20 Great Web Applications Alternatives to Usual Desktop Software

Posted in Tools, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 23 Comments

Desktop Software has been a great help in our computer work purposes. They serve as our working tool on our projects, designs, hobbies, interest etc. But web apps have set a great trend over the web. Developers of web applications created applications that are likely powerful as the desktop software but create more great output and easiness.  The best thing is that you don’t need to install any of these web apps to use. Just browse over the web and visit these great web applications.

In this article, I’ll be presenting 20 great web applications alternatives to your usual desktop software. Hope you will love it.

1. Google Docs

Google Docs serves as your online productivity tool. It will let you create your documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more online writing tool.

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Alternative for :

  • Microsoft Office
  • Open Office

2. Meebo

Meebo is a web platform for your mostly chat applications. You can login your IM accounts at the same time or individual accounts.

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Alternative for:

  • Facebook Chat
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • AIM
  • Windows Live Messenger

3. Slide Rocket

Presentations are really vital tool for business, education , projects and more. With Slide Rocket, a web presentation tool that allows you to create your own presentation. It presents some of the features in PowerPoint.

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Alternative for:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • OpenOffice Impress

4. Aviary

Aviary is a powerful web creation tools for photo editing, logos, web templates, color palettes , audio editing and more.  There list includes Phoenix: Image Editor, Toucan: Color Editor, Myna: Audio Editor, Peacock: Effects Editor, Raven: Vector Editor, Falcon: Image Markup and Roc: Music Creator.

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Alternative for:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Soundbooth

5. Mint

Are you having a hard time to manage your money? Then Mint is all you need. It is a web tool to access to your free personal financial and online management tool.  It will help you to organize your financial accounts, set your budgets needs, and put up your savings.

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Alternative for:

  • Quicken

6. JayCut

JayCut is a web video editing software. With a user-friendly environment, it will let you create your videos, add and edit clips, transitions, effects, audio, download, export in Youtube and more.

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Alternative for:

  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Ulead
  • Other Video Editing Software

7. WobZip

Wobzip is an online tool that makes you uncompressed your files on the fly. It supports different compression format such as ZIP, RAR, and more zip formats. It has also an active scanner that scan your compressed files before unzipping it.

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Alternative for:

  • Unzipping Softwares

8. Zamzar

Zamzar is a powerful online file conversion tool. It converts various formats for documents, image, music, video, e-book, compressed files, cad formats. Just follow 4 easy steps to convert your files instantly.

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Alternative for:

  • File Conversion Software

9. Hulu

Hulu is a video/TV streaming website that lets you watch your favorite tv shows right at your computer. If you missed some of your favorites episode you can just tune in here and enjoy watching.  Hulu is a US exclusive website, but if you are outside the US and trying to access it, you can try this link.

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Alternative for:

  • TV Tuner Software

10. TokBox

If you love to video chat, TokBox is a great online video chatting applications. For free users, you can chat up to 20 people. Just simply sign up,invite your friends and start video chatting.

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Alternative for:

  • Video Chat

11. Moof

Moof is an online web streaming music online for your favorite music. It is like bringing your all favorite music rolled into one place. One of the great feature is you can export your iTunes library and put it into web so you will never missed out your favorite tune.

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Alternative for:

  • iTunes
  • Music Streaming Software

12. ESET Online Virus Scanner

Everyone wants to be secure in terms of viruses and malware. ESET Online Virus Scanner deep scan your PC using your web browser.  The good thing is that you don’t need to install the software and it is always up to date.

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Alternative for:

  • Anti Virus Software

13. Bitlet

Bitlet is a web application that lets you download your torrents. Just upload .torrent file on your computer or direct Bitlet to torrent and Bitlet will do it for you.

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Alternative for:

  • BitTorrent Client

14. icloud

icloud is a web operating system over the web. It is like bringing your own desktop and files running in your web browser that includes an office suite, media player, chat client, games, productivity tool, utility applications and more. Now you won’t worry that you are working in a different PC.

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Alternative for:

  • Operating System

15. Splashup

Splashup is a powerful editing tool and photo manager.  It will let you manage your images and save it in different format. Various features that are likely with Photoshop.

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Alternative for:

  • Image Editing Tool

16. Wufoo

Wufoo is a great building tool for your forms, invitations and survey applications. It makes your collecting of data much easier and in customize way.

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Alternative for:

  • Survey Creating Tool

17. Google Voice

Google Voice makes a huge deal in international calling communication. It delivers various features such as voicemail transcription, one number calling, sms to email, block callers, screen callers, conference call and more. Bringing your all phone into your gmail account given that you are in US and Canada.

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Alternative for:

  • Skype

18. movavi

movavi is an online video files converter. It supports multiple formats that you need for your videos. In just 3 simple step, you will get your converted video file and watch.

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Alternative for:

  • Videora
  • Xilisoft Video Converter
  • Other Video Converter Tool

19. HootSuite

HootSuite is a web apps for your social  networking experience. Updating and monitoring your social activities such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress and Ping.fm will be easy.It is also good for businesses that tracks statistics of their business over the web.

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Alternative for:

  • Social Network Tool
  • Statistics Tracking Tool

20. Balsamiq

Balsamiq is a web wireframing tool that is great for web designer and developers. It will make your drawing more in detailed and rearrange it easily.  It is a great tool to collaborate your team work.

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Hope you will enjoy this great web applications. If there are more great web apps that we missed, please tell us so and we will love to update it.

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An IT explorer who loves to browse anything over the web which made her an enthusiast blogger. She is aggresive to learn new things and share through writing.

23 Comments Best Comments First
  • Swopper

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011 03:35

    6

    Thank you for putting all these web apps together. Really helpful and I’ll bookmark this for future use. Happy New Year!

    +2
  • Zdeněk Hejl

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 13:14

    3

    I can recommend MockFlow for wireframing. It has desktop client (written in Adobe Air) and also web client.

    +1
  • Rahul

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 10:42

    1

    Wow…20 great web applications..very nice.. thanks for sharing these all

    +1
  • madhukarah

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011 02:01

    5

    really great ..nice work.

    +1
    • Carly

      Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 12:10

      20

      The epxreitse shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

      0
  • Caleb

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 16:04

    12

    Balsamiq is NOT a web app. They mention that they have a web app “in the works”, and there is a limited web demo mode.

    +1
    • john williams

      Thursday, October 20th, 2011 11:54

      19

      Yeah, it’s funny how many of these “Web App” articles list websites that use Flash, or that cannot operate as a standalone app (without internet connection). As I understand, both these things are key characteristics of Web Apps. Well those were the rules I was working to when I created switchitoff.net, a site for managing household electricity costs. Try it on an iPad to see what I mean.

      +1
  • Renato Alves

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011 21:10

    7

    Thanks for the amazing list. Some of them I already knew but there are many other I don’t.

    0
  • Poonam Gaigole

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 09:48

    8

    These applications are cool……. and the best one is icloud OS…!

    0
  • Vera

    Saturday, December 17th, 2011 05:01

    21

    Web apps have the potential to take over a lot of areas that used to be dominated by desktop apps. For example, how many people print envelopes nowadays? Probably fewer than there used to be. What’s more, those that do, probably don’t print them as often. Which means they’re less likely to want to keep a program to do it installed on their desktop.

    0
  • Bojan Živković

    Saturday, January 21st, 2012 08:19

    22

    This site does not stop amazing me, I found so many useful tips and links. Thank you, what I can do is to tweet and recommend this site to anyone. This is one of most useful sites on the web.

    0
  • Kamel Jazmati

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 11:09

    2

    it’s so benefit thanks..

    0
  • Saket Jajodia

    Monday, January 23rd, 2012 19:14

    23

    I use most of there apps and services very frequently.. There are few which I didn’t knew about.. Thanks a lot Jane for these apps list..!! :)

    0
  • Diana

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 19:49

    4

    Awesome list! To be honest some of them are even more powerful than desktop apps.

    0
  • Debbie meltzer

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 10:24

    9

    Wow, this is a great list of tools, especially for non-profit initiatives, thank you so much :-)

    0
  • Kasia

    Saturday, January 29th, 2011 15:56

    16

    Great List! Thank U :)

    0
  • Brett Widmann

    Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 01:51

    17

    These are some cool alternatives! Some of these will be really helpful. Thank you.

    0
  • Merilin

    Saturday, August 13th, 2011 15:31

    18

    Nice list , thanks for sharing

    i recommend to add to the list:

    0
  • Dennis Harbich

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 09:58

    15

    I miss Grooveshark!

    0
  • Stuart Walsh

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 04:31

    14

    All tools like this lot are great to have in your toolbox for teaching, makes for interested students when incorporated correctly in the classroom….thanks!

    0
  • Michael Lajlev

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 19:48

    13

    I think http://www.cacoo.com deserve a sport on the list, so lets make it number 21 :-)

    0
  • Anonymous

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 11:15

    10

    Your English is horrible. If English is your second or third language, then imperfect English is understandable. If English is your first language, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Either way, since you’ve decided to be a blogger, you should work on improving your English.

    That aside, it was an interesting list.

    -2
  • Tiffany

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 15:31

    11

    There are a lot of spelling errors in this post. Not what I’d expect from a blogger.

    -3
  • Saket Jajodia

    Monday, January 23rd, 2012 19:14

    23

    I use most of there apps and services very frequently.. There are few which I didn’t knew about.. Thanks a lot Jane for these apps list..!! :)

    0
  • Bojan Živković

    Saturday, January 21st, 2012 08:19

    22

    This site does not stop amazing me, I found so many useful tips and links. Thank you, what I can do is to tweet and recommend this site to anyone. This is one of most useful sites on the web.

    0
  • Vera

    Saturday, December 17th, 2011 05:01

    21

    Web apps have the potential to take over a lot of areas that used to be dominated by desktop apps. For example, how many people print envelopes nowadays? Probably fewer than there used to be. What’s more, those that do, probably don’t print them as often. Which means they’re less likely to want to keep a program to do it installed on their desktop.

    0
  • Merilin

    Saturday, August 13th, 2011 15:31

    18

    Nice list , thanks for sharing

    i recommend to add to the list:

    0
  • Brett Widmann

    Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 01:51

    17

    These are some cool alternatives! Some of these will be really helpful. Thank you.

    0
  • Kasia

    Saturday, January 29th, 2011 15:56

    16

    Great List! Thank U :)

    0
  • Dennis Harbich

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 09:58

    15

    I miss Grooveshark!

    0
  • Stuart Walsh

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 04:31

    14

    All tools like this lot are great to have in your toolbox for teaching, makes for interested students when incorporated correctly in the classroom….thanks!

    0
  • Michael Lajlev

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 19:48

    13

    I think http://www.cacoo.com deserve a sport on the list, so lets make it number 21 :-)

    0
  • Caleb

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 16:04

    12

    Balsamiq is NOT a web app. They mention that they have a web app “in the works”, and there is a limited web demo mode.

    +1
    • john williams

      Thursday, October 20th, 2011 11:54

      19

      Yeah, it’s funny how many of these “Web App” articles list websites that use Flash, or that cannot operate as a standalone app (without internet connection). As I understand, both these things are key characteristics of Web Apps. Well those were the rules I was working to when I created switchitoff.net, a site for managing household electricity costs. Try it on an iPad to see what I mean.

      +1
  • Tiffany

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 15:31

    11

    There are a lot of spelling errors in this post. Not what I’d expect from a blogger.

    -3
  • Anonymous

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 11:15

    10

    Your English is horrible. If English is your second or third language, then imperfect English is understandable. If English is your first language, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Either way, since you’ve decided to be a blogger, you should work on improving your English.

    That aside, it was an interesting list.

    -2
  • Debbie meltzer

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 10:24

    9

    Wow, this is a great list of tools, especially for non-profit initiatives, thank you so much :-)

    0
  • Poonam Gaigole

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 09:48

    8

    These applications are cool……. and the best one is icloud OS…!

    0
  • Renato Alves

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011 21:10

    7

    Thanks for the amazing list. Some of them I already knew but there are many other I don’t.

    0
  • Swopper

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011 03:35

    6

    Thank you for putting all these web apps together. Really helpful and I’ll bookmark this for future use. Happy New Year!

    +2
  • madhukarah

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011 02:01

    5

    really great ..nice work.

    +1
    • Carly

      Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 12:10

      20

      The epxreitse shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

      0
  • Diana

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 19:49

    4

    Awesome list! To be honest some of them are even more powerful than desktop apps.

    0
  • Zdeněk Hejl

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 13:14

    3

    I can recommend MockFlow for wireframing. It has desktop client (written in Adobe Air) and also web client.

    +1
  • Kamel Jazmati

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 11:09

    2

    it’s so benefit thanks..

    0
  • Rahul

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 10:42

    1

    Wow…20 great web applications..very nice.. thanks for sharing these all

    +1

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