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Web Apps You Want To Know About, pt 2 of 3

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

Google’s new Chrome OS will use web apps exclusively. Here is a continuation of my favorite FREE web apps.

Grammar Checker

I could have learned grammar when I was younger, but I was lazy. I may not have learned grammar, but I did find Whitesmoke’s Free Online Grammar Checker to identify and correct my grammatical blunders.

Jotti’s Malware Scan

I have used Jotti’s online scan for years. There are times when I have wanted to test a file I downloaded from the internet. Jotti scans have helped me to avoid opening tainted Windows files.

“Jotti’s malware scan is a free online service that enables you to scan suspicious files with several anti-virus programs…Keep in mind that no security solution offers 100% protection, not even when it uses several anti-virus engines.”

Note – “There is a 15MB limit per file.”

Keepvid

I use Keepvid all the time. Keepvid is a web service that saves online videos to your own computer. You can save the video files in either flv or mp4 format.

So the next time you see a Youtube or Google video you would like to save to your hard drive try Keepvid.

Note – I use VLC Player as my primary media player. It’s a very good cross-platform software which plays music and videos in computers running OSX, Windows or Linux.


Lovely Charts

Mind-mapping is great sometimes, but other time you need to have a diagram to clarify and connect ideas in a logical way. Lovely Charts would not have been my name for a web app you’ld like both women and men to utilize, but this is a solid web app.

“Diagrams are great, because they are a very simple and extremely efficient way to intelligibly represent even the most complex ideas.”

Mozy

I use but never fully trust computers. I backup my hard drives regularly. I also like the convenience of having an off-site backup. This web app provides me with an unobtrusive backup option which automatically uploads my critical files into it’s FREE 2 GB of storage. All I can attest to is this: the one time I needed Mozy to backups to work, it did.

Note: I use two very reliable backup programs to backup my hard drives.

SyncBack Freeware syncs my Windows PCs.

SuperDuper! backups my Mac.

PDF to Word

I use the fantastic OSX program Skim to open PDFs and copy and paste their contents into documents. I don’t know of a free program like Skim for Windows. I like the web app PDF to Word to convert PDFs into either .doc or .rtf formats. I have not uses these features but their web site explains that PDF to Word also works with “Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect.”

Picnik

Recently I was having trouble editing a photo. I had heard of Picnik so I tried it. “Picnik is photo editing awesomeness, online, in your browser. It’s the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos.”

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