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Over the years, AppStorm has reviewed a number of writing tools. For writers, these apps can have special meaning, as many of us earn our livings by using these apps. A good web-based word editor can be indispensable in daily life, both for us and for many of our readers as well.

Whenever I stumble upon a new one I can not help but try it out. So was the case recently when I happened upon WriteApp, which bills itself as a “distraction-free editor”. It boasts support for markdown, live preview, public notes, post by email, and much more. Plus it is free to use, though you need to register for an account. It was something I knew I’d have to check out. (more…)

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…)

Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Productive Web Apps. The developer describes Productive Web Apps as an interactive directory that lets you easily search, sort, rate and compare hundreds of the best web applications. As a bit of background small gripe I had with the Chrome Web Store was that there was no ability to subscribe to RSS feeds or receive regular updates when new apps are added each day. This was the main driver why I built the site.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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There’s so many things you can do from your browser, you could get by quite nicely without any other native apps. The internet is full of amazing web apps, ranging from powerful tools for enterprises to little tools that do one thing great.

While the web apps and sites we love are powered by servers, usually running Linux with Apache, MySQL, and more, our browsers feel more like the “operating system” on which web apps run. We’ve gathered the best tips we can find to help you get the most out of web apps, both from the apps themselves and the browsers you use to access them.

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When Apple first announced iCloud at the last WWDC conference, it was unclear at first if iCloud would even have real web apps so you could check your email and calendar from any browser. The first iPhone shipped without native app support, relying instead on web apps to fill any functionality gaps, but the success of the App Store in iOS and OS X has made web apps a much lower priority for Apple’s platforms.

Then, iCloud finally trickled down to the public with iOS 5 and OS X Lion, and we were excited to see that iCloud not only included web apps, but really high quality web apps that were beautifully designed. They’re just about the closest imitation of their sister native apps we’ve ever seen on the web.

Problem is, most people just use the native apps on iOS or their Macs already. Plus, many of us already have our mail, contacts, and calendar in Google’s cloud, and don’t overly want to switch. That’s why I was wondering if you use the iCloud web apps. If you have an account, and have never tried them out, you owe it to yourself to go to iCloud.com and take them for a spin.

Question is: will you keep using them there, or will Mail, Calendar, and Address Book on your iOS device or Mac come calling again?

If you have been a consistent reader of Web.AppStorm, you know that there are some great applications out there for the web. There are many times that I wish a lot of these were actually on the desktop instead. Take for example, Pandora, I love using it, but there is not native desktop app for it. Well, about a year ago, I came across a solution that has been such a great way to enjoy them natively.

In this post, let me show you how to use Fluid, an application that changes a web page into a desktop like app. I don’t know about you, but I am moving more and more toward using the web for a lot of my daily tasks, email, calendar, social networking, etc., and I hate having so many tabs open in my browser. With Fluid, I can change all of that and have these websites launch by itself versus being stuck on the web. Let me show you what I am talking about.
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For over a year now, I have been trying hard to push every reader of this blog (and whoever I talk to) to embrace the cloud. It goes without saying that I use a lot of web apps to carry out my personal and professional day to day activities. But in reality, it’s a mix of web and native apps combined (about 75% and 25% of each respectively). Not that web apps aren’t capable of pulling out all the tasks that I do, but native apps offer a bit of flexibility in some cases.

But guess what, last week I got caught up in a unforeseen situation, I had to get away from my beloved desktop for a couple of days. I had access to Internet cafes, but that’s all I got to complete my assignments before deadlines. I did make it in time. Care to know how I pulled it off with the help of web apps alone?

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If you read Techcrunch’s Deadpool articles, it would seem that most of the apps that come out are destined to become parked domains and distant memories in the Internet Archive. Time and again, an exciting new app comes out, but without a business model or a sufficient user base, it soon falls on the wrong side of the Survival of the Fittest. Or, perhaps, the company gets bought out, only the purchasing company saw it as a talent acquisition and didn’t care the least bit about the app they purchased. Worse yet, the app you’ve come to rely on could decide to “pivot” and change their product or business model, breaking the very thing you liked about it.

We love how many new web apps are always coming out, but sometimes it can be hard to fall in love with an app when so many disappear. The rapid iteration can both be beneficial and harmful at the same time. It means new features and exciting new apps, but it also means that the odds of an app sticking around for the long term are worse than ever. With native apps, you’ll at worst lose support and updates if you purchased an app from a company that later died. But, with web apps, the app and your data are gone along with the company.

Have you ever had trouble from an app getting shut down? Are you excited when new apps come out and quick to try them, or would you be more likely to wait and see if the company’s going to be around for the long haul? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Three months ago, I made the switch to a Mac after years of using PCs. I’d used Linux off and on, but for the most part had stuck with Windows, from 95 through 7. It was almost amazing how easy it was for me to switch to the Mac; within hours of unboxing it, I was back at work as productive as ever.

Much of the difference this time was the fact that I rely on web apps for much of my computing life. Sure, I still love native apps; that was half of the reason I wanted to switch to the Mac to start with. But the cloud has helped us keep our data and it’s now easier to use the apps you want with your data than ever before.

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Apple took the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone West for their opening keynote at WWDC this afternoon, announcing (or rather, reasoning in the first case) Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and their new service, iCloud.

iCloud is the successor to MobileMe, Apple’s previous set of web apps that synced directly with other devices, whether they be powered by Mac OS X, Windows or iOS. However, iCloud builds on those, providing a much more refined syncing environment for your devices in terms of both data and media. (more…)

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