It’s been less than a week, but already the Chrome Web Store is reeling in the users. The app store has over 500 applications and plenty of free ones to choose from. Here is our first look at the Chrome Web Store and our choice of the top 10 free applications.
This digital comic book platform is great for diehard fanboys and occasional readers alike. Graphic.ly features over 700 titles, optional registration, and plenty of free content. Users also have access to in-depth previews for all non-free material. It’s got a rich user interface that immediately loads your content, and gives you viewing options inside the comic. The Graphic.ly Flow view digitally imitates actual reading habits, zooming into and highlighting the upper right hand corner and panning from frame to frame.
There’s nothing revolutionary about Vimeo Couch Mode, but it streams your video content and does it well. There are no ads or commercials, and it includes free, staff-picked content in addition to your videos and inbox. The plug-in also gives users the “like this” and “watch later” options on the toolbar.
There are only a few things wrong with Scrabble: Waiting for your turn can be interminable when an opponent takes 30 minutes to find the perfect place to play “C-A-T,” and there are only so many places on a board. Word2 eliminates both of these issues. It’s a never-ending, global edition of Scrabble that allows you to continuously focus on your own letters, never being forced to wait your turn. People play simultaneously and you can search on for that perfect space on the limitless board. It’s competition without pressure, and fun that doesn’t require absolute focus.
Scribble describes itself as “stickies on steroids,” so you can imagine how it’s an organizer’s dream. Each scribble is a different color, includes a title, and short memo to yourself. You’re then free to drag and drop them in any order you prefer, and naturally are able to access the notes offline and will receive notifcations. It absolutely beats 15 identical and randomly titled Word documents on your desktop.
Aviary has a host of photo editors and manipulators, but its Advanced Image Editor appeals to the widest demographic. While obviously not as sophisticated as PhotoShop, it provides all of the basic tools Adobe’s photo editor does. You have your filters, layers, levels, and simple tools, like image rotation and cropping. It’s comparable to free photo editors like PicNik and Gimp, and arguably easier to use.