50 Great Web Alternatives to Desktop Software

Even without the help of the ground breaking features in HTML5, web apps have come of age. While not all web apps rival their desktop counterparts, some clearly do. One solid example being online To-do apps with invoicing and project management apps also competent enough for a neck to neck fight.

We’ve compiled a list of 50 worthy web app alternatives to standalone desktop apps. Let’s take a look!

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Panda Cloud Protection

Panda Cloud Protection

Panda Cloud Protection

Panda Cloud Protection is a cloud based security solution, delivered in a SaaS model that provides complete protection services for the major threat vectors: endpoint, email and web.

  • Replaces: Conventional AV suites like McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky etc.
  • Requirements: An Internet Connection
  • Developer: Panda Security
LastPass

LastPass

LastPass

LastPass is an online password manager which, with the help of your master password, remembers and stores all your passwords when you login to websites and facilitates — one click login after first use.

  • Replaces: KeePass, 1Password (Mac), Roboform etc.
  • Requirements: A modern web browser.

Google Docs

Google Docs

Google Docs is an online office suite made available for free by Google and is capable of word processing, spreadsheets, presentations & more.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Office & Open Office
  • Requirements: A modern web browser & a Google account.
  • Developer: List developer if you can find him/her

Splashup

Splashup

Splashup is a cloud based image editing tool with a great set of tools for image manipulation.

  • Replaces: Adobe Photosop, Gimp etc.
  • Requirements: Adobe Flash Player
  • Developer: Faux Labs, Inc.

Google Apps

Google Apps

Google Apps is an affordable enterprise communication suite complete with email, calenders, document editors and more.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Requirements: A domain name

Gliffy

Gliffy

Gliffy is a web app that helps us create & share quality flow charts, complex diagrams or technical drawings.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Vizio

Instacalc

Instacalc

Instacalc is equipped with scientific functions & formulae and is a great replacement for the desktop app.

  • Replaces: The calculator app

faxZERO

faxZERO

With faxZERO you can send free faxes to USA & Canada and paid faxes across the globe.

  • Replaces: A fax machine
  • Developer: Savetz Publishing

Netvibes

Netvibes

Netvibes is the fastest way to keep in touch with your RSS subscriptions and to track your real time web.

  • Replaces: Feed demon, Net News Wire etc.

Meebo

Meebo

Meebo is a online multiple protocol chat app that does not need any introductions.

  • Replaces: Almost all chat clients.

Prezi

Prezi

Prezi is a great web app to create stunning & professional looking presentation material.

  • Replaces: Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Requirements: Adobe Flash Player
  • Developer: Prezi Inc.

Wufoo

Wufoo

Wufoo makes building forms and survey applications to collect data from users extremely simple.

  • Replaces: A lot of shareware apps & to an extent IDE’s.
  • Developer: Infinity Box Inc.
Evernote

Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is the popular app of choice to jot down things on the fly.

  • Replaces: Microsoft OneNote.
  • Requirements: The dedicated desktop & mobile apps for ease of use.

PDFescape

PDFescape

Read, edit, fill forms and create PDF files with this amazing web app.

  • Replaces: Adobe Reader
  • Developer: CT Developing LLC.
Google Voice

Google Voice

Google Voice

After Google opened up international calling, the app has become the powerhouse of voice communication.

  • Replaces: Skype
  • Requirements: Google Voice Account which is available only to US residents.

World of Soltaire

World of Solitaire

A windows user never ever gets tired of this good game!

  • Replaces: Solitaire
  • Developer: Cosmic Realms

WebFTPer

WebFTPer

Upload files, change permissions, manage data all without having to leave the browser.

  • Replaces: SmartFTP, Transmit etc.
ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle

Record, share & stream your screenshots without having to download and install anything. ScreenCastle offers 8 different links to watch, embed and share with different image sizes.

  • Replaces: TechSmith Camtasia Studio
  • Requirements: Java

Talon

Talon

From the stable of the popular web app supermarket Aviary, comes the online screenshot taking app.

  • Replaces: TechSmith SnagIT
  • Requirements: A Firefox or Chrome Plugin for enhanced functionality.

SmugMug

SmugMug

Our editor’s favorite photo management app is a great choice for hobbyists & professionals alike.

  • Replaces: ACD See, Picasa Desktop etc.
  • Requirements: An account at SmugMug
  • Developer: SmugMug Inc.

PiratePad

PiratePad

PiratePad is a free online collaborative notepad for group discussion and code editing.

  • Replaces: WordPad, Tomboy etc
  • Developer: PiratPartiNet
vixy

vixy.net

vixy.net

vixy.net converts your video into FLV format optimized to be played in your portable media player. Preset settings are available for popular portable players.

  • Replaces: Handbrake
  • Developer: Farside Inc.

movavi

movavi

A great web app to convert multiple video files simultaneously into a variety of popular formats.

  • Replaces: Videora, Xilisoft Video Converter etc.

Miro Video Converter

Miro Video Converter

In addition to converting videos into a lot of popular video formats, Miro Video Converter can also convert files into the latest WebM format too.

  • Developer: Participatory Culture Foundation

HootSuite

HootSuite

Right from following your friends to monitoring a social marketing campaign, there is nothing impossible with this web app powered by HTML5.

  • Replaces: Tweetdeck
  • Requirements: A modern browser & social network accounts.
  • Developer: HootSuite Media Inc.

mindmeister

mindmeister

mindmeister is an upgrade to the good old napkin system to capture ideas. It’s also possible to export mind maps, edit with another app (desktop or web) and import the same for further edits.

  • Replaces: Mindomo, Simple Mind etc.
  • Developer: Meister Labs

Balsamiq

Balsamiq

Balsamiq is a simple & powerful web app to design UI prototypes & wireframes ideal for designers & developers.

  • Replaces: Denim, OmniGraffle
  • Developer: Balsamiq Studios LLC.

Kodingen

Kodingen

Kodingen is a web based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that supports coding and version control of apps in a variety of top programming languages.

  • Replaces: Dreamweaver, Visual Studio.

Dabbleboard

Dabbleboard

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Dabbleboard lets you draw your ideas as pictures quickly. Others can also contribute to the idea on the board too.

  • Replaces: NotateIt
  • Developer: Dabbleboard Inc.

Piwik

Piwik

Piwik is a self hosted, open source (GPL licensed) real time web analytics software script which has the same set of features of Google Analytics.

  • Replaces: Woopra
  • Requirements: A web server

Oprius

Oprius

Oprius is a sales and contact Management Software web app that lets you can access your contacts from anywhere.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Outlook
  • Developer: Oprius Software Inc.

SugarCRM

SugarCRM

Available in both commercial and open source flavors, SugarCRM is a competent Customer Relationship Management solution.

  • Replaces: vTiger, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and more.
  • Requirements: A web server for the open source version.

OpenBravo

OpenBravo

OpenBravo is a web-based integrated Enterprise Management system for managing your business right from the Point of Sales to Warehouse Management.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Dynamics NAV, SAP
  • Requirements: A web server
  • Developer: Openbravo, S.L.U.

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner is a project management web app known for its ability to make allowances for sliding estimates for tasks with inexact completion dates.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Project
  • Developer: LiquidPlanner Inc.

Less Accounting

Less Accounting

Less Accounting is a great way to keep track of your expenses, income, invoicing and taxing needs. Less time spent on book keeping and more time to focus on your business.

  • Replaces: Quick Books
  • Developer: Less Everything

Less TimeSpent

Less TimeSpent

No more sticky notes and no more cluttered spreadsheets. LessTimeSpent tracks your work in real time, so no more over worked & underpaid hours.

  • Replaces: actiTime, Billings.
  • Developer: Less Everything

Magna CRM

Magna CRM

Magna CRM is a simple & intuitive on demand CRM solution to store business contacts, leads, opportunities in addition to scheduling & managing tasks.

  • Developer: OnClick Solutions Ltd.

Goplan

Goplan

Goplan lets you keep track of your projects and collaborate with your colleagues securely through an intuitive user interface & is used by famous companies like Mozilla & Boxee among others.

  • Replaces: Microsoft Project
  • Developer: Webreakstuff Lda.

TeuxDeux

TeuxDeux

TeuxDeux is a visually compelling and highly usable to-do app developed with the aim to reboot how contemporary Getting Things Done apps work.

  • Replaces: Things
  • Developer: swissmiss & Fictive Kin

Springpad

Springpad

Whether on your computer or smart phone, Springpad helps you remember stuff — places, websites, books, recipes, ideas, anything — all in one place so you can make better decisions.

  • Replaces: Bento
  • Requirements: List
  • Developer: Spring Partners

iClippy

iClippy

iClippy captures all your copy and cut operations & automatically copies them to the iClippy service. The web app can also capture from the screen and the scanner as well.

  • Replaces: Ditto, Presto.
  • Developer: iClippy LLC.

Photoshop.com

Photoshop.com

Edit, organize and share your photos with the Photoshop.com web app which with the familiar interface, is a close enough to be a light weight Photoshop. It’s free and comes with 1 GB free storage.

  • Replaces: Adobe Photoshop
  • Requirements: An Adobe ID
  • Developer: Adobe

Toodledo

Toodledo

For those of us who are procrastinators, Toodledo is a special tool that analyzes dates, priorities, time estimates, and other characteristics to create a customized schedule of the best use of your time.

  • Requirements: A Toodledo account

Zootool

Zootool

Zootool is a cool way to collect, organize and share your favourite images, videos, documents and links from all over the web.

  • Replaces: Desktop & browser based bookmark apps
  • Developer: OpenWe GmbH

Livemocha

Livemocha

Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community and offers intelligently designed learning programs designed by native speakers of the language you are interested in.

  • Replaces: Rosetta Stone

Cramberry

Cramberry

Cramberry helps you study with online flash cards. Cramberry analyzes your progress during the study and shows only the cards you need to study.

  • Replaces: Popling
  • Developer: Lateral Communications Inc.

CliffsNotes

CliffsNotes

Literature can be pretty boring. CliffsNotes’ guides present and explain literary and other works in a condensed & simple form online.

  • Developer: Wiley Publishing.

Toggl

Toggl

With Toggl, you can track time with a single click and switch easily between different tasks and create reports at the same time.

  • Developer: apprise

Mibbit

Mibbit

For long mIRC has been the chosen client to access the grand daddy of IM, the IRC (Internet Relay Chat). With Mibbit, there is no need to know the complex login and channel commands and even newbies can start using IRC in no time..

  • Replaces: mIRC
  • Developer: Mibbit Limited.

put.io

put.io

Put.io is a storage service that allows you to upload your medial files & and lets you stream them immediately as and when you please. You can use it to stream video, listen to your music and can also share your library with friends.

Interested in checking out more desktop app alternatives? Check out our earlier list of 15 desktop app alternatives.


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  • Thnx for the awesome roundup .. didnt know about most of dem .. Time to try these

    Cheers
    Sid

    • Woah, not cool with the spam link.

      But EVERNOTE FTW! I use it for college, work, and my blog. If I had to recommend and of these alternatives, it would be Evernote without a doubt.

      Great post btw, I didn’t know about most of the others, I’ll be trying out a few over the next week and see how each does for me.

  • awesome!!! thank you for this post!!
    reading….

  • Lots of good stuff.

    IMO – Kashoo, http://www.kashoo.com > Less Accounting

  • Great list of web apps! Imagine if Google Buzz did better than it did, things would be quite different…

  • Really nice list, thank you.

  • You’ve obviously put a lot of hard work and effort into this blog post. kudos! There are some apps on here I’m really keen to check out like Sugar CRM which I’ve heard some great things about. You might also like a simple time tracking software called 1DayLater time tracking and analysis – a tool for the freelancers amongst you!

  • Thanks for telling me about Piwik, I’ve always wanted something like that.

  • Great article. PiratePad is more than a wordpad. It is for online document collabaration . Its built using code of etherpad which got aquiried by Google.

  • Great post! As the web 2.0 is coming, more and more application will be put on the web. I just found out a web-base source control client which allows to connect to repository on your browser, http://codefaces.org.

  • Really Useful list. Thanks for posting

  • Great list. We have another list of professional webware at Webwarelist, http://webwarelist.com.

  • We’re in the process of implementing Liquid Planner as a project management tool. Even better than the functionality is the tremendous support from the Liquid Planner team.

    Well worth a look if you’ve out grown basecamp.

  • http://diagramo.com is another alternative to Visio. It’s built with HTML5 and it’s free.

  • Although I know some of them but still very useful list.
    Please correct a small typo in Put.io i.e. its “media files” NOT “medial files”. Thanks

  • Thanks, great post. Going to give eevernote a go. Hope it’s as good as the download size makes you think :)

  • Great list, thanks.
    Just wanted to add: Microsoft’s product is called VISIO not VIZIO.

  • Useful list, thanks!

  • check out open source project management and collaboration tool http://www.projectpier.org/ for opensource invoicing http://www.myclientbase.com/

  • Great list. One other app to consider is http://www.hotgloo.com for creating great mockups.

  • How about a web app that just sends every single bit of you and/or your company’s business to everybody on the planet?Then you can share your not-yet-patented inventions, your financials, your love letters and EVERYTHING. Jeez, sheeple, WAKE UP!

  • I was going to say that this is a great roundup with quite a few sites I hadn’t heard of before, until you wrote that literature is boring. That is NOT the case, not at all!

  • Excelent contribution, do not forget to include Microsoft Web Apps (including skydrive) and those online operating systems, they are also very useful.

    Thanks

  • I’m amazed how you missed mint.com!!! that’s a great tool and it’s free!

  • Thanks for the awesome list. I picked up a few new tools from it that will help with my productivity.

  • What about http://www.Mint.com ? Lets you budget your money and see all your bank accounts in one place! Of course its free to use as well.

  • Hi:
    Thanks for this terrific list. I am adding it to my ‘delicious.com’ list.
    -j-

  • Awesome and useful list, will try some of them, thanks !

  • Good stuff,

    I would add to the list Ofuz, a simple Open Source alternative to Outlook contact, MS project and quickbooks:
    http://www.ofuz.com/opensource/

  • Balsamiq is great but not a true web app… HotGloo.com or mockflow.com would be better suggestions

  • Great list! Lots of stuff I didn’t know about. I’d add freshbooks.com and Mint.com to the list.
    Thanks again!

  • hootsuite is better to share what we want to.

  • Thanks for the list, very very helpful. I’m surprized Basecamp wasn’t included in here for the project management category….

  • Great list ! Thanks !

  • nice ones guys.

  • Wow, almost 80% of these apps are unfamiliar to me. I can’t wait to try them out! I’m especially excited to try out LastPass, LiveMocha, and Netvibe.

    Thanks guys and keep up the good work. :)

  • Dropbox Missing…………..

  • This is a great list. I keep coming back to it and have bookmarked it. The problem with Web 2.0 tools is that even though they fill a need they don’t always interconnect with other tools. We are working on a way to see the big picture. Our site is still in development. Thanks for your work on this.

  • I learned about iClippy from your post. Looks like a quick way to share the clipboard between computers. I’m trying the service now. Thanks!

  • I use few of them already. Anyways nice list of basic software

  • I would check out http://www.lucidchart.com as a better Visio alternative. Unlike Gliffy, they are beta testing Visio import which makes it much easier to transition away from that piece of desktop software.

  • Dropbox should be on this list. Otherwise you did a great job digging up these goldmines. I’ve already added a few to my favorites to try out as needed. Thanks!

  • We also have a very cool application for employee time management, project tracking, expense management and asset management. You can check us out at http://www.timemerlin.com and sign up for free trial.

  • hey thats a nice compilation..thnks!

  • One cloud based solution for project management is Exepron (http://www.exepron). This company offers a free trial and you don’t pay on a per seat basis like many others.