Archive for November 5, 2010

Best Free and Open Source Survey Application – Setup Free Survey or Opinion Poll Easily!

Many a times, we need to take opinion of friends and relatives for simple reasons such as next vacation destination, to decide on party venue etc. There are online services such as Google Docs – Forms (great free online survey app from Google), Survey Monkeimagey, PollDaddy, MySurveyLab etc. They do offer basic free account for you to setup simple and restricted opinion polls or surveys. These are good for personal use perhaps and if you need to explore setting up opinion polls seriously then you need to buy monthly packages. Might cost about 30$ to 100$ a month. Advantage is that you don’t need to have a your own web site and need not worry about backups. But, if you are a little more serious and want to setup your own Poll or Survey site with advanced control over the survey content, then you need to consider Lime Survey. Lime Survey is completely free (donations accepted) and open source. You can easily set up Lime Survey in your web site (Needs PHP, MySQL) and host your surveys quite easily. Lime Survey is one of the top rated open source projects on SourceForge and has an amazing list of features.

Lime Survey Features: (Partial list)

  • Unlimited number of surveys at the same time

  • Unlimited number of questions in a survey (only limited by your database)

  • Unlimited number of participants to a survey

  • Multi-Lingual Surveys

  • User-Management

  • Integration of pictures and movies into a survey

  • Supports 20 kinds of questions and supports 50 languages.

  • and much much more.

Screenshot of Demo Survey hosted on Lime Survey web site. An active Forum is also present for you to ask questions and clarifications.


Lime Survey for free is just a bargain and you could be a professional surveyor! 


3 Free And Easy Web Applications To Create Videos From Your Photos Instantly – Easy Video Creator

Sometimes we need to create personalized videos with background music and text for personal as well as professional reasons. Say you want a beautiful video from your recent vacation as aimage memory. Sure, there are standalone apps to do such professional movie editing. But, not all of us have the patience to learn the tool and use. We want quick and the best way to create video clips from photos, tracks and other pieces of media. Well, there are some nice online web applications that can create music video, slideshows from your photos in a snap! You don’t need to be a geek! Here we list 3 such services; They are free however, for full features they do require some money!




Animoto lets you turn your photos and videos into great videos. Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy. It doesn’t need any technical skills to produce great looking videos using Animoto.

Steps involved are really simple – Upload images or videos, chose the sound track or put your own, type in the personalized text and boom! Animoto creates a unique movie trailer out for you! Always unique – no 2 animoto videos are alike! Upload the video, share the video, do what ever you like with the video! that simple!

Check it out here.



Flixtime turns your photos and videos into stunning and unique videos in just minutes! Like Animoto, Flixtime creates movie trailer out of uploaded photos, videos, text and music. Free account lets you create a 60 second video.

Check it out here.



Mix images, photos, audio tracks, videos and create movie trailer. Fast and very easy. Free account with limited features is available. Try and see if it fits your requirements!

Check it out here.

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