4 Web Apps I would never be without in 2010

Rather than adding to the already bloated post Turkey fest “whats the future of social media in 2010” debate, I thought I would give you some useful apps for 2010 that may help you get some actual work done when you aren’t working out how to set up a Posterous account or taking out a second mortgage to buy the iSlate.

Here are my top 4!

DropBox

http://www.getdropbox.com

For cross syncing files I have found nothing better than Dropbox. Simply install the App on all the machines you work with, Mac or PC (I have this on my Work PC and Home MacBook and the sync is great).

You allocate where you want to put the dropbox folder in your system (mine is in My Documents on my PC and in “Documents” on my Mac) and then carry on using the folder as you would any other on your system. Whenever you save a file to the folder Dropbox checks for a internet connection and begins syncing to the free 2GB disk space (more available if you pay for an upgrade). Then when you log into any other machine with your Dropbox account installed the app auto updates that folder.

No more version issues, no more emailing yourself files or losing USB sticks (my personal faux-pas)

Evernote

http://www.evernote.com

I know most people will be totally aware of Evernote, but for those of you who aren’t in their own words:

Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.”

It’s worth noting that the new Evernote extension for Google Chrome (BETA) is one of the better web clipping plug ins i have seen. I am also running Evernote desktop on my PC at the office and at home on my Mac, both of which Sync well.

The iPhone App is still a little buggy for my liking, but is a useful way of storing photos if you are not a Posterous user or Flickr fanatic.

SnagIt

http://snagit.com

Snagit doesn’t really fit into the web-app category, but its an app I found on the web, and wouldn’t be without, so is worth of inclusion here.

SnagIt does something that we are all familiar with “Print Screen” – but far better. With the ability to grab screenshots of whole web pages, preserving links and scrolling items, or just specific areas of a screen with the particularlly neat “zoom and magnify” effect, this is well worth it for all your powerpoint whores out there!

Focus Booster

http://www.focusboosterapp.com

A new one to my desktop, this anti-procrastination app is revolutionising my worklife. Based on the “Pomodoro Technique” (more on that here: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com ), this sleek little timer sets the mind to work as you see the 25 minutes counting down, before auto-ticking over to a 5 min break period as you dash to make a cuppa before the next session begins. Highly Recommended.

These are my fave’s – let me know yours here! or tweet me @jamespoulter with recommendations!


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7 responses to “4 Web Apps I would never be without in 2010

  1. I’ve just installed ‘Focus Booster’! Couldn’t agree more with with regarding the other 4. Great post James!

  2. Yeah drop box is really useful but how come I can only count 4?

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  5. Hi,

    I’m Lauren from Springpad. Since I saw that you were posting about your experience using Evernote, I thought I’d let you know about Springpad (http://springpadit.com) which is similar to Evernote in that you can upload any notes or clip websites and access all your stuff online or on your phone. But, we take it a step further by putting all the info you store to work for you in our free apps. For example, you can save recipes from any website and then have them all neatly organized in your recipe box (http://springpadit.com/appdirectory/aboutapp/recipebox) and then use our free meal planner app to create a dinner plan and a complete list of ingredients. You can also keep track of all your wine notes (http://springpadit.com/appdirectory/aboutapp/winenotebook), keep a list of restaurants you want to try (http://springpadit.com/appdirectory/aboutapp/restauranttracker) or easily store all your travel plans like confirmation numbers, maps, places to go, etc (http://springpadit.com/appdirectory/aboutapp/tripplanner). You can also set alarms to send emails or text reminders. Other great apps include a budget tracker, a meeting notebook, a holiday gift planner, a date night planner, and other useful tools to help people get organized. Would love to get your feedback.

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