Welcome to Darwin

The powerful platform for building digital exhibits for museums, galleries and other heritage organisations

What is Darwin?

Darwin is our unique platform for prototyping, designing and building digital exhibits and tablet apps for museums. It runs ‘out of the box’ on Windows, Macintosh and iPad, we can also use it to create exhibits for Android tablets, iPhone and Android phone.

Using Darwin for your project saves you a great deal of time and money.

 

What does Darwin do?

Plenty! Darwin is designed with museums and visitor attractions in mind and comes with many built-in features, some of which are below:

Text

Add text, style it, colour it, make it scroll, even include hot links to other pages or popups

Web pages

Embed a local or online site into your exhibit, instantly adding even more functionality

Keyboard

A configurable on-screen keyboard allows users to enter e.g. their name, email address, comments etc .

Graphs

Show and animate pie charts based on your data -  this can include aggregated visitor data e.g. from a survey

Any screen size

Darwin runs in both portrait and landscape aspect ratios, giving you even more flexibility.

Images

Easily add your images, scale and position them - and give them actions, linking to other pages

Drag and drop

Quickly create drag and drop items, show and hide other elements based on user actions

Galleries

Show Darwin a folder of images to easily create a single-page or scrolling gallery

Timeout

Create a set of simple pages then tell Darwin they are your timeout sequence - it's as simple as that

Easy creation

Darwin has a full WYSIWYG editor, making content creation straighforward. If you can build a slide presentation, you can use Darwin...

Video

Autoplay, show and hide the controller, take users to another page on completion and more

Image explorers

Allow users to explore huge images with optional popups containing text, images and buttons

Rules and variables

Set one of Darwin's visitor variables - e.g. for a user score - then show and hide elements based on rules e.g. 'if score < 3'

Pinch and zoom

On iPads you can allow large images to pinch and zoom, adding more functionality to your user experience

Easy installation

Darwin is designed to be used in-gallery without need for a keyboard, making updates much easier

Audio

Darwin has its own easy to configure audio player, perfect for oral history projects

Image compare

Add two images and slide or dissolve between them, a great way to show changes over time

Smart text

Show visitor variables on any page - this might be the user's score, or their name, allowing for high levels of personalisation

Appearance FX

Fly, bounce, fade and grow on-screen objects to give your exhibit a polished and bespoke feel

Security

Darwin can auto-run any exhibit on launch then lock users out of the computer, to prevent any problems...

How easy is it to use?

Very! If you can use PowerpointTM or KeynoteTM then Darwin will be pretty straightforward. Create pages and popups, add content and links between them – from a simple interactive to a complicated iPad tour, it’s all possible with Darwin.

How can I get Darwin?

You can download a full working trial from here. There is more information on licensing and subscriptions on this page.

How does it all work?

Creating your digital exhibits with Darwin is a simpe, repeatable process. It’s outlined here, with some more detailed examples further down.

Create and edit

Design, prototype and build your new digital exhibit or app using Darwin Creator, which runs on PC or Mac.

Export, upload and save

Export your exhibit to a USB key, ready to install on your in-gallery computer – or upload to our temporary online storage

Install and run

Installing your exhibit on an in-gallery Mac, PC or downloading to an iPad, is quick and easy – then set Darwin to auto-play and reveal it to the public!

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Make it special

Darwin comes with a huge range of built in features. If you require something different – a game or other bespoke feature – we can build you a one-off Darwin Component and add it to your exhibit.

Us or you?

If you are short on time, we can build the exhibits for you for a low cost. Most typically we would start creating your exhibit, get the basic design and structure in place, then hand over to you, to complete and then extend and enhance over time.  But if you have the time available, you can save more money by building the exhibit yourself.

In any case, with your licence/subscription we provide training and support – and it’s lots of fun. Really!

Create animated, interactive digital exhibits

Darwin comes with a wide range of built in features, like giant image exploration, image galleries, audio players and more. It also has built in animation facilities, which means you can create immersive and dynamic pages quickly and easily. Specifying how your pages ‘build up’ their content makes each Darwin exhibit look bespoke and hand made, not generated from a template.

Easy to use editor

Build up your exhibit one page at a time, adding text, images, video, hotspots, buttons, shapes and more. Darwin has a easy-to-use page editor in which you lay out your pages and popups exactly how you want. You can link between pages, set transitions (like dissolve, wipe or flip) add a timeout sequence, play audio files and much much more! Build the exhibit on your Windows or Macintosh desktop computer and preview it to check you are happy with it. Then you can upload it to our temporary storage, ready to install on your iPad. This movie (about 4mins) shows you how easy it is to build up professional looking exhibits, from object explorers, to magazine-style pages, live labels, oral histories – the choice is yours.

Export, upload and save

When you are happy with your exhibit, simply hit ‘Upload’ and Darwin will upload a copy to our temporary online storage. When you buy Darwin you’ll get a unique User ID – its this you’ll use to upload (and download) any exhibits you create or edit.

You can also export exhibits to a USB key, for easy installation on e.g. an in-gallery PC.

Install and run

Darwin comes in two parts: the editor (see above) and the Player, which comes on Mac, Windows, iPad and Android tablet.   Launch the Player, log-in with your unique User ID, download your ‘story’ to the device you plan to install in-gallery (on Windows and Mac you can also import it from a USB key).

Run the ‘story’ to check you are happy with it. then set it to auto-run whenever the app is launched!

Darwin made the creation of our digital exhibits easy, quick – and fun! Using Darwin gave us flexible and powerful tools to tell the stories we wanted.

Exhibitions Manager, Museum of Childhood, V&A Museum

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