Posted: 27 Oct 2011 11:50 PM PDT
The AppStorm team have been hard at work again. Here is a huge bunch of great free apps and web services they covered.
Get Notified Instantly with Boxcar
There is no doubt that the iPhone made push notifications cool and took that idea mainstream for Apple fans. But like most things Apple, at first push notifications weren't open to all third party apps at launch. When users were clamoring for a way to get notified of things as and when they happen, Boxcar jumped in and filled the void effectively.
Quick Look: Fyels
In this Quick Look, we're highlighting Fyels. The developer describes Fyels as the world's simplest file sharing site. The site offers unlimited uploads and downloads, with up to a huge 11GB per file. No waiting, no ads, no premium or paid plans. Share your files with the world at Fyels.com.
The Clipboard, Reinvented For The Web
Have you ever found it difficult to share stuff you find online? Sure, there's millions of social buttons across the 'net to like, 1+, Tweet, and do just about anything else you can think of with the pages you read. But what if you want to, say, share a part of a page on Amazon.com with a friend to show them the a price and a picture of the thing you're talking about? You could take a screenshot, but then you'll have to still share a link to the site, and the text won't be searchable. Or you could copy and paste the text, but then you'll lose the picture, formatting, and more.
LiveMinutes: A Better Way to Share and Meet Virtually
Webconferencing is one of the most vital, but less celebrated innovations of the broadband era. The technology in its full glory is mostly used in enterprises, and the mainstream population has become accustomed to basic video chat built into Skype, Gtalk, Google+, and even Facebook today. Yet, if you're looking for an enterprise solution, there are so many solutions to choose from, ranging from companies like Cisco and Microsoft to no-name startups.
Even with big names backing up their product, there hardly is a web conference that doesn't get interrupted. Either the bandwidth or the voice support fails its users, frustrating them to no end. Then there are issues with incompatible plugins and cluttered user interfaces. LiveMinutes claims to be a webconferencing app that isn't boring, and works to streamline your meetings. Let's go check it out.
Get Feedback and Improve Your Website with BagelHint
When building a website, it's important to have a different set of eyes take a look and let you know if you're on the right track, particularly because there are so many moving parts and so many doubts that can arise. Are the buttons on my site easy to find? Is the banner large enough? How about legibility? Is there a logical flow in my registration process? Which of these two header graphics should I use?
While there are some questions you can answer yourself, sometimes you might need an outside opinion. There are a ton of tools available including OpenHallway, Usabilia, and Silverback that do the job and then some, but what if your needs are simpler?
BagelHint is a little app with which you can create easy usability surveys quickly. Developed by a compact UK-based team called EpicBagel, this service is great for designers and developers looking to get started with UX feedback and testing, with projects that need just pointers and not deep analytics. There's nothing to install and your results are displayed in real-time. All you need to use it are some screenshots and a few minutes of your time. Let's set up a trial account and see how we go, shall we?
Quick Look: Moably Mobile Website Builder
In this Quick Look, we're highlighting Moably Mobile Website Builder. The developer describes Moably Mobile Website Builder as Moably's first product, a mobile website builder, lets anyone create a mobile version of their website and blog with no coding required. For free. Five easy steps using Moably's Mobile Web App Builder will produce a quality mobile website and blog.
How To Discover New Apps With Wakoopa
Can you imagine what a computer would be without any applications? It's a bit like imagining a car without wheels. You've got the basic shell, but without the wheels you can't really do anything. It's a bit like that with a computer and its applications. Yes, you can use the computer, but you can't really use it to its full potential.
No matter which operating system you run, there's usually an app out there for everything. I know the feeling that once you've bought a new computer (or especially if you are migrating across to another operating system), you'll want to get downloading as many applications as possible so you can get the best out of your computer. The question is, though, which ones do you download? Do you have to trawl through those endless "The Top 50…" lists to find a couple of applications you want to download?
How about a web app to help you find new apps for your favorite platform?
Pottermore Brings a Whole New Dimension to the World of Harry Potter
I have a confession to make; I am a huge Harry Potter fan. This may not be too surprising if you know I'm a pretty big nerd. What may be more surprising is I just got into it within the last two years, so I had some catching up to do. But once I read all of the books and saw all of the movies, I wanted more. I started reading interviews with JK Rowling and other websites and came to find that the Harry Potter World is a very well thought out and immersive one with endless depth to the characters. Fans (myself included) wanted a resource where we could tap into that world.
Pottermore gives us that.
Cohuman: Project Management Done Differently
When it comes to web-based task and project management apps, the Web is literally overflowing with them. You've got the choice between a huge range of different ones all designed to promote greater integration within businesses and generally help towards a more productive workflow. I recently looked at yaM and Podio, which both boast a wide range of features and are pretty impressive tools to help businesses collaborate.
The only problem with these kinds of project managers is that they tend to be geared towards high-end business users and tend to over-complicate themselves with features that are wasted on the average Joe such as your author here. I'm a techie, so the more complicated things are the better they will stand out with me but for most people, these advanced features can be a bit overwhelming. Think of startup companies, who don't want to blow their IT budget on one program and who want simple collaboration tools that lets everyone in the office know exactly what they are working on.
Enter cohuman. It is, like many others in its category, a web-based task management app but there's a spark of insight woven into the program that makes it easy to use yet still retaining some mighty features. Cohuman has recently being bought out by Mindjet, a company that develops visualisation solutions such as mind-mapping software for both Windows and Mac. You'd think that this is a marriage made in heaven, wouldn't you?
Well, let's take a look at cohuman to see whether this marriage is eternal, or if it is already on the rocks…
Engage Your Students Effectively with Socrative
Students and teachers have either the most simplistic or the most complex systems at their disposal when it comes learning online. Case in point: simplistic video conference solutions and elaborate Learning Management Systems. Given that the subject matter is already hard for many, trying and spending time to understanding a new tool that helps them learn is an extra burden.
They could use a solution that is somewhere in the middle. Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Like always, I'm gonna take it for a test drive, would you like to join me?
AirDropper: Kill FTP and Let Anyone Send Files to Your Dropbox
Posted: 27 Oct 2011 08:00 PM PDT
When Travis “KingDog” King announced the Envato Zoo on the forums a few months ago, ThemeForest author Ivor Padilla was quick to respond. He posted his clean and very brown desktop screenshot, featuring Pasquale’s “the world wide bear”. To add a taste of ThemeForest legitimacy, Ivor has MAMP PRO running.
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