We love Gmail here at AppStorm, but truth be told, there are a few things we wish were different. How about letting us attach files directly from Dropbox? Wouldn’t it be cool if my inbox was sorted by files, size and other filters? Is there any way that my unruly inbox can be tamed? And why can I not simply schedule an email to be sent later?

Don’t worry. There’s an app (or extension) for that! Here’s the very best apps to sort your inbox, manage your contacts, compose emails, and so much more. These tools are mostly designed to make the Gmail.com interface work better, but you’ll find great apps that’ll help you even if you use Gmail from other apps.

So here’s to Inbox Zero!


Invoicing has always been stiff and serious business for me, but this wasn’t the case when I dipped my hands into this new invoicing web app called MakeSomeTime. Made with love from Sydney, Australia, MakeSomeTime focuses on easy and simple time tracking and project management while giving users the chance to issue eye-catching invoices to clients.

Let’s take a look and see if it’s the time tracking and invoicing app we’ve all been looking for.


It seems as if everyone is rushing to switch to streaming music, replacing owning the songs and albums with the idea of renting them instead. The concept has many advantages, including the ability to listen to pretty much any song at any time, providining we keep making that small monthly payment. Plus, the old need for those huge CD racks is a thing of the past.

There are also a number of free sources from which you can pull your tunes — YouTube is a surprisingly good location to find music, some of it quite obscure, and there is the oft-maligned Grooveshark, which soldiers on in the face of near-constant threats from the record industry. Spotify too, allows for a free account, though you must hand over the cash if you want unlimited ad-free or the ability to use it on a mobile device.

You get the point — there are a number of places to get music, and sometimes what one does not have a song another will. That is great in one sense of course, but it also means you could be wasting a bit of time searching around. A service called OnePlaylist aims to change this, by letting you pull from these different sources to create a jukebox of your very own. (more…)

For web designers the big contracts are always the most exciting. But regular, monthly income derived from on-going clients can keep the lights on when feast turns to famine.

The most popular CMS by far is WordPress. Most website owners will never use it to its fullest capabilities, yet still pay expensive hosting fees and manage complicated design issues.

Cloud Cannon is a web app which allows designers to lighten the client-side workload. IT promises to take care of all hosting issues, make the website easily editable by the client and best of all – it’s all done through Dropbox. But is it worth the hassle for small design firms and individuals? Let’s see.


Bookkeeping is one of the most important and potentially stressful parts of running any business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fresh-faced freelancer or a heartless multinational corporation, if your business income and expenditure isn’t properly accounted for then you can end up spending many a sleepless night frantically shuffling through a years worth of receipts and invoices, hoping to somehow balance everything inside a spreadsheet. Worse still, you risk fines and penalties if you don’t properly calculate your taxes.

Even knowing the above, the word “bookkeeping” immediately evokes mundane thoughts of dusty offices and leather-bound ledgers being thumbed through by monocled gentlemen in pinstripe suits. It’s difficult to get excited about taxes and spreadsheets, isn’t it?

Fortunately, bookkeeping doesn’t have to be mundane. After spending some time with FreeAgent, it’s actually — dare I say it — fun!


I have been blessed with having great jobs and have not had to apply for many jobs since graduating from college. But, with the decision to go back to school and having another year to finish up, I am getting around to updating my resume in hoping of advancing my career here in the next 6-8 months. The resume can really set you a part in the application process and the creation of one has evolved a lot over the last couple of years. For those of you that have your pulse on the web, you have noticed that resume creation has started to move towards the web in an increasing way lately. Gone are the days of creating one in Word or some other type of word processing application.

There are a handful of resume creating web apps that are out there, but there is one that has recently come out that claims that it will be the last resume that you will ever need. That is a bold prediction to be making for a company that is so new, but that is what Purzue is claiming. Let’s take a look at it more to see if it is for real or if it is just hype.


A year ago this week, the App.net team set out to reinvent social networking by building a paid platform for others to build their own social networks. By and large, though, App.net has seemed to be little more than a Twitter clone — a very good one, nonetheless — that offers longer messages, file storage, and no ads.

That’s far from the full vision for the service, though. App.net includes a built-in social networking app, Alpha, and a private messaging app, Omega, but the goal is for developers to use it to build more social enabled apps. That dream has begun to come true, with apps like Patter turning App.net into a private group chat tool ala Campfire, and Filebase and Orbit letting you use App.net as a CloudApp alternate.

But one of the more unique just might be Vidcast, an app that lets you hangout and watch videos or listen to music together with your friends, powered by App.net. It’s currently crowdfunding its next version, so we took the time to talk with the Vidcast team about their app. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how App.net still has a chance at powering the most innovative new social networking apps.


It’s amazing to me that something as simple as invoicing is so time-consuming. What should take just a couple clicks here and there invariably takes four, five, sometimes six or more just to add a payee or edit working hours. I’ve resorted to creating every invoice of mine in Apple’s Pages app, which allows me to create invoices based off my standard template.

But there’s far more sophisticated software out there for invoicing and expenses that could help me keep track of my work much more easily, and I’m aware of that fact. Recently, I took Nutcache — a free web app for invoices and expenses — out for a spin to see if it would suit my needs. Read on for my detailed thoughts about the services.


Running a business is a delicate balancing act. Not only are the customers and their happiness is important, so is the happiness of your employees. You don’t want to overwork them and bring their morale and quality of work down. An unhappy employee is a surefire way to mess up your brand’s image.

On the other hand, times are tough and you have ensure that you use all your resources – human and otherwise – are put to use optimally for better return on investment. Even squeezing out 10 or 20% more out of your resources ensures better margins for your business.

Naturally, you’ll need a system to track and allocate resources in a prudent manner. ResourceGuru is here to your rescue!

Google is no stranger to closing down services they feel have run their course, with Google Reader being a prime example. One popular service that has been on everybody’s “will they/won’t they” list for many years has been FeedBurner, a service that provides detailed statistics and tools for RSS feeds.

FeedBurner has received no updates in years and many of its features (such as its API and AdSense integration) have been discontinued. Many websites, such as 5by5 and 512 Pixels, have moved away from the service simply because all the signs point to it being shut down.

Earlier this year, a service called FeedPress (previously known as URI.LV) appeared with the aim to provide a worthwhile, and viable, alternative to FeedBurner. Let’s see how it compares, and whether it’s ready to take the RSS synchronization crown.


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