One of the great advantages that modern browsers are so powerful is that they can take advantage of a wide variety of web technologies to offer us experiences that a few years ago seemed only possible with native apps.
Today we can do almost anything from the browser, not only consume text, images or video, but create them directly from it. And unlike native software, web applications have the enormous advantage that we can use them on any operating system. These are 20 of some of the best and they are also free.
Boostnote is a free notes app and open source designed mainly for programmers, although it can be useful to anyone. The app supports Markdown, has syntax highlighting in more than 100 programming languages, is customizable, supports mathematical blocks, and is cross-platform.
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Figma is a graphical interface design web application that offers real-time collaboration. It can be a good alternative to paid tools without a web version such as Adobe XD, or InVision. The free version allows you to collaborate on up to three projects with two editors.
Manifest is a simple little webapp that you can use as a minimalist dashboard to take notes from the browser. Manifest is also a progressive web application, so it will offer you the option of installing it on your computer to use it in an individual window.
Pixlr is not exactly a stranger, the online image editor is legendary among the most comprehensive free tools available for free on the internet.
It's always worth mentioning to it though, especially now that it's just been upgraded to a more advanced and powerful version called Pixlr X.
Remove.bg is an app with only one function: to remove the background from any image automatically. It works excellent in most cases and is extremely fast, especially if you compare it to doing a process like this manually using tools like Photoshop if you are not a professional.
Resizing.app is another small application with few features but quite useful. It is used to convert, optimize and resize images in just a couple of clicks and from the browser. It is perfect for optimize content for the web without losing apparent quality.
Screen Recorder, as the name implies, is a screen recorder. It is a progressive web application that lets you record your computer screen without having to install anything, and also without any type of advertising or registration.
SodaPDF is a set of tools more than useful for manage all kinds of operations with PDF files. From the webapp you can convert files, join them, sign them, or divide them. You can also convert various image formats.
Spaces.fm is a simple productivity app that offers binaural sounds to help us focus. It is basically a player with a series of high quality three-dimensional ambient sounds which are quite relaxing to keep in the background while we study or work, or want to take a nap.
Sumo3D is a web application for editing and 3D modeling. You can use it to add models, images, sounds, music and textures directly from a browser tab, and it is available in Spanish.
Sumotunes is a small online music studio. It is an easy-to-use webapp to create songs or play with virtual musical instruments, you can use it to remix other users' songs, or export MP3 files.
Sumopaint is a online image editor from which you can combine images, add filters, add text or symbols, and which also lets you draw with up to 300 different brushes. Like Sumo3D and Sumotunes, it is part of the Sumo Apps, a suite of creative apps for the browser that are free.
Sumophoto, unlike Sumopaint, is designed for edit photos quickly, that is, to do simple things like crop, make adjustments, add filters or effects and some elements. It lets you share directly to social networks or save on your computer.
Sumovideo is the video editor of the Sumo Apps, it allows you to combine videos, images, sounds, text, effects, and even record audio. You can export the result in MP4 format.
Uno Calculator is the result of Microsoft releasing the source code for the Windows calculator. Thanks to this, there is this web version that works from a tab in any browser.
Vector Creator is a great design app for newbies so you can create your own custom illustrations from elements already available. It is a graphics editor, but the graphics are already done and you can combine thousands of them for free to create your own designs.
Veed is a webapp to add effects to your videos in real time. Let us upload our videos, modify them in a couple of clicks with different filters, stickers, or subtitles. We can also change the playback speed, add music, or draw on it.
WebTorrent offers us an extremely simple and efficient way to view and download torrents from the browserIt is a P2P client that you can use from a tab by simply accessing its instant version, there you paste a magnet link or the hash, or drag a torrent file to the window and that's it.
Zencaster is an excellent alternative for creating podcasts It solves most of the steps in one place: editing, recording a call and local audio, separating tracks, and editing. It is normally free for up to two guests, but during the Covid-19 crisis they offer both guests and unlimited recordings for all users.
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Zenkit To Do is Zenkit's proposal for those who miss Wunderlist. It is perhaps one of the best alternatives to the notes app that Microsoft bought and ended up disappearing this year. It offers a simple way to take notes and manage tasks from the web or any other synchronized platform.