Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Bookmark This! October 28, 2008 posted by

Mixwit – the media playground

Think of Mixwit as an online mixtape on steroids and you’ll probably be close. Not only can you create an online playlist to share with your friends using some super simple drag and drop stuff, but you’ll also get the chance to show off your artistic tendencies by uploading artwork too. Neat. But do we need any more of these applications after this…? Prolly not.  It’s your mix, so make something unique. Add pictures, photos, artwork, drawings… Anything you want….


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Cool Web Apps & Sites October 22, 2008 posted by

Moviestorm – find some direction

Moviestorm is a do-it-yourself package for creating 3D animated CGI movies. The free starter kit kicks you off with the movie creation studio, some generic people, sets and props. Build your sets, furnish and light them and start reliving your fave scenes from movies or strike out and be the director you’ve always wanted. You have full control over your virtual studio, put people and props wherever you like, record lines for your characters to deliver or if you prefer…


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Moviestorm – find some direction
Awesome October 17, 2008 posted by

Spotify – the free music war is over, and we won…

OK, so today I’m going to declare it. The free music war is over, we won, the RIAA and music industry dinosaurs are licked. Forget all the stuff still going on in the courts, the RIAA press releases, they’re all smoke screen. It’s done, folks. Music is free. The battle is now about who controls the access and how it’s monetized, and that’s a completely different thing. The reason for my, some would say foolish, pronouncement is Spotify, which is a…


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Bookmark This! October 14, 2008 posted by

Quicken Online for free – veteran personal finance gets the Web 2.0 treatment

Free Quicken Online is a new web version of the veteran personal finance package. Actually the new bit is the fact that it’s free, since the program has been online for a while. It comes with security encryption safeguards, connectivity with major US banks and is iPhone compatible too, which will please the black roll-neck brigade. Be aware, however, that the value of your bank can go down as well as up. This has been a public service announcement.  Protecting critical…


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Bookmark This! September 17, 2008 posted by

FairSoftware – start your own online business

FairSoftware is a new business portal to help people set up online service businesses like software developers, web designers and web publishers. The idea is you sign up, list your project and find collaborators to invest time and skills, after which you can set up an online store to sell your stuff as well. In return for their help in setting up, finding colleagues, offering legal infrastructure and a shopping cart, you pay a 9.9% fee which seems reasonable. Of…


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Awesome September 15, 2008 posted by

Snappages – free online website creator goes all beautiful Web 2.0 on our heads…

Snappages is a gorgeous free online website creator and editor, which goes waaaay beyond your conventional services by offering some really cool editing features, so you can actually create sites that look….gasp….modern and hip. The editor is clean and simple, and although the developer has deliberately restricted the amount of customisation you can do in order to keep things under control, there are enough variations to keep most people happy. I especially liked the ability to customise a theme separately to…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites September 11, 2008 posted by

Instablogs – start spreading the news

Unless you’ve been living on the sun, chances are you’ve noticed that the traditional news media is being dragged kicking and screaming into a new age. News is being gathered via people on the ground via text messages and mobile phone photos. Events like the London tube bombings, the recent cyclone in Burma and the New York steam explosion are bringing readers much closer to the event than was ever possible before. Instablogs is a news aggregation website that combines…


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Instablogs – start spreading the news
Cool Web Apps & Sites September 3, 2008 posted by

YoYo Games – an online game making community

Nigel first blogged about Game Maker , the free game designing software, way back in 2003. Well a lot has happened in 5 years. The Gamemaker engine is now up to version 7 and they’ve made a lot of improvements. Using Game Maker you can now create platform games, first person shooters, third person shooters, massive multiplayer online games and construction/management games like Sim City. The games you can make have also improved allowing you to add 3D models as…


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YoYo Games – an online game making community
Bookmark This! August 26, 2008 posted by

Dolphin Community Builder – build your own Facebook with this open source software

So, you want to play like the big boys, huh? Build yourself an online social network empire like Mr Zuckerberg? Well now you can with the free open source Dolphin Smart Community Builder. It’s an Australian product which seems to offer just about everything you’ll ever need to set up an online community project, apart from the traffic. And some design smarts. The main site seems a little busy in terms of product offerings, but apart from that it looks as…


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Bookmark This! August 20, 2008 posted by

8Tracks – cool Muxtape replacement proves that the music industry keeps losing, stays stupid

So the RIAA has shut down Muxtape? No fear, here’s 8Tracks. And if they shut that down, there’ll be another. And another. And another… There’s something of a pattern here isn’t there? Sigh. Oh and by the way, this is a very cool music sharing application notwithstanding music industry stupidity.  8tracks is a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix. A mix is a short playlist containing at least 30 minutes — roughly 8…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites August 12, 2008 posted by

Monitter – live Twitter monitor lets you browse your life away, one tweet at a time…

Monitter is a new Twitter browser which lets you monitor Twitter for up to three key words at a time. Should you find any of your life left over after squandering it on this innocuous and yet oh so dangerous pastime, then why not embed the thing in a widget on your website too? That way you can spread the infection properly. Oh and did we mention you can limit it geographically too? Marked under ‘scary tech’. Tags: monitter, twitter, online+application


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Bookmark This! August 12, 2008 posted by

Graspr.com – instructional videos done with elegance and style

Graspr is a new video service which provides a platform for anyone to upload their ‘how-to’ videos for the world to share. You want to learn how to skateboard backwards singing the French national anthem? Cool. You want to teach people how to fillet macaroni cheese? No problem. There’s a bunch of these sites out there, and we’ve featured a fair few, but what made us sit up and take notice with this one is the beautifully clean design, and…


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Bookmark This! August 5, 2008 posted by

Widgenie – smart, gorgeous data visualisation tool comes online

Widgenie is one of those sparklingly beautiful single function web applications which make you want to scream with joy. OK, well perhaps that’s a little over the top, but these apps – like wufoo.com and gliffy.com – really do make business applications simple to use in a way that I’ve not seen since the early days of shareware. There’s nothing really rocket science about making charts and tables from spreadsheet or .cvs data, but this app does it all in such a…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites July 18, 2008 posted by

Guideal – psst…fancy becoming a tour guide?

Guideal is an interesting little idea. It’s basically an online portal for amateur and professional tour guides. The idea is to harness the wisdom of the crowds to match those who would like a tour of a location with those who would like to give a tour of their favourite locale. Some of the guides want money, some offer tours on the site for free, but either way you’ve got to love the sentiment.   It’s very early days yet,…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites July 15, 2008 posted by

Jamglue – remixing for the masses

Jamglue. Upload your tracks and play around. Add cool FX, mix and max different tracks, let your imagination run rout/reet/riot. The developers have thrown in all the usual community stuff, as well as a smattering of contest action to keep you engaged as you play away. Not a bad effort really, nice and clean and immediately engaging if you’re into this sort of thing, although I do have a feeling they’re trying just a bit too hard. Ah well, check it out all you LL…


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