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One of the best things about web apps is that you can run them from any computer. Many PC users wish they could run popular Mac apps in Windows, while Mac users for years wished they could run PC games on OS X. Linux users are often left in the cold entirely with commercial software. But if you’ve come across a brilliant new web app, you won’t have to worry whether or not it’ll work on your computer. All you need is a modern browser and an internet connection, and you’re ready to go.

Billings is a popular invoicing app for Macs, one that’s nice enough that I used to wish I could run it on my PC. It’s still a fully OS X app, but now, you can use a companion web app to manage your team, track time on work, and record expenses from any browser. It’s an interesting synergy that tries to balance the flexibility of web apps with the style and features of a native Mac app, while letting you host the web app yourself or use their cloud service to save you the trouble.


Our contest is now closed, and we’ve sent emails to our 6 lucky winners! Congrats to everyone who won. Thanks for entering, and stay tuned for our next giveaways in the future!

Whether you’re freelancing or working for a firm that bills by the hour, keeping up with the time you’ve spent on projects can be a pain. Then, when it comes time to bill your clients, you’ll have to bring all of the information together and create an invoice. Often, you’ll end up needing to use several apps to do it at all.

Paymo tries to solve this problem by bring together top-notch time tracking and a full-featured invoicing tool in one package. You can keep up with what you’re doing, manage your projects, and send out invoices to your clients, all from the one app. It’s a great way to streamline your business, whether you’re running a creative agency or are freelancing from your local coffee shop. It can even help you out on the go with dedicated iOS and Android apps.

Paymo has a great free account that lets you track time and work on unlimited clients and projects, but you’re limited to producing 3 invoices per month and can only store 50Mb of files. To get the most out of Paymo, their Paymo Basic subscription at $9.99/month gives you all of Paymo’s great features with unlimited invoices and up to 5Gb of file storage! You can get started with the free account, and upgrade anytime.

Best of all, we’ve got 6 free six-month Paymo Basic subscriptions from the Paymo team. Just let us know how you’ll put Paymo to use in the comments below, and we’ll pick 6 random comments as winners when our contest is closed! While you’re waiting to see if you’ve won, you can go ahead and be giving the free version a try to get started integrating it into your workflow.

Please Note: Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

We’ll announce our winners after the contest is closed midnight Wednesday, October 26, 2011, so be sure to get your comments in quick. And as always, stay tuned for our future giveaways!

Efficient accounting is the backbone of any successful business – only when money is flowing in and out of the system smoothly can you rest assured that your hard work is actually paying off. A large part of this is invoicing, which typically refers to sending estimates and quotes, billing clients and customers and keeping track of their approval/payment status. Whether you’re a freelancer, small business owner or CFO of a large enterprise, you need your company’s billing and book-keeping mechanisms to work well and that’s why it’s important to choose an invoicing system carefully.

There are a number of invoicing apps available online, with different feature sets and price points. TradeShift takes a different approach and aims to bring together your business network and invoicing all in one place, while offering options for customization and expansion of features. It’s also completely free. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Let’s sign up and find out.


Our contest is now closed, and the winners are Carlo Laitano, Justin Roselt, and Nûmenor. Congrats! Thanks for commenting, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

Whether you’re a freelance designer or a developer running a new startup, there’s one thing that’s always frustrating: billing. Sending out invoices and making sure their paid on time can be one of the more irritating tasks, especially when you’d rather be designing or coding an awesome new web app.

Blinksale is one of the most popular invoicing web apps. Unlike most invoicing apps, they only have one flat fee for unlimited invoices to unlimited clients. Then, with their new Blinkpay service, you can accept credit card payments directly without having to use PayPal or other payment systems. Just create your invoices, and Blinksale can take care of the rest.

We’ve reviewed Blinksale in the past, and had a chance to interview their team earlier this year. Now, we’ve got a special treat for our readers: 3 free Blinksale Unlimited subscriptions from the Blinksale team!

If you’d like to win one of the subscriptions, just follow @WebAppStorm and @Blinksale on Twitter, then tweet:

Enter to win a free @Blinksale Unlimited account from @WebAppStorm!

Or, simply click the button below to do it in two clicks:

Then, come back here, and leave a comment with a link to your Tweet. The contest will be open until midnight Friday CST, August 5th, 2011. Be sure to hurry and get your entry in, and you just might get to do your invoicing for free this year!

Please Note: Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

It’s pretty clear to anyone looking for a project management web application, there are plenty of them out there. Finding the right one for your business can prove to be quite difficult. There are a select few apps out there that have a good range of features that would benefit any business, no matter how big or small, and one of those is Project Bubble.

Project Bubble promises to be the ultimate all-rounder tool for managing projects and teams “without the hassle”, something it keeps to – providing file management, time tracking, collaboration features and much more. Read on to find out more about this app.


Our contest is now closed, and the winners are Rasmus Andersen, Alex, Kevin O’Connor, Eric Brynsvold, and John. Congrats! Thanks for commenting, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

Sometimes it seems like it can be more difficult to run the business end of a job than to actually do the job. Keeping up with your expenses, rates and services, clients, and invoices can be a full time job in itself. The good news is, there are many great apps that can help you keep track of your invoices and the info you need for them, so you won’t have to worry about it.

One great invoicing app we’ve reviewed is Invoicera. Invoicera lets you bring your clients, services, products, and more together in a simple invoicing app, so you’ll spend less time billing and more time getting your work done. It’s a handy tool for freelancers and businesses of any size.

One of Invoicera’s best benefits is its reasonable prices for the hosted application, so you can scale your account as your business grows. Or, if you’d rather keep your invoicing data on your own servers, Invoicera recently launched a new self-hosted version of Invoicera. This lets you take advantage of Invoicera’s app while still keeping your billing data internal.

Best of all, we’ve got 5 free 6 month Invoicera Business accounts to giveaway to our readers. With this, you’ll be able to create unlimited invoices for unlimited clients with up to 4 other people in your team. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and let us know how you’d put an Invoicera account to use in your business. The contest will close at midnight CST on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, so make sure to get your comment in quickly!

Please Note: Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

Have you ever wished you could peek behind the scenes at the development of your favorite web apps? We are privileged to feature dozens of high quality apps on AppStorm each month, but you often don’t hear much about the thought and effort that went into the apps.

Today we’re privileged to get to interview the Blinksale team, the guys behind one of the most popular online invoicing apps that recently added the unique Blinkpay payment service. Patrick, Director of Operations, and Brandon, CEO of Blinksale’s parent company, Doublewide Labs, took time out of their busy schedules to answer some of our questions about their business and app.

We hope you enjoy the inteview, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!


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 cronsync. The developer describes cronsync as a web based, transparent, inexpensive and easy to use time tracking solution. It simplifies and professionalizes billing and invoicing processes and shows you at a glance how profitable clients and projects are. It offers a very effective user and rights management for internal and external staff. And it allows flexible settings of internal and external hourly rates on client level.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


As freelancers, many of us need to create invoices on a regular basis. Invoicing is about as fun as doing your taxes, except for one nice exception: invoices are all about you getting paid, not you paying someone else. Still, there should be a way to make invoicing easier and cheaper. It’s never fun to have to pay just so others can pay you for your work!

Invoice Dude is an invoicing web app that has two major advantages over most competing invoicing apps: it’s free to use online and is also available for purchase as a self-hosted web app to run on your own servers. So, whether you’re looking for a free way to quickly create invoices online or want to purchase an invoicing app that you can run just as you want, Invoice Dude is a great option for both needs. Let’s dive in and see what more it has to offer.


There are just too many invoicing apps out there on the web. In fact, invoicing is one area where web apps beat the jeepers out of native apps. However, there is a catch; there are too many fancy features and they charge a bit too much of a price tag month after month, even if you’re not using it. Then there are concerns like security of users and their financial information (largely irrelevant, but some people still aren’t sure).

One possible solution for users worried about price, security and simplicity is to go for a self-hosted solution. Read on to find how to set up and use Siwapp on your server to meet your invoicing needs.


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