Best Free Online Applications and Services

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8. Best Free Online Internet and eMail
 

Best Free Online Webmail (see also Disposable Email Address)

  • GMX Mail , complete with a Mail Collector, "lets you read and send emails from your multiple email accounts in one place. Easy to set up, no more going through various complicated settings for incoming and outgoing servers." (Review)
     
  • GMail features a search-oriented interface and a thread view, supports for Internet standard protocols and allows e-mail clients such as Thunderbird to access its mail server, offers about 7.4 GB free storage and 25 MB attachments but filtering out exe files.
     
  • LetterMeLater comes with a feature missing in other email service in that it allows you to compose an email and have it sent at any future date and time, or have it sent multiple times in a range or interval you select.
     

Best Free Online Email Tracking

  • SpyPig lets you find out if your email has been read by the recipient. It works with web based email and desktop email clients so long as both you and the recipient use an HTML-formatted email.
     

Best Free Online Download Manager

  • KeepVid helps you identify available streaming videos in different qualities and download them from a video sharing site, such as YouTube, by entering the URL of a video page, or by clicking the bookmarklet Keep It! when watching a video from the site.
     

Best Free Online Instant Messaging

  • eBuddy , a web client allows you to chat with all your friends using MSN, Yahoo!, AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, Hyves and Facebook Protocols. It is also avaliable on various mobile devices such as the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. (Review)
     

Best Free Online News Reader or Feed Aggregator

  • Pulse , manage and read your news sources and RSS feeds in visual mosaics, click or tap one to read the story in a clean reader and slide to the next. What's more, you can share the stories with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email easily, or mark them as your favorites.
     

Best Free Online Web Search

  • Google Search , the most-used search engine on the web, with search options for images, videos, news, blogs, updates, books, forums, and other features.
     
  • Open Directory Project (also known as Dmoz, or Directory Mozilla) lets you search the web content by category maintained by a community of volunteer editors. Alternatively, you can use Google Directory which sorts the directory from Dmoz by popularity.
     

Best Free Online Poll and Survey

  • Micropoll , create a simple poll with a question and multiple-choice answers in live preview, and use it wherever you want to post the poll. Features include enable or disable visitors from viewing reports, IP blocking and more.
     

Best Free Online Web Page Editor / Reader

  • PrintWhatYouLike , "a free online webpage editor lets you quickly remove images or the background of a webpage, click and add the boxes or frames you want, isolate and resize them, change the font type and size, fit your selection to a page width, redo or undo an edit and save in pdf or html formats." (Review) See also Web2PDF.
     
  • PrintFriendly , a simple tool to make reading individual articles on the Web more enjoyable with no cluttering. Even better, click to delete any part of a webpage in the print-friendly view until you're satisfied for printing or saving it into a PDF file. A bookmarklet is also available. (Review)
     

Best Free Online Navigation

  • Google Maps , a mapping service application lets you search for a map with related information such as an address and contact numbers, get directions to go from one place to another or even create and share your own maps.
     

Best Free Online Weather Monitoring

  • WeatherSpark , get weahter forecasts of the locations you choose, and pan and zoom through the entire history of a weather station in configurable and interactive graphs showing all weather information you need in one place. (Review)
     

Best Free Online Bookmark Manager

  • Delicious allows you to keep your personal bookmarks online for access from anywhere, or share and discover web bookmarks. You can search bookmarks by tags, transfer bookmarks inside your browser to your Delicious account or download a copy of bookmarks for backup.
     
  • Diigo gives you more powerful bookmark service with additional research tools featuring highlights, sticking notes, comments and more. You can also drag its bookmarklet Diigolet to your bookmark bar for direct access to the service.
     
  • Pocket (formerly Read It Later) , never miss a page you want to read later, just one click to save it to your list, or after your are done reading a page, remove it from the list. A bookmarklet is supported.
     

Best Free Online URL Shortener (see also URL Expander)

  • bitly , a useful tool to shorten and share your web links (or URLs), with a free account available for tracking them with a statistics page. You can also save, search and organize all your links and group them into bundles.
     

Best Free Online Password Manager

  • LastPass "stores more than usernames and passwords, it stores webform information in a similar manner to Roboform's Passcards. It also securely stores your notes." [You can use LastPass Bookmarklets as an alternative to the program or extension when you can't install it somewhere or when you're travelling.] (Review)
     

Best Free Online Connection Speed Test

  • Speedtest.net provides key measurements on download speed, upload speed and ping to determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection. It also identifies your Internet service provider and server location.
     

Best Free Online Browsing Tools

  • PageZipper , life is too short to spend clicking "Next" and refreshing the next page? Then you will find this a time saver. Try our Recently popular pages and click PageZipper bookmarklet if it helps.
     

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by Jaikrishna on 18. January 2010 - 2:45  (41364)

Nice article. Thanks.

I think you could also add WolframAlpha.com , a knowledge engine(they say)
I had found it useful a lot of times.
I also found sumopaint better than pixlr

by Bob on 18. January 2010 - 7:22  (41407)

Yes, very nice article in the making!

Another suggestion:
LinkExtend - For the Internet Safety category; though it also provides ready access to useful site statistics.

by louis058 on 2. February 2010 - 20:43  (42636)

You should add Grooveshark in a "music streaming" category. It's like Spotify, but has users uploading music from their computers instead. Don't worry, it's just as legal as Spotify.

by Jojo Yee on 4. February 2010 - 3:58  (42744)

Appreciated your kind suggestion.

by Jojo Yee on 4. February 2010 - 4:34  (42746)

Thanks for mentioning WolframAlpha, an innovative answer engine which is worth a try.

by MidnightCowboy on 5. February 2010 - 13:48  (42883)

Is this any good?
http://www.sumopaint.com/home/
(Apologies if it's already here somewhere)

by Jaikrishna on 6. February 2010 - 8:01  (42933)

I too suggest SumoPaint instead of Pixlr.
It has got a lot more options than Pixlr.

by Jojo Yee on 6. February 2010 - 9:23  (42939)

Thanks for the good suggestions. Added in the list.

by Jaikrishna on 7. February 2010 - 14:40  (43054)

I think you could also add online vulnerability checker tools
(which determine whether a system is infected or not by scanning vulnerable areas)
But, I don't know which one is the best.
I think Symantec's is good.
Please check http://security.symantec.com/
Go there and click Continue to Symantec Security Check

by Jojo Yee on 8. February 2010 - 4:07  (43089)

Thanks for the pointer. I'll give it a try.

by Jaikrishna on 9. February 2010 - 7:24  (43146)

Hi,
Today Cacoo website went down for sometime (I don't know the reason)
During that period this page was loading for ages.
That was because, it was trying to get its logo from Cacoo website (which was down)
I think this problem can be solved by moving the images to http://www.techsupportalert.com/files/images/
(That was how it was done in other articles)

by Jojo Yee on 9. February 2010 - 9:03  (43148)

The Cacoo site is up now at this time. Its product logo shown in this article is now hosted on TSA.

by Anonymous on 10. February 2010 - 0:23  (43219)

I think Mozy beats Dropbox hands down for online backup. You get 2GB of free online backup that you can encrypt with your own password. It doesn't compete in the sync department yet, but I hear that Mozy is contemplating adding a sync feature in the future.

Mozy Free 2GB of Backup

by Anonymous on 10. February 2010 - 15:42  (43281)

Great article:

I'd suggest Time and Date as a good Time Zone or Date service. Includes many options and has extensive list of world cities. Check it out: http://timeanddate.com/

by Anonymous on 10. February 2010 - 16:59  (43286)

This raises a question in my old brain: what will happen to program-makers and vendors if all programs end up in the "cloud." A silly question I think, but I don't understand this new cloud concept too well! Bob B.

by Anonymous on 10. February 2010 - 17:55  (43292)

LinkExtend in combination with WOT can go a long way toward preventing one from going to a bad site. I have used them in combination for about a year and have yet to have a problem with any site.

by Anonymous on 10. February 2010 - 18:51  (43294)

Great list! I already use a bunch of these apps and services; now I'm excited to check out more.

I would campaign for Evernote to be added to the "Notebook" category--either alongside Zoho or in place of it.

I suppose it's not exclusively an online program, since there is a local app (that syncs seamlessly!), but the online version works just fine as a stand-alone.

Anyway, I really like it, and I thought some of you might too.

by jmaloney on 10. February 2010 - 21:28  (43308)

Thanks for the list!

I would add Google Search to the section "Unit and Currency Converter". I frequently convert units in the Google search box just by typing things like the following

41 degrees C in F
3.35 Euros in USD
48 sq m in sq ft
115 g in oz
MXVII in decimal

You don't even have to hit enter. Just type it in the Google search box and your answer is shown automatically.

Jon

by jmaloney on 10. February 2010 - 21:36  (43310)

In fact, the Google search box provides a lot of quick online services, including: time, weather, stock quotes, sports scores, synonyms, definitions, spell checking, package tracking, and many more. There's a list here: http://www.google.com/help/features.html

Jon

by Anonymous on 11. February 2010 - 2:01  (43345)

A few online calculators and math solvers

Instacalc http://instacalc.com/
Ecalc online http://www.ecalc.com/calculator/online
Mathway http://www.mathway.com/
Mathator http://www.mathator.com/

Moderators comment: As far as I can see, Ecalc offers nothing that windows calculator doesn't already have. The scientific mode offers only a link to a trial version download with no information regarding the terms of the trial. Not all of the free downloads have a freeware license so be sure to read what you are agreeing to if you install any of them.

by Anonymous on 11. February 2010 - 2:10  (43346)

The Dropbox links take you to Skydrive, the links need fixed.

by Jojo Yee on 11. February 2010 - 3:26  (43351)

Thanks for the heads-up. The link has been fixed and it will take you to the log-in page of Dropbox now.

by Jojo Yee on 11. February 2010 - 9:09  (43366)

Instacalc looks good. Thanks for the suggestion.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 11. February 2010 - 14:42  (43382)

Cloud Computing is a solution looking for a problem.

Unfortunately for the people that support this 'idea', big business doesn't have a problem. Entrusting vital data to some third party may at best be risky, and depending on where you live, illegal. Businesses and individuals within the UK should seek legal advice regarding such arrangements.

There have been numerous cases, big and small, in the last year and a half where data entrusted to 'The Cloud' has been lost, hacked, or stolen.

I may not be a world ranking security expert. but if anything is stolen from my home network I have nobody to blame but myself.

Like square wheels, hopefully it will run out of steam.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

by Jojo Yee on 12. February 2010 - 1:51  (43414)

Thanks for your kind comments. Evernote is now included in the list.

by Anonymous on 13. February 2010 - 6:11  (43484)

Depends on how you use it. I use Internet banking, i.e. cloud computing, with no issue.

by Jaikrishna on 16. February 2010 - 4:57  (43716)

Please see ezyZip at http://www.ezyzip.com/
It uses a java based application on local computer for faster Zip and Unzip.
It is very fast and there is no size limit.

by Anonymous on 16. February 2010 - 19:01  (43770)

Dropbox has 2GB free aswell! AND it syncs to pcs..

by Anonymous on 17. February 2010 - 16:20  (43833)

I have to suggest PIKNIK for photo editing, whith it tie in to picasa and flikr among other photo hosting sites and its sheer ease of use its the best I have used.

by Anonymous on 19. February 2010 - 13:24  (43954)

I've Java installed (version 6 Update 18). When going to ezyZip, encountered errors:

"The publisher cannot be verified by a trusted source.
Code will be treated as unsigned.

Name: Zipper
java.io.IOException: Response is unreliable: its validity is out-of-date."

After clicking OK, encountered errors again:

"The application failed to run."

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