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As we bid adieu to 2008, let’s looks at some useful web applications
that really made an impact. All these apps are available online for
free and require no installation.

The Best Free Web Apps for 2008
1. Zamzar – Your cell phone records video in 3gp format but Windows
Media Player cannot play these files. Your client has sent a document
in Office 2007 format but you don’t have the software to read it. What
you therefore need is Zamzar, an online service that can convert
images, videos, audio and documents from one format to another without
downloading any software.

2. Spypig – This is an email tracking service that will send you a
notification as soon as someone opens your email. SpyPig works with web
based email (like Gmail, Yahoo!) as well as desktop email clients like
Outlook and Thunderbird.

3. – This is like a light version of Adobe Photoshop
that’s both free and requires no installation. You also get 2GB of
storage space for saving those editing photographs online plus there’s
a mobile version of available for Windows Mobile.

4. Sumo Paint - While image editing apps like Photoshop Express or
Picnik offer almost everything to edit your photographs online, a
limitation with these tools is that you cannot use them to create new
images from scratch. That’s where Sumo Paint enters the frame.

5. Skydrive – This is an online storage service from Microsoft where
you can store files, photos and documents forever for free. You get 25
GB of storage space and the size limit per file is 50 MB.

6. Wakoopa – You have seen social networks for senior citizens, for
women, for pets, for toddlers and so on but Wakoopa is different - it’s
a social network for software. The service tracks software and web apps
that you frequently use and then recommends other software programs
that are popular in your social circle.

7. Screen Toaster - You can record all your on-screen activity with
Screen Toaster without downloading any software. When you hit the Stop
button, the recorded video clip with auto-upload to the web and the
quality is pretty good. See some more online screencasting apps.

8. Posterous – Posterous may look like another Tumblr style
micro-blogging platform but it’s actually the best cross-publishing
platform on the web. You can use the service to write blog posts,
publish photos, uploaded video or even send tweets - all through a
simple email message.

9. Truveo – Not exactly a web app but this search engine from AOL lets
you find and play videos from all over the web including YouTube,
MySpace, Metacafe, and other video sharing sites. Truveo also
indexes video clips from news and entertainment websites.

10. Joongel - If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on
Google, use Joongel as it will help you search other web properties
from one convenient interface. Joongel works with blogs, images, social
websites and more.

11. Iterasi – Web pages change frequently and some of your favorite
websites may not even exist after few months. Iterasi will help you
save an exact copy of web pages in a click so even if the original
website goes down, you’ll still have all the stuff to read.

12. RescueTime - This will help you understand how you spend your time
on the computer and the Internet. There’s no need for you to enter any
data manually as all time tracking is done behind-the-scenes

13. - This service lets you interact with blogging sites and
social networks through SMS, IM clients, desktop apps or the good
old-email. Just send a message to and your current status will
be updated simultaneously across all the different social networks.

14. Meebo – If you have friends using multiple IM clients, you’ll find
Meebo pretty useful. This is a web based IM client that lets you
connect with friends on Google Talk, Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger and
other popular IM clients from a central location without downloading

15. Animoto – Slideshows are boring so Animoto turns your pictures into
very interesting videos (or should I say movie trailers). The final
video is produced in widescreen format and the quality is extremely

16. InstaCalc - This is an interesting mix of an calculator and a
spreadsheet application much better than your default Windows
calculator. Instacalc also supports unit conversion and you can embed
the calculations in web pages while maintaining the interactivity.

17. Live Mesh – Mesh is a must-have service for people who work across
multiple computers. Just add some folders to Mesh from one computer and
access that content from anywhere else. Other than cloud storage, Mesh
also offers remote desktop capabilities with copy-paste support. Also
see comparison of Mesh with Live Sync.

This article was originally written for HT (PDF) so there may be some
overlap between this list and the Essential Guide for Computer Newbies
that I shared yesterday.

Most Useful Web Applications for 2008 - Digital Inspiration

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