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If you’re working on a project you’re really passionate about, chances are that it will show within the quality of the outcome. Some apps can really help to allow developers, designers and just about any team embrace the passion they have for a particular project and offer an environment in which they can easily plan out the details, ready for work.

Trajectory is an app that provides this and much more. It offers teams an environment that can greatly improve productivity simply by making everything that much simpler to manage.

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Enterprise software were never fun to use. For years, in the name of “professional looking”, a boring user interface was listed as most enterprise software’s major USP, it seemed. Microsoft Outlook remained as the path breaking collaboration (!) tool for decades. It ruled the roost until the another equally legendary social collaboration tool, Sharepoint, arrived. Slowly, very slowly, companies are embracing SaaS apps, but they are often not much better.

Everytime I use a leading project management and collaboration web app, I can’t fathom why such a clunky tool is used by millions. Naturally, I was skeptical when I heard about WorkSimple, which claims to be a social enterprise platform. To learn if WorkSimple wiped the doubtful smirk off my face or not, hit jump.

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Web development can be a sole or group task. For the former, it’s pretty simple to organise your workflow, having everything within your own hardware and your own software. However, if you’re working as part of a development group, it’s a little more difficult to organise and collaborate.

Introducing Squad, a collaborative code editor inside your browser. By opening a local file or connecting to a server with S/FTP, you can edit code in the Squad web app alongisde others and even chat with them in a dedicated discussion area. (more…)

Many of us work with people located in different parts of the world and services like email, social networks and file sharing have offered us the ability to do so easily. Even here at AppStorm, Matthew Guay, the editor, and I live over 8,000 miles apart, but we are still able to communicate and work together productively thanks to our internet connections. There’s a range of project management and collaboration web apps around, but wouldn’t it be cool if teams could work in a shared workspace, virtually?

Enter Kohive, an online, virtual desktop for collaboration. Kohive mimics the design of a computer desktop to bring an online collaborative space for your team to work in.

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Here at Web.Appstorm, we’ve written about a number of brilliant web apps. Some of them I use everyday, and many have become a part of my work flow and are of great use to me. The Internet is much like this, full of great apps that can help you with nearly anything you’d ever need help with. What if you want to add to the Internets great arsenal of tools orwealth of information by building your own site?

The answer to this could well be Handcraft. In essence, it’s an online text editor, though it’s a lot more than this in practice. It can become your whole web development work flow and backup setup in one. Handcraft started out as a prototyping tool, designed to let you build your sites directly in the browser, for the browser, rather than starting out in Photoshop. Let’s see if this is the tool you need to design your next great site.

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Anybody who’s tried to lead a team to work on one or several projects knows how much of a nightmare it can be to get everything under control – Who does what? When? Who helps who? Who makes decisions and how can significant progress be made?

There are various programs and online tools out there that attempt to make the job of organization and collaboration less daunting. While the majority of these tools are complicated and have tons of features and capabilities, &! (pronounced andbang) goes the opposite direction. Let’s take a look and see if its reduced feature set is what your team needs.

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It’s no secret that I’m somewhat of a productivity junkie, and I’m often looking for the latest and greatest way to keep track of my to-do’s and deadlines. In the more recent months of working with these apps, a particularly explosive niche that I’ve noticed has been web apps and services dedicated to organizing a team. Collaborative to-do lists, group calendars, and even direct communication platforms are examples of core features that are finding their way into these apps.

Today I’m going to take a look at the web service Orchestra, one of the more lightweight solutions to collaborative productivity. Orchestra has both a web app interface as well as a companion iPhone app that was just reviewed earlier today on iPhone.AppStorm. Hit the jump to find out more about how this web app can coordinate efforts between you and your coworkers.

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One of the great things about the web is how easy sharing information and collaboration have become . There are now hundreds ways to show photos to friends, work on code with colleagues, make presentations to audiences across the globe, video chat with family abroad and team up to work on all kinds of projects, big and small. We’ve covered plenty of apps that help you curate and share content, including Zootool and Pinterest – but what if you wanted to share with a group – and do more than just look at pictures together?

Zwiggo has you covered. This app will have you and your group sharing pictures, links and files, talking in your own private chat room, taking group decisions in a flash, planning your schedule easily and getting things done all at once. It’s flexible enough to accommodate all types of groups and various activities. It also works in real-time and looks great. So how does Zwiggo work? Let’s put a project together and find out.

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I wouldn’t be wrong if I claim that project management web apps have broken down the myth that it takes a seasoned veteran to get a project done. It doesn’t take too much time to learn and adopt an online project management app. Web apps have done decent job of breaking down the entire project management grunt work into manageable pieces – just like the way projects meant to be executed.

Project Management apps for sure improves communication and enhances the productivity of the team. If in doubt, you should ask our AppStorm editors; project management helps us keep working with a team that’s never even beenin an office together. The increased productivity and collaboration is so infectious. Binfire is one among the many project management and collaboration apps around. How unique is it actually?

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Every once in a while, a tool is developed that is stunning in it’s simplicity. It’s utility is such that the tool itself fades away, and you wonder how you went so long without it. No, I’m not talking about an Apple product–but if you know Johnny Ive, see if he needs a speech writer.

Today, I’m going to try out A Web Whiteboard: a browser-based, collaborative brainstorming tool created by Senko Rašić, a programmer from Croatia. If you have a whiteboard in your office, or have ever used a whiteboard with colleagues, you are likely aware of the benefits. Personally, I’m a big fan of whiteboards because they’re an easy way to organize your thoughts, even when your thoughts and ideas change on a whim.

A Web Whiteboard takes this process and moves it to your computer, and more importantly, to the web, making easy and efficient collaboration possible, even when you’re miles away.

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