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Best Free Online Applications and Services

Introduction

Best Free Online Applications and ServicesOnline applications (also known as web applications or webware) are getting more popular, particularly when broadband Internet access has become more common and readily available to more users. With online applications and services, you do not need to download and install them into your computer for using them—you just need to open up a browser and access them online.

Not only that you can save harddisk space as they do not need to be installed, but also you can work with files that are saved online from any computer anywhere, without the need to carry a storage device even a USB stick around with you.

Besides, you don't have to worry about different operating systems as these applications and services are cross-platform, running in your browser as a client. Neither do you need to keep updating your software versions, as you will get any new software updates and bug fixes automatically whenever you access them.

Like to use them? Here we have compiled a list for best free online applications and services—click on related links or product logos and you can start using them right away.

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Summary

This list of Best Free Online Applications and Services now includes 234 items in 138 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps and services below.

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by Jojo Yee on 16. March 2010 - 12:32  (45656)

I did find the same.

by Anonymous on 16. March 2010 - 21:16  (45676)

yea but 2 characters are not accepted in germany for example

by sa1 on 19. March 2010 - 20:31  (45834)

Gazopa (http://www.gazopa.com/) is a similar images search engine. Unlike Tineye which searches for exact or slightly modified images, Gazopa searches for images similar in content. Google similar images is similar but Google doesn;t allow you to upload a image and you can only find images similar to one that appears in their image search.

by Jojo Yee on 20. March 2010 - 2:44  (45850)

Good suggestion Sa1, added in the list now.

by HeWhoRocks on 20. March 2010 - 18:07  (45896)

Hi Jojoyee
This site was immensely useful when i was looking for a new machine.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/
Dunno where you'd put it but some people may have a use for it :)

by Jojo Yee on 21. March 2010 - 2:19  (45918)

Thanks grf, while its CPU charts are informative, other than that, I can't find a free webware version of their products from the link you give. Or have I missed it?

by HeWhoRocks on 21. March 2010 - 5:29  (45925)

No you haven't it's just a service i found useful, but it's probably not too useful for the highstreet computer shopper. Thought i'd post it anyway just in case:)

by Jaikrishna on 22. March 2010 - 3:20  (45979)

Does ScreenToaster work for everyone else?
I was not able to get it before when I was using PC tools firewall
Now, I'm using comodo firewall.

Upon clicking record, I had to answer a lot of questions to it
See Comodo Log: http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=yihZWN6k

Comodo said that it was trying to execute some exe's, install a keyboard hook(used by keyloggers) and modify contents of csrss.exe(an important Microsoft application)

Even after telling comodo to allow all activities, I was not able to record anything.

by Jojo Yee on 22. March 2010 - 4:08  (45981)

Try Troubleshooting and see if it helps.

by sa1 on 22. March 2010 - 15:10  (46004)

I used to participate in online programming competitions held by spoj and now they have released some web services and sent me a link, maybe useful to some.
Ideone.com Its like a pastebin service but where you can paste any programming code in nearly 33 languages and run.
Scarky.com allows you run your own competitions on the web ...sudoku, riddles, and of course programming competitions.

In some other services lifeyo.com is a free website creator like Webnode. Discovered it yesterday and it seriously seems good. Edit: It has the easiest to use CMS I have seen since Tumblr but since Tumblr isn't on this list, this comment may not be that helpful. ;P

by Jojo Yee on 22. March 2010 - 16:02  (46006)

Very good suggestions Sa1.
Ideone.com looks impressive. Will try out others that you mentioned when I get time.

by Anonymous on 27. March 2010 - 16:04  (46292)

What about a program to create an image of your hard drive?

by Jaikrishna on 28. March 2010 - 4:56  (46351)

I think thats not possible because of these reasons
1. Privacy is spoiled
2. Bandwidth gets used unnecessarily
3. You can't access the internet (or the internet cannot access you) when you need rescue from virus.

For Local Drive Imaging refer http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm
Or just use Dropbox or Windows Live if you want to backup your documents

by Jaikrishna on 28. March 2010 - 5:29  (46354)
by J_L on 30. March 2010 - 22:24  (46541)

I'd say Google Translate (http://translate.google.com/) is a better translator than Bing.
Not only can you enter text or a website, you can upload documents and translate them. It even works on PDF files.

by Anonymous on 5. April 2010 - 17:29  (47029)

how about adding the best online image hosting sites?

by Jojo Yee on 6. April 2010 - 2:52  (47060)

See Photo Management and Sharing in this page. There're also other choices mentioned in Image Hosting On The Cheap: A Look at Three Free Services.

by Anonymous on 12. April 2010 - 8:12  (47475)

Could you please add allmyapps.com as an easy online 1click application installer.

Very good tool

by Anonymous on 18. April 2010 - 11:33  (47895)

Google Translate is *much* better than Bing.
Here is an example, for anyone who can read German:

Text to translate:
Which service can translate this text better? Well, what do you think?

Google:
Welchen Service können diesen Text besser übersetzen? Na, was meinst du?
Bing:
Welcher Service dieser Text besser übersetzen kann? Denken gut, was Sie?

Although Google has a small error, Bing is complete nonsense.

by J_L on 19. April 2010 - 22:53  (47992)

Guess that has to do with it being developed longer, as well as better community support.

Never knew about Bing Translator until it was mentioned in this article.

by Anonymous on 22. April 2010 - 10:57  (48181)

NOTE: Windows Live SkyDrive, 25 GB free space for online storage
SkyDrive storage,
....This service has been withdrawn and is now closed.

by Anonymous on 22. April 2010 - 13:44  (48189)

Just signed in a new account. It's 25 GB free. Thank you.

by Anonymous on 24. April 2010 - 8:24  (48327)

I think best free online games should be http://www.dmcgames.co.nz

by Anonymous on 6. May 2010 - 9:14  (49190)

You may want to take note of PaperRate's terms of service before using their site:

"By submitting Material to the Web Site, you agree to grant the Company, its agents, affiliates, representatives, licensors, and licensees, a worldwide, irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, royalty-free right (including moral rights) and license to copy, modify, translate, publish, disclose, transfer, assign, sell, and distribute said Material in any form now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose without limitation, and without any obligation of notice, attribution, or compensation to you or another."

by MidnightCowboy on 6. May 2010 - 12:45  (49202)

This is excellent advice. There is simply too much material coming onto the site for us to digest every privacy policy and our interpretation of good or bad might differ widely to someone else's. I know it's boring but the time spent could save a lot of heartache and frustration later on. Where your private details are concerned, it's of little use being wise after the event.

Thanks for bringing this one to our attention - users can now make up their own minds as to whether they find this acceptable.

by Anonymous on 6. May 2010 - 15:40  (49219)

Time Zone Genius must be a project under construction. As far as I can tell, you cannot get the time for Honolulu, Denver (or anywhere in the Mountain Time Zone), or any Central Time Zone city (unless it occurs to you that Texas is mostly in the Central zone).
And don't waste your time typing in cities; Browse for what you need. Paris, France is not in the database, but Paris is.(?)

by wuxia1911 on 6. May 2010 - 22:56  (49243)

Keep-tube.com is also a good site to download videos.

by Anonymous on 7. May 2010 - 22:11  (49306)

tr.im is no longer.

by Anonymous on 7. May 2010 - 23:07  (49307)

I suggest you wipe Bing Translator and substitute Google Translate.

Compared to the Google version, Bing Translator is barely out of alpha. BTW, Google Translate has recently added autodetect language which it didn't used to have.

by Anonymous on 8. May 2010 - 15:10  (49343)

I notice today that Divvyshot has sold out to Facebook and the team now working on Facebook Photos.