WriterDuet: screenwriting software with cloud-based collaborative features, outline/corkboard viewing mode, and support for several file types. Free trial for your first three screenplays; subscription plans and one-time-purchase available. Free/Paid.
Google Tour Creator: create interactive virtual-reality tours using Google Street View or your own360° images. Highlight points of interest and add 2D images for additional information. Virtual tours can be shared via a link or an embed code, and may be experienced using Virtual Reality gadgets such as Google Cardboard. See an example below, featuring …
Sutori (former HSTRY): storytelling platform designed as a vertical timeline. Sutori is great for visualizing steps in a process, and for when you want to incorporate rich multimedia: you can embed images, PDF files, audio, videos, quizzes, Google Docs, tweets, forums, Padlets, and more into your timelines and share them via URL or embed code. …
Medium: a sleek blog-publishing platform designed for optimizing interactions between author and readers with marginalia comments, which can be made private or public (the latter, with the approval of the author). Comments can be enabled in fully published mode or in draft mode (whose visibility is limited to individuals with the unlisted link). Great platform …
Scalar: open-source, media-rich scholarly publishing platform ideal for creating non-linear narratives. Requiring minimal technical expertise, this platform offers its authors a robust database system for to catalogue their work, which can be experienced by the public through different pathways, and from different access points. It supports collaborative authoring, reader comments, and offers a wide range of annotating tools. FREE.
CartoDB’s Odyssey: create interactive, map-driven stories in a simple sandbox, and embed the final product anywhere. Combine your text with Odyssey’s library , and explore templates, actions and behaviors directly on the sandbox prior to publishing. See an example.
ExplainEverything: a tablet-based application that enables you to create videos using original material such as a slideshow presentation, voice-over, images and others and its visual library. Paid.
Celtx: scriptwriting software that allows to you seamlessly work within a script format. With a paid subscription, you can collaborate with peers, integrate storyboards, coordinate production details and schedules. Available for desktop and mobile devices. Paid/Premium. (Note: Celtx’s classic free desktop software with multiple integration capabilities has been discontinued in favor of the current cross-platform, “online studio” model).
StoryboardThat: quickly turn a narrative into a storyboard with this simple online platform featuring thousands of character and background images. FREE/Premium.
Pixton: An online tool which allows drag-and-drop creation of storyboards and comics. Allows for collaboration and available on both Android and iOS. Requires a free account. FREE.
Make Beliefs Comix: allows users to create simple 3-panel comic strips to download, print, or share on the web. An iOS app is available in free and paid versions. FREE/Paid (ad-supported).
EkoStudio by Interlude: (Formally Treehouse by Interlude.) A free platform for creating interactive videos. Users can upload video clips and arrange them with a visual editor. Create menus for viewers to choose their path through the videos. Unlimited storage and projects. FREE/Premium.
Steller: visual storytelling iPhone application with a social media component. Create digital “flip books” with photos, videos, and text to share through the application’s web platform, SMS, email, or embedding it on your website. FREE.
Storybird Studio: a visual storytelling platform that curates original artwork to illustrate (and inspire) user-authored stories. Offers free educational accounts with simple classroom management tools.
Exposure.so: blogging platform similar to Medium, but with an emphasis on images rather than written text. Fully embeddable in WordPress. FREE/Premium.
Inform7 is the latest version of Inform, a digital storytelling platform for creating interactive fiction in an easy to understand way. No coding experience is necessary. FREE.
TextAdventures.co.uk: a repository for interactive literature and text games created using Quest or Squiffy, open source tools for creating interactive fiction. FREE.
Storify: collect what people are saying through social media and turn it into a story. Create a text and media-rich story easily by collecting quotes and media from different sources through a bookmarklet or Google Chrome extension. Storify stories can be embedded anywhere. FREE.
Creaza Cartoonist: Creaza Cartoonist is part of a suite of education-specific software including a storyboarding tool, a video editor, an audio editor, and a mind-mapping tool. Creaza Cartoonist is available on iPad as well as in the browser. Requires a license.