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Best Free Online Applications and Services

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5. Best Free Online Disk and File Tools

Best Free Online Storage and Backup

  • Dropbox allows you to back up files and access them online, or share folders with several people to work together easily. Its desktop program is only needed for syncing files across computers. (Review)
  • OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive) offers 7 GB of free online storage as part of the Microsoft services for new subscribers. It requires a Microsoft account (previously known as Windows Live ID) to sign in and begin using. (Review)
  • See also: Google Drive

Best Free Online File Archiver / Zip Utility

  • ezyZip , add files to create a zip file, or unzip a file to a target folder in your computer, quick and easy. Uploading or downloading your files is not necessary as both zipping and unzipping run locally as a Java applet in your browser.
  • ZipMyFiles , a simple and easy-to-use widget to zip your multiple files of different types online—choose files from your computer, enter a CAPTCHA code and click Zip Now. You can zip as many as 100+ files in one go, with unlimited access and no registration required.
  • WOBZIP , enter a URL or browse a file from your computer to uncompress a packaged file up to 200 MB online. You also have a chance to enter a password to unzip a file if it's protected. Supported formats include ZIP, 7z, RAR, GZ, TAR, CAB, CHM, ISO, DMG, DEB, RPM and many more.

Best Free Online File Format Converter

  • Free File Converter supports conversion between a wide range of file formats including document, image, audio, video and compression formats. Upload a file, choose a conversion type and download the converted file to your computer. Check here for a full list of conversion types.
  • Zamzar lets you convert a file up to 100 MB from one format to another and receive a link to the converted file from your email for free. See supported file formats.
  • Bender Converter , an easy-to-use online application to convert audio and video files in 3 steps—choose a format to convert to, select a file from your computer, then click Convert and download the converted file you need.

Best Free Online eBook Converter

  • Online eBook Converter provided by supports a variety of input formats like PDF, ePub, mobi, HTML, LIT, LRF and more—choose the target format you need for your eBook reader and start converting.

Best Free Online File Encryption Utility

  • Encryptur , enter a password to encrypt or decrypt your file up to a max file size at 30 MB using the Advanced Encryption Standard with 256 bit keys derived from your password. An encrypted file is appended with a .simp file extension.

Best Free Online File Comparison Tool

  • DiffNow , compare plain text, pdf, office documents, source codes, binary, zip and other archive files. You can either paste text, upload files or enter URLs and see results in an interactive report for differences. A handy tool for comparing text and small files up to 512 KB.

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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.