All of the programs mentioned below are based on some variation of cloud computing. Recently Educause Quarterly did a complete issue focusing on cloud computing; below are a few links from this issue.
applications based in the cloud
Each has a free version, although some also have fee-based services. UTPB does not pay for any cloud-based services.
|280 Slides||Create beautiful presentations, access them from anywhere, and share them with the world. There's no software to download and nothing to pay for——and when your done building your presentation you can share it any way you like.||free|
|Dropbox.com||Online Backup, File Sync, and Sharing. A Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with each other across the Internet through file synchronization. Supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux; also provides a free Dropbox iPhone app. Dropbox offers 4 levels: free with 2 GB; $9.99/month for 100 GB; $19.99/month for 200 GB & $49.99/month for 500 GB. Reviews: PC Magazine picked as an Editor's Choice, as well as putting it on the list of Best Free Software of 2010 ; Productivity 501 review.||free|
| While Dropbox, in existence since
2007, has the widest array of positive feedback and reviews there are a
few other somewhat similar services.
|Eyejot : Video Mail in a Blink||Eyejot is the first comprehensive client-free video messaging / video e-mail platform ideal for both personal and business communications. It offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment. PC Magazine review here||free|
|Google Docs||Create or upload documents, spreadsheets and presentations and store them online. Share items with others and collaborate in real-time; nifty form-creating application; exports and imports most standard formats. However, painfully slow editing with multiple Docs tabs open. PC Magazine Review here||free|
|Google SketchUp||A 3D modeling program designed to be an intuitive CAD program for architects, game developers and related professions; an extensive series of training videos and help features; however using it does require a certain skill / comfort level with 2D sketching.||Free / fee-based Pro version ($495) is available|
|Slatebox||Markup ideas on embeddable "slates" and collaborate in real-time. You can build a slate in under 1 minute and embed it on your own blog or website in a snap. The service describes itself as a New Visualization Platform||free|
|Slideshare||An online community-based presentation hosting service; upload and share your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar.||free|
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