I’m guessing that you’re a busy person, especially if you work in media. In my experience, it’s hard to find the time to learn about new applications and technologies, good intentions be damned. I’ve had friends and colleagues tell me that they are plenty interested in new media authorship tools, but they just haven’t had time to try them all.
This is why I’ve made a summary of the platforms that I’ve tested so far. Here are some nerdy grids for you to check out. Bear in mind that my star rating system (5 being easiest, zero being most difficult) is based on my experience as a first-time user, not on the application’s capacity for creating polished, professional work. I’m pretty sure that if you spent enough time with any one of these babies you’d be cranking out heart-stopping wonders like a pro. I’m just pointing out where you might have a little bit of initial difficulty (or not).
Good for pieces that are: long, whimsical, informative, documentary style, made with original content. Is probably the most corporate of the platforms, works well for branding and promotion (eg. Robbie Nash, Gentleman Surfer).
Get inspired by some 3WDoc works here.
(Korsakow) Good for pieces that are: Long, whimsical, ambient or informative, documentary, original content. Also good for experimental, reflective and observational pieces. Can be a bit more challenging to learn, but is an elegant and interesting tool that is worth it in the end. Main advantage: unlike all other platforms, which require the creator to control the narrative structure at every step, Korsakow will let you create something random and non-linear so that the playback can be as much of a surprise to you, the author, as it is to the user. Better suited to creative projects than corporate ones.
Get inspired by some Korsakow works here.
Good for pieces that are: Short or long, energetic or whimsical, ambient or informative, fiction or documentary. Is definitely the most energetic platform, and has the potential to be used for silly or serious pieces. Is probably the only one that lends itself well to very short creations (eg. the audioGIF). Can use original content but user must find a way to host it elsewhere in order to link to Zeega library. Works tend to be less polished/professional and more fun/personal. A good place to start for new media makers.
Get inspired by some Zeega works here.
Good for pieces that are: Long, whimsical, informative, documentary, original content. Could be used more creatively as well, though almost all examples are serious & political doc pieces. Very easy to use, interesting approach to visual web design (laying out pages on a grid).
Get inspired by some Storyplanet works here.
Finally, here is a chart that lays out the nitty gritty, basic details of each platform:
This is just the beginning of my new media adventures. Soon I’ll be moving to a place where winter lasts about nine months out of the year, so I’ll have plenty of spare time to nerd out.
Here’s a list of some new platforms I’ll be checking out soon. Thanks to Matt Soar for the heads up on a few of them.
HitRecord (this is more of a remix tool than an authorship tool, but it looks so fun I’m going to write about it anyways).