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If you're thinking
about trying out TechSoup's 2013
Digital Storytelling Challenge by making a 90-second video or five-image slide show about your
charitable work, uploading it to YouTube or Flickr, and submitting the link to us, you might
find Adobe Story
Free useful. Adobe Story Free is a
free online service from Adobe.com that you can use to create your script and help with screenwriting.
Adobe Story Free is
part of Adobe Creative Cloud,
which is Adobe's year-old online service that leads the company's cloud strategy to
switch from single purchase "on-premises" software to a monthly payment model.
To try out Adobe Story Free, go
to the Adobe Story webpage, click on "join" to create an Adobe
Creative Cloud ID. After you fill out your email address and choose a password,
Adobe will send you a confirmation email. It may well land in our spam filter
like mine did, so be sure to check there if doesn't arrive in your inbox within a
Once you click the confirmation link in the email and
log in go here.
I found it a bit difficult to navigate all this for the first time, but once I
managed it, I just went back to the Adobe
webpage to get back in.
Once inside the Adobe Story Free online application I found it easy to use.
Click on "Projects," then click on "New." The film script format looks to be
the simplest template to use. Once in the script you can then write in your
script language. The program saves your changes automatically. The application maintains
the proper script formatting as you write. You can choose from a range of
standard script types.
admittedly not a power user when it comes to making videos, but the ones I have
been involved with, even very short ones, have all required some pre-planning
and scripting to make them watchable. Adobe Story Free is a solid free tool to help with that part of video
sure and check out TechSoup's 2013
Digital Storytelling Challenge if you'd like to try shooting a short video
about your charitable work and get it out there for many people to see.