Friday, December 24, 2010

6 Chrome WebApps You’re Going to Need for College

Chrome Web Store has proven to be an amazing collection of WebApps. Although, some Apps are just encapsulated links inside a shiny icon, there are many productive ones out there, waiting for you to install them and give them a go. If you can’t afford paid software, web apps are the way to go! Before reading this article, make sure that you’ve read our Chrome Extensions for Students.

Without much ado, here’s a list of WebApps you’ll need to survive in College.

1. BOX.NET with 5GB Free Storage:

BOX.net

This is one service I never knew about before the advent of Chrome Web Store. You can easily get started with BOX.NET using  Google Open ID. Although this service isn’t as good as Dropbox, you can use it for the 5GB they give you.

2. SlideRocket:

PowerPoint is obviously expensive and with the increasing amount of WebApps available today, OpenOffice doesn’t look that great either. If you are looking to prepare some quick presentations SlideRocket is the way to go. SlideRocket offers some powerful collaboration features if you need to work with a team. There is also an option to easily share your presentation with a link. Finally, if you are looking to flaunt that new iPad – SlideRocket has you covered!

3. Google Books:

Google Books

Google books has matured a lot lately and with Google eBook Store, it’s better than ever before. If you are looking to save some bucks, get the Google Books app instead of the actual text-book.

4. Evernote Web:

Evernote

Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps out there. In my opinion, it’s even better than the paid OneNote. But, Evernote’s desktop version gets frequent updates which are around 35-40MB every time. If you’d like to use Evernote without wasting time, get this WebApp and do yourself a favour. A good alternative to Evernote would be Springpad.

5. Biblia:

If you are a literature or arts major like me, you’d probably be making a lot of reference to the Bible in your reports and tests. If you think hanging out with a hard-copy of Bible looks dated get the Biblia WebApp for Chrome. This once again, is nothing but a URL to Evernote’s to Web-Interface but pretty useful nevertheless.

6. Write Space:

If you often get distracted when writing book reports; Write Space is the app for you. It provides you a distraction & Clutter-free writing environment when used in the full-screen mode. Since the writing is saved locally, you don’t have to be connected to the internet to view your past works.

Those were some I could pick from the Chrome Web Store. If you are inclined towards reading stuff outside text-books, don’t forget to grab the New York Times and The Huffington Times WebApps.

Use something else that’s not mentioned here? Make use of the comments section.