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Today on AppStorm I’m going to roundup seven of the best applications that allow you to track time and expenses. These applications, mostly aimed at freelancers and small businesses, make the arduous process of creating invoices and tracking expenses simple and effortless – injecting a little fun into an otherwise boring task.

The web-based time and expenses tracking applications I’ve highlighted below all offer a variety of additional features and price points (many are priced on a per-user basis). These differences distinguish the applications, making specific apps better for different types of businesses and individuals. In order to help you find the perfect application all seven applications below offer free trials, with some offering a completely free package, giving you the chance to try before you commit to a monthly subscription.

Read on to find out more!


When searching for the best SaaS business applications it is a tough task to avoid a Saleforce product in your quest. This is because Salesforce has developed a huge range of successful and powerful applications to help businesses with their sales, service, marketing, and analytics. These products have attracted an incredible amount of users as they are simple but incredibly feature stacked — making the running of a business a much easier task.

In this article I’m going to roundup six of the best web-based Salesforce applications, providing information on the key features and pricing model of each.

Read on to find out how online Salesforce applications can help you to run your business more efficiently!


AppStorm returns after over a year in the wilderness

Great news folks: AppStorm is back! After more than a year in limbo, the popular app review network has a new owner, a new team of eager writers, and a fresh new outlook.

As you may know, AppStorm closed shop back in January 2014. However, the network has now been taken over by business app discovery network, Nubera. We’ve been long-time admirers of AppStorm and the insightful reviews and useful advice it offers on Mac, Web, Windows, and mobile applications. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue the great work put in by previous owner Envato and its team of talented writers and reviewers.


Thanks to our Sponsor: HelpOnClick

As the owner of an e-commerce website, you probably already know all about the importance of providing the best possible support to your prospects and customers. Support via chat has long been a popular way to do so, but there was always one major stumbling block: You had to choose between live chat and virtual chat. Both options have their pros and cons, and choosing between them isn’t easy. Thanks to HelpOnClick, you no longer have to choose one over the other.

Live Chat – a great feature for any e-commerce site

People respond very favorably when they arrive on an e-commerce site and see that live chat is available. They know that they can get answers to their questions on the spot. Sure, email support and telephone support are options too, but they require users to expend extra effort. Let’s face it: People don’t want to be interrupted during their online shopping experiences. With live chat, they can get much-needed support without any disruptions.

Virtual Chat – an economical alternative

As great as live chat may be, it can be pretty expensive. The more live agents you have, the more you’re going to pay. Of course, you can always opt for live chat with a skeleton crew, but you’re sure to end up with long queues of people waiting for assistance. No one wants to be left waiting around like that, and you’re bound to miss out on many exciting opportunities. Virtual chat uses automated scripts to provide basic support, so it’s a viable alternative. The biggest issue is that there’s only so much it can handle, and many people are going to be left with unanswered questions.

What if you could have both?

Imagine if you could have live chat support to handle the bulk of your online inquiries but back it up with virtual support. You’d enjoy the best of both worlds. That’s no longer a mere pipe dream; such technology already exists, and it’s called HelpOnClick. The premise behind this cloud-based service is simple: It offers live support most of the time, but the live support is supplemented by virtual support during periods of peak activity.

Get it now, with a Special deal for AppStorm readers

Whether you’ve been relying solely on live chat or virtual chat or have been trying to decide between the two, you no longer have to make compromises. You just need to get a HelpOnClick account.

For AppStorm fans, HelpOnClick offers a special deal – Live & Virtual Chat software 50% off for the first year subscription. Get the special deal on HelpOnClick website. From this point forward, it will be smooth sailing for your online business.

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Thanks to our Sponsor:

Need a great way to find out more about your customers in 2014? Then you need to try out, our sponsor this week. is a great poll and survey tool that’ll make it simple than ever for you to create detailed surveys and more that work just like you want. It includes a simple drag-and-drop interface that makes it simple to create the surveys and polls you want, with tools to include anything you want in your surveys — even a media gallery. You’ll then get real-time access to your poll data, complete with a geotracking map, and can export your form data in the formats you want.

Then, the best part of is its great integrations with other web apps you likely already use. You can integrate it with Mailchimp, Salesforce, Google Docs, all your favorite social networks, and web hooks to integrate it into your own apps. That way, you’ll be able to bring in all of your data and keep up with your survey responses in the apps your team is already used to. Then, with custom CSS, your own domain, and more customization tools, your surveys and polls will look perfectly consistent with your branding. And with a Pro account, you’ll even be able to accept payments from forms, so it can be your one app for all your data processing needs.

Try out today! makes creating polls and surveys incredibly simple, and it’s priced so nicely there’s no reason to not try it out. You can get a free account and create unlimited polls and surveys with up to 250 responses per month for free. Then, you can get a Pro account starting at just $15.95/month for 5000 responses, or an Extra account for $29.95/month for unlimited responses. That makes it affordable for your company to make all the polls and surveys you want, no matter your size!

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Thanks to Our Sponsor: Bluetrait

Did support take up more time of your year than you’d like to admit? Then perhaps it’s time for something better. Bluetrait, our sponsor this week, is the simple help desk tool you need — and if you happen to be a seller on Envato’s marketplaces, it’s the support tool designed specifically for you.

Bluetrait’s a simple online help desk tool that has all the features you need to give your customers the best support possible. You can create canned responses, email notificaitons, custom priorities and statuses, and more to help you keep on top of your support requests, and can tie it into your email account to it’ll automatically turn emails into suppor tickets. You’ll be able to reply with a rich email editor in the app that has full HTML support, and can easily file away tickets or find them again later. Then, as mentioned before, it integrates with Envato’s marketplaces so you can easily see what products your customer has purchased from you and can give them personalized support. It even makes it simple to keep up with your team, with custom graphs that’ll show who’s logging the most tickets.

But then, perhaps you won’t have to do quite as much support as you’re thinking you’ll need to, since Bluetrait lets you create a Knowledge Base that’ll help your customers support themselves. Right in your same support interface, you can write articles about all of your app or theme’s features and show your users how to get the most out of them. They’ll be able to find out what they need, and save you the hassle of replying to every single request. But even if you do need to reply, Bluetrait makes it easy to reply anywhere with its responsive theme that’ll work on any device.

There’s more, too. Bluetrait recently added a WordPress extension, so you can import your WordPress accounts into Bluetrait easily. And early next year, Bluetrait’s adding an option for domain mapping, so you can use your company’s domain name with Bluetrait’s support app for no extra cost.

Get 50% off Bluetrait This Week!

Best of all, you can give your customers the support the need in the new year and save money at the same time. Bluetrait normally costs $14AUD/user/month, but this week, Bluetrait is running a special 50% off discount. Just signup for a new Bluetrait account for your company with the coupon code BLU50P, and you’ll get 50% off your account for life. You can even add new employees in the future, and still get the same 50% discount for every new employee you add. And you’ll still get the full 30 day trial to make sure it works for you. That’s a great way to get your company on the right start for offering better support next year!

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Need Gift Ideas? Check Out AppStorm’s Best Gifts Roundup!

Christmas time is here, and with that comes traffic jams in mall parking lots and the never-ending decisions over what gifts would be great for everyone on your Nice list. But playing Santa can be a rather hard job, especially if you’re trying to find something that’s special and unique.

It’s nearly impossible to buy gifts that are web app centric, unless you’re buying a Chromebook or perhaps a Firefox phone for a special someone, so we didn’t do a roundup of gifts just for web app fans. Instead, we’ve included a ton of geeky gifts in our roundup of gifts on Mac.AppStorm, and there’s a ton of stuff for everyone on your list. You’ll find the latest Doxies (great for scanning documents and saving them to your favorite web apps), the awesome Raspberry Pi (the $25 way to get online), and much much more.

If you’ve got some holiday shopping left to do for geeky folks, this is the list for you. Go check it out!

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Weekly Poll: Will You Announce Holiday Travels Online?

It used to be that we’d drop in and let our neighbor’s know when we were planning to go out of town — and perhaps that’s still common for many of you. But we never used to grab a megaphone and announce to the whole world that our house was going to be vacant for a week.

Now, of course, one can’t possibly embark on a journey without saying as much on Twitter. And then, you’ll faithfully track the journey online, documenting coffee breaks with Instagram photos and sharing gift opening videos with your world of Facebook friends who are already bored of giftwrap and escaped to Facebook only to see more of it. And each time, you’re likely tagging your locations or at least subtly including geolocation data that makes it all too obvious exactly where you are.

Or then, perhaps you don’t. For there’s others — often, older than the first set — who are terrified to announce their travels to the world. Pictures can always be shared next week, but while traveling, there’s to be no mention at all of the fact they’re not at home. Of course, their absence from social networks is equally conspicuous, but at least they have a bit of comfort thinking others don’t know where they are.

We’ve hit an odd point in the eternal pull between public and private. We’re reeled by the revelations of the NSA’s spying, and yet love to share the locations we’re at. I used to never share location data, and felt somewhat odd publishing almost anything personal in pubic, and then decided to embrace location sharing. And yet, announcing vacations still somehow feels like a tad much — but I’d still be as apt as anyone to Instagram airport architecture shots, a tell-tell giveaway of travel.

How about you? Will the whole world know of your holiday travels, or are you going to keep your peppermint mocha and gift unwrapping and travel memories for yourself?

WordPress 3.8 Brings a Modern Facelift to the Most Popular CMS

WordPress has grown and changed over the years, from a simple blog system into a full-fledged CMS. In that time, it’s gone from a basic white theme to a bright blue and then a more subdued grey and tan that we all know and love today. Along the way, it’s picked up a ton of features, and the world of computing has shifted from desktops to mobile and tablets. It’s time for some changes.

WordPress 3.8 is finally here today, and along with the extra new features and bug fixes you’d expect, it also includes a surprisingly nice new redesign that, while largely the same as before, makes the WordPress dashboard look far more modern and at home on any of your devices.


Ripple: BitCoin in Business Atire

Cryptocurrencies, the most famous of all being Bitcoin, turned geeks and normal people with a bit of tech interest into virtual millionaires, overnight. In recent months they’ve hit the headlines for facilitating the sale of drugs and firearms by concealing the identities of those involved. They even accentuated the capital outflows from Cyprus during the country’s financial collapse and subsequent EU bailout earlier this year.

In 2011, those buying into cryptocurrencies were laughed at by investors and economists. Now, BitCoin is regularly the feature of two page spreads in the Financial Times and is rumoured to be a serious headache for regulators of the traditional banking system. Since the high profile take-down of The Silk Road (a shady, Deep Web marketplace mainly used for drug sales), the FBI have backed off.

In a further vote of confidence, the Chinese government recently indicated that they have no real issues with cryptocurrencies and have allowed a Chinese exchange to grow into the world’s largest, surpassing MtGox a few weeks ago. However, they’ve also eliminated the possibility of it ever becoming part of their official national finance framework.

In spite of its recent successes, BitCoin remains rouge. Personified, it’s a surly teenager protesting against “the system”. Big Business has given it nothing more than an amused smirk because BitCoin doesn’t wear a suit to work nor have Terms & Conditions attached. Ripple’s ‘XRP’, a new kid on the cryptocurrency block, does.


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