Best Free Online Applications

Best Free Online Home and Office

Best Free Online Answer Engine

Wolfram Alpha answers your queries submitted in a text box by doing computations from its own knowledge base. See what you get from, for example, New York and London, Microsoft and Apple.

Best Free Online Calculator

Instacalc  gives you instant answers as you type and allows you to embed a live calc in your website. It also has other modules to calculate home loan, hourly pay, unit conversions and more.

Best Free Online Calendar

Google Calendar  lets you quickly schedule events and keep track of appointments. You can share your schedule with your co-workers, family and friends, sync to your mobile phone’s built-in calendar, get notified by email or have a text message sent right to your mobile phone.

Best Free Online Collaboration Tool

Slack , a popular communication and collaboration tool that provides you with a single workplace to cater for organized conversations and efficient teamwork.(Review)

Best Free Online Cooking Tool

Epicurious , search top-rated or other delicious recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, renowned chefs and cookbooks, print a combined shopping list for selected recipes, or share your recipes with friends and family. A resourceful tool for all kitchen lovers.

Best Free Online Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Translator

Wikipedia  allows users to type a word or phrase to search for useful information from millions of articles written collaboratively online by volunteers around the world. It’s a good and handy encyclopedic reference and a frequently updated news resource for you.

LDOCE , an online version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, provides a quick search for a word or phrase, with widgets available for adding to your browser search bar, blog or personal website.

Wordnik , you don’t get just a definition when you look up a word. You get example sentences, related words, charts, images from Flickr, pronunciations, etymologies, tags, Twitter segments and more.

Thesaurus.com , a popular site to search for word definitions, synonyms and antonyms with filtering by parts of speech or word classes and suggestions for nearby words.

Google Translate , enter text, a webpage address, or upload a document for translation from one language into another with auto detection of the source language. The translated result from an uploaded document is presented without preserving the layout or embedded images though.

Bing Translator , translate texts or entire web pages from one language into another, with auto detecting the source language and other features such as synchronized highlights and bilingual viewing layouts for a webpage translation.

Best Free Online DIY Project

Instructables , a huge site with a rich collection of more than 100,000 do-it-yourself projects shared by DIY enthusiasts providing step-by-step guides on how to build, cook, invent or do almost anything with some great ideals or creativity.

Best Free Online Document Viewer and Sharing

Scribd , a great tool to upload and view documents of various formats in full screen, mark them private and accessible by a specific URL, share them with millions of readers, or embed the viewer into a website or blog.

SlideShare , search and download Powerpoint presentations from the web, or upload and share your slides, word or pdf documents publicly or privately. You can also view slides in full screen, or read transcripts and outlines.

Best Free Online E-commerce Business

PayPal  offers a secure and convenient way to pay when you shop online, send money to friends and family, or receive online payments from your clients. It’s free to open an account but fees are chargeable on certain conditions for sending or receiving money.

Best Free Online Genealogy / Family Tree Applications

WeRelate , a highly recommended site for anyone whose focus is web publishing or collaborative research, with people, places, sources, families, etc., created as wiki articles. Note formatting, strong image and document support. You can also upload and download GEDCOM files.

Best Free Online Grammar and Spell-Checker

SpellCheckPlus , paste text up to 2,000 charaters into the box, click Check Text for any grammar and spelling errors which are then highlighted with explanations for you. When tested and compared with others, this tool was quite impressive and the clear winner for detecting grammatical problems.

PaperRater  checks your document for grammar and spelling errors. On top of that, it helps you to improve the document’s readability, word choice and style by an in-depth analysis.

After the Deadline , check your writing in a text box and get feedback on spelling errors, grammar and style suggestions. You can also drag the bookmarklet Add Proofreader to your browser’s bookmark bar so that you can use it on any webpage with a text box.

Best Free Online Meeting Scheduler

Needtomeet , use a simple calendar and schedule a meeting time that works for everyone in three simple steps, no more emailing back and forth or wasting time to call everyone couple of times in a day.

Best Free Online Mind Mapping

Mind42  (Mind For Two), a neat and useful collaborative mind mapping tool for brainstorming and managing ideas in a tree-like diagram with node attributes, easy for publishing and distribution.

Best Free Online Multiple Timezone World Clock

Time.is , find out the exact time at any locations around the world, check the accuracy of your clock, and compare time at different locations. Find also calendar, sunrise and sunset times, time zone offset, daylight saving time, latitude, longitude and other info of your chosen location. Mobile browser friendly.

TimeAndDate.com  is the most versatile I have found from the many sites available. It allows you to see the time and date of virtually any city in every country and set for a custom clock with all the time zones you care about.

Time Zone Genius  displays up-to-date time zone information for cities in the world. You can check current times for cities you choose, or find out offset from GMT, daylight savings time adjustments, sunrise and sunset times of a city.

Best Free Online Notepad / Notebook / Notes Organizer

Zoho Notebook  does an amazing amount of things—you can save text, image, audio and video objects, aggregate them in one place, keep track of changes and share a whole book, page or just an object on a page by granting read/write permissions.

Evernote  is an outstanding product that provides you with an excellent solution to manage notes and snippets of information. You can create notes or cut-and-paste them with text and images. Desktop software is for syncing notes across computers if needed.

Best Free Online Office Suite

Google Drive , a new home for you to access Google Docs including documents, presentation, spreadsheet, form and drawing in a simple folder within a file organizational system. It allows for users to easily create, share and edit files in real time online, or upload an existing file to the system with 15 GB of free storage.

Office  (previously known as Office Online) offers free online tools of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway, OneNote, etc. You can collaborate with your friends and family in real-time on shared Office documents and save them in OneDrive with 5 GB of free storage.

Best Free Online Optical Character Recognition

Free-OCR , upload an image up to 2 MB in pdf, jpg, gif, tiff or bmp format for optical character recognition and get the real text result right on your screen. No registration or email address is required.

Best Free Online PDF Tools

7-PDF Web Portal  converts a wide range of documents into PDFs. You can set a page range and image compression for the conversion. Just choose a file to upload, click Convert to PDF button and a PDF file is downloaded automatically for you.

PDFescape , a PDF editor with form filler and designer. You can add text, links and sticky notes, whiteout contents, draw shapes, add form fields or fill up forms. Maximum file size 2 MB or 50 pages per file for free accounts.

ILovePDF , a nice tool to merge or split pdf files easily. You can merge up to 10 PDF files in one, extract or split pages in a PDF, subject to a maximum file size of 8 MB.

PDF-to-Word Converter  and PDF-to-Excel Converter from Nitro PDF gives you free online conversion from PDF to Word/Excel. Both are helpful and easy to use—choose the file you need, click the Convert button and check your inbox for the converted files.

Web2PDF  lets you convert any webpage into a PDF document and save it to your computer with various options such as setting paper size. Simply paste the URL and click the button, or you can drag the bookmarklet to your toolbar so you don’t have to revisit the website.

Smallpdf.com  compresses your large PDF files such as scanned PDF documents to small file size, ideal for uploading to the web or sending them through email.

DigiSigner , a useful tool to digitally sign your PDF files and verify signatures, and you can assure that the important PDF documents are not tampered with.

Best Free Online Personal Finance

Mint , an attractive personal finance on-line service helps budgeting and keeping track of your finances. Users need to create a Mint account before adding bank, credit card, home loan and investment accounts.

Yahoo Finance  offers up-to-date information and basic tools for personal finance management. It also allows for setting up your portfolios and getting quotes for your stocks with interactive, basic and technical analysis charts for the period you choose.

TaxACT  allows you to prepare, print and e-file your tax returns to IRS of the US Department of Treasury. It’s fast and easy to use and you can add mini-schedules to most fields.

Best Free Online Publishing Program

Lucidpress , choose a template from the layouts designed for flyers, invitations, newsletters, magazines, presentations or other categories, and create beautiful print and digital documents for publishing, sharing or download as a PDF to keep forever. Limited to three pages for free and advanced features require a paid-for subscription.

Best Free Online Reminder / To-Do List

Remember The Milk  lets you organize tasks into various lists, set due dates, postpone or repeat tasks, add notes, print lists and so on. It integrates with Gmail and other services with add-ons.

Toodledo  allows you to add and organize your tasks by folders, contexts, due dates and priorities, share your tasks with coworkers, friends or family. You can add multiple and repeated tasks, notes and tags, import and export your data or customize the service to suit your needs.

Best Free Online Room Planner / Floor Layout Plan

PlanningWiz , a useful tool to partition rooms and arrange furniture in them easily, with good example plans and allowing you to save, print or export a layout plan to an image file.

Autodesk Homestyler  allows you to create your home in 2D and see it in 3D. Along with the generic items, you can include branded pieces from manufacturers, save your masterpiece or export it in jpg, dwg or rvt format.

Best Free Online Text Formatting

TextSlave , a handy tool to manipulate your text file, either replace multiple white spaces with a single space, add a newline character, remove or indent html tags, add and replace text, convert letter case, merge or split, sort and count, all in a single place.

Aboqe Flip , a handy tool to flip or turn your text upside down or vice versa. Create one for your secured password or make fun characters for your social site like Facebook or Google+. Generators for other cool text formats and symbols such as Carty, Encool, Rusify, Small Caps, Tarty, Wavy and Wide are available.

Best Free Online Timer / Alarm Clock

Online-Stopwatch , a simple yet powerful timer for stopping watch and counting down, featuring full screen, split lap timer, egg timer, and even Custom Countdown to make your own countdown timer.

Kuku Klok , a well designed alarm clock to wake you up with the sound of Classic Clock, Cockerel or other choices. Once loaded, it will work even if the Internet connection goes down.

Klokoo  wakes you up at the alarm time you set for today or tomorrow. Easy to set up—just select a time, click set or stop the alarm clock with a selectable sound.

Best Free Online Unit and Currency Converter

Digital Dutch Unit Converter  comes with a cleaner web page, instant response and ease of use, with commonly used units available and divided into 16 categories.

OANDA Currency Converter , one of the popular web tools for currency conversion with daily and historical rates for over 164 currencies, available in multi languages.

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