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Thanks to Our Sponsor: Webydo

Crafting a beautifully designed website with modern, clean code is difficult enough if you’re both a designer and a web developer. But what if you have no coding skills? Webydo is the web design software you need.

Webydo lets you design a website without any coding at all. Just drag-and-drop the elements you want onto your site design, rearrange them as needed, and make sure they’ll look just like you want on every device. There’s everything you’d want, from web fonts to eCommerce tools, to make your sites just like you want.

Once your website is created, it’s easy to keep it updated with Webydo’s content management system. You or your client can change anything on the site with Webydo’s sophisticated yet easy to use CMS & DMS (Design Management System). It’s simple enough anyone can use it, while still giving pros the features they need to make pixel-perfect websites.

We loved Webydo when we tried it our for our review, and are certain you’ll love it if you try it the next time you’re ready to create a website.

Professionals, Go Make a New Site with Webydo This Week!

Ready to make a new site for your clients with Webydo? You can get started for free, with up to 15 pages and 1Gb of files on your site, and then can upgrade to Webydo Premium to use your own domain, have unlimited pages on your site, and more. Webydo Premium usually costs $7.90/month, but special for our AppStorm readers this week, you can use the coupon code WebAppStormVIP2228 when upgrading to Webydo Premium to get it 72% off for your first year! That makes Webydo the cost efficient and most professional place to make a new site today!

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Thanks to Our September Sponsors!

We’d like to say a special Thank You! to our sponsors from September. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.

If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

sizzlepig

sizzlepig is a cloud-based tool that allows you to resize entire folders of images to unlimited sizes. No scripts, no guesswork. Scale, crop, name, compress, fine-tune, edit and preview, before your final images are ever created. No more excuses (sorry, but it’s not ok to cut off someone’s head in a photo because of a CMS). Need lots of different sizes for lots of devices? sizzlepig scales to handle unlimited sizes, perfect for projects that demand pixel perfect images for mobile, desktop, tablet and more! It’s simply amazing.

WORKetc

WORKetc lets you manage all of your business in the cloud effortlessly. It brings together a robust CRM, support tools, project management, billing and invoicing, and more together in one app where everything works together. You’ll be able to capture leads, follow up with them, give them personalized help when they contact support, and make sure they’re invoiced on time — even with different team members working on each of those tasks.

Evver

Evver is, hands-down, the simplest way to turn your photos into an artistic creation. Just select your photos from your computer or smartphone, then choose a song from their great collection of music from indie artists, then go grab a drink. In less than a minute, you’ll have a choreographed video of your selected pictures and music ready to enjoy and share. It’s that simple — and it’s 100% free.

Harvest

Harvest is the time tracking app that’ll save you and your team time. You won’t waste any time trying it out, since it lets you start tracking time in one click, no matter where you’re working. It’s online, so there’s nothing you’ll have to install — but you can get their new Chrome extension to automatically track time you spend working online, or use their Mac, iPhone, or Android app to quickly track time from anywhere. You can even integrate it into the apps you already use like Google Apps, Basecamp, Asana, Xero, or your own in-house app through its catalogue of Harvest add-ons. At the end of your projects, Harvest makes it simple to pull everything together into an an invoice for your client, and lets you see detailed reporting on your work time across all of your projects.

BookerLooker

BookerLooker is a new appointment management app that’s designed to make scheduling appointments easy for you and your clients. It’s got a beautiful calendar that makes keeping up with your schedule simple, with your client’s names and pictures prominently displayed near their appointments. Your clients will find it equally simple, with your online booking system that’s ready for them to use anytime — and that’s even integrated into Facebook, so they can schedule services directly from your Facebook page and pay online via PayPal. They’ll even get automatic text message and email reminders from BookerLooker so they won’t forget their appointments.

And a special thanks to you, our Web.AppStorm readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We hope you continue to find our articles interesting and helpful!

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Forrst: The Network Designed for Design Feedback

If you’ve been following our articles for years, it’d be hard to not have heard of ZURB, the team behind a number of awesome yet simple web apps. There’s Reel for simple presentations, Axe for critiquing designs from your iPad, Chop for getting feedback on your code snippets, Strike for simple online todo lists, and more in their lineup of free web apps. Then, there’s their pro suite of Influence, Verify, Solidify, and Notable to help you present, get feedback on, and test your designs and mockups. ZURB also is the team behind Foundation, the responsive front-end framework that makes building modern sites much simpler.

With all those apps and tools already under their belt, the ZURB team decided to extend their reach a bit earlier this year when they bought out the design community Forrst. They’ve just released a private version of their fully redesigned Forrst, and it’s finally apparent how it fits into their vision.

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Weekly Discussion: Do Facebook’s Ads Annoy You?

The world’s most popular social networks sure took their time at finding revenue sources. Twitter’s managed to keep things pretty inconspicuous so far, with promoted tweets and accounts not appearing enough to be too annoying, but that may change post-IPO now that they’re going public. Facebook, though, has slowly ramped up the amount of ads they show to us.

It used to be that Facebook’s only advertisements were the small ads on the sidebar, noticeable but avoidable. Those started showing up under comments on images, then then expanded to full-sized ads in your newsfeed. Now, on mobile especially, it’s hard to read through the day’s posts without seeing at least several ads, typically for game and travel apps in my feed. And their mobile ad expansion has shown, with it representing over a third of their advertising revenue this quarter.

And hey, ads are great since they help pay for the service — we’re not against that at all. But somehow, it seems a bit too much right now. So I was wondering: have Facebook’s ads been bugging you lately? And do you have any advice for the Twitter team as they start down the same road to generating revenue?

Thanks to Our Sponsor: sizzlepig

Resizing images for your design work is a pain at best. You’ll likely need to use multiple sizes and aspect ratios of the same photos throughout your web designs, but manually tweaking each picture is too much trouble and simple bulk cropping will leave you with weirdly cut-off pictures. That’s why the brand-new sizzlepig is so amazing.

sizzlepig is a cloud-based tool that allows you to resize entire folders of images to unlimited sizes. No scripts, no guesswork. Scale, crop, name, compress, fine-tune, edit and preview, before your final images are ever created. No more excuses (sorry, but it’s not ok to cut off someone’s head in a photo because of a CMS).

Need lots of different sizes for lots of devices? sizzlepig scales to handle unlimited sizes, perfect for projects that demand pixel perfect images for mobile, desktop, tablet and more!

sizzlepig syncs with Box, Google Drive and Dropbox, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it into your workflow. Plus, if you ever need to add new images or replace old ones, sizzlepig saves all your settings. It automates your digital production projects and can cut your timelines over traditional batch script processes.

sizzlepig is the way to crop and scale photos in a way that no other desktop app can do. It lets you customize and process a lot of images in a lot of sizes quickly, with a true visual reference, in a way that’s at once totally different from and far better than the mass resizing we’ve all been forced to accept and expect.

Start Using sizzlepig This Week!

sizzlepig will save you hours of frustrating resizing and cropping — or trying to get your batch scripts to work right — and it won’t break the bank, either. You can use it to resize up to 100 pictures for free, and then get all the resizing you need done starting at $10/month.

Your designers, photographers, and everyone else who cares how images look in your designs will thank you.

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Wunderlist Gets Comments and Pro Features for Everyone

Wunderlist is easily one of the greatest simple todo list apps ever made. It’s one of the few todo list apps that most computer users would have almost definitely have heard of before. But then, it took off so well because it was free — combine that with native apps for almost every platform, including PCs with less todo list app options than the Mac and mobile platforms, and it seemed unstoppable.

That was only supposed to be the first stepping stone for the 6Wunderkinder team, though. They originally intended Wunderlist to be a basic free todo list app, then to follow up with Wunderkit as their pro collaboration app. That plan got scuttled, though, and instead they doubled down on Wunderlist, adding pro accounts and team features. The pro accounts brought task assignment, subtasks, and new backgrounds back in April, but with this month’s updates, Wunderlist now makes perfect sense as a great team collaboration app without making their simple todo list app any more difficult to use.

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Ghost, the Latest WordPress Alternative, is Finally Here

Early last November, designer and writer John O’Nolan published his idea of a lighter WordPress fork focused on writing: Ghost. The original concept page showed a beautifully redesigned dashboard that focused on the stats and info that matter to writers, combined with a post editor that let you write in Markdown and preview the live post at the same time. The concept took the web by storm, racking up hundreds of comments on Hacker News and beyond — and even drawing interest from WordPress’ creator, Matt Mullenweg.

Nearly 11 months and a wildly successful Kickstarter later, and backers finally have the first beta of Ghost to power their blogs. It’s a Node.js and SQLite powered CMS that’s been coded from scratch instead of the original idea of a WordPress fork, and it’s already a totally different blogging experience than anything you’ve ever used. It’s attracted thousands of individual backers, as well as corporate sponsors from Envato and Code School all the way to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (of all surprising things). It’s easily the most exciting thing in blogging right now.

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Thanks to Our Sponsor: WORKetc

Most teams today use way too many apps to get their work done. And when everything each of your employees is working on is scattered between a dozen different apps, it’s next to impossible to get work done. Team members will struggle to find the contacts they need, and no one will know what anyone else is working on. That’s exactly what WORKetc is designed to solve.

WORKetc lets you manage all of your business in the cloud effortlessly. It brings together a robust CRM, support tools, project management, billing and invoicing, and more together in one app where everything works together. You’ll be able to capture leads, follow up with them, give them personalized help when they contact support, and make sure they’re invoiced on time — even with different team members working on each of those tasks.

Of course, it can be difficult to get your team to switch to a new app — but that’s ok. WORKetc already integrates with the apps your team uses. You can save notes in Evernote Business, and WORKetc can turn them into projects, tasks, and leads automatically. It works just as well with Google Apps, where it can turn your emails into support tickets and sales leads, and let you share files on WORKetc through Google Drive. And when it’s time to do the invoicing, WORKetc integrates with Xero. It’s everything you need to keep your team working together, even if they don’t want to switch apps.

Over 1200 businesses already rely on WORKetc to get their work done better. It’s the workflow tool your team needs to help everyone work together on everything. There’s no need to duplicate effort — or info — when everything’s in one place.

Give WORKetc a Try This Week!

Ready to simplify your business and get your contacts, projects, help desk, and more all in one app? Then give WORKetc a try this week! You can signup for a free 14 day trial of WORKetc to try it out, then get the WORKetc plan that works best for your team starting at $195/month.

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Weekly Discussion: How Do You Bookmark Sites in 2013?

Bookmarks are far from dead. They’re built into every browser, sync with our mobile devices, and for the most part just work. And yet, there’s more ways than ever to get around using the traditional bookmarks.

Take reading services. They’re essentially ways to bookmark stuff you want to read later, with the added advantage of automatically saving the page so you can read the article in one tap. Then there’s note-taking apps, the likes of Evernote and others, that let you clip parts of sites you come across to pull up later in your own private library of Internet wisdom. You’ve also got the various favoriting and liking in any number of apps, from RSS readers to news apps, that let you keep up with stuff you might want to come back and check later. And don’t forget the online bookmarking services, ranging from the private to the social, where you can save bookmarks in a way very similar to the bookmarks in your browser.

You know what’s the worst thing? When we’re looking for something, most of the time we simply Google it instead of checking our bookmarks or notes.

It’s all a bit too much. I use a mix of local bookmarks (mainly for bookmarklets), reading services (instead of saving bookmarks I’ll want to revisit precisely once), and note taking tools — but lately have shifted away from normal bookmarking in Pinboard since it just doesn’t seem that I’m getting much benefit out of yet another bookmarking place. Saving a note, though, often means I’ve got the info without opening the site again, and that’s nice.

How about you? How do you save online info these days, and do you still keep a meticulous list of bookmarks? We’d love to hear how you bookmark in 2013 in the comments below.

Leaving Google: Apps to Not Be Evil

The last few months have been a wake-up call for anyone who cares about privacy. But perhaps it’s just been another headline blocking your way to the last round of sports, because I’ll tell you one truth: the generation I’m part of just doesn’t care about privacy. We all knew Google and most free services were grabbing our data and serving us ads. We grew up with that routine, so much so that some of us learned to share online before we got into math. This behavior is so prevalent that the upcoming generations have their fates sealed already, with their pictures being exposed all over the internet sometimes before they’re even born. It’s like The Truman Show, with many, many Trumans.

Yet, I didn’t leave Google due to privacy, I did so because of its use of my private data. Using Google daily and being targeted with its ads is like having a bad fight with your best friend, when he uses your darkest shared secrets against you. After a chain of events, the dismissal of Reader and the new ads in Gmail camouflaged within your inbox, I decided it was time to jump out. That’s what I did and I’m here to tell you how.

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