Web apps are typically single-purpose: you use one app for one thing. That’s in sharp contrast to most desktop apps, where you might use the same app (hello, Excel!) for dozens of different things. Being focused is great, but it can also sometimes be limiting.
Take Microsoft Office Access, for example. For years it’s been the go-to app for small businesses when they need a new form-driven internal app. Instead of buying some new app, anyone with the tiniest bit of computer skills can put together a custom solution without too much trouble. It might not be as powerful as a full-featured app for the same purpose, but it gets the job done without too much trouble.
Papyrs, an intranet tool we covered a couple years back, has recently added a new Apps mode that makes it easy for anyone to turn a Papyrs form into a custom database app. It’s Access, reinvented for the web.
Most people are familiar with spreadsheets as a way to organise their data into a way that is easily read and is simple to use. However, due to their relative simplicity and ubiquitous nature, they are often seen as the do all data storage platform. This leads to over-sized and over-complex, linked spreadsheets that are very fragile and hard to work with.
I’m sure you have all seen it: the spreadsheet abyss that is tucked deep into your office network. You know, where all the spreadsheets are linked and only one person knows which bits you can edit to get the results you need and which bits if changed by one decimal point will ruin all of the sheets and linked calculations.
So, the obvious solution is a database. The way that databases are designed allows for separated data, layered processing above it to calculate anything that you need, and best of all, they are robust (if implemented correctly) and scale well. “But,” I hear you say, “I don’t know how to design or implement a database!” This is where Ragic! comes in. (more…)
Want a web app that’s flexible enough to work with the needs your business’ data needs? Then you might want to try out TeamDesk, our sponsor this week. TeamDesk is web-based database software that enables teams to easily design web-based database applications or use predefined solutions to gather, share and manage business information.
If your business has been using spreadsheets to manage data, and need something a bit more robust that everyone can access and work on together, then TeamDesk is a great solution. It’s a versatile database app that lets you use its premade apps or put together your own online app to work with your data. It’s almost like building a custom Access app for your business, except this time, it’s online and everyone can use it together.
TeamDesk has a number of premade apps that you can check out to get ideas on how to put it to use for your business. For anything from real estate records to accounting, phone number location lookup to issue tracking, the ways you can put TeamDesk to work for your business are limitless. You can build anything you want with TeamDesk’s database software without any programming.
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Ready to give TeamDesk a try? You can signup for a free 14 day trial without entering any payment info. Then, if it works for your business, you can use it starting at $49/month per app with up to 5 users.
In our digital life, there’s a lot of information we need to keep track of, from login credentials to licensing information to important dates. It’s all stuff that you need to know, but can’t always stay on top of. You could write it down in your online notes or office apps, but if your accounts get hacked, your passwords and other private data will be right there for the hacker to see. You could try to remember everything, and keep up with the info you receive in email by archiving messages into special folders, but you’ll likely end up forgetting or losing something.
For individuals, there’s many password managers that can help out with this, from the free LastPass to paid options like 1Password. Between those apps, random bits of info you can find in your email account, and your own brain, you’ll likely be fine keeping up with the important info in your own life.
But what about passwords and info that your whole team or business needs access to? That’s where Safestacks comes in. It’s a web app designed for storing all your usernames, passwords, licenses and other important information in one central repository. By managing all this important information with one app, you’ll be able to easy save time, money and effort by staying on top of things. Let’s take a look. (more…)