Sync & Share Files – Mobile & on Any OS

Sync files online – across all computers automatically – using DropBox

This is one of our hybrid apps that utilizes software you “install” on a computer(s) but can also utilize via the Internet.  The great thing about the software is that it is Free and works “as is” on any Operating System (Mac, Linux and Windows). Simply install the free software on the computers you regularly use to create files (documents, images, videos, etc). The application will automatically create a DropBox folder on your computer(s). Next time you create a file and you want to make sure that you can gain access to the information from anywhere, simply place the new document, image, video, etc in your DropBox folder. All files in this folder will automatically be kept in sync across ALL of your computers that you have installed the DropBox application.  You can also access all of your DropBox files from any computer (even without installing) via an Internet connection. Your synced files are automatically uploaded to the DropBox secured website.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Syncing Files & Backup – 2GB of online storage for FREE – up to 100GB available to paying customers.  Sync files of any size or type.  Automatically Syncs – new files or any changes detected.
  • Work on files when offline – if you’re offline, your changes sync once your computer has an Internet connection again.
  • Grant File Access – Allow several people to collaborate and work in real-time or create Public Folders.
  • Access Control –  designate users that can access your shared folders (including ability to kick people out and remove the shared files from their computers).
  • Share Photos – Create shareable online photo galleries.
  • Online Backup– automatically back up files online, undelete files and folders, restore previous versions of your files, 30 days of undo history (unlimited undo with paid option).
  • Search – your entire Dropbox for files or examine your “Recent Events” feed showing a summary of activity.
  • Mobile Device Access– The free mobile app lets you view and download files, take photos & videos and sync them to your Dropbox, and to share your files via links with others.

Summary Review and Grade

  • Registration Required – Free, requires an email and you create a password so that you can gain access to all your files while you are on any computer via any browser
  • Download – Free software, install on any computers you use to create/edit files
  • Installation Required – only to sync, create and edit – you can view and download your files from any computer without installing
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • 2GB Free online storage and up to 100GB for paid options
  • Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected
  • Access files via mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry)

We had to deduct because of our grading policy on Installation and Downloading but this is one of our favorite hybrids because you can use the same application on any Operating system and still gain full access via the Internet and any browser. A great application to utilize if you are regularly working on different computers (work, home desktop, laptop).

Brief Video Demo Below:

To give it a try, visit the Dropbox Home Page

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Online Photo, Audio & Visual Effects Editor

Full-Service Digital Editor – with Aviary

“Make the world’s creation accessible”is the mission statement of this highlighted Internet App which offers a free full-set of image and audio editing tools that is packed with features, guides and a community of users.  The site serves as a complete online digital editing application to manipulate photos and images, or create your own.

The website features many tutorials that offers user-friendly, basic guides, videos and graphic displays to illustrate how to use the different applications while highlighting the many features of each.

Aside from creating your works as a means to promote ideas, products, etc you can also find or create groups with others using the applications with similar interest, share your works and/or build from the work shared by others.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Image Editor – from basic image retouching to complex effects, edit images, work with layers, import from popular photo-sharing sites (Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, etc)
  • Audio Editor – remix music and audio clips, apply sound effects and record your own voice or musical instruments, import your own audio files, or search their libraries, export completed project to your desktop
  • Visual Laboratory – experiment with pixel-based images, effects, combine terrains, patterns, and more
  • Vector Editor – create fully scalable vector art logos or T-shirt designs
  • Image Markup – capture images and web pages from your browser, crop, resize or mark them up; screen grab, resize, rotate and crop images (upload to your website or blog or use for presentations or designs)
  • Simple Visual Markup– draw arrows, rectangles, text and doodles on any image (adjust colors, outlines and size)
  • Get Social – chat with members, invite your friends or create a following of you own

Summary Review and Grade

  • No Registration Required – but if you want to save images online you need to register for free)
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers – (best on Chrome and Firefox because of added extensions)
  • No Technical Experience Necessary – (users with digital experience will find this app easier to use than beginners)
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Many tutorial and guides available

Only a slight deduction because of the browser limitation and additional extensions only for Chrome and Firefox.  This really is an amazing set of tools to have at your disposal, access your creative projects from any computer from anywhere in the world and it is ALL FREE. You own any of the images you create and no watermarks are displayed. Please take a look at this feature-rich application the next time you need a creative presentation or design project planned.

To give it a try, visit the Aviary Home Page

Brief Demo Video Below


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Create & Share Spreadsheets with Anyone on Any Operating System

Upload, Create, Share Spreadsheets – using EditGrid

Unlimited web-based spreadsheets that can be viewed and edited using any computer on any operating system. Full access to everything via your web-browser and No need to download and convert the spreadsheet using your computer-installed program.  You can share and provide specific rights (Read-only, Read-Write, etc) with Unlimited number of team members. You can even send your spreadsheets to others and allow them to edit without any need for them to register for an account!  You can decide to keep your spreadsheets private, allow access via an email to others, or make public and receive a URL to post on your website or blog. You can also create Community spreadsheets as a template for others to us or build-upon (much like an Open Source concept), ask for feedback or suggestions from others utilizing the Community or take one of the hundreds of spreadsheets already created and use or enhance.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Create your spreadsheet online or Upload from your computer
  • Access your data from anywhere on any computer
  • Keep private or share with others
  • Share and discuss with your team (chat program if others are members)
  • Create Unlimited number of spreadsheets
  • Share with Unlimited number of users
  • Set access rights (read-only, read-write, etc)
  • Send to Others without requiring account registration
  • Auto Save – loss of power, forgetting to select save- the system automatically saves for you
  • Access to Community spreadsheets (templates)
  • Chat with others (to chat – others need to register)
  • Auto-save edits
  • Receive edit notifications

Summary Review and Grade

  • Registration Required to Create and Upload – not for others to view/edit
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Cell values and mathematical formulas are uploaded automatically

We REALLY like EditGrid as a web-based spreadsheet service because you can send to others to edit or view without requiring that they register for an EditGrid account (this is different from Zoho and Google Docs which require user accounts before someone can contribute or edit). Another aspect we like is that EditGrid automatically “captures” any specific cell values, mathematical formulas, etc when you select to upload a spreadsheet you created from your computer.

As with similar web-based spreadsheet programs, you can select to receive notifications when your collaborators are online or when when your spreadsheet is edited. Any edits are in “real-time” and you have full-view and edit from any browser. Continue using the link URL link even after changes have been made so that your viewers and contributors always have access to the latest updates/changes. Next time you are working on a spreadsheet project, think about exploring EditGrid.

To give it a try, visit the EditGrid Home Page

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