Popular Desktop Apps And Their Online Alternatives

Outfitting your computer with the latest software can be expensive. Time and money aren’t things to be wasted. With sky rocketing prices for desktop applications, you need to arm yourself with the right alternatives.

Fortunately, there is a great alternative out there: the Internet. As hard as it is to believe, just by surfing around online, you can access most of the desktop app functionalities you need without shelling out a cent.

To prove it, here’s a list of 25 online alternatives for the most popular desktop applications that you use, want and simply must have when working online.

Application Online Alternative Description
Microsoft Office 2007 Google Docs Google Docs includes the same creation applications for creating word documents, spreadsheets and presentations as MS Office.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Pixlr Pixlr is an online photo image editing app that contains similar photo
editing tools found in Photoshop CS3 and can integrate seamlessly with
popular photo sharing services.
Microsoft Visio 2007 Gliffy Gliffy has the basic functionalities to create and share quality flow charts, complex diagrams or technical drawings.
Adobe Acrobat 8.1 Cometdocs Create PDFs to and from a variety of formats for free online by simply uploading your file.
Apple 1 Password Manager and Form Filler 2.5.7 clipperz With clipperz, you create direct log in links for your online accounts. Just log in once to clipperz to access them.
Apple Aperture 1.5 Flickr A
popular online photo management and sharing site. With a free basic
Flickr account, you can upload photos via email or the upload webpage.
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Gmail Gmail accounts have tons of space, instant messaging, built in search technology, no banner ads, and available in 40 languages.
Vista OSBoxes OSBoxes
is a virtualization product that provices you with ready to use Unix/Linux virtual machines. Don’t like Vista? You can use this alternative to experience another platform for free.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS3Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Bubble This
neat web service allows you to create your own simple application
without any coding or web designing experience whatsoever! You “build software by pointing and clicking.”
Desktop calculators InstaCalc InstaCalc
is an advanced web based calculator. Send a link of your calculations
to others or embed a calculator into your own website. Other features
include unit conversions and programming commands.
MS OutlookHP fax machinePrinting paper FaxZERO With
this internet faxing service, you can send digital documents within
Canada and US for free. Just upload the document and you’re set.
SharpReader (Windows)NetNew Wire (Mac OS X)Straw (Linux) Netvibes Netvibes
is a nifty RSS reader and web home page. Stay connected to everything
online at all times–catch up on blogs, facebook, to-do lists, news and
Website Analysis Software Google Analytics This
online tool allows you to keep track of your website and how it’s being
accessed. Track content views or the amount of time spent on the site.
MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, AIM, JabberYahoo! eBuddy.com A
web portal for instant messaging, eBuddy.com lets you have the same online
chats, but without the download. Access and chat on MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and AOL accounts free of charge in one interface from any computer.
All desktop tools Sosius Sosius
has all the essential desktop tools online: calendar, file management,
rss feeds, projects, file management, databases, and collaboration and
messaging tools.
Desktop Task Lists Remember The Milk This is an online to-do list that provides you with easy access to reminders and notes. You can even check your lists on an iPhone when you’re on the go.
Desktop Task Lists Simple Note Like Remember The Milk, Simple Note is a to-do list web tool. Create pages of to-do lists with images, set up text message
alerts or even share your pages with others.
Microsoft OneNote 2007 Note.ly Note.ly is a simple online alternative that creates notes directly in your browser.
Apple MindManager 7.0 Mac Bubbl.us This web application allows you to brainstorm online when you need to map out projects or make long term business plans.
Microsoft Money Plus Premium Mint Part financial application and part user community, Mint.com combines both to
provide you with an easy way to effectively keep track of your accounts and
spending habits.
MS Excel 2007 Zoho Sheet Zoho Sheet
is a free online web service where you can create, store and publish
simple charts from your own data sources. Charts can be customized with
colors, themes, and fonts.
MS PowerPoint Live Presentations As
the website says, “Live Presentations is like Powerpoint….only better!”  This web authoring tool lets you create presentations directly online with flexible and powerful features. 
Adobe LiveCycle ES Wufoo From job applications to customer surveys, Wufoo lets you create forms quickly and easily with an HTML interface.
Excel Spreadsheets Invoices PayPal PayPal acts as the go-between that connects you and online recipients. An online must-have when making business purchases.
USB storage devices & Hard drive storage space MediaFire.com Simply upload and share your media and document files online to free up storage space on your computer.

Who says saving money is hard? Just by looking at the desktop applications you can do away with, you can save a bundle. Most desktop applications can range anywhere from $100 to $1, 000. Compare that to the price of using online applications: $ 0.

So the next time you think of buying another desktop app, think twice—think “online.” Because the more you ditch the desktop, the more you save!

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