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The AppStorm team have been hard at work again. Here is a huge bunch of great free apps and web services they covered.
Sonora: For When iTunes Is Overkill
I love iTunes. As Apple’s native music player and iOS powerhouse command station, it is unlikely that anything will ever wholly replace iTunes for me. It’s an integrated hub for surfing the iTunes music store, buying iOS apps, making playlists, the Ping network (even though it’s somewhat barren), managing the media and content on my iPhone and iPad, and more. But in spite of my love for iTunes, I will be the first to admit that with a music library the size of mine, it can be a bit slow, unwieldy, and bloated when all I want to do is play some tunes.
When I began reading up on Sonora, a beta-phase app coded by Indragie Karunaratne and designed by Tyler Murphy, I was impressed with the obvious target niche that Sonora was appealing to. At the risk of sounding “scoff-y”, independently developed music players rarely appeal to me because they so often claim to be an iTunes replacement–which, for the reasons listed in the above paragraph, is unlikely for me. Sonora, on the other hand, markets itself as a companion player, humbly leaving the heavy lifting of music purchases and iOS management to iTunes and providing a lightweight player for the express purpose of playing music. Hit the jump to read more about Sonora.
Winamp: Feel The Power of Music
Choosing a media player – a music player, to be precise – for a Mac is a no brainer. iTunes is the crowd favorite and has the chops to entertain both an audiophile and the casual listener. Despite becoming bloated and unduly heavy over the years, iTunes is more or less the default audio player for the Mac ecosystem. Even folks who are die hard Windows users and those who don’t own an iOS device also are fans of iTunes.
But as I just alluded to, iTunes is a tad bulky and lacks the advanced features of a full fledged media player. The choice of full blown music players for Mac are pretty thin when compared to any other vertical. Winamp hardly needs an introduction. For more than a decade, it ruled the roost as the popular media player for Windows.
Winamp for Mac is a free download and promises to offer the same powerful featureset it is known for. Is it awesome enough to replace iTunes? Read on to find out!
Quick Look: getta!Table
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting getta!Table. The developer describes getta!Table as a restaurant deal site on Facebook showcasing deals and specials for great local restaurants. getta!Table allows restaurants to offer deals directly on their Facebook fan page.
Decide: Right Price At The Right Time
The price of electronics are constantly changing, sometimes every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I don’t know about you, but I want to make sure I get a good price for something that I am buying. But not only that, I want to make sure that the product I am buying is of good quality and one that will last me a little while. After all, it’s always frustrating to buy a new gadget, only to see it’s outdated the next day!
When you feel like you can’t keep up with the industry enough to know when you should buy a new gadget, sometimes you’ll need a little help. This is where a website like Decide comes in to play, a one stop shop for all your electronic buying needs.
Set and Keep Goals for Healthy Eating with Everyday.io
It’s that time of year .. we all have some sort of resolution, and I’m sure there’s some statistic out there that shows the overwhelming number of folks who pledge to eat better, or diet, or cut back on sugar or some sort of food-related resolution. Striking out on your own with just the general goal of “eating better” is a treacherous route and probably not all that attainable. Maybe you’ve been a little more concrete in your resolution, pledging to cut back on processed foods, or eat more organic produce.
If that’s the situation you find yourself in, everyday.io is the app for you! This app tracks your meals, but instead of focusing on the number of calories you’re taking in, it lets you focus on certain goals, a few of which are cutting back on processed foods and eating more organic produce. If you’re interested in goals for healthy eating, keep on reading.
re.vu: A Resumé for the 21st Century
As anyone who has hunted for a job before will know, applying for a job can be a long and frustrating process. After you’ve searched around for your ideal job and matched up your qualifications to their requirements, you then have to go about tailoring your resumé and cover letter to suit the position, filling out endless application forms and answering open-ended questions such as, “What would you bring to this company?” and “Give me an example where you have demonstrated leadership skills”. I’ve done it for countless internships and part-time jobs for students and I can tell you know, it isn’t fun.
But maybe, just maybe, there might be a tool to speed this monotonous process up? How does an online resumé sound? You may scoff at the idea at first but seeing as most job applications now are done through the Internet, the idea of an online resumé listing all your skills and qualifications doesn’t sound as ridiculous as you may think. Online resumés gives your (potential) future employer a far better picture of you as a person and allows you to tell your life story past your previous work experience, education and any professional qualifications.
re.vu does just this. Its tagline of “Don’t send a resumé. Share your story” seems particularly fitting for just this reason. What’s better is it gives you far greater flexibility as potential employers can interact with your resumé and find out a lot more about you than what is printed on a mere sheet of A4 paper. re.vu is free to sign up for so let’s take a look at it and see whether it will make those job applications that slightly less tedious and, we all hope of course, get you that position you were aiming for.
ZipList: Shopping List Meets Recipe Box
How many times have you come back from a shopping run with a bunch of grocery bags, only to find that you have forgot the items (again) for which you made the trip in the first place? Even when you don’t have a mom or a significant other to yell at your mistake, forgetting items after a shopping run is no less annoying.
If you plan to be a more efficient shopper in the future, try ZipList. The web app lets you create and manage your grocery shopping list, find and save your favorite recipes from across the web, get great savings and share with your entire family. Let’s go take a look.
Frequency: Go Channel Surfing For Your Favorite Videos
More and more people are starting to move away from cable and use their computers and portable devices as means of watching television. I for one, have chosen to “cut the cord”, so to speak, and have never looked back. There are so many other cheaper alternatives out there for getting the information that I want and not having to pay as much as I would with cable.
Frequency is one of those web apps that can help fill the void of depending on cable all the time. Will it completely help me get away from cable? The short answer is no; but if you are looking for other ways to watch your media, it definitely does a good job in that area. Let me show you around to help you to see what I mean.
Subpug: A Beautiful News Feed Reader
If you are a regular reader you should probably know about a major gripe of mine – lack of quality feed reader apps on the web like the ones available for iOS. While remaining loyal to Google Reader for the time being, I am constantly looking out for that one awesome web app that will make me jump a creaking ship.
As and when I find some hopefuls, I never miss a chance to take them for a spin and share the results with our community. Subpug brings all your favourite websites, blogs and news sources into one convenient place. It’s totally free and there’s no need to sign up. You don’t even need to give us your email address. So, is it the feed reader that’s gonna make me ditch the good old Reader?
Making Feedback Make Sense with Influence
No matter what you’re designing, you won’t get it right the first time. Odds are, you won’t get it right the 20th time either. Design is an iterative process. You’ll have to come up with your basic idea, then you’ll have to pick the best way to approach it. Then, you may have several different design ideas for each approach to the app, site, newsletter, or whatever else you’re designing. And then you’ll have different ideas from each of those ideas once you start integrating feedback.
Starting to feel like you need something to pull it all together? That’s where Zurb’s newest app, Influence, comes in.
Hopper: Simple Copy and Paste to the Web
Sometimes I come across an app and think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of this before?” Usually these apps are simple, easy to use, and take no time to learn at all. They are ones that I use all the time to do everyday tasks.
Hopper is one of those that fits this description. It is so simple, yet can be so effective for me. It is a lightweight web application that you can use as a place to store a variety of different things.
Drag-and-Drop Task Management with Pegby
Every day, lots of new websites and apps are popping up around the internet with one sole purpose: to help the everyday person of today manage the things they need to do. These are often generally carbon copies of each other and by there being so many variations of the simple to-do app, it can be confusing for most of us to know which one to use.
A new contender in this field is Pegby. It takes its own unique stance on getting stuff done and offers a radically different type of system than has been seen in most other GTD apps that grace the internet. You can read on to find out more about this exciting app!
Content Managed Simply with GatherContent
If you’re a developer or designer, chances are you’ve worked on a project where knowing the type of content the client will want to add is crucial to the design or development process. Emails are sent around containing the content but it can be incredibly difficult to keep it all managed, especially if that content isn’t final and subject to change in the foreseeable future. If only there were a system where content could be managed easily by both parties and kept in a manner that is convenient for both.
This is where GatherContent comes in. It offers an easy way for developers and clients alike to manage the content that will comprise the website while the website itself is still being developed. Read on to find out more.
Chill: Come Over and Watch Something
Chill. Most everyone has used the word before, generally as a verb. ‘Wanna chill?’ is a fairly vague question, but there’s a general understanding that you’re going to be spending time with the people that you care about, enjoying some form of media, and sharing the experience with the people that you know.
Chill is bringing this to the web as a place for you to share and watch videos with the people that you choose to follow. There’s enough to do on the Web that requires some thought; it’s about time to chill and catch up on some videos.
Wunderkit Beta: A Beautiful Task Management System
Last year, we saw the rise of a startup company that began with the simple idea that everyone needs a way to remember, organize, and prioritize what they want to get done. They took that idea, and built an app called Wunderlist that was both beautiful and functional. However, the company, 6Wunderkinder, knew that they could take that idea a step further, and began to work on a bigger product: Wunderkit.
Wunderkit has been carefully designed by the team at 6Wunderkinder, and over the past year as they’ve released updates to Wunderlist, they’ve also been working away at designing Wunderkit. It’s finally in private beta, and we’ve been able to get in and try out out. Keep reading to see our first impressions of Wunderkit.
Mobile Sommelier: The App For Wine Enthusiasts
Wine is an extremely old beverage, renowned throughout the world. There’s also a great variety of wine types, some of which match better with certain meats, others with certain cheeses or pastas — who knows! There are so many options and combinations, knowing them all requires a master’s degree. Well, not really, although being no expert means you won’t always pick the right wine for the right occasion. If you have no idea what the difference between “Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Syrah” is, or would like some help next time you’re buying a wine bottle, this app might be for you.
Fab: Design Inspiration
Having good taste can be expensive. Cost and quality rise at the same rate, and the old adage of “you get what you pay for” remains true. It’s easy to settle for sub-par based on our budgets, but what if you could get some well-designed, quality goods for less than their usual cost?
That’s where Fab comes in. Fab is an invitation-only store that offers discounts on designer items, from custom furnaces and shirts to lamps and chairs and everything in between. They recently released their own iPhone application, and we have the full review.
Discover the Latest News with Digg
Social news is still a new idea in the realm of social media. Digg itself only launched into popularity back in 2005. Currently it has lost a lot of attention over to the social news community Reddit, but there are still many loyal diggers cascading down the front page. Along with the attentive v4 redesign we’ve also seen a new iOS app launch.
This release still includes most of the functionality you would expect from Digg. It’s easy to log in and start voting on stories, both popular and trending. Unfortunately, we have also lost a lot of content such as mobile user profiles. So is it worth the download?
Blush for Wine
If you’re curious about wine but have trouble deciding what you want, Blush for Wine makes it super easy to find a wine to pair well with a meal, to give as a perfect gift, to make a hit at a social event, or to relax you after a long day.
The app guides you through the selection process using just a few questions, beginning with the occasion and ending with your budget. Then it delivers results that perfectly match your mood and criteria. Could it get any easier? Click through to learn more about how to find wines you absolutely love.
Animoto: Making Photo Slideshows a Breeze
Now that my wife and I have our first child, we are taking tons of pictures of him and showing them off to friends and family. But the plain old slideshow just gets a little boring sometimes, and I want to be able to spice them up a bit. I could use iMovie, but I was intrigued by Animoto and the ease of use of their mobile app.
For those of you that don’t know, Animoto started off as a way to create easy slideshows of your pictures through a web based interface. Over time, they grew and got more and more popular and launched an iPhone app which really wasn’t much, but this past Dec, they launched 2.0 and it came with some great improvements.
Authentic Jobs: Get Hired Today
I don’t need to tell you that finding a job can be hard. With our economy shrinking by the day and our forced competition with people across the world, finding a decent job that will allow you to support yourself continues to grow difficult. Thankfully, people smarter than myself have thought about this and are doing their best to help us find work.
Authentic Jobs is one such example. Built by Cameron Moll, Authentic Jobs is a job board for creative professionals, connecting prospective employers with a large pool of talented and passionate job hunters. Authentic Jobs has just released their iPhone app, and we’ve got a full review today.
Introduce Yourself with Evernote Hello
You’re at another conference. You hate these things because you’ve always got to try to pretend like you’re having a good time, even with the knowledge that your boss expects you to meet and expand your network of contacts. As you reach for what appears to be a shrimp cocktail made of some vegetable you’ve never seen before, you hear, “Hello, I’m Jan. What’s your name?”
These types of introductions happen all the time, whether you’re at a conference or just hanging with your friends. Problem is, sometimes it’s easy to forget who you met and when, and that loses you the contact in the process. Evernote Hello looks to solve that problem by giving you a fun and intuitive way to record those interactions, and then syncs those notes with your Evernote account. Is it worth the download? Let’s go meet some people after the jump.
Denso: Personalised Video Channels
As much as the iPad is touted as a great portable content creation device, it still makes a stellar video player. In fact, I watch more video content on my iPad than any other device, including my TV, and most of that comes from independent sources like YouTube channels and blogs.
Denso is a video consumption, discovery and organisation app, allowing you to watch content from more than 250 different sources from around the web, all in one place. With Denso, you can subscribe to channels of content to be watched back in a continuous, auto-playing playlist and even downloaded to be watched later. Read on to see just how good it is!
Courtside: Dribbble on Your iPad
Dribble is a truly special website. It doesn’t really do anything, it just shows out-of-context designs uploaded by the designers themselves, snippets of logos and interfaces.
Despite this, it is one of the most captivating sites out there due to the sheer beauty of the content. While it may not be of much material use, Dribbble is a great source of inspiration – impacting our lives and work indirectly.
Courtside is a free iPad app which connects to Dribbble and shows you the latest/best content from the site – iPad style. But, is it any good?
Dropbox: Same Great Service, Shiny New App
Dropbox is actually something we’ve covered quite a bit here on AppStorm; most of us use this great service on our computers as well as on our phones. A recent update to Dropbox completely overhauled the app on Android so I thought it was the perfect time to write a review on it: people not already using Dropbox get to hear about it, and current users of Dropbox get to find out what’s new.
If you don’t use Dropbox yet, or have never heard of it please read on – it’s one of the most useful apps I have.
I use Dropbox on a daily basis, and was pleased to find new features that are especially useful for people like me. I find Dropbox so useful I even used it for this post: it’s the easiest way to get screenshots from my phone to my laptop.
I always thought that the Dropbox app for Android lacked the engineered quality of the desktop apps and even the website, it was a pain to use at times and didn’t even look like it was made by the same company. But now, the added features and polish have solved these problems.
Google Wallet Makes Payments Truly Mobile
One of the features of the Galaxy Nexus that I was most excited for was the inclusion of a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip. NFC allows devices in close proximity (very close: about 7 inches) to send information to each other. This can work for just about anything; v-cards, directions, websites, apps, and even money. I think with wide-spread adoption, NFC could be the next big thing; but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. For today, I’m going to review Google’s flagship app for NFC, Google Wallet.
Google Wallet is an app that allows you to pay right from your phone using NFC. Simply open the app and (after entering your PIN) tap your phone on any MasterCard Paypass receiver to make a payment.
PicsArt Photo Studio: A Complete Photo Editing Tool
When anyone thinks of editing a photo, whether to retouch it or to add special effects, the first name that comes to mind is Adobe Photoshop. But while the desktop version is a powerful and popular industry standard, the mobile version does not live up to the same standard, in my opinion.
Don’t get frustrated; you will get what you need. PicsArt is a mobile app with abundant photoshop-style features that you’ll want to try out.
PicsArt Photo Studio is a free Photo Editing Tool available for the Android Devices running Android 1.6 or above. Despite being free, it bundles a lot of features that even some premium apps lack. With a great user experience on top of all that, this app is a great choice for photo addicts.
Viber Provides Free and Easy Calls and Messages
Viber is a fresh, new, and easy-to-use take on VoIP calling from your Android device. It allows you to call and text anyone free and clear anywhere on the globe as long as you both have the Viber app and a data or Wi-Fi connection. With more than 40 million users on both Android and iPhone, Viber remains completely free and without advertising. While VoIP from a mobile device is not a new concept and is a crowded field to be in, Viber is still able to stand out. This is because of its design, implementation, and the fact that you just can’t beat free.
Mozilla Thunderbird: The Wholesome Email Client
No matter how fast the web and the web app ecosystem is progressing, people still love their desktop apps. A major chunk of them love to use desktop email clients and some even pay good money for bloated versions of Microsoft Outlook. There could be many reasons for a person to opt for a desktop email client – store their mails locally, access multiple inboxes simultaneously, a GUI for their own mail server among other things.
All of them are valid reasons and add a bit of calendering to it, you have got one perfect system at your disposal even when your Internet connection goes down. From Outlook Express that is bundled with Windows to premium apps like Postbox, the choices are plenty. Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a tried and tested client and after the break, let us take a look at its features.
Frictionless Login and Account Management with Dashlane
Let’s face it: creating secure passwords and actually remembering those darn things are mutually exclusive. And most people, understandably, choose one thing or the other leading to a net loss of usability and security.
Developers saw this niche and started creating applications that take care of your credentials for you. And to take it a step forward, most even do automatic form filling for you — a boon with those long winded, unusable forms you see on most checkouts.
Dashlane is a new entrant into this arena. Can it dethrone the incumbents? Let’s find out!