Welcome to Darwin!

Create your own digital exhibits and signage. No programming required.

 

Download a free trial copy!

What is Darwin?

Darwin is our unique platform for easily building touchscreen digital exhibits, mobile apps and digital signage for museums, galleries and other public facing organisations.

 

Darwin runs on Windows, Macintosh, and iOS devices; we can also use it to create exhibits for Android devices.

No programming is required! Using Darwin will save you a great deal of time and money. Try our demos and tutorials.

 

What can I make with Darwin?

Lots! Darwin is very flexible and can be used for many types of digital product, including:

Audio tours

The classic route to explaining your content for visitors – now with Darwin it’s easy to make your own!

Learning & education apps

iPad based activities, tracking how much visitors have done, allocating scores, evaluation and more

Touchscreen kiosks

Allows visitors to explore your content and find key information, include image galleries, comparers, popups, audio players and more

Digital signage

Elegant and engaging digital signs, with or without interactivity

Image archives

Give visitors access to your image collection, viewed at huge scale (3000 pixels +)

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Quizzes

One question or many, add images, text, audio, video – create a fun and informative activity, track the score and tell your visitors how they did!

Video and audio players

Got lots of video or audio content? Quickly build a engaging player for your visitors to access it all

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Visitor surveys

Receive visitor comments or survey responses and save them all for future reference and analysis

How does it all work?

Creating your digital exhibits with Darwin is a simple, repeatable process.

Create and edit

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

If you can build a slideshow, you can use Darwin.

Export and upload

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

Copy your exhibit to a public-facing Mac, PC or download to an iOS device running the Darwin Player app. It’s quick and easy – then you set Darwin to auto-play and reveal it to the public!

See some case studies >

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

Images

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

Video

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

Audio

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

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

Slideshows

Point Darwin at a folder of images and it will create a navigable slideshow for visitors

Image explorers

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

Web pages

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

Image compare

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

Camera & visitor image

On iOS devices allows visitors to take up to 9 photos, which you can integrate into any page (and create a collage they can email home)

Pinch and zoom

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

Keyboard

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

Smart text

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

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

Customised content

Take your visitor’s name then display it – and any other custom content – in any page you wish.

Timeout

Create a set of simple pages then tell Darwin they are your timeout sequence – it’s as simple as that. You can also tell Darwin to simply go to any page on timeout (like a home page)

Appearance FX

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

Graphic effects

Set opacity, colour and add a variety of shadow effects to any on-screen element

Surveys and visitor data

Ask your visitors questions and (optionally) store the results for later retrieval.

Printing

On iOS devices allow your staff to print out photo collages and other large scale pages (like a user-created newspaper report) on any local wifi-printer

Animated GIFs

Select animated GIFs to run on any page (but use with caution – they can be very annoying!)

Any screen size

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

Security

Set a passcode for each digital exhibit to prevent visitors from quitting it; additional layers of security prevent visitors from accessing your in-gallery computer

How easy is Darwin 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?

Try our 14 day trial and  download a fully working version of Darwin using the links below. Or click here.

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.

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 export it to use on an in-gallery computer, or upload it to our temporary storage, ready to install on an iOS device.

With Darwin we have created a wide range of digital tours and exhibits.  It is at the heart of our digital offering.

Anna Bright

Director, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse

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