6 of the best digital storytelling apps for Windows PCs

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  • Digital storytelling is a modern way of bringing your audiences into the fascinating realm of storytelling.
  • Of course, stories cannot be created without the proper software, especially if you want to captivate your audience.
  • Adobe Spark, along with plenty of other tools that we will be covering below are the perfect software for this particular job
  • For more guides on amazing PC programs, check out our dedicated Software page.
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Are you interested in digital storytelling? Are you looking for a powerful way to facilitate your learning environment? Do not worry, this post is meant for you.

Stories are important irrespective of the scenarios; you can tell a story to a group of students, prospective clients or the world as a whole. Storytelling may take various forms and shapes.

However, digital storytelling is the process of infusing digital contents via technology into the narration process. Digital contents such as audio, video, stills, animations, transitions, etc are used through this medium.

If you are interested in digital storytelling, in this post we discuss 5 digital storytelling app which you can use on your Windows PC.


What are the best digital storytelling programs?

1. Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark lets users create and design visual content that can be used for businesses, education, social media, etc, and users can create, edit and share their visual story from any device, including those on Android or iOS.

The program is extremely polished and well-designed from a UI point-of-view, allowing even beginners to get accustomed to it fast.

Another great feature that makes it an entry-level program is the wide variety of templates that it has in its library, allowing you to choose from hundreds of presets, and then just add your own unique touch.

Of course, if you feel like you can use Spark to create a digital story from scratch, then, by all means, you have all the tools at your disposal.

What makes Spark especially great is how well it integrated with other Adobe products, allowing you to easily import multimedia content from apps such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro or Audition.

Here are some of the perks of using Adobe Spark:

  • Can be tested for free for 7 days
  • Entry-level interface
  • Great integration with other Adobe tools
  • The Internet is full of tutorials for using it
  • It is a professional digital storytelling app

Download Adobe Spark for Free


 

2. Microsoft PowerPoint

powerpoint story telling app

If you are interested in digital storytelling, you need to consider using Microsoft PowerPoint – one of the components of Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft PowerPoint can be classified as digital storytelling software due to its intriguing features; some of the benefits of using MS PowerPoint include:

  • Easily add images using with picture-editing tools.
  • Add or record audio so as to sync with your presentation slides
  • Use transitions and animations to improve your stories
  • Embed and edit files with your presentations
  • Organise slide sections and print your presentation
  • Easily create digital stories using several layouts, colour themes and background images
  • Quickly export your presentations to several file formats

That’s it! You can easily create your own digital story by using PowerPoint which is probably available on your Windows PC already.


3. Microsoft Photo Story

Microsoft Photo Story

This digital storytelling application from Microsoft enables you to create slideshows from digital contents, add special effects, and your own music, and your own narration to make up a digital story.

Photo Story is a free and user-friendly program by Microsoft and it is available for various Windows OS from Windows XP to Windows 10. You can easily use Photo Story to tell any stories to others; even a novice can use it.

Moreover, you can get more information on how to download and install Photo Story on Windows 10.

Download link for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

Download link for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10


4. PhotoStage Slideshow Software

photostage slideshow

This program is popular among digital storytellers because it has a nice interface. However, the program is available in both free version, while pro version can comes with extended functionalities. Some of the features of PhotoStage Slideshow Software include:

  • Easy to add digital contents such as images, video clips, music, captions, and narration
  • Easy to use slideshow creator
  • Digital content enhancement
  • Stunning photo transitions and effects
  • Easy to share digital story (save as video files or optimize for the web and portable devices)
  • Mix multiple music tracks with MixPad Audio File Mixer

PhotoStage Slideshow Software is Windows friendly and you can download the free version here.


5. Movie Maker

movie maker app

Movie Maker is free software which is ideal for digital storytelling and video editing. Windows Movie maker support the versions of Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10 (part of Windows Live Essentials suite).

Key features include:

  • Use transitions and animations to improve your stories
  • Digital content enhancement
  • Several direct 3d effects
  • Integrated with One Drive, Facebook, You Tube, and Flickr
  • Support files versions such as WAV, MP3, 3GP, FLV, MPG, AVI, ASF, JPEG, MOV and WMA formats.

You can download this application from Microsoft’s website.


6. Prezi (Online App)

prezy storytelling software

Prezi is a premium application. It is popular for its nonlinear presentations, and slide to slide presentations. You can add digital contents such as images, audio, music, transitions, videos, and many more to your story. However, Prezi is web based.

Key features include:

  • Advanced image editing tools.
  • View and edit your presentations on-the-go.
  • Download digital story for offline use
  • Save your digital story on the cloud
  • Full library of templates which you can customize

You can access Prezi at its official website.

Do share with us your experience while using any of the digital storytelling applications we mentioned above.


FAQ: Learn more about digital storytelling

  • What is digital storytelling?

Digital storytelling refers to a variety of new forms of digital narratives, such as web-based stories, interactive stories, narrative computer games, and more.

  • What are the 7 steps of digital storytelling?

The 7 steps that you need to focus on are the point of view, the dramatic question, the emotional content, the gift of the narrator’s voice, the impact of the soundtrack, the pacing, the amount of information that you are giving, and the purpose of the story.

It also doesn’t hurt to have a good tool to help with the writing of the script.

  • Why is digital storytelling important?

In an age where pretty much all types of entertainment have become digital, storytelling needed to adapt as well, and that’s how digital storytelling came to be.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.