Matthew Guay

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Looking for a new way to keep your team working together in 2013? You should give Cloudship, our sponsor this week, a try. It’s a web app that helps you get organized in the simplest and most productive way. Best of all, you can get started with Cloudship for free!

With Cloudship, you can write down everything you want in notes, share files, and keep track of everyone’s tasks. Cloudship will help you to keep your notes ordered and to search for them quickly. If you need, you can also view and restore previous versions of your notes. Then, add your tasks in a second, order them easily, and nest tasks that depend on others. You can also track the time you will need to complete a task and control the real time you spend on it.

Cloudship is great for teams because it allows you to share tasks and notes with other people in a clear and simple way. In a shared project, each user can select tasks or notes they are interested in, and is then notified when another project member modifies any of them.

Get Your Team Onboard!

Cloudship is free to get started with, so there’s no reason not to try it out with your team. If you ever want to get more out of Cloudship, you can step up to Cloudship Pro for just 4€/month or 36€/year. A pro account will give you up to 1Gb of file uploads per month, at least 1,000 versions in your note history, and premium support.

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Ever wanted to let your family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else join you in an event that they can’t make it to? Or perhaps you want to start a liveblog for the next Apple keynote event. Either way, you need a way to stream video, text, and pictures in real-time. Suddenly YouTube just doesn’t quite cut it.

There’s several web apps out there for live video streaming, but the new Livestream is the one you should check out. With a free account, you can stream unlimited video, text, and images, and with a paid account, your visitors can see the livestream without even logging in. Plus, it’s simple to use. Let’s take a look.


App Stores are overflowing with native apps for the web apps we’ve grown to love: Facebook, Gmail, Evernote, Dropbox, WordPress, and more. It’s sometimes hard to choose between using a native app for a web service, and just opening it in another tab. Many of us end up downloading native apps for some of our web apps, as we found in this week’s poll, but sometimes, it’s just better to use the web app.

That’s what Mac.AppStorm writer Reid Leamaster found with his favorite task management app, Todoist. It’s a great todo list app that’s gotten even better since our last review, and he’s come to rely on it for his to-dos. The Todoist team recently made a new Mac app, but he found that the original web app was more powerful, and switched back to using it in Flow, an app-specific browser for the Mac.

Now there’s a nice new Mac app … wait, that’s a web app?!?

Head over to Mac.AppStorm to see how Reid uses Fluid to make Todoist’s web app even better, and if you have a Mac, be sure to try out using Fluid to turn web apps into native-like apps. On a PC, you can do much the same with Chrome’s Application Shortcuts.

It can be tricky to find the perfect web app, when there’s so many to choose from. Then, even if you find the perfect app, it can be difficult to figure out how to best use the apps sometimes. With web apps more than almost any other category, there’s little guidance out there to help you figure out what to do.

That’s where we want to help. We’d like to know the problems you’re having with web apps – or the things you’d like to do online but can’t find the right app for – and we’ll try to help in a new Ask the Editor series. Just send us a message on Twitter @webappstorm, or fill out the form below with your question, and we’ll get to answering them in articles soon! We hope this will help us know how to focus our writing time, and make our articles more useful for you.

Sound good? Then send us a message today, and we’ll include the first answers in our post next week.

As the editor of a site about web apps, and as a guy who happens to be fascinated by web apps in the first place, I’m often torn between using native apps and web apps. There’s so many great great web apps that work so nice with native apps, it’s often easier to use the web app with a native app by default.

One great example is Google Reader. It’s a great service for reading RSS feeds, and with some Greasemonkey tweaking, it can even look nice. But odds are there’s some very nice apps for your favorite platforms – OS X and iOS, in my case – that work with Google Reader too. That’s what I’ve ended up doing. I rely on Google Reader, but only for its service, and seldom use the online app itself in a browser.

Evernote and Simplenote are two other great examples. They have top-notch web apps, but also have their own native apps that make the service work nicer on your favorite devices. With Evernote especially, you’ll get more out of the service by using it along with one of their native apps, so it seems like a no-brainer.

How about you? Do you use your favorite web apps with native apps, or do you prefer to use web apps online-only?

Sadly, Basecamp Breeze is being shut down August 1st. You’ll need to use another app — perhaps Google Groups or Fiesta — if you want to make email lists now.

If we were going to give an award to the most-enduring web service ever, it’d have to go to email. Countless startups have tried to reinvent or replace it, yet none have succeeded so far. Facebook perhaps has done the most towards killing email for personal use, but now Facebook Messages has email built-in. So much for that.

In the business world, 37signals’ Basecamp is marketed as a better alternate to email for team collaboration. It’s a great tool, one we use daily here at AppStorm, but of all things, I actually manage Basecamp communications from my email account more than I do from the web app itself.

And of all things, 37signals’ latest app is an app for creating dead-simple email lists: Basecamp Breeze.


Microsoft just announced that they’ll be shutting down Windows Live Messenger – what used to be MSN Messenger – for good on March 15th. After buying out Skype in 2011, the software giant has gradually moved its chat userbase over to Skype’s network. Now, the chat network many of us relied on for over a decade is now going to disappear.

That said, odds are you haven’t used Live Messenger in quite some time, if you’re like most of the people I talk to. Facebook, Skype, and mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp have taken over chatting. You may be chatting more than ever, but odds are it’s not on the same network that you used a half-decade ago, and you’re likely not doing it from your computer.

Or are you? That’s what we’re curious about: what chat network do you use the most? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

It’s already over a week into the new year, but we still want to take the time to thank our sponsors from December. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.

If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!


If your team’s been struggling to keep track of software and website bugs, DoneDone is a great way to get everyone organized. DoneDone keeps the entire team informed by creating a centralized location for bugs, issues, ideas, support tickets, files, and team communication. From keeping tabs on design and planning tasks to sharing screenshots during testing, DoneDone helps everyone stay on-task and on-time.

Mojo Helpdesk

Manage a helpdesk? Struggling to centralize, organize, and assign support requests? Perhaps Mojo Helpdesk is just what you need. You’ll find it easier to manage your support tickets with the simplicity of a helpdesk app designed with a “Google-y” interface and integrated directly into your Google apps. If you run your business on the web, it’s the helpdesk designed for you.


As a freelancer or small business owner, keeping track of your billable time and invoices can be a real time sink. It’s also costly to get wrong. Paydirt makes it stupidly easy to stay on top of your invoices and get paid for the work you’ve done.

And a special thanks to you, our readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We hope you continue to find our articles interesting and helpful!

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Our sponsor this week is ProfitBooks, the online accounting and payroll management app that will help you manage your office finances in a smarter way!

ProfitBooks includes everything you’ll need to efficiently manage your business accounting online. You can manage your employee’s info and your business inventory, making it easy to keep up with your payroll and equipment. If you need to invoice clients, ProfitBooks makes it easy to create customized invoices for your clients and track your revenue. ProfitBooks lets you keep track of all of your banking info, and with the smart reports, you can drill deeper into your company’s financial health. Best of all, the smart reports can be exported in Excel or PDF formats, so you can save them and view them anytime.

ProfitBooks can also help you keep track of your team’s work, with an included task management system, document storage, and integrated search to help you quickly find what you’re looking for. It just might be the app your business has been needing to keep track of everything about your company’s financials online.

Go Get It!

It’s a new year, so why not start it out right with a great online account app for your business? You can get started with ProfitBooks for free, or try out any of their paid plans with a free trial. When you’re ready to upgrade to a paid account, it’ll cost as little as $4.98/month to get your business accounting and payroll managed with ProfitBooks.

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As all of us who love web apps know, it’s terribly easy to get started using new web apps. Rather than having to download and install an app, you’ll just have to quickly signup (or sometimes, just click a button to try the demo), and you’ll be using the app in seconds. That can be a problem too, though, since you’ll likely end up trying out far more web apps than you end up using over the long-haul.

I personally shift the web apps I use from time to time, and aside from the very most important (WordPress and related apps for AppStorm, Basecamp for collaboration, Gmail for email, contacts, and calendar, and Dropbox), odds are I’m using new web apps all the time. I’ve started using Pocket instead of Instapaper thanks to their new Mac app, and have switched my personal site from WordPress to Kirby CMS. I’ve got hundreds of web accounts in 1Password, but most of them I haven’t used in ages.

That’s why we’re curious what web apps you’ve quit using this year. We’d love to hear about why you’ve switched apps in the comments below!

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