Sunday, December 30, 2007

11 Top New Web Apps of 2007

Because I love you, lifehack readers, here are 11 of the best web apps released in 2007!

  • bubblus
    bubbl.us: Flash-based mindmap creator bubbl.us allows you to quickly and easily make effective, attractive mindmaps that can be exported as images or as HTML outlines, or shared with others who can add new items or draw new connections between existing ones.
  • buzzword
    Buzzword
    : I've raved about Buzzword before, but it bears repeating: this online word processor is both gorgeous and a joy to use. Running in Flash, as you'd expect of an Adobe product, Buzzword works well and has a pretty full set of features already, and promises off-line functionality and PDF export in the near future.
  • empressr
    Empressr: Another Flash-based app, Empressr allows users to create and share slideshows using text, images, videos (including webcam captures created on the fly), and other rich media. Presentations can be shared on the Empressr site and can also be embedded in users' own pages.
  • highrise
    Highrise: From the good folks at 37signals comes Highrise, an enterprise-grade contact manager and customer relations manager. 37signals sets the standard for web 2.0 apps, so you know it's good: clean design, a highly functional interface, and interconnectivity with other 37signals apps.
  • jott
    Jott: A combination of speech recognition and live workers backs this "note to self" service, allowing Jott to produce remarkably accurate transcriptions of your spoken messages. Originally Jott simply recorded your message, transcribed it, and sent it to you to someone in your contact list, but their new Jott Links service connects up with various web services allowing you to post to blogs, add appointments to your online calendar, tweet with twitter, and add todos to your todo list.
  • mint
    Mint : Online money management made almost frighteningly easy, Mint allows users to add all their bank accounts, credit cards, stock trading accounts, and other financial information into a simple, clean view. Although some have raised concerns about the security of all this sensitive information, Mint's model was impressive enough to garner the TechCrunch40 Top Company Award (and $50,000 seed money).
  • nozbe
    Nozbe :Modeled on David Allan's "Getting Things Done" approach, Nozbe aims to be the ultimate GTD app. With easy-to-add next actions associated with contexts and projects, Nozbe comes pretty close!
  • sandy
    Sandy: Sandy is a virtual assistant centered on your email. You email Sandy with (almost) natural language statements, like "Remind me to call John Smith at 8am tomorrow", and Sandy emails you a reminder at 8am tomorrow to call John Smith. Coupled with Jott, Sandy is a really exciting service!
  • scrybe
    Scrybe
    : The much-anticipated release of Scrybe left some feeling let down, but hype aside, Scrybe could well become the online calendar of choice. Flash-based Scrybe uses a natural-language parser similar to Sandy's, allowing new entries to be created quickly and easily. The developers say they're hard at work on integrating Scrybe with Outlook, which would make Scrybe a hard one to beat.
  • todoist
    Todoist : Billing itself as "useful, fast and easy to use", Todoist can be nothing more than a todo list — you start typing into the text box, select a due date, hit enter, and move onto the next. With a little specialized syntax, though, you can format lists, search for multiple criteria, manage your lists from Gmail, and integrate with external services like Launchy and QuickSilver.
  • vitalist
    Vitalist
    : Another contender for the GTD app, Vitalist also offers next actions, projects, and contexts (unlike Nozbe, you can create your own contexts), as well as a virtual "tickler file" and a mobile-optimized version. GTD apps are a highly personal product — one person's way of getting things done might be nothing but a series of obstacles for another — so it's good to see so much competition and innovation in this space.

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