Online Applications

Create an organization chart with OrgChartWiki

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Online Applications, Org Chart, Wiki |

Need an organizational chart for your company? You might want to check out Forbes’ new site aptly named OrgChartWiki, where you can create org.charts for your company or take a looksee at a few publicly listed companies such as Google, Motorola, and Microsoft.

The interface is very simple: all you do is pretty much drag and drop. You can also use this site to search within companies employee databases – you’ll be able to pull up their current organizational status. It’s simple, yet oh so super nichey functional.

+ OrgChartWiki [via Digital Inspiration]

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Adobe Photoshop: Online Edition

Posted on March 2, 2007. Filed under: Adobe, Online Applications, Photoshop |

One of the risks of trying to find a niche to build a startup is that the big guys can land on your face at any time. That’s why all of these startups are going to be in serious trouble when Adobe releases a free, ad supported online version of Photoshop in six months.This announcement comes at a time when developers are lavishing attention on Adobe’s Flex platform, particularly in the video editing and sharing space. I think it’s reasonable for startups to question if Adobe will plan on competing with them in areas beyond photo editing. If that’s the case, these startups may not want to spend their time and venture dollars testing out various products, only to have Adobe jump in the middle after all the dirty work is done.

Adobe is both a platform company and an application company. Conflicts are not avoidable.

+ via TechCrunch

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Convert your videos with Mux

Posted on February 4, 2007. Filed under: Codec, Online Applications, Video |

Need to transcode a home video for some reason? You might want to check out Mux.

The process is extremely simple: all you do is point Mux to your video, tell it what kind of output you’re looking for, and away it goes. The process doesn’t happen instantly (took my test video about two minutes), but you are emailed when it’s all done. Got any other sites that do this kind of work? Thoughts in the comments.

+ Mux [via Amazon Web Services Blog]

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Edit your images online with Picnik

Posted on February 4, 2007. Filed under: Design, Online Applications, Photography, Pictures |

Edit your images online with Picnik, a shiny new Flash-based image editor.

There’s quite a bit to Picnik, actually: you can do the basic resizes and tweaks that most other free image editors can manage; however, Picnik also comes with some nifty special effects, and can be used with a whole plethora of community photo sharing sites, i.e., Flickr, Imageshack, Photobucket, etc.

It’s not as powerful as Photoshop, naturally, but for a browser-based image editor, Picnik does a fine job.

+ Picnik.com [via .etc]

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Download of the Day: PortableApps Suite 1.0 (Windows)

Posted on November 21, 2006. Filed under: Online Applications |

Windows only: PortableApps Suite 1.0 stocks your USB drive, portable hard drive, or any other drive with a full complement of software, ready to run wherever you plug in.

This new version of the suite (which we’ve loved on in the past) includes the latest portable versions of Firefox, GAIM, OpenOffice, and other open-source gems. The suite also comes with PortableApps Backup for–you guessed it–making backups.

The Standard Edition of the suite requires about 260MB; there’s also a 105MB Lite version that substitutes AbiWord for OpenOffice. Whichever version of this app-tacular bundle you download, you’re going to love it. PortableApps Suite 1.0 is free; it requires Windows.

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Screenshot Tour: Windows Live Mail Desktop beta

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Microsoft, Online Applications, Vista |


Microsoft’s new email client, Windows Live Mail Desktop, offers access to all your email accounts and web site subscriptions in one place with powerful built-in search. Last week I ripped into the new Mail client bundled into Vista. But WLMD, despite the mouthful that is its name, is separate and much more smartly-executed software. It bundles feeds, contacts, newsgroups and multiple email accounts (with seamless Gmail support!) into an attractive interface with fast as-you-type search that rivals Google Desktop. Now this is an improvement over Outlook Express – except for the part where you have to sign in with your Windows Live ID (aka Passport) to use it. The WLMD beta is available as a free download, but if you’re not up for buying – just a little window shopping – come take a look at a quick screenshot tour.

+ Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta Screenshot Tour

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The Online Visio Replacements

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Online Applications |

Web site Cumulate Draw is an online drawing app particularly well-suited for creating flow charts on-the-go from any computer.

Granted, Cumulate Draw claims to be useful for replacing drawing software in the “hundreds of dollars” range, which is ridiculous, but it does have a lot of potential for putting together simple drawings and flow charts (who needs Visio?). You can save your Cumulate Draw work as a JPEG, PNG, SVG, PDF, or use Cumulate Draw’s MMD/FMD format if you want to upload and edit the drawing later. Prefer to do your flow charting all offline? Check out this printable flow chart template.

Alternatively, check out Gliffy.com, who also offer a superb Visio replacement, this one really does have to checked out to believe the detail thats gone into the programming.   Cracking job guys.

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Create multiple social bookmark links

Posted on October 15, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Browsers, Online Applications |

If you’ve got online content you’d like others to bookmark at sites such as Digg, Furl, del.icio.us, etc., then iFeedReaders’ easy multiple link creator is just for you.

Just pick the bookmarking services you’d like to target, fill in a few tidbits of information, and the HTML code is generated for you. Couldn’t be simpler.

+ Social Bookmark Link Creator [via del.icio.us]

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15 ways to get more out of Pandora

Posted on September 18, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Music, Online Applications |

There’s just so much you can do with music discovery engine Pandora: create your own personalized radio stations, find new, original music and share your stations with friends, just to list a few. But listening to Pandora can be a drag on your system, and its song recommendations can go off the rails if you’re not careful. This week I’ve got 15 ways to get better music – and better performance – out of Pandora.

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Five Reasons You’ll Use Google Office (and 5 Reasons You Won’t)

Posted on August 28, 2006. Filed under: Google, Microsoft, Online Applications, Windows XP |

Google launched today a hosted software package of productivity tools that places it closer into competition with Microsoft’s Live products.

Google Apps for Your Domain is a software bundle aimed at small and midsize businesses. The free package combines Google’s e-mail, calendar, IM and page creation software. The package creates a private label suite all hosted by Google. Aaron Ricadela at InformationWeek has a good in-depth story (although he doesn’t even mention MS Live and focuses on Office instead).

But read my lips: Google Apps for Your Domain (GAYD?) does not compete with Microsoft Office. Microsoft’s Office market may be $12 billion, but the lion’s share of those billions comes from a relatively small number of large companies. Writely can’t compete with Word, Spreadsheets can’t compete with Excel. They cater to the soccer mom, not the corporate worker. Right now, you need both to do your job. It’s not a zero sum game.

What Google gains from these apps is knowledge about how you use office software and what kind of information you’re sending back and forth. This data goes into its advertising efforts so it can target you better. Everything is in the service of advertising. Google is also firing a shot across the bow of Microsoft Live, which targets the same functionality.

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Windows Live Contacts Beta Launched

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Microsoft, Online Applications |

Yesterday George Moore, GM of Windows Live, announced the Windows Live Contact Gadget. He announced it at the Microsoft TechEd 2006 conference, in Auckland New Zealand (I’m here at the conference courtesy of Microsoft NZ). Live Contacts provides programmatic access to a user’s contact list, providing secure access to 400+ M active users with 12B contact records. The user is in full control over their personal data, George said.

Here’s the official word:
“Learn how, with nothing more than a little JavaScript, you can allow customers to use their Windows Live Contacts (Hotmail/Windows Live Mail and Messenger contacts) directly from your Web site.

For more, check out the developer info and two working samples. MS developer Danny Thorpe notes:

“The contacts gadget is client-side JavaScript that enables end users to use their Windows Live contacts (from Windows Live Mail/Hotmail and Messenger) with third party (non-Microsoft) web sites, conveniently and securely. The gadget works with any web server, most browsers, and doesn’t require reams of license or partnership paperwork with Microsoft. You don’t have to assimilate your web server into the Microsoft collective in order to play with Windows Live contact data.”

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