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WIKISPACES - PART OF TES IS SAYING FAREWELL DUE TO A LACK OF FUNDING AND INVESTMENT FOR TECHNOLOGICAL UPDATES ETC AND THEREFORE THIS SITE AND ITS ASSOCIATED SITES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FROM JULY 31ST 2018. AS OWNER OF THESES SITES I AM HOPING TO TRANSFER THEM TO ANOTHER PLATFORM BUT AS IT IS OVER 800 PAGES THIS MAY TAKE A WHILE. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT AFTER 12 YEARS ONE OF THE WORLD RENOWNED EDUCATION NEWS ORGANISATIONS HAS DECIDED TO END THIS SERVICE AFTER IT BOUGHT IT IN 2014!

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Like making stuff? Make Magazine is bursting with cool things to make using everyday materials. Brilliant for project ideas, all subjects, all ages. Fantastic! Your teacher can log in for access to back copies etc.
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And more exciting projects for food technology, resistant materials, environmental projects, electronics, textiles and loads of other great project ideas check out Instructables at http://www.instructables.com/ Sign up for the weekly news letter for exciting new project ideas.

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Creating documents for school but you do not have the right software???

No need to worry, there are loads of online free software that you can use instead of the Microsoft and Adobe suites.

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Try using GIMP its a great and free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, and it is on all of the computers in ICT and Design & Technology. Go to (http://www.gimp.org/) to download the software.

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For Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint try using Google Docs (http//:docs.google.com) absolutely brilliant, you don't have to keep saving and you can work online and never have to put your work onto a memory stick, but of course you can download it to your computer so that you can work offline too.

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For Photoshop, to do pixel graphics, photo editing etc. Use Sumopaint (www.sumopaint.com) and online paint/photo software which resembles photoshop very closely, and when you have finished you can store your images online as well.

There are also other software that you can download to your computer hard drives for free:
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For Microsoft Publisher, or Adobe InDesign try downloading Scribus (www.scribus.net/) it has a very similar interface to InDesign, quite complex and loads of functions.

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For Adobe Illustrator, or Xara, you can download 30 day free trails, not ideal, but if you need to create vector based graphics try downloading Inkscape (www.inkscape.org). You can save work in several formats, including SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphics) which can be opened with any vector graphics package.
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A very basic online based vector application is Depictr ( http://www.depicter.com/)

Now for a completely different software try Golems (http://golemgame.com/index.html) look at the video below and then try it out, there is a tutorial to get you started.

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