Craigslist started out as a list of items for sale, and over its lifetime it has really stayed just a list of items. If you have ever tried posting a number of Craigslist ads before, you know how annoying it can be. There is little available with which to format your ads, and the few tools Craigslist provides are difficult to use, at best. Some posters have nicer looking graphics that are inserted into the post, but those are a challenge to make on your own. So how does the everyday Craigslist user make nice-looking postings? A new service called PostMaven just might be the answer.

PostMaven is a beta service which, for the time being, allows users to make official looking Craigslist ads from templates. After using the easy service to make an ad that meets your specifications, you can then export the code from the template and use it for your final posting on Craigslist. You can make ads for an array of goods and services, so stick with me to learn more about PostMaven.

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There are some fantastic web apps made for Google Chrome, thanks to the Chrome team’s dedication to showing off the power of web apps in their browser. We recently took a look at the new Chrome Legos, and 100,000 Stars is another great Chrome app that’s recently come out, fresh from the minds of the Google Data Arts Team.

It’s an interactive visualization of the stars in our “neighborhood” of the universe, and it’s an incredibly humbling and beautiful experience. You don’t have to use Chrome to run it, either — I had some success with the latest version of Firefox, and any browser that supports WebGL should be able to run it.

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Online shopping is far from unusual these days. If anything, it’s more unusual to not shop online. Even on the one day that you can convince people to get out of bed and wait in line for deals at stores, more people than ever are doing their shopping on Black Friday online.

This year, IBM found that online sales on Black Friday increased 20% over last year. If anything, the only time online shopping was unusual was when it was from a desktop or laptop, with 24% of people shopping from a mobile device and 10% from a tablet. From comparison pricing in-store with a smartphone to looking up potential sales before leaving the house to buying an eBook on sell anywhere without going to a store, online shopping is at an all-time high, even on America’s favorite day to go shopping.

That’s why we’re curious about how you did your Black Friday shopping. Did you snag a few online deals, or did you check deals online before heading out to brave the crowds? Did you use any web apps to help you find the best prices? Or would you still rather leave the tech at home and go shopping the old fashioned way? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Over the past few weeks on Web.Appstorm, I’ve covered two web apps which have really impressed me: Pixlr and PhotoRaster. Both of these are photo editing web apps that are powerful and easy to use. After raving about these apps in separate reviews, I decided it was time for a comparison so we can find which is the best online photo editor.

If you’ve read my review of Pixlr, you’ll know that it is split into three different apps. Thus, we will be looking at Pixlr Advanced, the editor which is most similar to that of PhotoRaster’s. Read on to find out which app we like the best!

If you would like to read the separate reviews of Pixlr and PhotoRaster, check out these links: Pixlr: Simple Filters to Advanced Editing, and Photo Raster: An Advanced Online Photo Editor.

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About two months ago, I started the process to hire some new personnel at my day job, and I needed a way to keep track of who had applied and where they stood in the hiring process. After some research into basic CRMs, I found Streak.

According to the development team, Streak is CRM in your [Gmail] inbox. And boy, is it ever. Let’s find out how Streak integrates with Gmail and how it will make your life easier. (more…)

In the days before email and smartphones, postcards were an amazing way of sending a pictorial message to someone. It showed the recipient when that sender was seeing, along with a note at the back describing what that was or their feelings at the time. It was personal.

Smartphones changed that to a large extent with their cameras and internet connectivity, making the modern ‘e-postcard’ much faster. And now, Findery is taking it to the next step of the postcard’s evolution. It’s no longer about you sending a postcard to a friend, it’s about sharing it with the world and pinpointing it on a map for anyone to find.

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I will be perfectly honest and say that I am not the best when it comes to buying gifts for people. I tend to not know what to buy or am too lazy to go out and shop. With Christmas coming up, I dread even going within a 100 feet of a mall if I don’t have to. I like to do all of my Christmas shopping online if I can.

Well, now there is a new way to give a gift to someone that you love or just want to surprise: Treater. It’s a web app that integrates with your Facebook account and gives you the opportunity to purchase and send gifts electronically. At first, I was a little skeptical by it, but when I tried it out it actually worked okay and I can see something like this being the future of gift giving. Let’s take a look at it.

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When it comes to online collaboration, it can either be a nightmare or a walk in the park. However, one of the main factors in deciding which way the collaborative experience can go is whether or not you have the right tool to ensure it. For decades, people have used email as a primary means of contact with others online so it can be only natural for people to opt for this first but for people that want a bit more than just what email has to offer, there is a handy little app named HushFlow.

Though the app’s currently in beta phase, we’ve managed to get an interview with Peter Sandtner, one of the main developers working on the project. Read on to find out more and read the interview!

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It’s Thanksgiving week for Americans, and here at AppStorm our international team still enjoys listing the apps we’re thankful for. We use tons of web apps in our daily work and leisure time, in addition to all the apps we try out for reviews and roundups that we publish here daily. It’d take way too long to list every app we use, but we rounded up a personal favorite from many on our team, as well as a couple of the apps that keep our articles coming your way every day.

Keep reading to see the apps that the Web.AppStorm team is most thankful for this year.

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When you’re always looking for the greatest new app, sometimes you forget about the awesome apps that power your life. The apps you use day in, day out to make money, stay in touch with family and friends, be creative, stay informed, and more are the most important apps, way more important that that new app that might come out tomorrow and just might revolutionize your life … or not.

Funny thing is, apps that you use all the time can fade into the background, and you’ll almost never think about them. It’s easy to take for granted the apps we use most. From your web browser to your bookmarking app, there are apps you use every day without thinking about it, but you’d be hard pressed to live without them.

Today’s Thanksgiving in America, which makes a great time to stop and think of the things you’re grateful for, no matter where you call home. Our team has rounded up some of the apps we’re thankful for this year, and we’d love to hear from you. What Mac apps are you the most thankful to have around this year? Perhaps an older app that’s stood the test of time, or a newer app that’s recently become essential to your workflow. Either way, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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