Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Top 5: Useful Browser Based Tools

This is the first installment of my top 5 series, useful internet tools. These are the best tools i have found and used over the last couple of years. These sites might not be the most popular sites in the world but they do a great job and i wanted to give them the publicity they deserve. Not only are these brilliant and innovative browser based tools but they are also all free and available to the general public, and lets be honest who doesn't love free stuff? With all the software being released on the market it is refreshing to see something made so selflessly for the public.

Number Five:
The first program on my top five list is "youconvertit", a great tool that lets you upload and file you lke and covert it to a huge number of available file types. The sire then lets you send your files to other users so they can download them. This site is amazing because it lets you convert "any" file type, where as other programs only let you convert one type of file and require downloading. Youconvertit also lets you in put any URL, the program will then pick up on any videos on that site and covert them into downloadable files, much like "". In conclusion youconvertit if the best online convert tool. If you would like to use it or learn more it can be found here:

Number Four:Coming in at number four is the infamous music site "GrooveShark". The site lets you browse a huge database of music witch is all free and available to the general public. Grooveshark is the world's largest on-demand and music discovery service. With over 15 million songs, Grooveshark is an ecosystem that brings together music fans, bands, music labels, and brands. Grooveshark increases music revenues using one of the most innovative ad platforms in the world, attacks piracy in underperforming markets and reduces the cost of signing and breaking new acts, everyday. Grooveshark is one hundred percent legal and is a brilliant tool for both those who are passionate music fans and the casual listener.

Number Three:
My number three is a program called Gliffy. This is an awesome creative program that allows you to great diagrams, shapes and pictures. The site starts you off with a blank page where you can and shapes, arrows, lines you name it. The real advantage to Gliffy is that it is very easy to use and completely online. The program contains lots of other useful functions as well, such as pie charts and bar charts. You can even create your own account and develop a database of diagrams you have made.  

Number Two:
Ok then, here is my number two. Just missing out on the number one spot we have Phixr. If you don't have lots of money to spend on photo editing software, this is the site for you. Phixr lets you upload and edit your photos in your browser, it has a nifty, easy to use interface which allows for large amounts of customisation. There are a large amount of tools available to you and when you are done you can simple re-download your file with a host of options for detail and file types.  In short Phixr is a great tool for touching up your photos.

Number One:
Coming in at number one we have the fantastic program, Isendr. This is a P2P (pier to pier) file transfer program which allows you to send files to your friends. the site sets up a temporary URL link that any another computer can access. Once some one else has logged on the site will start transferring the files. Once the files have been processed the URL will be deleted leaving no history of the transfer. This is a great tool for instant, anonymous file transfers with no need for any software or hardware.

This has been my top five browser based tools, i hope you have found this useful. These sites are free to use although all have donation pages if you are feeling generous. Go ahead and check them out, i have found them all very useful and would like to give something back. Enjoy.

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