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The web touches everyone’s lives today. It creates new opportunities, while at the same time disrupting old businesses. It’s affected publishers almost more than any other industry, taking print’s popularity as free web content became more popular.

Today, we’ve got an interview with a publisher of a new design magazine, Distance, about the ways he uses the web to get his magazine published and his thoughts on design. It’s different than our normal interviews with web app developers, so we hope you enjoy it!

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There’s millions of web apps out there, but each one has a unique story behind it. This week, we’ve had the chance to interview David and Lu, the Co-founders of Ronin, a popular app for tracking time, creating estimates and invoices, and more. Keep reading to learn about the inspiration behind Ronin’s name, what sets it apart from other similar apps, and the great web apps the Ronin team uses to stay productive.

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At the end of last month, we had a look at Fruux (under the tagline iCloud for Everyone) which is a great and easy way to keep your contacts and calendars in sync across all your devices no matter which platform you are running. fruux was awarded a very prestigious 9 out of 10 score here on Web.AppStorm and we loved its simplicity, range of features and its extremely low (i.e. free) price tag.

Today, we have an interview with Dominik Tobschall and Evert Pot, the cofounders of fruux, and their team. Keep reading to learn about the idea behind the product, how it was developed and what they have got in store for the future!

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Developing a popular bookmarking app would be quite an achievement for most people. Or, developing a CMS that’s made it easier for dozens of developers to launch beautiful sites, simply, would be an exciting accomplishment.

Today, we have an interview with Bastian Allgeier, the developer behind the popular Zootool bookmarking tool, as well as Kirby, an exciting new file-based CMS. Kirby is simple, easy to use, and an exciting break from heavy, database drive CMS systems. Keep reading to learn more about Kirby and the way Bastian works with his development projects.

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Last summer, Apple started changing the state of the art for iOS apps with iCloud, a service that, for the most part, seamlessly syncs data from your apps between your devices. It made iOS devices and Macs feel more connected, without users having to create new accounts and make sure everything stayed synced. This summer, Google’s changing the state of the art for web apps with Google Drive, which could easily change what we expect of web apps in the same way.

The Lucidchart team has always been quick to add new features to their impressive online charting and diagraming app, and they continued the tradition by being one of the first major web apps to offer Google Drive integration after its launch. We got a chance to talk with the Lucidchart team about how they integrated Drive into their app, so keep reading after the break to hear their thoughts on Google Drive and the future of web apps.

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Finding a new film that would interest you can be difficult. So many new movies come out each year, but then, the majority wouldn’t be ones you’d necessarily want to watch. Plus, there’s so many classic movies that you might really like, but would never hear of without searching for them.

We got the chance to talk to the Goodfilms team, who are working on developing their app to help people find movies they’ll love easier. Following is our interview with them, where they talk about how they can give better recommendations for movies, their thoughts on Netflix recommendations, and how they use web apps to build their app.

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Coming up with an idea for a new app that would help you and others isn’t that hard. If an idea was all that counted, the Angry Birds success story wouldn’t be that rare. What’s difficult is seeing your vision through to completion, actually building the product you’ve dreamed of, and funding its creation.

That’s what sparked my interest in PasteLink this week. It’s a new web app for sharing files through your browser, which in itself isn’t that new of an idea. What is interesting, however, is that its developer, Bret Michaelson is actually a network administrator that developed it to fit his own need, and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development. We caught up with Bret via email this week, and were excited to get to interview him. Keep reading to learn more about his work, the future of PasteLink, and how Kickstarter fits into it all.

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It’s always exciting to come across a new tool that actually becomes a part of your daily workflow. I try out new apps all the time, and minimalist writing apps are a particular favorite of mine. Most fail to make the writing experience perfectly smooth, and usually have too many features while missing the very quite writing experience I’m looking for.

That’s why I find Typerighter exciting. After trying it out and reviewing it at the beginning of the month, it’s become one of the apps I use daily. Most of my articles this month have been originally been written in Typerighter, and I’ve increasingly enjoyed using it.

I was excited to have the chance to interview Typerighter’s developer, Garrick van Buren, this past week, and find out what inspired him to make Typerighter and how he made it feel so perfect for writing. Here’s our interview for your reading pleasure.

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Being in the business of developing apps is not a walk in the park. Thanks to excellent open source frameworks and mushrooming tech incubators, though, it doesn’t take much for a developer to turn an entrepreneur. And if you look at the task management domain, there probably is a new app releasing every other week.

I’ve always wanted to pick the brains of a team developing a task management app and thankfully, I got the opportunity to interact with Ilan Abehassera of Producteev. I reviewed Producteev way back in 2010 and since then, they have come a long way, establishing themselves as a company that keeps innovating.

After the break, you’ll get a sneak peek at the working of one of the pioneers of the task management domain and what keeps them going. Have fun!

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The very first review that I wrote for Web.AppStorm was of Spool, an up-and-coming service now in public beta that allows you to save articles, videos, photo galleries, and just about anything else, so you can look at them when you have the time to properly enjoy it. I was very happy with Spool, and was lucky enough to get to speak to one of the founders, Avichal Garg.

Avichal spoke to me about how Spool got started, how excellent the Spool team is, and using the product that he and his team have created. Keep reading to see our conversation and learn more about the work that goes into one of our favorite new web apps.

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