If you’re looking for a great place to start a blog online, and you want to keep things simple, Tumblr’s definitely one of the first places you should consider. Its continued to make its platform one of the easiest to use, with a newly revamped dashboard and posting tools that make it even easier than ever to share with your readers. Plus, it’s full of creative people that make it far more fun than tweaking WordPress settings.
It might not be as powerful as WordPress, but that hasn’t stopped theme developers from putting together some amazingly creative themes. Our parent company Envato’s theme marketplace, ThemeForest, has a number of Tumblr themes that looks so nice, they’d tempt anyone to start a new blog. If you’ve been looking for a new theme for your Tumblr site, or want some inspiration for a new Tumblr blog, here’s some themes to get you inspired to start blogging!
We’re all looking for ways to make things easier, and anything that can be done to simplify or speed up things that you do regularly can be a great boost to productivity. Some of our favorite web apps are designed specifically to speed up routine tasks, such as IFTTT and Wappwolf. We’ve looked at Wappwolf in the past, but this time, we’re back with tutorials that that can help you put Wappwolf and Dropbox to work for you.
There’s tons you can do with Wappwolf, but this time, we’re going to look at how you can use it with eBooks and photos. All you need to do is upload files to your Dropbox account, and Wappwolf will do the heavy lifting of archiving files, uploading images to Facebook and much more. Let’s get started.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in January. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
If there’s one web app that always manages to stir up controversy, it’s Facebook. The world’s largest social network has slowly gotten most of us used to sharing our personal information, locations, pictures, the apps, movies, books, and music we like, and the things that are going on in our lives. Most recently, Facebook has tied all of the likes and personal info we’ve all put into Facebook together, and turned it into the powerful, yet somewhat creepy Graph Search.
Redefining what sharing means with each passing generation hasn’t been without its set of problems. Almost every time Facebook releases a major change, you’ll hear people adamantly declare that this time, they’ll really quit Facebook for good. Then, before long, that dies down, and everyone’s still on Facebook. Google Trends captures this, showing peaks of interest in quitting Facebook after major changes, with a gradual increasing interest in it overtime.
Facebook may not be the most popular brand network – Twitter seems to have stolen that crown, as we saw during the Super Bowl – but Facebook has remained the place where we, well, connect with friends online. Are you still using it, or has the introduction of Graph Search scared you off?
If you’ve ever quit Facebook, or plan to, we’d love to hear your story!
We’d like to say a special Thank You! to our sponsors from January. 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!
ProfitBooks includes everything you’ll need to efficiently manage your business accounting online. You can manage your employee’s info and your business inventory, making it easy to keep up with your payroll and equipment. If you need to invoice clients, ProfitBooks makes it easy to create customized invoices for your clients and track your revenue. ProfitBooks lets you keep track of all of your banking info, and with the smart reports, you can drill deeper into your company’s financial health. Best of all, the smart reports can be exported in Excel or PDF formats, so you can save them and view them anytime.
With Cloudship, you can write down everything you want in notes, share files, and keep track of everyone’s tasks. Cloudship will help you to keep your notes ordered and to search for them quickly. If you need, you can also view and restore previous versions of your notes. Then, add your tasks in a second, order them easily, and nest tasks that depend on others. You can also track the time you will need to complete a task and control the real time you spend on it.
It’s good enough, we’ve already reviewed it and started using it ourselves!
Photo Zoe is an easy to use, Aviary-powered online photo editor. Just upload your picture, then click the Edit button in the top to see all of the editing options. You can then enhance your photo, adjust its brightness, contrast, and sharpness, tweak it with Instagram-style effects, add stickers, frames, and captions, and more. Need to crop, rotate, or resize your picture? You can do that, too.
Online Logo Maker is new, free web tool created to help people create logos, without the need of design skills or expensive software. All you’ll need is a browser with Flash player installed, and you can quickly put together a basic logo using any of their 200+ included symbols or your own image. You can move, rotate, or resize anything, add shadows, and set any object’s location. You can then add text with a variety of included fonts to make your branding more personalized.
And a special thanks to you, our Web.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We hope you continue to find our articles interesting and helpful!
Knowing how many people visit your site each day isn’t enough every more. You need to know about the people behind those pageviews, see what they’re clicking, and find what’s working (and what’s not) in your app or site.
That’s why you should try out FoxMetrics, our sponsor this week. It’s an advanced analytics app that ties your customers with their actions on your site so you’ll see more than just pageviews. It’ll tell you who visited when, where, and why, in simple reports that you can easily understand and use to make business decisions. You can use it to measure anything – clicks, interactions, which banner ad is driving the most traffic, or anything else you can think of – in real-time.
Whether you’re trying to figure out the best ad banner to advertise your product, or the best wording on a button in your app, or where most of your customers that actually make a purchase are coming from, you can use FoxMetrics to find it. It’s easy to use, easy to integrate with your app, and can work in any app that can make HTTP(s) calls – a website, mobile app, email newsletter, or anywhere else you want.
Go Try It Out!
You can get started with FoxMetrics with a free 14 day trial and see if it’s what you need to get the most insights out of your site or app’s traffic. Once that’s up, you can use FoxMetrics starting at $59/month for up to 200,000 requests, with larger plans available as you need them.
So I made the jump and decided to go back to school for a second time, after I told myself I would never do more school when I graduated college. This time though, it is so different than when I went to college and when I got my Master’s. For one, I have a family and, two, I am also working full time. I knew I had to stay disciplined and get organized so that I could get through school and still enjoy my family and job.
I came across a web app called StudyBlue a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a try to see how I could possibly incorporate it into my life. They take the concept of the physical binder and turn it into a digital one, at least that is the best way that I can kind of explain it in a nutshell. One of the things you find is when you are a student is that you get so many papers to keep track of that, if you are not organized, you can easily lose a few.
Let me show you how StudyBlue tries to help solve this problem.
I’m terrible at remembering names. Absolutely terrible at it. If I ran into you in public and you told me your name, I’d likely forget it by the time I said my own name to you. I know that’s bad, and I’m sure trying to improve, but it’s a little problem I have … one that doesn’t seem so terribly uncommon, either.
There’s something that should be a solution for this: your address book or contacts manager. Odds are, your favorite email app lets you manage contacts right inside of it, and you likely already sync it to the address book app on your smartphone and computer. Contacts managers are pretty important, after all: if you can’t remember names, you’ll definitely not remember email addresses, mailing addresses, and everything you else you should remember about everyone you need to keep in touch with.
Truth is, though, I’m terrible about keeping my contacts list cleaned up. I’ll save phone numbers on my phone, emails on my Mac, and totally forget to merge the duplicate contacts. Then, I’ve got contacts for businesses I’ll never need again. It’s quite a mess.
How about you? Do you keep your address book organized? Do you have any tips for keeping your address book from being a total mess? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
It’s always assumed that 37signals’ Basecamp is the father of all project management apps. As such, it’s only natural for new apps that tackle the task to sprout up around the web, all hoping for a chance at taking the title. Whether it be creating an incredible interface to challenge that of its rivals or making the move of offering access to the app for incredibly cheap (or even free), these apps all try and bring something new to the table.