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

  • 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 igornevsky on 15. September 2010 - 16:35  (57880)

Looking also Desktop Wallpaper Tool (with HTML5 features - Drag & Drop and Canvas)

With Desktop Wallpaper Tool you can quickly create desktop wallpaper. Simply load any image and it will be automatically adapted to your screen resolution. An image is adjusted either by cropping the part of it or by scaling, if the resolution of the original image differs from your desktop resolution.

And Slideshow Player for show pictures and photos of professional digital artist from Digital Art Gallery

All scripts based on Prototype

by tonyh (not verified) on 17. September 2010 - 11:22  (57986)

No reasons are given for Byet being recommended. I did a bit of browsing and found that it was quite highly recommended on one review site, but so were others. I also found other free hosts that have more features ( byet don't offer cgi or ssi) and there are a number af extremely bad reviews quoting personal experience.
In the end, I concluded it's free, so you can't really trust it, and I may just try it myself. It's not critical.

Unfortunately one bad apple in the barrel calls into question everything else on the site, including free security software, which IS critical, and the credibility of the site itself.

by Jojo Yee on 17. September 2010 - 12:22  (57993)

That's a good suggestion, thanks igornevsky.

by IvanDurakov (not verified) on 27. September 2010 - 22:07  (58540)

Any chance of adding some kind of revision marks to this excellent but rather lengthy page? I can never find what has changed since the last rev.

by Jojo Yee on 28. September 2010 - 14:39  (58577)

That's a good idea IvanDurakov. The items added most recently are now marked with a 'New' icon, and with quick links to the items from the Index Table.

by PlayAllDay (not verified) on 6. October 2010 - 13:07  (59111)

Any suggestions for landscaping or outdoor space design?

by marius (not verified) on 16. October 2010 - 7:56  (59619)

best free online convertor@downloader fo vimeo videos:

by connor (not verified) on 30. October 2010 - 14:52  (60477)

There are many online operating systems or web operating systems in the internet.

Could you include them?

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2010 - 1:38  (60499)

Thanks Connor for the feedback. Currently we have included Glide under the category of "Desktop and GUI" > "Web Desktop". There might be more such as Icloud, EyeOS and others. Please share with us if you would like to recommend a good one.

by Kaspars (not verified) on 5. November 2010 - 14:23  (60800)

Great list! Btw have you seen outliner ? It's more minimalist compared to Thinklink but also has a mobile version for iPad & iPhone.

by cooleeman on 14. November 2010 - 7:30  (61174)

Excellent article! Thanks!

by Micha (not verified) on 23. November 2010 - 12:33  (61552)

Thanks Jo! But, too small section of online free flash bannejoyr makers.
There are freshest free flash banner creator online service -
without registration and any watermarks in banners

by Zvone (not verified) on 14. December 2010 - 10:37  (62451)

Hello, i have a suggestion to make:, a FREE online PHP editor. It has: syntax highlighting, a FTP explorer, unlimited undo/redo, all packed in a familiar desktop enviroment. Code completion is coming soon, too.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 14:39  (62556)

Thanks for the suggestion Zvone. Pretty good as a code editor for the PHP language.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 15:15  (62561)

Thanks Kaspars for mentioning Knowcase, which is now added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 15:16  (62562)

You're welcome Cooleeman.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2010 - 15:31  (62563)

Thanks for the suggestion Micha.

by Zulfiqar (not verified) on 16. December 2010 - 18:35  (62716)

The best article ever read about free online services. Thanx for sharing such a useful information.

by dirtprof (not verified) on 20. December 2010 - 21:35  (63010)

Here's one for the "Best Free Room Planner / Floor Layout Plan" category: It's not really online, but as a java web start app, it is almost transparently cross-platform. And it's amazingly feature-rich.

by dirtprof (not verified) on 20. December 2010 - 21:42  (63012)

For the "Best Free Meeting Scheduler", you might want to include ScheduleOnce ( Its major advantage over others of its kind is that it integrates very nicely into Google Calendar, making time selection very quick for everyone who uses it.

by Zulfiqar (not verified) on 23. December 2010 - 6:14  (63115)

Nice n useful information. thanx

by Jojo Yee on 26. December 2010 - 1:04  (63271)

Thanks for the suggestions dirtprof.

by gian (not verified) on 14. January 2011 - 17:18  (64543)

Out of curiosity, I submitted the URL of to Anubis for analysis and it reports as malicious.

--uhm, I guess this is a reliable report since you guys recommended Anubis yourselves.

Moderators note: this post was edited to make it briefer

by ianjrichards (not verified) on 14. January 2011 - 22:50  (64572)

Anubis falsely reports any site that uses the Drupal CMS as malicious. That includes,,, the US House of Representatives website, Gizmos' Freeware and many others.

This bug has been reported to Anubis. They need to fix it as over 100,000 sites use Drupal including some of the world's most popular websites.


by MidnightCowboy on 15. January 2011 - 8:35  (64597)

This was the response I received today from Anubis:

"You are right, the report is a bit misleading.

This are all side-effects of Internet Explorer, which creates files on the hard disk (i.e., cache) and modifies registry keys. Note that Anubis is designed to analyze malicious software, the analysis results for the website analysis are sometimes not correct. Please use Wepawet ( to analyze websites for malicious content, the analysis reports of Wepawet are much better"

This is the Wepawet report which correctly shows as as clear:

by msamir (not verified) on 16. January 2011 - 11:02  (64648)

very very good site thank you

by Shoeb Mohammad (not verified) on 23. January 2011 - 22:44  (65080)

This is very helpful and useful article so far I have seen on the internet. Thanks for creating such opportunity, a concept that helps people with minimum access, opportunities purchasing a software. I recommend this site as my personal favorite, and those of you are reading my texts right now; guide for choosing freeware always depend on Gizmo's.

by Jones (not verified) on 28. January 2011 - 3:45  (65345)

Can anyone tell me how to convert power point slide show to video online without downloading software.

by NatalieL (not verified) on 29. January 2011 - 0:40  (65403)

The best free online OCR service that I've found is offered by Ricoh Innovations. It's a beta software and will convert documents for free.

by Jojo Yee on 29. January 2011 - 3:20  (65412)

Thanks for the recommendation NatalieL.

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