Monday, September 22, 2008

9 Useful Adobe Flex / AIR Applications

Adobe's Flex framework and the AIR component have brought allot of versitility to both websites and the desktop.  Here is a small collection of some of the best applications out there currently.

  1. Mediamaster - is an application that will save your entire song library so you don't have to rip/download/buy them all over again if you ever lose them due to a computer crash.  You can also share your playlist with other users and browse their music selections.
  2. - Is an application to help you get thru your next project.  It contains a document creator called Buzzword, a desktop sharing app for collaboration and meetings, and Adobe share which gives you 5gb of file storage.
  3. Finetune - This is a awesome internet radio application which allows users to create and share playlists.
  4. Mooflair - This application is one of the best video delivery system around.  It allows you to browse through videos, create playlists, and download them to your desktop so you can easily drop them onto your iPod.
  5. Photoshop Express - This application from Adobe, combines the photo editing capabilities of Photoshop Elements in a Flex RIA. You get 2 gigs of online photo storage, and a free URL to host all your pictures and albums. It can also be integrated with other social websites, like flickr, facebook, and  picassa.
  6. IExpenseOnline - This financial application helps you track what you spend vs. what you make, and it also has tips on how to cut down your expenses and save your money.
  7. Tweetdeck - This application lets you seamlessly read and write tweets for Twitter, outside of your browser.
  8. Craig's List Desktop - This application makes searching thru listings on Craig's List much easier.  There are multiple searching options, and pictures are included in the results.  You can save your searches, and all of the listings update in real time.
  9. Timetoast - A handy appliaction to organize numerous dates.  Add the dates you need to remember along with a description and Timetoast will chart them on a timeline for you.  Picturs can also be added and you can share your timeline with other users.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

List of New Cool Websites

I am always looking for cool and interesting new websites on a variety of topics.  Here is a short list of some of those that I have come across recently.

Surf the Channel - this is a site that indexes "all videos, everywhere" and lists them in easy to navigate pages. Think of it as an agrregator for video sites across the net.  It combines Youtube, Hulu, and other video websites.

Mygazines - this website that allows you to browse, share, archive and customize unlimited magazine articles uploaded by hundreds of users.

Soundunwound - think of this website as a sort of Wikipedia for music.  It is part music store, part wiki, and designed to be the resource of choice for all music fans that need information about their favorite artists.  It is still in Beta, and pairs together two web giants Amazon and IMDB.

Stormpulse - this website tracks current storms as well as provides detailed historical information on past weather mischief.  It uses rich media interactive maps and statistics.

Quarkbase - is a free web application that allows you to find complete information about a website.  It is a mashup of over 30 data sources and gathers information from all over Internet on topics like social popularity, traffic, associated people, etc.

Indeed - this is a search engine for jobs - with a radically different approach to job search. It spans job Web sites, newspapers, and company career pages by keyword and location to fit your needs.

Diaroogle - this site helps you find quality public toilets from your mobile phone.  This is only useful in NYC at the moment, but with more cities to follow. 

getmooh - (Get Me Out of Here) is a website that will ring your phone at a specified time and playback a message, this is useful to send a b-day wish to a friend, annoy someone ;), get out of a horrible date, or cut out of a meeting early.

Vyew - this is a free desktop sharing application similar to GoTo Meeting or Webex but with more features and best of all it doesn't cost anything ;)