Web Applications for cheapskates

I know some people prefer to buy desktop single purpose applications. I certainly do. But others discover ‘neat’ or ‘cute’ or ‘kewl’ web apps that mimic some of the functionality of their desktop brethren. What is out there? What can you use that’s free? Or is there truly no free lunch.

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I wonder if there are any readers out there they may have experience using these web applications for doing work or even for recreational computing purposes? You see some people just want to have fun and kill time on their computers.

Jing – screenshot, or short movie maker – mini version of camtasia mostly used for desktop recording. You record yourself performing some action on the computer and Jing will capture video frames of where you go, what you select and what you type in to accomplish those steps within the application. Then it dumps that out to a movie file you can link to on the Internet, for all to see.

Picnik – online photo editing through a web page. It can link up to a photosharing account you may already have like Flickr. There are lots of special effects filters and tools for cropping and adjusting the color balance and exposure of your pictures. You can add text or change captions for the pictures you have on a photosharing website.

Dvolver – animation maker, but not just any animation. This is the kind of junk you see at Hallmark dot com for making greeting cards or birthday cards to send to people in email. I’m not terribly impressed, but I’m sure it will absolutely knock the socks of my co-workers.

Gabbly – chat tool to use on web sites, or better yet,  Simply type gabbly.com/ in front of a webpage’s URL, you will be able to chat with anyone visiting the page at the same time! For example, to chat on CNN.com, just visit ‘gabbly.com/cnn.com‘ in your browser. You’ll see the CNN website with the Gabbly Chat window floating on top.

Author: carpetbomberz

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