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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Managing successful paid web apps and client design work while still releasing free apps and resources regularly would be tough to handle for any company. ZURB’s one company in the world of web apps that has always excited us with their dedication to quality and the sheer number of apps they’ve released.
We’ve written about ZURB’s apps many times over the years, and today we’re excited to have an interview with the ZURB team. They share insight into how they get ideas for apps, why they release so many free tools, and some of their team’s favorite apps. Enjoy!
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If you’re a freelancer, writing up quotes and proposals for your potential clients can end up being quite a bit of work. Today, we’ve got an interview with the team from Quote Roller, who’ve made it their job to make confusing quotes and proposals a thing of the past. They’ve come to the US, done client work, and are now using their experience to make client work easier for others.
In addition to an exclusive interview with the Quote Roller team, we’ve also got 3 Quote Roller Basic subscriptions to giveaway to our readers! Keep reading to find out more about the team, and how you can get your hands on a free Quote Roller account.
We live in interesting times in the world of technology. Google’s working on self-driving cars and potentially space elevators, Apple recently bought out a mapping company, and Amazon, the internet’s bookstore, recently launched its own custom tablet computer. So, it shouldn’t be too suprising that most successful software companies feel the need to quickly expand into new markets and stay ahead of the computing curve.
Marketcircle is a company loved by Mac users for their award winning applications, Billings and Daylite. They’ve had great success with Mac and, more lately, iOS apps, but for the most part wouldn’t be thought of as a web app company. However, they’ve also created a hybrid Mac and cloud app, Billings Pro, and built up their own custom infrastructure to host their own Marketcircle Cloud service.
Marketcircle’s CEO, AJ, was kind enough to sit down for a chat with us and talk about their thoughts about the cloud, how their company got started, and what they’ve learned from running a cloud service. It was a very interesting talk, with a number of bits of info you might find surprising about a company you already knew about!
Creating a journal web app just because you want an awesome one sounds like a great idea. Now how about taking that journal app, adding more features than most people could think of for a journal, designing beautiful themes so you can write however you’d like, and coding a whole ecosystem of apps so users could journal anywhere? Oh, and trying to turn the whole thing into a business?
That’s exactly what the Penzu team has been doing for the past few years. We’d originally reviewed Penzu early last year, and since then its continued to gain popularity. Our widely popular Penzu Pro giveaway last week was proof that tons of our readers love Penzu and find it an exciting way to keep a journal. The Penzu team has been kind enough to give us a few minutes of their time and answer some of our questions about their app and the future of Penzu. After the break, you’ll get an inside look at the team behind one of the most popular journal web apps today.