Adobe School Collection

The Collection has been built in accordance with the education sector's requirements for software to support the creative presentation of learning. The Collection offers the tools to add creative elements to learning across many subjects. The products - which support digital images, and provide audio and video management tools - range in price from £9.99 to £29.99 per user depending on volume purchased. This Collection is available to Primary and Secondary schools only.


The Serif range of software for art and design is competitively priced and worth a look particularly if you have a limited budget. Applications include 'DrawPlus, PhotoPlus, and are available individually or as part of a fully integrated design suite that offers further dis-counted licensing.
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Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8

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Macromedia Studio MX 2004

Site License - now includes curriculum! The Macromedia Studio MX 2004 School Site License is an integrated solution that gives schools access to teacher training, two new student academic projects for Flash and Dreamweaver, and Macromedia Studio MX 2004 for use throughout the school for one set price based on the size of the school. For more information:

Revelation Natural Art

- natural media paint program
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Croft Douglas Education

Digital Video in Education


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5 Free downloads

1. Paint.NET

is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP or 2000. Paint.NET is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems.

2. IrfanView

is a basic image editor for Windows computers, but with a lot of smart features, and it has the advantage of being a small installation file (about 700KB).

3. The GIMP

the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is a fully-featured image manipulation package (similar in scope to Photoshop) which is freely-distributed, and open source. It is written by an off-the-wall bunch of people, and consequently has a fun, off-the-wall feel to it. The installation files are pretty large (10 MB for Windows). The GIMP runs best on Linux, but there is a Windows version under development. This is flagged as a prerelease, but apart from the absence of help pages it works extremely well. (Homepage) (GIMP for Windows download)

4. gmax

is a free 3D modeling and animation tool based on Discreet's award-winning 3ds max software. Built for gamers to create their own in-game content for gmax ready games, a gamer can produce everything from characters and vehicles to landscapes and props. Not only do you get to customize your games, you also learn 3D design within a professional-level tool.

5. Anamorphosis

Site designed by Phillip Kent on the art and techniques of anamorphosis and trompe l'oeil distortion. Find historical and contemporary information with illustrations and download Anamorph Me, the free program he has written for making anamorphic distortions to images. You can also download a PDF version of Kent's User Guide to learn how to use the program.