Tools of the Trade
Programs and online resources useful for sociolinguists.
An advanced and comprehensive tool for annotating/transcribing audio and video.
IPA character picker (online)
A character picker for IPA symbols.
NORM: Vowel Normalization Suite (online)
A web frontend for the vowels R package, which can be used to normalize and/or plot vowel data.
Penn Phonetics Lab Forced Aligner (P2FA) (Windows/OSX/Linux)
A Python script which takes a .wav file and a transcript and produces a time-aligned Praat TextGrid.
Software for the analysis, synthesis, and manipulation of speech, used extensively by sociolinguists, phoneticians, and phonologists. Also see Akustyk, and plugin and resource for Praat.
R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, etc.) and graphical techniques. CSDE periodically offers training in R for the uninitiated, but also see the R Wikibook and Quick-R for documentation and tutorials.
A very useful IDE for R, used by many members of the lab.
Microsoft Products (Windows/OSX)
Thanks to the STF, UW students can now get recent versions of Office (and Windows) for free through UW.
Libre Office (Windows/OSX/Linux)
A free/open-source alternative to Microsoft Office, which grew out of the Open Office project.
Google Drive (online)
Online file storage with editing and collaboration functionality.
A plain text editor for Windows with code highlighting and completion.
A plain text editor for Mac with code highlighting and completion.
A free web development environment.
A large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality similar to a Linux distribution on Windows.
A free/open-source image editing program (i.e. an alternative to Photoshop).
PuTTy is a lightweight SSH client for Windows.
WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, FTP client, WebDAV client and SCP client for Windows.
Security & Anti-virus
UW IT Security Tools
UW IT's page on security.
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows)
AVG Free (Windows)
avast! Free (Windows)