Pattern Collider


A strange tool for creating symettrical patterns

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SongTell


A tool where A.I tries to reveal the meanings of songs.

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PraxisLive


Visual creative coding.

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Textable


Textable is an Add-on to a really interesting visual tool call Orange3. With them together you can do textual or data analysis and shaping, and filtering, WITHOUT coding. 

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Felt


A tool to create very interesting maps

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Word Mover


Found poetry like you'd made on a fridge.

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Blockposters


Create PDF posters for printing from your image.

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Wix


Create a stylish web site for free.

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Meme Generator


Design your own meme, AND get access to the code that make it

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Noisify


Add an image, it "noises" it up.

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NestUp


Nestup is an experimental markup language for musical rhythms. It's specifically designed to break away from a fixed musical grid. The name is a contraction of nested tuplets, which are hard to program on a piano roll but easy to notate with Nestup.

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Liveweave


Like JSFiddle, great for learning HTML/CSS/JS

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Jahshaka


An actually easy to use 3D VR creation tool. Interesting.

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BlocksCAD


Create 3D objects with block-coding.

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ruDALL-E


Another Style GAN tool that takes a sentence you give it and artificial intellgence creates your picture. Here I said "Boris Johnson looking like a pig".  The result isn't always what you expected but they are always interesting in someway.

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Juxtapose


Create stories that compare maps.

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Studio D


Not free, but you get 14 days trials and you can either select a character, or upload a photo and get A.I to generate a video of them speaking your text. Pretty freaky.

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MelodyMixer


Pull two melodies apart and see what AI generates for you.

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Pixlr Express


A more "Instagram-like" version of this fanstastic image editor with some funky effects

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TextureLab


Text-to-3D image texture

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Calligraphr


Print off a template, write on it, scan it in, create your own font.

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Audio Clash


Turn text into samples

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Artbreeder


Let A.I evolve you a picture. Great fun and you get some weird stuff.

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Relight


A tool that "relights" a photo using A.I

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EasyPrompter


If you are speaking to camera, this may help.

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Autodraw


Strange drawing suggestion tool

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TwistedWave


Edit audio files, trim, copy, paste, reverse and add effects such as reverb.

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Flourish


An incredible number of visualisation of data types. 

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Knightlab Map


Create stories that refer to a map or place.

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Musical Algorithms


Generate midi from data

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Vertex Meadow


Really interesting tool. You can upload an image, and that image becomes the landscape in a 3D VR world.

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Twitter Video Downloader


This tool can help you download a video from a tweet.

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Splitter


Split vocals from a music track.

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InkleWriter


A lovely tool for creating "unfolding stories" that get longer, interactive narrative style, but different. You can add paragraphs, choices and add image URLs (which is interesting, because that means you *could* use almost any image out there on the web.

For developers, stories can be output in .json format, meaning *real writers* could use this tool to "tell a story" and developers might incorporate it into a game easily. Interesting.

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Collection of A.I Tools


Another huge collection of A.I tools

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Kleki


Nice drawing and painting tool

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Ponzu


An A.I tool to generate textures for 3D models

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Meemoo


Interesting Lenticular project, like Holbein's anamorphic skull, using a really interesting visual programming tool, Meemoo. 

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Google Sites


Create a web site for free, that integrates with other Google content like Google Drive folders for example.

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Remove Background


Quickly remove an image's background

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Morph Thing


Designed to blend, or morph, faces together, I added an elephant's eye and got this strange output.

 

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MusicMouse


An incredible music making app. And it sends to midi. Wow!

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Pop2Piano


Code that takes audio as input and then "writes" piano parts to go with the song.

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3D Tiles


A library to be used with AR/VR tool A-Frame that provides the ability to import 3D panorama frames.

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Bespoke Synth


I'm in love. Bespoke Synth is a way to make music and sounds using a visual flow diagram metaphor. Never have I had more fun. This tool is fabulous and free. 

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Clarallel


This tool takes short texts and turns them into melodies

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OpenAI API


Lots of example text-based A.I apps that you can use to help your ideas along. If you like what they do, you could maybe integrate that feature via an API into your app.

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Konbert


Convert JSON to SQL. Upload your JSON data, specify how you want your data to be mapped and they will convert it to a SQL file. Amazing

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P5Live


Live code P5.js code

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Autochords


Select your mood and key, and Autochords does the rest.

p.s You may need Soundflower to record your chords...

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Molecular Music Generator


Give this app a short piece of midi and it will generate a repeating generative version of it, Philip Glass style.

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ChordChord


This wonderful tune creates interesting chord progressions for you. I tend to choose piano, turn off drums and set the bpm to around 80.

You have to pay to download the midi, but there are ways around this, using tools that turn recorded audio into midi. Although this may introduce errors or inaccuracies, we will live with these happy accidents.

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Emoji Kitchen


Tool to make your own emojis from existing emojis.

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Collection of A.I Tools


Huge collection of A.I tools.

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Flip-a-Clip


Lovely free animation tool for Android or iOS.

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Make My Drive Fun


An interesting map tool that highlights points of interest.

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Wotja


Amazing tool to generate ambient music.

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Study Crafter


An amazing tool to create interactive games with a flow-coding interface, but equally could be used to make training materials. The primary use for this tool is to collect research data about what choices people made.

Free.

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Tuneflow


An online music sequencer that is pretty amazing AND A.I generation of tunes and chord progressions is built in. Amazing!

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Talk To Transformer


See how a modern neural network completes your text. Type a custom snippet and see what is generated

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Things


A site that has a collection of, er, things. I think this would be a great site for ideation, or being creative but you will have to figure out how.

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Kinetix Studio


Interesting idea. A.I turns your videos into 3D figure animations by uploading a video of you dancing.

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Rows


The spreadsheet with OpenAI and Slack integrations (for example) already built in. Nice idea.

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Midi City


Play some cool sounds and drums with your computer keyboard

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Turtle Toy


Make arty visualisations and learn Javascript at the same time.

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WordStream


Really interesting text visualisation tool

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Flipsnack


Zine or magazine creation tool

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Space Type Generator


Loads of fun generating animated typography with sliders galore.

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Glitch


Fork, hack and host your projects. Learn from other people's code

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Mage Space


Another A.I text-to-image tool

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Aesthetic Generator


Nice character generator, or a good tool if you want a nom de plume perhaps.

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StripGenerator


Create a comic from stock images

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Artist Averager


Interesing tool that finds musical artists BETWEEN two artists.

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Codeshare


Nice code editor that you can live code with other people, and chat as you all type.

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Text Mixing Desk


Enter text and it scrambles it up

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The Greats


Create your protest artwork, and give it to the community to use. Interesting idea.

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Instant Logo Creator


Enter your brand name and A.I creates your logo(s).

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Deep Dream


Make your images psychedelic

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p5js Editor


Online editing of Processing projects

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PixelSynth


Image into audio

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Penzu


Private Diary or Reflective Journal. Emails a useful "nag" message every day, which can be a useful reminder.

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Vecteezy


Fabulous, easy to use vector drawing tool

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Stringingly


Create a stunning site for free.

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JPEG to WAV


One of the stranger glitching tools...

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Spolin Bot


A bot responds to your messages.

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Huge Collection of A.I Tools


Large directory of A.I based tools.

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JSFiddle


Live hacking of HTML/CSS/Javascript

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Canva Comic Maker


Canva's Comic tool, with loads of great templates is fantastic. Start from a layout and you can drag in your graphics. 

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Glitch2


Create GIFs and strange effects

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Clipchamp


Quite advanced video editing. 

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Wombo Art


A really nice style transfer thingy. You type in a sentence and it makes an image.

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Samplette


Interesting tool to search YouTube for interesting samples to steal.

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Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator


Change the parameters and make music, sort of.

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Patatap


Type an music and visuals just happen.

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Eternal


Visual flow diagram like tool, a bit like Max MSP for generating audio and visual media.

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Flow


Absolutely amazing little image mush-up tool. Go give it a whirl.

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Beautiful Audio Editor


Interesting audio editor, that integrates tightly with Google Drive.

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Jokelub


Not sure if this works. I want it to. A.I to help you write jokes

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IdFlood


Visual creative coding

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Luna


Visual coding tool. Data-processing language.

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Shader Frong


Create complex GLSL special effects shaders, without coding.

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Leimma


Fun tool with which to explore microtonal tunings, and you can even send it to midi.

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Nimp.app


Nimp is like Apple Quartz Designer, or Touch Designer. A web-based flow diagram image editor. Interesting.

Lots of high end GLSL graphics tools use this model to create special effects, this tool might be a good introduction to the concepts.

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Townscaper


It's only a demo, but it is lovely.

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Plotto


Published in 1928, a "A New Method of Plot Suggestion for Writers of Creative Fiction".

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WolframTones


Generates music from parameters

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Handel


Handel is a small procedural programming language for writting songs in browser.

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Liveweave SVG


Really nice and simple SVG vector-based drawing editor.

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PhraseMe


Brilliant tool, but paid unfortunately, but you can use it once (or clear your cookies and use again).

It turns a text phrase into YouTube videos with those phrases. Amazing.

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Trianglify


Make lovely abstract background images

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Dreamlike Art


Another text-to-image tool

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The Vistorian


Incredible "end-user" tool for visualistion network graphs.

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What3Words


Define a place with "just three words". Like Google Maps but poetic.

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ColorDot


A tool to help you to choose a colour scheme

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MyOats


Draw kaleidoscopes

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FlipAnim


Lovely little flipbook animation maker (slight shame about the gridlines. See also Pencil, the desktop app)

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Deep Art


Use AI to enhance and alter images

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Jpeg Glitch


Glitch your images into oblivion

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Chinese Landscape Generator


This tool generates lovely Chinese ink scrolls of landscapes.

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SoundTrip


Totally crazy audio experience. Choose some words then travel in a universe made of those sound samples.

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Isadora


Visual coding to create amazing visual effects and project mapping projects.

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Redact Photos


If you need to hide all the faces in a photo, this app will help.

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Wikitude


Not free, but you can use it developer mode to create compelling image-based Augmented Reality experiences. Great tool

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Plotoverse


A tool to create animations with motion. Limited trial

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Pictopic


Choose a word, and play. Very strange.

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Watermark Remover


Remove annoying watermarks from images.

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Eyejack


An app with which to make AR (Mac)

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Easy Lang


EasyLang is a web-based programming language that is simple and doesn't have arbitrary syntax.

This is how Python started, a language to help people learn coding. Really excellent.

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PoemPortraits


Art project that generates a poem and image for you.

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Point In History


Brilliant map tool that shows which dynasties and empires have owned that land over time.

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Flare


Professional animation tool

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Collection of Text-based AI Colab Tools


A github repository of LOTS of Google Colab notebooks for doing text-based A.I.

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Blurb


Create a book, photobook, ebook etc

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Kdenlive


Advanced open source video editor

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Musical Text


Type and make music

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SoundTrap


Full audio midi workstation

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Tahti Studio


If I'm honest I have no idea, but it sounds gorgeous.

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JSON Editor


View JSON data as a tree. Very useful.

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Wheel Of Names


Make your own spin-o-meter

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RiffShare


Very strange sound creator.

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Tonespace


Tonespace lets you play one note and intelligently augments what you’re playing with chords and arpeggios.


It connects via Midi (so to a synth or Garageband) and plays musically similar notes. Because it generates midi, you can “record” it and then use it in whatever DAW you are using.

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Infogram


Quickly adapt infograph templates to fit your data

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imagevenue


Free image hosting. Useful if you're using Twine or similar.

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Online Sequencer


Work with midi files online

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Audacity


Audio editor with loads of effects.

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ReplIt


Online coding in various languages and environments

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Witeboard


A nice "infinite" whiteboarding tool

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Infinite Drum Machine


Hundreds of samples for you to program into a rhythm

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Pizap


Really interesting image editor

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Phrase It


Create speech bubbles

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mscompose95


Scribble on this strange Mondrian-like grid, click the samples below, and instant funky rhythms. 

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Web Midi Keyboard


A FULL midi keyboard (that you can use your computer keys with). Useful

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Storytelling Resources


Huge collection of links to resources and tools related to storytelling.

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DataIllustrator


Create visualisations without coding

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Livecode


Fabulous tool to create mobile and desktop apps, like Powerpoint but with code.

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StoryForm


Create modern long form media based articles

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ScribbleAudio


Paint to make sounds.

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Pixlr X


The latest version of this fantastic image editor. Has fantastic tools for isolating a part of an image.

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SoundBox


Small pattern-oriented web synth with which you can create electronic music very easily. Lots of fun once you figure it out.

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Open Refine


A tool to clean up your messy or disorganised data files.

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Weird old Book Finder


An unusual search engine that old returns one, weird, old book.

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Mosiac


Mosaic is a visual thinking toolkit made by artists, for artists. It is a visual patching creative-coding tool.

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Patterns


An app-making, dataflow tool.

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UltraOutliner


Unusual Russian tool for designing interactive narratives or story plots. You enter characters, and locations and plot points, linking them together.

At the end, you can export as a .csv file. 

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3D Painter


Unusual toy with which you can paint in 3D on a disappearing canvas. Interesting.

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Connected Papers


Search for an academic paper, and explore a network diagram of related papers.

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Story Machine


Nice little A.I tool that writes the next few sentences in your story.

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Rawgraphs


Copy .csv data and play with visualisation possibilities.

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Rational Keyboard


Play an unusual rational keyboard. Very eno.

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Datawrapper


Quickly create and annotate various types of maps

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Awww Board


Start drawing with other people on the same whiteboard

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Weebly


Create a stylish web site for free.

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PianoGenie


AI makes whatever keys you tap sound good (based on music it knows about)

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Style Transfer App


This tech demo shows Style Transfer being applied to your webcam or a picture you upload.  Lots more interesting demos <a href="https://streamlit.io/">here</a>.

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Kizoa


Super simple video editing

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QR Code Generator


Python code to generate QR codes, even animated ones.

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DALLยทE mini


A text to image tool. I put in "Digital Skills and Creativity at the University of York" and got this.

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Anvil


Python-driven web application tool. Looks great.

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Spiral Keyboard


A spiral piano keyboard

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Adobe ColorWheel


A tool to help you to choose a colour scheme

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Artbreeder Collage


Draw your design with simple colours and have A.I turn it into a more realistic image.

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Pinecone


A web app making flatform that hosts from node.js, but your code is pure Python. Interesting.

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Weird Text Generator


Enter some text, and it gives you your text in lots of weird fonts and characters.

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Fridge Poetry


Drag words to make your own poem

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Noises Online


Create immersive soundscapes, free wav download

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Web Audio Sequencer


Another strange tool. Search for sounds, add them, and then draw on the timeline grid to play them to create unusual beats and soundtracks.

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These Lyrics Do Not Exist


Warning: Profanity!  But, based on a training catalogue of lots of lyrics, this Machine Learning tool will take any subject and generate lyrics for you.

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Key Chords


Discover new chord progressions. Requires Flash.

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Magic Sketchpad


Start drawing, AI finishes it

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OpenRNDR


A bit like Processing, a java-based creative coding enviroment

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Sunvox


Make music with visual flow diagram programming. Amazing.

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Series Rankings


Discover how your favourite TV shows episodes are ranked on IMDB.

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Headliner


Really interesting online video maker. I made one from an article I'd written.

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Constraint Systems


A really interesting collection of image tools to do really unusual things. Worth a play. Go make art.

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AudioMass


Very nice browser-based audio editor, has echo, reverb etc effects.

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StoryboardThat


Create your own cartoons

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Processing


Loved by data scientists and artists, this editor lets you code fabulous things

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Make Your Own Trading Cards


Now you can upload pictures, and set the parameters. 

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Village Generator


Generates maps of fictional villages.

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Tynker


A coding-for-kids environment, with Scratch-like block coding, or indeed Javascript and Python for more ambitious projects. Also has "Parent" mode. Free 

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WebcamToy


Turns your webcam into an effects booth.

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Sway


Microsoft sway is an excellent tool for assembling multimedia into a media-rich article.

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Tweakable


Amazing no-code way to make generative music using flow diagrams.

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Shared Piano


Play piano with other people, live. Amazing.

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Adobe Background Remover


Web-based. Remove backgrounds from images easily.

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Make Animations From Images


Upload a drawing, and this tool turns it into an animation. Fun!

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TinkerSynth


Move sliders and buttons to make art. Cute.

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Blossom


Lovely interactive generative music tool. Make music like Brian Eno.

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FlickGuy


I'm really not sure how to describe this image editor. Like nothing you've every seen. Just go give it a go.

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Magisto


Create videos from images easily

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VidCode


A site to learn how to code

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Grist


Grist is a spreadsheet-relational-database hybrid (like Baserow and NoCoDB). I like these no-code/low-code products because for most people (i.e not enterprises) a relational DB makes a lot of sense, but in terms of tools and UX they are awful, so people use spreadsheets and lose "relationalability". 

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Freesound Timeline


Strange tool that takes the popular sounds from Freesound and turns them into an automatic soundscape.

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SoundCite


Create stories with audio fragments. Great for music analysis.

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Random Animal Generator


Generates a number of random animals for you. If you dig around, it can also generate places, flags, food and lots more.

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Pixlr


Fantastic image editor

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Face Morph 2


A brilliant tool to morph between two images. You plot the points, it generates a gif file.

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Magic Poser


Like those jointed wooden toys that animators, or artists use to see what a body in a certain position might look like.

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Freesound Timbral Explorer


Search for sounds (on Freesound) they "play" similar sounds.

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Olive


Video Editor.

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Javascript Snippets


A collection of useful Javascript snippets to do all sorts of things. Handy!

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Shader Booth


Environment to code GLSL shaders.

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Solitude


Brilliant text tool. Write, or paste in a few paragraphs of text. This tool then translates it to and from lots of languages, bending the words into similar but strange reflections of the original.

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p2p Chat


Super simple video conferencing. Simple.

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Krita


Wonderful image editor

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BandLab


Oh my word! Amazing. A full audio workstation that works in the browser, on Android and iOS.

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YouTube Filter


Enter a Youtube URL and play with the sliders...

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Intelloware


Unusual paint tool.

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Night Cafe


Use A.I to generate images from text

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Openverse: Creative Common Search


An updated Creative Commons search engine (sponsored by Wordpress). Much better.

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Riffusion


A.I generated music from images. Amazing, listen to some of the interpolation between sounds...hypnotic.

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The Blob Opera


Wonderfully fun online toy to generate harmonies with machine learning.

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Vizcom


A.I drawing assistant. You rough out your sketch, let A.I add the detail.

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Tayasui Sketches


Fabulous sketching app for iOS and Android.

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GAUGAN


AI drawing demo

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Muro


Lots of interesting brushes

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Penpot


An excellent vector graphics editor, that leans towards creating design mockups.

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Freesound Loop Generator


Search for sounds and create unusual loops of samples.

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AIVA - AI Music Generation


This tool generates music (based on parameters) in lots of different genres and you get three free downloads. You can get a mixed .mp3 or midi file. Very impressive.

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Ribbet


Great image editor

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Tree FM


Listen in to various forests.

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Cyril


Create audio visualisations with simple coding. Perfect for a VJ because audio-responsive code is built in.

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Playground A.I


Great text-to-image tool that uses Stable Diffusion or Dall-e.

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Pictarize


Fabulous, free, AR making tool. 

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Minimator SVG


Nice little SVG doodling app. A sort of join the dots way of working, maybe for making plans.

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TakeThreeNouns


Creative writing prompt tools

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NeonDrawing


Neon drawing. A bit slow.

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DNaW


Automatically generates a sketch, and a poem/story... quite interesting.

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Storyboarder


Brilliant storyboard tool. Plan your next movie.

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Motionden


Create animated typography videos

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Mara


Lots of standalone image tools. I like the kaleidoscope one.

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Your World Of Text


Create your own URL - I made myworldofnonsense, and you have a "live" editable grid you can share with collaborators.

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Polytomizator


A great tool to make "polygonal" art. 

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PatchCab


Modular synthesis. Twiddle those knobs and make a noise.

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CoolBackgrounds


Generates a variety of nice background textures

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Music Historian


Give this tool a band and it will create a Youtube playlist of similar bands. It has a few extra params (like years) too.

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Faust


Fairly complex programming for Digital Signal Processing (making crazy sounds)

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Nodes


A visual flow-based coding tool for generative art.

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MuseNet


Musenet takes an "intro" and then "evolves" it with AI in different styles such as Beatles, Mozart or Bluegrass. Interestingly you can upload your own custom midi track and let it evolve that too.

I tried adding a file created by Computoser as a starting point, and I think it made it more Beatles-y but it's hard to tell. Doesn't have a download option.

 

 

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Basicpitch


A tool that turns any audio file into midi.

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Electric Zine Maker


Pay your own price for this great downloadable zine-making app. This has to be the winner of THE CRAZIEST APP ever. It's really good fun. 

 

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OpenProcessing


See fab visualisations and animations and begin hacking them.

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Orca


"Esoteric" generative music coding tool. Can be a challenge to set up, it works with midi, but is so intriguing to use.

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SketchSynth


Interesting open source desktop tool that turns video information into audio. 

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Adobe Spark


Create beautiful web pages.

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Prezi


Is a fantastic tool to create zoomable presentations. When artfully used you can simply add a heap of pzazz to a simple presentation. 

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GDevelop


Create 2D games without coding. 

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NoiseDeck


Totally easy way to make crazy graphic effects.

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Enso


Realy interesting looking visual data flow tool.

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Text To Image Notebook


Google Colab Notebook to generate images from text

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Voyant Tools


Voyant is a great tool that takes text and generates word frequencies and tag clouds.

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Sketchpad


Really interesting painting tool, with calligraphy

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Collection of ML Text To Image Tools


A collection of various text-to-image tools, often Google Colab files for creating unusual images.

Another few excellent tools here too (including a tool up upsize small images)

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Erasure Poetry Tool


Using pre-selected texts, create blackout poetry.

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Toonator


Nice flipbook animation tool, but NO EXPORT option. Also requires Flash.

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TwoTone


Turn your spreadsheet into music. Interesting.

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Gravit Designer


Vector and drawing editor

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NomadSculpt


Amazing 3D sketching tool. It lets you push, pull and stretch a virtual piece of clay.

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Blockscad 3d


Use Scratch-like block coding to generate 3D objects

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Piktochart


Excellent infographic tool.

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Item Remover


Remove an item from a photo seamlessly and easily.

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Scroobly


Draw a doodle then animate it with your webcam and body. Loads of fun.

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Plant Generator


Strange flow diagram tool to create plants and leaves that can be saved as 3D models.

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Color Journey


Strange tool to "travel" through colour space.

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vGamelan


Numbers generate algorithmic music.

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Hypothesis


Annotate the web, share your findings.