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This is the fourth part of my end of year round up of my monthly featured HandPicked Goodies for Designers & Developers, today’s post will be focusing  on all the great fantastic Web Apps that been released through this year. Please note that not every Web Apps that got featured on this blog will be featured as the list is huge anyway and for your ease of reading i will be splitting the best of Web Apps into months… so lets start.


Timely – Web App – From $10 per month


Timely is a great time tracking app that is intuitive and very simple to use as you’ll be able to track the time you spend working without any fuss from your browser or the iPhone app. Whether you are working on your own projects, or collaborating on projects with a team across your whole company this app will also makes keeping track of the time spent on everything simple.

Nirvana – Web App – Starting at Free to $5 per month or $39 a year


Nirvana is task management web app that is based upon the well-known Getting Things Done® (GTD®) method of keeping organized, it is fast, easy, available from anywhere.

Form Bakery – Web App – Forms starting at $9


Form Bakery is a very easy-to-use form builder that has  a wonderfully simple drag and drop form builder that you can use to create your form. The form engine inside this web app will generate code that is well crafted—as if a human wrote it.

Lemon Stand Cloud – Web App – Basic $99pm / Pro $149 pm / Enterprise $499pm


If you loved LemonStand eCommerce you will certainly love the new cloud version of LemonStand as they have class themselves as being the only cloud eCommerce platform that been made for web developers.

As LemonStand give you tools to customise everything  from the design, the checkout process, the cart, product pages. friendly URL structure and every bit of HTML, CSS and JavaScript you can put your hands on.


Hemingway – Web App – Free


Hemingway is a web app that makes your writing bold and clear. Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences & the most common errors, When you see a yellow highlight you will need to shorten the sentence or split it up, or if you see a red highlight your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic.

And when you see blue hightlighed it means that the adverbs are helpfully but get rid of them and pick verbs with force instead. You also can also utilise a shorter word in place of purple highlighted colour one. You can also move your mouse over the word for hints and last in highlighted in green are Phrases in green to show passive voice.

Mondrian – Web App – Free


Mondrian is a free vector graphics web app just like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. Mondrian offers all the tools needed to create, modify, and export simple SVG files, and also supports undo/redo through a file history API that stores operations.

This entire app was written in Coffeescript. You have to manually compile the app every time you make changes. Mondrian officially supports only the latest desktop stable versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and all of the Mondrian code and documentation is available under the MIT License.

Feed The Bot – Web App – Free


Feed the Bot is a very helpful and well made web app that explains each Google webmaster guideline in detail using articles and tools that just about anyone can understand. The website also has a lot of useful tools, such as Webpage spider, Image SEO tool, Social mention counter, HTTP header checker, Webpage request checker, Base 64 image tool and CSS delivery tool.

Heap – Web App – Startup $Free/Growth $149/Enterprise $Contact Them


Heap is a modern take on analytics as there is no need for a event tracking code, no need to wait days or weeks for data to accumulate, no need to muddle your codebase, and no need to fumble with rigid reports as it automatically captures every interaction in your web or iOS app and lets you measure it all. Clicks, taps, swipes, page views, and more. Track events and segment users instantly.


Glyphr – Web App – Free


Glyphr is a free, html5 based font editor as font design has a high barrier of entry. Professional font design programs are very complex, and quite expensive. Glyphr is accessible, streamlined, and made for font design hobbyists, and it’s free.

Gitter – Web App – Free (for Beta period)


Gitter which currently is in beta, offers up free chat rooms for all of your public repositories. You can see who’s read your messages, it offers full emoji support, and stores infinite chat history in the cloud so you can always access it.

Hap Time – Web App – Small Plan $2 pm/The Freelance Plan $3pm/ The Company Plan $Custom

haptime is an alternative application to timers and spreadsheets that makes it easy and simple to keep track of your time. There’s nothing to install as this is a web app, and tracking is as easy as tapping it.

Butterfly – Web App – Free


Butterfly is a web terminal based on websocket and tornado. It’s easy to setup and configure, and the look can be completely customized with CSS.

Invoice Ninja – Web App – Free


The Invoice Ninja web app was made to provide a free, open-source alternative for invoicing as we can see that most online invoicing sites are expensive. This Invoicing app comes with no monthly fee by saying this in good old plain speech, this app is free, now and forever!

With Invoice Ninja you can see quality invoicing which will help you to build your business and get paid for it by creating beautiful email-ready PDF invoices that is created instantly as you type.

By clicking the ‘Save & send’ feature this will saves you time and impresses clients. Invoice Ninja also supports PayPal, Authorize.Net, Stripe and other payment technologies.

Pagesnap – Web App – Basic $5 per year/Pro $49 per year/Basic $249 per year


Pagesnap is a set and forget web app as it helps you to take monthly screenshots of any urls automatically. This app is great for those who want to track any url’s design changes and is perfect if you want to have a history of your own or client work.


Krypton Pulse – Web App – Free


Krypton Pulse is a free web app that allows you to have status dashboards so you can keep your end-users up to date with information about your service’s availability, health, and uptime with ease. – Web App – Free


With Reme.IO you can create instant email reminders. as this is a free web app that includes no sign up to create a account, it will works straight from the landing page. Just provide the reminder’s text, due date, your email address and you’re done. You can also include other people in your reminders, like your family, friends and clients. Since Reme.IO supports natural language, you can create reminders faster and in a more human way.

Open Call – Web App – Free (Self Hosted)/Shared $99 p/m / Dedicated $199+/pm


Opencall is the world’s first open source call tracking software. As the software is available under the GPL v3 license and is written in PHP and utilises MySQL as the database platform.  Call tracking is a method of monitoring inbound phone calls. It allows you to record conversations, track key statistics such as caller id, call duration, call source and streamline your sales, customer service and marketing. Self-host your call tracking solution – own your data, cut your costs and track calls in any country.

ShareDrop – Web App – Free


ShareDrop is HTML5 Web App clone of Apple AirDrop service, As this service will allows you to transfer files directly between devices, without having to upload them to any server first. It uses WebRTC for secure peer-to-peer file transfer and Firebase for presence management and WebRTC signaling.  At the moment ShareDrop allows you to send files only to other devices in the same local network, i.e. devices with the same public IP address.

ZenPen – Web App – Free


ZenPen is a minimalist writing zone web app, where you can block out all distractions and get to what’s important and that is the writing!.

To get started is very simple as all you need to do is delete the text that is on the page, and then fill the page with your own content.  You can even use bold, italics, both and urls by highlighting the text and selecting them from the tiny options box that appears above it.


Pancake – Web App – Free


Pancake is built on a simple idea and that is to publish static sites easily, whether from your Dropbox account or from a git repository. Pancake reads files from your Dropbox folder, and makes them available from the web.

With Pancake you can embed an automatically updating list of your Dropbox files on any website, as there is a built-in Generator that convert text files automatically. You can also edit your Dropbox-hosted site from their web interface.


Sherly – Web App – Free

sherly is a private cloud solution that been designed for security conscious businesses that are looking to take back control of their sensitive data. Sherly will stop valuable information from leaving your organisation and help control access to data with a security focused solution that offers robust reporting, simple access management controls, and easy to use auditing tools.

Shortcut Mapper – Web App – Free


ShortcutMapper is a visual shortcuts explorer with support for multiple applications at the time of this post it currently only supported apps are  Lightroom,  Photoshop, Autodesk 3dsMax, Autodesk Maya, Blender & Sublime Text including versions, operating systems and different keyboard layouts but applications can be added by contributing via GitHub.

Placeit – Web App – Free


You know that it’s always better in context, as PlaceIt is an easy drag and drop your mockup screenshots into realistic mobile and desktop environments so you can tell the story behind your app in seconds.


Inbox – Web App – Free


Inbox is a set of tools to make it simple and quick to develop apps and services on top of email. You can run Inbox almost anywhere. The developers of Inbox has successfully built images for Docker, VMware Fusion, VirtualBox, AWS, and DigitalOcean but the easiest way to get started is to install from source within VirtualBox.

Privatize – Web App – Free


Privatize allows you to send private links publicly. These private links can only be viewed by the people you mention.

DMARC – Web App – Free


Postmark DMARC is a free tool to monitor & implement DMARC. They will process reports from major ISPs about your domain’s DMARC alignment and turn them into beautiful, human-readable weekly email digests, absolutely free.

As DMARC is a standard that prevents spammers from using your domain to send email without your permission also known as spoofing. In combination with SPF and DKIM, a DMARC policy in DNS allows you to set rules to reject or quarantine emails from sources you do not know or trust.

As part of the DMARC spec, ISPs (Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft and more) who implement DMARC will also generate reports on sending activity for your domain.

NameMesh – Web App – Free


Name Mesh is a domain name search tool that covers over six million words and over 20 generators. With NameMesh you can search for the most common TLDs or new GTLDs, find domains that mix words, create short domains, and more.

KaboomPics – Web App – Free


KaboomPics is a collection of good quality photos offered for free to bloggers, website owners, small businesses, freelancers & social media ninjas. This simple website gives you an opportunity to browse through thousands of pictures without any payment even for commercial use.

Brick a Pic – Web App – Free


Brick-a-pic is a free web app that you can turn logos, photos and portraits into LEGO® brick mosaics! The website is just a fun toy that will give you a hint of what can be done. It doesn’t currently translate your photo into real LEGO® colors, but it you can if you help them reach their fundraising goal on Kickstarter. With enough funding they can make these kits a reality and they can send you a kit of real bricks for you to construct!

Format – Web App – Basic $5.75 pm / Professional $10.75 pm / Agency  $20.75 pm


Format is a new portfolio host for which was made especially for creatives. Within Format you will see that there are multiple themes available.


Limitlesslane – Web App – Test Mode $Free/ Active Mode $5pm


Limitlesslane is a password manager that stores all your account information and passwords in one secure place, using the highest levels of encryption to ensure that only you have access to it. The reason Limitlesslane is so safe is because you’re the sole key-holder to your master password.

As it’s comes as a browser extension it is an easy and non-invasive installation. It will only appear on sites that you have linked through your Limitlesslane account, and with your quick click consent will automatically log you in. It enables Limitlesslane to not just serve as a storage for your information, but a time-saving instrument.

Hotjar Insights – Web App – Free


Hotjar Insights is a new powerful way to reveal true website user behavior and experiences in one central tool – giving you the big picture of how you can improve your site’s UX and conversion rates. All your data, reports and data are securely stored in the cloud and are accessible at lightning speed.

Vellum – Web App – Free


Vellum is a simple reading list for the links your friends are currently sharing in your Twitter feed. As Vellum just puts a spotlight on content which makes it easy to find what you should read next. Links are ranked by how often they have been shared by those you follow on Twitter, so you can stay up to date with the news that the people you care about are discussing.


Slides – Web App – Basic $0mo / Pro $6mo / Team $12mo


Slides enables anyone with a web browser to easily create, present and share beautiful presentations for a small price.

Shout – Web App – Free


Shout is a web IRC client that you host on your own server. It stays auto-connected with no configuration. It offers a great desktop (web-based) UI, including embedded images, videos, tweets, pastebins, and more. And it offers fantastic mobile apps for both iOS and Android, for both phone and tablet form factors. Best of all, it’s free for download and released under MIT license.

Cinematico – Web App – Free


Cinematico is a free (open source), simple, elegant, customizable and automatic website solution for your YouTube or Vimeo account, channel or playlist. To get started, download Cinematico, upload to any PHP compatible server and run the setup with no database required. Cinematico will automatically update your site whenever you publish new videos.

It doesn’t take much to run Cinematico on most PHP compatible servers, but here are the specific requirements for your reference: PHP 5.3.6+, compiled with the mcrypt extension. You’ll need mod_rewrite. Although not required to use Cinematico, having the gd library installed will make your install even better. – Web App – Free

DesignCrit is a design feedback app that lets you simply create and annotate on websites in just a few clicks as Designcrit will simply take screenshots directly from an accessible website.


Litmus Builder – Web App – Free


Litmus Builder is an web based email editor that is unlike other editors, Litmus Builder is continuously improved through contributions from the community—putting new technologies and best practices directly in your hands. It’s the world’s first code editor built for email designers by email designers.

Stack – Web App – Try for Free (30 days) & then $5 pm


Stack is simple task management that keeps your projects on track which also bring your team and discussions together. So you can get more done.

Campaign Monitor’s Template Builder – Web App – Free


With Campaign Monitor’s Template Builder you can build a free HTML email template in 60 seconds.

ReadMe – Web App – Free for Dev’s /  Companies pays $79pm Developer Hub or $399pm for White Labelled


Readme is an easy way to create documentation and reference materials for your apps, it’s includes a theme builder, API explorer so users can play with your API right inside the documentation and more.

Lychee – Web App – Free


Lychee is a free photo-management tool, which runs on your server or web-space. Installing is a matter of seconds. Upload, manage and share photos like from a native application. Lychee comes with everything you need and all your photos are stored securely.


Pronounceable Password Generator – Web App – Free


Pronounceable Password Generator is a simple service that produces pseudo-random passwords that have some elements that can actually be pronounced, hopefully making them easier to remember.

Pawnmail – Your Mail App – Free (but please donate to this service)


Pawnmail is a free email host for custom domains. They offer up 2GB of storage and will remain free forever.

BeeFree – Web App – Free


BeeFree makes it easy to create an email message that can be used to send a company newsletter, announce a new product, promote a sale, etc. It’s free to use: you don’t even need to create an account of any kind.

With BeeFree you can create an email message using its innovative, easy-to-use features. You can then preview the message to see how it will likely look in your email client, send a test to yourself, download the HTML source code so that you can use it in another application, or use it in an email campaign by signing up for a MailUp account.

Nibbler – Web App – Free


Nibbler is a free tool for testing websites. You simply enter the address of any website and Nibbler will give you a report scoring the website out of 10 for key areas such as the accessibility, SEO, social media and technology.


Flowdock – Desktop/Mobile/Web App – $3pm/per user


Flowdock is a team collaboration app for desktop, mobile & web. Work on things that matter, be transparent and solve problems across tools, teams & time zones you can even try it for free for 30 days.

Overlook – Web App – Free

overlook let you create very simple test plans & invite your team members to participate testing cycles. Ensure that your web & mobile projects are tested on a broad range of browsers and mobile devices. You can build very simple test plans without the fluff. Use your sprint’s tasks or detailed test cases – whatever your project requires.

Gulp Fiction – Web App – Free


Gulp Fiction is an easy to use online app for visual editing of your gulp files. It lets you shorten the build setup, and you can save your completed files to Dropbox or copy them.

Brimir – Web App – Solo Free/Start Up €9($11) pm/Business €27($33)pm


Brimir is an open source ticket manager that can be used to handle support requests via incoming email. You can de-clutter your support inbox, as you can provide support with a team of different agents and a perfect overview of all your communication as this is all using an open source product.

Brimir allows you to send and receive support emails through a friendly web interface, that allows you to received emails that are converted to tickets, which can be assigned to agents. Brimir supports all features you would need in a help desk support system. Incoming email support, reply via email, customisable user signatures and much more.

Pixactly – Web App – Free


Pixactly is an online tool that tests how well you know your pixels, you simply draw a box that matches the dimensions given and receive a score based on how close you are.

Venngage – Web App – Free/Premium $19 monthly or $190 per year


Venngage is an easy way for you to create & publish infographics, data visualizations, and reports this includes hundreds of charts and icons that is available.

Material Design Colors – Web App – Free


This small web app helps you visualize the material design colors and also easily copy the colors in different formats.


The Best HandPicked Goodies of 2014: Web Apps Edition


1 Response

  1. lachlanjc says

    Nice list there! I’ve checked out Pancake and Vellum, but Reme, Pawnmail, and a few others are really great tools. And by the way, you guys should check out Noodles 🙂

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