Ever get tired of typing everything that you need to write down? How about save your fingers a bit of work and use speech recognition to write for you? Better yet, how about do it in Chrome, for free, on any platform?
It might sound too good to be true, but Chrome now has speech recognition built-in, and there’s a new app from Digital Inspiration — Dictation — that makes it easy to put it to use. You might never have to type in your notes again online!
Google has tried so hard to get into the social networking game, but its first attempts were little more than failures. Let us count the ways:
- Google Wave, which promised to reinvent how we collaborate. Dead.
- Google Buzz, a social network inside Gmail. Dead.
- Orkut, an outright social network. Practically unknown outside of Brazil.
So then, Google practically had to redesign their entire company around their final social offering: Google+. It launched with fanfare, and even had some nice features, but ultimately wasn’t enough different to drag most of us away from Twitter and Facebook. Just about the only standout feature was Hangouts, group video chats inside Google+.
But Google has forged it deeply into Google search, making a Google+ profile rather necessary if you want your site’s search results to show off your author info. Plus, if you buy into Google’s other products like the brand-new Glass, you’ll get the best built-in sharing experience with Google+.
So, are you still using Google+? Or has your account languished without any recent updates?
Of course, if you do use Google+, be sure to follow us on Google+!
There’s plenty of plain text writing apps on the web. If you need a place to bang out some text, there’s plenty of options. There’s even starting to be a selection of collaborative writing apps, and blog engines that are focused on plain text. It’s a nice time to be a plain text geek on the web.
But what if you want to do more with your text? Perhaps, make outlines, collapse sections, display markdown as you’re writing, and move lines of text around? Then you’ve got to check out Oak Outliner.
Tracking your expenses properly is really important for a business to sustain, even for individuals who want to find out how much money is going out of their pocket. Since I started working, one of the most difficult things for me was to keep track of how much money I spend every month. As I prefer to manage all my expenses and incomes myself, I also on a lookout for best apps that can help me make this task easier and less hectic.
I’ve tried many apps, but none ever hit the spot for me until I came across CashBase.
Are you ready to have all your data in one place, so you can grow your business and take care of your customers? Are you tired of having to go to all your different web services to get to YOUR data? Then you need Leftronic, our sponsor this week, to make a graphical dashboard that’ll show all of your team’s data in one place.
Leftronic makes it easy to build a dashboard with your key metrics. You can be up and running and tracking real-time data in just a few clicks. Start with templates to quickly create dashboards that connect to the data sources of your choice, including:
- Google Analytics
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- New Relic
- …and more!
You can connect to all your data, no matter the source: whether it’s in the cloud, on your server, or in your Excel spreadsheet. You can even your own custom data with Leftronic’s API or Spreadsheet tool. Then, Leftronic has lots of widgets to display your data in insightful ways.
Leftronic was designed for large screens in mind, so display your dashboards on a big TV in your office or lobby, or next to the water cooler. Or you can just share your dashboards online with built-in unlimited sharing with read-only links so anyone can see your dashboards from their computer.
Get a Dashboard for Your Team Today!
Ready to get a dashboard to show all of your team’s data? Then get started with a 30 day free Leftronic trial today! Then, you can keep using it after that to keep your team in touch with your business data starting at $42/month for up to 2 screens.
We’d like to say a special Thank You! to our sponsors from April. 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!
ServiceTask simplifies everything down to the 3 most important things in your business: your customers, your jobs, and you calendar. You can keep up with everything important about your customers to make sure you provide them the most personalized service each time. Then, you can keep up with the tasks for your whole team in Service Task, even recurring tasks with service plans, and turn them into timesheets as work is finished. Finally, but most importantly, you can manage your company’s calendar online, dragging-and-dropping appointments and meetings to the time that’ll work best for you.
You can try Service Task for free for 30 days, and keep using it for free if you have only 10 customers. After that, you can keep using Service Task to keep your business running starting at $24/month.
Quote Roller makes it easy for you to build, send, track and get awesome proposals signed in a matter of minutes. Use their customizable templates as a basis, then add the story of your company, your portfolio and samples of your work, highlight your potential customers, address their needs, and whatever else that will make you proposal shine.
Quote Roller actually cuts off, on average, two hours of the time usually spent writing each proposal, so you can better spend that time selling.
You can try out Quote Roller for free, and if you enter the coupon code APPSTORM, you’ll get 30 extra days on your trial, giving you 6 weeks of Quote Roller for free.
Sothink SWF Decompiler gives you everything you need to work with your Flash files. It gives you tools to easily download Flash files from your site, and then lets you convert the Flash files into a fully editable FLA or FLEX file that you can tweak inside the app or in Adobe Flash Pro. You can then easily extract design elements from your Flash files to use in other design work, or replace, say, an image or audio in a Flash file to update your branding. Finally, you can convert Flash videos and animations to HTML5 compatible formats, to make your old Flash site work on any modern browser.
BetaPunch helps you find out why users are leaving your website before signing up or buying your products or services. When you signup for a test, BetaPunch gets one of their 3,000+ testers to do a screen cast, offering their feedback on your site. The end result is a 10-15 minute video of a user navigating and talking about their experience using a website.
You can try out BetaPunch on your site, and the first test is free. Then, we’ve got an exclusive discount for our readers: use the coupon WebAppStorm to get a 10% discount on purchasing extra tests on your website!
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!
If you’re looking for a great markdown-powered plain-text writing app, there’s dozens of apps out there — native apps for your device, or web apps that’ll run anywhere. There’s awesomely minimalist writing apps like Typewriter, or newer apps like Draft that make it easy to track your document’s revisions and get others to check your work.
But even if you love web apps, and need something that’ll work on any platform, sometimes apps that run online aren’t the best option. And native apps … well, chances are they won’t run on all the computers you use.
How about something that combines the best of both worlds? That’s exactly what Textdown — an offline Markdown writing app for Chrome — is. Spoiler: it’s really great, too.