Capturing Alternatives Workshop

Welcome to the C4LTH Capturing Alternative Devices Session!

Lesson Plan (click to access)

Capturing Moments
Capturing Moments

Capturing Moments!

In this 2 hour videoconference workshop, we will address the varied ways in which you can potentially repurpose existing resources to a multi-media format which can capture images, text and video and compile it into a neat presentable package file for quick viewing to share across a myriad of platforms. We will start with the simple to the moderately easy tools available, then move on to the more complex ones; even looking at ways in which we can convert videos to other formats to play in different platforms and displays on mobile devices.

Lastly we will look how we can create videos on the fly using iPhone, iPads and deploy them to a range of devices and link them to the 'Cloud'. We will look at 'Cloud Computing' in another session but start to consider cloud repositories rather than saving to computer drives for ease of mobile access and updating content anywhere anytime.

Starting Off

Ideally, you need to create three folder types: 1.Videos, 2.Audios, 3.Images.

Demonstrate Process: Capture (video, photo, audio) Post to web for access, Convert file, Upload LEO and Play.

By aggregating files from different media types (audio, images, videos) you can develop or repurpose new dynamic media resources very quickly on the 'fly' using a range of free authoring tools like PhotoStory, Moviemaker, Audacity and non freeware such as Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate and Adobe Connect Pro. These products can also be deployed in a myriad of ways across a range of platforms eg LEO, Adobe Connect Pro, Wikis or Blogs.

Converting Files to Suit Platforms:

Many platforms though do have specific file formats. Many video capturing devices produce varied files formats and some may need converting. This can be easily done by a freeware called Any Video Converter which in seconds can convert files captured in any format type to a recommended file format for LEO, Adobe Connect Pro and other platforms.

iPads need a different browser to play <Swf or flash> files and this is enabled by Puffin Browser rather than Safari

Access Puffin ($1.99) on Apple Store

Puffin Browser
Puffin Browser

Types of Output files:

Conversion Software:
Any Video Converter - is a great application to download and its free!

Types of Video Formats:

Mobile devices- MOV
PhotoStory WAV, WMV
Moviemaker- WMV
Adobe Presenter - SWF/FLV

Best overall conversion is the file format called- AVI (Use Any Video Converter)

Audio Formats


You can use Audacity (Free audio authoring tool) or Any Video Converter ( converts audio not just video)

Image Formats:

Jpeg (recommended for images)
Gif (recommended for drawings)

Video formats supported by Prism.
Prism converts avi, mpg, vob, asf, wmv, mp4
and all video formats that have a DirectShow based codec. If you can play the video file using Windows Media Player, you can convert it using Prism.
MPEG AVI MP4 MOV WMV   video file format converter
MPEG AVI MP4 MOV WMV video file format converter

You can use microsoft office using Save As or <Paint> found in <Accessories under <Programs>

User friendly access Player types:

LEO can accept most files the problem lies in the access of these files from the user device whether its an ipad or PC or Mac. Often files play in various platforms better than others and depending on the computer or device often these default to software like Quicktime, Media Player Series, iTunes, Realtime etc. The ideal set up is to have a university streaming server that caters for these variables and downtime bandwidth issues that is not compromised by the user. This would be very conducive to a plethora of file types regardless of what the user uses to access.


The main characteristics of a mashup are combination, visualization, and aggregation. It is important to make existing data more useful, for personal and professional use.
Mashups can be considered to have an active role in the evolution of social software and Web 2.0. Mashup composition tools are usually simple enough to be used by end-users. They generally do not require programming skills. In technology, a mashup enabler is a tool for transforming incompatible IT resources into a form that allows them to be easily combined, in order to create a mashup. Mashup enablers allow powerful techniques and tools (such as mashup platforms) for combining data and services to be applied to new kinds of resources.
There is a myriad of technology tools and software out there ranging from free to various costed software applications for both computers including new Apps to same output using idevices for cloud computing.
We will cover user friendly technology as follows:

  • PhotoStory 3
  • Windows Moviemaker
  • Adobe Presenter 8
  1. Adobe Connect Pro

Simplest Way to Mashup :
Repurposing what you already have in the form of powerpoints, images and or videos or starting to create from scratch is easy.

Basic Requirements:

In order to capture video /audio files on your Mac or PC is easy but you will need the following technologies to develop your content for any video recorder software.

Webcam Recording Software
Webcam Recording Software
Video Recording Software
Video Recording Software
Video Screen Capture
Video Screen Capture

Record from
webcam/ Headset
Record from
eg iPad external devices
Record using your
computer or Mobile device

i) Microsoft Windows PhotoStory 3 (Garage band for Mac)

Choose simple free software eg Windows PhotoStory 3 is a great way to begin your first capture of images, talk over's and reproducing resources to another level. This great little software 'can do' all your images, text and audio and then beautifully package it as a small nifty video to be viewed on any platform.

This could be the start of storyboarding what you already have to engage your students to have now a three dimensional aspect to a once 2 dimensional resource. Learn how to create digital Storytelling through PhotoStory as a beginning to the world of multimedia resource development.

You will need to have downloaded the latest Windows Media Player 12 (Free download)

Demonstration PhotoStory ppt

(A demonstration will now be done and recorded for viewers)
One of the ways one can think of repurposing one's own resources is how you could manipulate and change the file format to embed into another file. This can be done in PhotoStory.
Question1: What is PhotoStory?
Once you understand what it is you can CONVERT slides to WHAT?
Then you can manipulate them all to a movie. How simply by selecting in powerpoint and converting its original format.
Simply < Save As> Jpegs
Then in PhotoStory select the <Insert> button and import them ALL!
Another trick is to save a Blank image in <Paint> and now you can add any text with no background eg Pose a question maybe?
The entire PhotoStory becomes a WMV file (One form of a Video format) that can be converted through Any Video Converter software to suit certain platforms. Read later in this session section on Conversion Software.
The WMV file can now if wanting to go to the NEXT level? deployed to Windows Moviemaker. Insert all ( entire file) as a video because now thats what it is... it it no longer just a ppt file you powerpoint. It has now become a wmv video with voice, image and file format text added in a one single package.
ii) Windows MovieMaker
This is another free software available included in Microsoft office suite 6,7,8 Vista and XP. Using Windows Moviemaker you can actually add live camera video capture using your Webcam (either in built or attached USB).

iii) Adobe Presenter 8

Adobe Presenter 8 software helps you communicate more effectively with engaging videos and interactive presentations created in Microsoft PowerPoint. Minimize the time, effort, and cost of producing and editing videos by doing it yourself at your desktop. Add quizzes; deliver to the web, video sharing sites, desktops, and mobile devices; and track using integration with Learning Management Systems (LMSs).

Create interactive eLearning content

Easily convert your presentations into interactive eLearning content from within PowerPoint. Capitalize on your presentation skills to create high-impact training videos. Add quizzes and assets, deliver to desktops and mobile devices, and track using leading LMSs and Adobe Connect. Learn more ›

New Feature #1: One-Click Integration with Adobe Captivate 6

As Figure 1 shows, Presenter now has three different Record options. The first lets you record audio, synchronizing it to your slides and animations. The second taps into your Webcam to record video of yourself (or anything or anyone else you like), and the third lets you tap into Adobe Captivate’s screen-recording abilities. This last option is available only if you have Adobe Captivate installed.
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Figure 1: The three recording options
Choosing the Record Application Simulation option gives you access to Captivate’s recording dialog (without the rest of the Captivate interface). There you have all the options normally available, including the ability to simultaneously record different types of simulations: demonstrations, in which you are showing learners how something works; training, in which you let learners practice without penalty, providing hints along the way; and assessments, in which you test the learner’s knowledge, keeping track of the learner’s answers and progress. You also can create a fourth type of simulation: custom, in which you choose what to include.
Once you’ve completed the recording, Presenter will create a slide for each type of simulation you created. Each slide will contain a simulation SWF (published Flash) file. For instance, if you choose to record both a demo and an assessment, you will see two new PowerPoint slides created in your slide deck. The first will contain the demo SWF file and the second will contain the assessment SWF file.
You also will notice in Figure 1 that there is an Edit option for Application Simulations as well. Once you’ve recorded a simulation, clicking the Edit button will return you to Captivate and then you will be able to access all of Captivate’s features to edit the recording you created.
For those who use Captivate and Presenter together, this is a very useful new feature.

New Feature #2: Video Production

As mentioned above, there is also an option in Presenter 8 to let you record your own videos. The cool thing about this option is that you can be on camera while you move through your slides, simultaneously recording both.
Once you click the Record Video icon (see Figure 1) you’ll be able to set your preferences, as Figure 2 shows. If you have more than one microphone or Webcam, you can choose the one you want to use.
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Figure 2: Video preferences
Once you’ve recorded yourself, you are able to edit the video using the options in Figure 3. You can:
  1. Apply your own branding
  2. Pan and zoom your video and/or your presentation
  3. Trim your video
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Figure 3: Editing options
As Figure 4 shows, you can also choose different layouts for different portions of the video. You can choose to:
  1. Show only the presenter
  2. Show only the presentation
  3. Show both with the presenter on the left
  4. Show both with the presenter on the right
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Figure 4: Layout options
What I really like about the above is that you don’t have to stick to only one layout for the whole video; you can switch out layouts at any time along the way. For example, you can start with just the presenter, and then have the presenter and the presentation share the screen. At any point where you want to show a lot of detail from the presentation, you can switch to making the presentation full screen.
When you’re ready to publish,Presenter offers you the four options shown in Figure 5:
  1. Publish it to your computer
  2. Export it to PowerPoint
  3. Upload it to YouTube
  4. Upload it to Adobe Connect
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Figure 5: Publishing options
Other options in the video editor include automatically adjusting brightness and sharpness, reducing background noise, and more. All in all, this feature is pretty cool for anyone who has wanted an easy way to incorporate video into presentations.

iv) Adobe Connect Pro.
Adobe Connect pro
Adobe Connect pro

With Adobe Connect, you can captivate your audience with rich, engaging, and interactive experiences - making them available to virtually anyone, anywhere, on virtually any device. Adobe Connect provides complete mobile-to-mobile collaboration capabilities to address the realities of today’s business environment, where employees and customers are on the move worldwide.

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More than just meetings, Adobe Connect is a complete online collaboration suite:
  • Easy access to meetings from the desktop without requiring a client download.
  • Available to virtually anybody, anywhere and on virtually any device (including iPhones, iPads and Android devices)
  • Rapidly create, deliver, and track effective e-learning experiences
  • Showcase products, services, and ideas in compelling, immersive events that capture measurable results
  • An always on, secure digital office in the cloud. More than just video calls, every meeting becomes a knowledge asset with interactive, customisable, and indexed recordings
  • Slash travel time and costs

Capturing Devices Techsmith (Free Downloads)
Presentation Demo Materials:
Adobe Suite ( Cost $)
Presenter 8
Presenter 8

  • Adobe Captivate
Using Adobe Captivate, you can capture screen shots on your computer and quickly turn them into eLearning lessons (movies). The lessons you create can be highly interactive--you can add images, captions, rollovers, clickable areas, typing areas and sound effects.
During this live, highly-interactive two-day class, you will get an introduction to Adobe Captivate 6 and learn the most essential skills to help you create killer eLearning lessons.
Camtasia ( cost $)


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Camtasia Studio Getting Started Guide
•Snagit Getting Started Guide
•TechSmith and Product Logos
•Free Training, Videos, Guides, and Tutorials
Jing can capture and share videos (up to five minutes long) from your computer screen. Narrating a quick video is a great way to show someone exactly what you mean.
Once you select your entire desktop, window, or custom area, click the Capture Video button. If it's the first time you're making a video, Jing will ask you which audio device you'd like to use. For example, many laptops have a built-in internal microphone, but you may also have a webcam, USB microphone, etc.
Snagit is a powerful screen capture and editing tool that allows you to capture, edit, and share anything on your screen. Inside are videos, tutorials, guides, and more to help you get the most out of Snagit. Select a product version below to get started.

Debut Video Capture Software

Record video from a webcam, recording device or screen

Capture video files on your Mac or PC with this easy video recorder software.
Webcam Recording Software
Webcam Recording Software
Video Recording Software
Video Recording Software
Video Screen Capture
Video Screen Capture
Capture Streaming Video
Capture Streaming Video
Record from
Record from
external devices
Record your
computer screen
streaming video
Record and capture video from almost any source – even VHS tapes. And unlike other recording software, you can utilize key pre-production features like video colour, resolution, and output settings. Download Debut today and start building your video content library.
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Video Capture Features

  • Capture video directly to your hard drive
  • Record videos as avi, wmv, flv, mpg, mp4, mov and more video formats
  • Capture video from a webcam, network IP camera or video input device (e.g., VHS recorder)
  • Screen capture software records the entire screen, a single window or any selected portion
  • Digital zoom with the mouse scroll wheel, and drag to scroll the recording window
  • Zoom-to-mouse feature focuses the recording window on the cursor
  • Mouse highlighting spotlights the location of the cursor
  • Record video alone or video and audio simultaneously
  • Record audio from your microphone and speakers simultaneously, ideal for recording video conferences
  • Time lapse video recording
  • Create photo snapshots of a video at any time
  • Add your own text captions or time stamp your video
  • Change colour settings and video effects before recording
  • Adjust the video resolution, size and frame rate for capture
  • Burn directly to DVD with Express Burn Disc Burner
  • Works with VideoPad Video Editor Software
Add Captions to your Captured Videos
Debut lets you add captions to your video recordings.
Add captions and text to streaming video capture software
Add captions and text to streaming video capture software

Add captions and text as you record from your screen, webcam, or video capture device.
Add captions and text as you record from your screen, webcam, or video capture device.

Flexible Video Output Settings
Choose the size and frame rate used to capture your video. Debut also lets you create either 4:3 or 16:9 videos. This flexibility makes Debut perfect for people creating videos for many different outputs (e.g., YouTube, CD or television).
Resize and adjust before you record video.
Resize and adjust before you record video.

Ipad screen grab apps and same for Desktop
Is another app it is readily available as a download to computer the app will be out this year from iTunes
Screen Chomp
This recordable whiteboard is just the canvas you need to jot your ideas down and share them – with the world, or just a friend or two. Helpful to anyone, but developed with teachers and students in mind, ScreenChomp records your touchscreen interactions and audio so you can…
  • iPad
  • Send helpful tutoring videos home with students
  • Allow kids to create videos that help their classmates
  • Explain complexities from afar
  • Record your most recent brilliant idea
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Other iPads and iDevices Resources:
1- Digital Storytelling Apps for iPad

2- Presentation Apps for iPad

3- iPad Apps to Create eBooks

4- Printing Apps for iPad

5- Science iPad Apps

6- Video Apps for your iPad

7- Educational Music Apps for iPad

8- iPad Apps for Reading Disability

9- Math iPad Apps

10- Note Taking Apps for iPad
11- Whiteboard Apps for iPad

12- Multiple Intelligence Apps for iPad

13- iPad Apps for Blooms Taxonomy

14- Dictionary Apps for iPad

15- Audio Recording Apps for iPad

16- iPad Apps for Kids

17- Google Apps for iPad

18- Wiki Apps for iPad

19- Grading Apps for iPad

20- Screen Sharing Apps for iPad

21- Homework Apps for iPad

22- Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Apps for iPad

23- PDF Apps for iPad

24- Apps to Create Digital Portfolios

25- Textbook and Audio Books Apps for iPad

26- Learning Apps for iPad

27- Photo Collage Apps for iPad

28- iPad Apps for Professional Development

29- Writing Apps for iPad

30- iPad Creativity Apps

31- Reading Apps for iPad

32- iPad Apps for Research

23- iPad Apps to Help you Stay Organized

24- iPad Annotating Apps

26- iPad Skills Students should Have

22 Filmmaking Apps for the iPad & iPhone

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This following article on iDevices was written by Dennis July 12, 2010 Featured, Filmmaking 360, Storyboard Artist
The iPad and iPhone have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad has only been out a few months and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.
For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps that our Deal Leader Steve Jobs has approved for the App Store. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps


Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fun, feature-rich video editing app only for iPhone 4. Create a video postcard of your day at the beach and publish it to the web — without ever leaving your spot in the sand. Or make a movie of your child’s birthday party and send it to your parents — while the party is in full swing. With iMovie for iPhone, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you are.

Compatible with iPhone 4. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps


Full-blown video editing for iPhone and iPad. Compatible with HD video on iPhone 4! Just set Quality to “High 640×480″, ReelDirector will NOT downsize if the first video added to project is HD.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

DSLR Slate

DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed for all needs from student to hollywood, DSLR Slate will be just as useful as the traditional film slate, if not more. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Movie Slate

“Movie Slate is the the Rolls-Royce of iPad/iPhone clapboards” says Movie Slate a convenient, all-in-one digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and shot notepad— designed for use in film, television, documentaries, music videos, and interviews. This professional production tool is the easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot— saving you valuable time later when capturing and editing footage. At a mere fraction of a bulky digital clapperboard’s cost, you’ll be saving money too.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Storyboard Composer

Cinemek Storyboard Composer for iPhone and iPod Touch is a mobile storyboard and pre-visualization composer designed for Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Writers, Animators, Art Directors, film students and anyone who wants to be able to visualize their story.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

pCAM Film+Digital Calculator

A Cinematography and Still Photography calculator for Photographers, Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, VFX Supervisors, Script Supervisors, Gaffers, Grips, Motion Picture Editors, Production Designers, Art Directors, Film and Photography Students.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Action Log Pro

Action Log is a film and television logging tool, designed for use on location or in a studio with up to 25 recording devices. At the touch of a button the logging system keeps track of all reel names and timecodes for each recorded piece of action.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps


Made by professional teleprompter manufacturer Bodelin Technologies, ProPrompter software allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch as a smooth scrolling professional teleprompter. Scripts can be loaded via email copy/paste (OS3) or via the FREE ProPrompter Producer site for unlimited script management and greater security than email or local networks. Scripts can also be created directly in the application. You can also edit any script loaded in the ProPrompter software.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Teleprompt+ for iPad

Teleprompt+ is a simple yet powerful professional teleprompter for the iPad. Perfect for presenters, lecturers, students, teachers, broadcasters, podcasters, filmmakers, sales and marketing professionals, or anyone who would benefit from having a powerful visual aid while engaged in a speaking activity.

Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps


Black Mana Studios’ Screenplay is the world’s first fully-functional mobile screenwriting application. It allows professionals and hobbyists alike to write complete movie and television screenplays directly on the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Scripts Pro

Scripts Pro is an easy-to-use screen writing application for the iPhone, iPod Touch AND the first and last iPad screenwriting app you’ll need! Using a “TAB” button, you can easily switch between each element of the script. When writing in desktop screenplay programs, you forget about the program all together and are focused entirely on writing your story. The same thing is true with Scripts Pro because there is no cluttered interface or complex solutions to writing.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

FiRe – Field Recorder

FiRe is the world’s first professional field recorder built exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch, brought to you by the minds at Audiofile Engineering. Combining powerful, elegant and uncluttered audio utilities with unparalleled technical support, Audiofile Engineering is one of the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the revolutionary iPhone.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps


Enter any throw distance to determine beam/field diameter and fc/lux for any selected fixture and lamp. Over 1000 fixture/lamp combinations are included in the library; which can easily be modified and sorted into Favorite Fixtures for quick recall.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps


Use BeamCalc to calculate the geometry and photometrics of spotlight beams. Position and direct three light sources (chosen from the included library) to determine lighting characteristics: elevation angle, beam and field pool width, illumination, shadow length.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Artemis Remote

Artemis Remote allows several people to monitor what Artemis is seeing through the camera and even change lenses and save a picture taken with the camera in the local iPad image gallery.

Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Filmmaking Apps
Filmmaking Apps

Using Capturing Devices for Feedback to Word Document or making Word Documents come ALIVE!!!
Embedding media into documents online in Word
Inserting Audio, Video into a Microsft Office Word Document
Simply goto <Home> and Select tab <Insert > Select < Object> then select <wave sound> You now have the option to record live anywhere on the document and save it . This will be played when clicked by the reader. You could do all your rubrics this way for assignments to save writing. If you have pre recorded 15 second recordings on your rubric responses as seperate < audio files> eg Fail blurb , Pass, Credit, Distinction- you could then select and embed them accordingly across the document to save writing and return to student either by email or feedback via Mahara ( e-Portfolio)
Bringing Word Documents Alive to the Reader.
You could have a word document uploaded into LEO that could actually talk to the student. You could do a prerecorded video in Moviemaker and embed it as a <Video Clip> using the same procedure in Word under <Insert> and select <Object> upload your WMV file and embed .
In Moviemaker using you Webcam select <Capture> and then just start and end recording. (Demo done)
Using desktop sharing technology and converting a word document to a PDF you could upload it into Adobe Connect start your webcam and start recording and you could actually display someone's work and walk through it in Adobe Connect Pro and send them the recording. (Demo done)
You can record on your iPhone (MOV Demo) this does not have to be converted to avi or wmv a MOV file is fine so you could potentially talk to your iphone using the headset it came with and then email it to your self and save to a folder for your cohort and embed into their assignment online and return to student email. Adobe connect could do track changes and you could talk as you are doing it then send the recording device to student in eportfolio - <Mahara Dropbox > feedback section or email.(Demo done)
How's that for captuiring ideas...?
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