We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in November. 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 is one thing that mars the joy of giving a gift, it’s actually thinking one up. I don’t know about you, but personally, I always prefer asking the person for a few things he or she wants, and then picking the best out of that. That way, not only is the recipient happy with the gift they got – since it was something they wanted anyway – but I also get the satisfaction of knowing it’s something they will actually use, and not just have it lying around somewhere in the closet for eternity.

Wishmindr is a nifty little service that lets you always have an answer for the question, “So, what do you want this Christmas/birthday/anniversary?” It’s tightly integrated with online shopping sites Amazon, eBay and ShopStyle, making it much easier to pinpoint exactly what you want and share it with your family and friends. (more…)

Do you remember the cork board of old with Post it notes/ recipes/ photos and telephone messages all pinned onto the board? I do, very well, and I miss it. You know what I mean: whilst it seemed disorganised to others, to you it was perfect, everything had its place and you could find things instantly.

It’s been one of those things that I keep on thinking about, and trying to find a modern analog to. Let me tell you about the closest I have come to finding this level of utility in an app. It’s called Spaaze, and it’s marketed as an infinite cork board. That sounds like just the ticket to me. Read on to see how new-fashioned, digital cork compares to old-fashioned, tree cork.


Having a website is an obvious must for any business these days, but for small companies, even basic shared hosting can seem expensive for a basic site. Of course you can sign up for an EC2 account and host your website there for free if your bandwidth and storage requirements are low, but one has to deal with a myriad of configurations to even get started. When all you were looking to do was host a simple site online, the initial learning curve of just hosting your site can be maddening.

Enter Dropbox. Wait, Dropbox? Yup, you heard that right. Allow me to demonstrate how to turn your Dropbox account into a static web host, using Site44.


A while back I had the opportunity to review the Doxie Go and I absolutely loved it and I still use it till this day. Then, a few weeks later, I remember a friend asking me about the Doxie Go and how he liked what he read in the review, but couldn’t afford to pay $200 for a scanner. He had the original Doxie and liked it, but was looking to upgrade and he mentioned to me how he wish there was something that was in the middle of the original Doxie and the Doxie Go.

Well, I was excited to message him a couple of weeks ago to let him know that his request for a middle of the road Doxie had finally come to fruition. The company just recently launched a new scanner called the Doxie One and once again, they graciously gave me the opportunity to review one. For the past week or so, I have been able to use it and have been able to put it through some tests. (more…)

Our weekly sponsor this week is DoneDone: the simple, effective issue tracker. If your team’s been struggling to keep track of software and website bugs, DoneDone is a great way to get everyone organized.

DoneDone keeps the entire team informed by creating a centralized location for bugs, issues, ideas, support tickets, files, and team communication. From keeping tabs on design and planning tasks to sharing screenshots during testing, DoneDone helps everyone stay on-task and on-time. If you’re a developer, you can also sync up with DoneDone via Git and SVN using either Github or Beanstalk.

Once your project has shipped, you can still use DoneDone to keep the momentum going. Tag issues to label which bugs need to be fixed first, and keep up with customer support issues using DoneDone’s real-time notifications and updates.

Go Get It!

If your team is still using spreadsheets, sticky notes, and email to keep track of bugs, ideas, and feature requests, then you should start using DoneDone. Your clients will understand it and your programming team will thank you for it.

You can try it out for 30 days for free, and if you only need 3 active users keep using DoneDone for free. As your team grows so can your DoneDone plan, starting at just $15/month.

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2012 has been a big year for the Internet and the legislation which governs it. In January, the Internet took a stand against SOPA and PIPA by striking, shutting down major websites including Reddit and Wikipedia in protest.

The issues have largely centred around the US where SOPA and PIPA were born, especially with this year’s elections taking place. However, Internet freedom has remained a popular political topic around the EU where similar legislation has been up for debate and protested. It’s now a hot topic again, with the ITU treaty proposal causing more controversy over the governance of the internet just as the year is winding down. (more…)

At Envato we’ve been building something really awesome over the last couple of months, and it’s finally time reveal it! We’re extremely excited to announce the launch of the Tuts+ Jobs.

Tuts+ Jobs is a job board for full time, part time and casual employment opportunities for web and creative professionals, such as app developers and interface designers. A brand new site to go alongside the Tuts+ Educational Network and the Envato Marketplaces, all run by Envato. Read on to find out more!


As the web has evolved over the last few years into a powerful, dependable platform, web apps have grown in popularity as well as complexity. There are web apps out there for pretty much anything you want to get done — even something as unthinkable a few years ago as replacing Photoshop for image editing. This development has come at a cost though — web apps are more powerful than ever with their own learning curves and subscription costs.

As has been the case with any popular platform though, the web has also been a breeding ground for utilitarian applications that do small things well, and at the unbeatable cost of free. In this post, I’ll be listing some of the best small design utilities that I’ve come to use on the web to get very specific tasks done. They’re tiny, focused and get the job done with little fuss. (more…)

There’s many ways to sell stuff online, but if you’ve decided you want to sell stuff directly from your own site, you’ve still got to figure out how exactly to do that. You could run a dedicated eCommerce platform on your site, or perhaps add it with a plugin like WooCommerce. The simplest way, though, is with a hosted shopping cart service.

In this roundup I’m going to look at three of the best hosted shopping carts available: eJunkie, AmberCart and Cashie Commerce. Each one has its own pro’s and con’s, and hopefully though this article you’ll be able to find the one that is right for you. Let’s dig in.


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