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15 great completely free web apps that you can use on any operating system

23 mayo, 2021

If anything is currently left over, they are services and applications that we can access simply using the browserAlthough there are always those who prefer the experience of a native application, the reality is that modern browsers are so powerful that they can even run full operating systems from a few years ago.

Another advantage of webapps is that they are platform agnostic and we can use them on Windows, Linux and macOS alike (sometimes even on Android or iOS), hence many developers prefer to create their apps for the web to support more users and have to invest less time and resources. You will already know many web applications, but there are never too many new recommendations, and today we are going to tell you about 15 great browser apps that are completely free.


Office Online

Office Online

The vast majority of people are widely familiar with Google Docs and Google’s office tools available from the web, but curiously, far fewer are aware of it. Microsoft Office has an online version and completely free.

Office Online gives you access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint OnlineIn addition to this, you have the Sway alternative to create presentations with style without the complications of PowerPoint, and everything synchronized with your Microsoft account, your OneDrive files, your OneNote notes, and your Windows 10 contacts and calendars.

Zencastr

Zencastr is a simpler web application than the others that we have reviewed, but it can also help to replace tools that are normally installed, and above all, that can be crucial when recording podcasts.

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Usually, If a podcast is not recorded with people face to face, it requires that Skype or the alternative we use be installed, along with another application that records our audio track in local. Generally, it is an uncomfortable process, because you have to agree on tools for the call, explain how to record the audio locally (install Audacity, record with Quicktime, etc) …

With Zencastr, all steps up to editing are solved, because the same service enables the call and the recording of the audio locally, with the tracks of each podcaster separately. It also has a paid version, but for people starting out on two two-person podcasts, the free plan is ideal.

Brush ninja

Brush ninja

Brush Ninja is an app for create hand-drawn animationsIt is extremely easy to use, it is free, and it allows you to use the mouse or a stylus to draw and add up to 1000 frames for each animation that you can export in GIF format.

Fotor

Fotor

Fotor is a powerful online image editor with multiple advanced options, effects, filters, frames, stickers, automatic correction and enhancement adjustment, and some design options such as text. It supports high resolution images, and even allows you to create photos in HDR.

Pixlr X

Pixlr X

Pixlr is not exactly a stranger, the online image editor is legendary among the most comprehensive free tools available for free on the internet.

It’s always worth mentioning though, especially now that it’s just been upgraded to a more advanced and powerful version called Pixlr X.

Polarr

Polarr

I never get tired of talking about Polarr, it was the first online image editor to give RAW file support, and its free version continues to offer this capability from the web.

It is a wonderful web application and one of the best options for developing photos without having to resort to more expensive software.

Raindrop

Raindrop

Raindrop is a favorites manager in which you can save all your bookmarks, links, multimedia content and other things that you want to read later, even screenshots.

The app automatically suggests the labels, you can create thematic collections, you can do bulk operations and more. And it’s really pretty.

Calmly Writer

Calmly

East text editor it is perfect for lovers of minimalism. Calmly lets you write without distractions while offering you all the basics so that you have a good experience and focus only on writing.

It supports synchronization in the cloud, it has a dark theme, you can open documents in several tabs and they have a “focus mode” to highlight only the paragraph you are editing at that moment.

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Draw Chat

Draw Chat

If you are looking for a collaborative whiteboard, free, without records and that also offers chat and video calls, try Draw Chat. This app allows you to make free drawings or on other images, make annotations in PDF files, and even create directions on a map.

Lanes

Lanes

Lanes is really simple but cool. It is as if Todoist, Pocket and Google Calendar had a child. It is an intelligent and customizable application to take notes, manage tasks and measure your progress, all from the browser and synchronized with your Google or Facebook account.

Standard Notes

Standard Notes

If you are looking for privacy when saving your notes, you may be interested in taking a look at Standard Notes, a minimalist application to take notes that is open source that offers end-to-end encryption for everything you write on it.

Hipstersound

Hipstersound

Hipstersound is one of the simplest apps on the entire list, but it can be quite useful in many situations. It is a generator of ambient sounds focused on improving your productivity.

To listen to their public demos, you don’t even have to register, and you have several options to control the special effects on the background noise you hear.

Photopea

Photopea

This is another online image editor with tons of advanced options and features. Photopea is perhaps the closest thing to a “Photoshop online” that you will find. Supports PSD, XCF, Sketch, XD, and CDR formats.

Headliner

Headliner

Headliner is a rather peculiar app, it is a free online video editor but it is aimed at creating content for social networks. For example, its main function is to create a video of up to 10 minutes from an audio clip, or even from a link. For example, you can use an article written online to create a video and Headliner automatically adds the text and images.

Polar

Polar

Polar is an ideal web app for people dealing with a lot of PDF documents, e-books and articles in general, as students, as it allows you to make annotations and notes on these formats. It provides organization with filters and labeling, progress charts, etc.

The free version allows up to 100 documents and 350 MB, in two devices, more than enough if according to the time we are emptying the repository. If you are more interested in working locally, you can download their applications for Windows, macOS or Linux.