Free video calling, recording & messaging – No Downloads

Conduct live video calls, record & email video messages, chat with others – using Snapyap

Online video communications app that offers the ability to conduct live video calls, record video messages, & send/receive video emails without the need to download any thing or install any special hardware.  The apps interface and platform is well designed and straightforward as possible, requiring only a webcam and an Internet connection.  Registration is free and you will be asked to create a username. The platform will assign you a unique URL (from your username) which will assist you when setting up connections with others.

The video chat component makes it easy to instantly connect with friends, family members, and colleagues from anywhere in the world as the process is conducted right from the users web browser.

Video calling – initiate video calls (like Skype) with other snapyap users as the app makes it easy to identify which of your ‘contacts’ are logged in and available. You can also search for other users by typing their username or email address and pressing the ‘Dial button’ which functions like an Internet video phone without the need to download anything.  The app will also provide a couple of different sizes of a ‘call me button’ that you can place on your website or blog for others to contact you.

Video emails – record a video message and surprise someone with more than text in your next email.  This component is free and does not require you or any of your recipients to download any video email software to view. There is no limit on the amount of video mail that you can send or receive and your recipients DO NOT need to be registered members to open, view, or listen to your messages.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Web-based technology – utilizes web browsers
  • Unlimited video chat
  • Unlimited video calls
  • Unlimited video emails
  • Offers free “call me button/logo”
  • No downloading for anyone
  • No installation (Adobe Flash required)

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration – create username for URL
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation for the App (Adobe Flash is needed)
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)

This is a very clean and user-friendly app for connecting with friends and colleagues that will work on any operating system and will not require you or other participants to download and install an application to get started.  The app does utilize an Adobe Flash plug-in (which is also free but will not work on your iDevies).  We had to deduct a little in the grade because of the Flash requirement but for a quick and easy way to utilize free video communications, give this app a try.

To give it a try, visit the Snapyap Home Page

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Create and share 3D designs online

3D designs to share, save, print & receive feedback using – Tinkercad

Create your first 3D project within minutes using this free online app thanks to some of the latest web technology which enable the use of a solid modeling CAD service directly in any web browser.

The apps interface is designed to get things done fast and does not require that you have any previous experience (or knowledge) about 3D modeling. The app simplifies the process by providing three basic but powerful tools that allow you to create a wide range of useful designs.

Once your design is completed, you can simply download the STL file and start your 3D print. The app provides the STL format because this is the industry standard file format specifically for 3D printers (accepted universally by different printer software and printing services).

The app also makes it ease for you to share your designs with friends and colleagues.  To begin sharing, simply copy the URL address displayed in your web browser. Send this URL via an email to any number of people (even copy and paste on your website or blog) to show off your design and/or to solicit feedback.  If someone wants to ‘tweak’ your design, all they need to do take and start editing it right on the apps website.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Add material to create outlines, shells and connectors
  • Draw lines to add more material rapidly
  • Remove material from your design to create holes, recessions or grooves
  • Change tool shape to create different marks
  • Align the workplane with existing surfaces
  • Push and pull the workplane to adjust depth and location of operations

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads (will need access to 3D printer)
  • No Installation
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Unlimited designs
  • Share with unlimited users

This app really begins to highlight where the web is going by offering what use to be a very specific and complicated tasks  and offers a free solution to anyone to try and without any prior experience or technical training. Although you still need a specific printer (and software) if you want to print  your finished design in all its glory, this is still a really cool and fun app to learn about 3D projects.  We had to deduct because of the limited export file formats.

To give it a try, visit the Tinkercad Home Page

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Free online music streaming, playlist & sharing

Create multiple playlist, share songs or list and listen to your favorite music on any Internet connected device – Redolf

A free online music player that lets you search for and stream music online for free. If the right kind of music helps you to complete more of your tasks or helps make the time go by, then you should try out this web-based free app.  This is a very basic but powerful online music streaming application that allows you to search for your favorite songs (by title or artist) and allows you to create your own playlist.  You can even create multiple playlist, shuffle, repeat, pause and arrange your songs in any order you like.  Once you have created your playlist(s), you can select to share individual songs as well as your full playlist. Because you don’t even need to register for the site, you will need to make sure to ‘share’ (send) a copy of your playlist link to yourself.

You also have a few settings to enhance your selections, you can include video and HD quality audio.  There is no downloading or plug-ins required and everything is right from your browser and online connection. We tested this application within a strict firewalled internal network and were able to listen and add songs without performing any ‘adjustments’.

Not sure where the app is pulling the songs from or how (or if) they are addressing copy-writing issues.  But this is a very simple and easy-to-use app for creating online playlist and accessing your favorite music on any Internet connected device.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Online music streaming
  • Search songs (by title and/or artist)
  • Setting adjustments and types (audio, lyrics, video, etc)
  • Shuffle, repeat and pause songs in playlist
  • Share individual songs or full playlist
  • Create multiple playlist
  • No plug-in or downloads
  • Works behind firewalls

Summary Review and Grade

  • No Registration
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Copy playlist URL for future reference and to add more songs & playlist
  • Unlimited number of songs and playlists

Not are typical post but as we link to work with music and because this really is a very user-friendly free app, we could not resist.

To give it a try, visit the Redolf Home Page

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