The Invoice Machine: Online Invoicing Made Simple and Elegant

The Invoice Machine is a web based invoicing service which enables you to create professional looking invoices with an easy to use interface. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking for an easy way to create, manage and send their invoices.

The invoices can be customized with color and logo. You can set options like currency, shipping, taxes, discounts, language, notes etc. You can see which invoices have been sent, paid or are due. The invoices can be filtered by period, client or status.

It allows you to set up recurring templates, which can be used to send invoices to your clients automatically on scheduled dates. You can either attach the invoice as a PDF document in your email or send it directly to your clients.

Clean CSS: Web Based CSS Formatter and Optimizer

Clean CSS is a web based tool for CSS formatting and optimization, a handy application for web designers. It basically takes your CSS code and makes it compact and clean. It helps you get comparatively small CSS file size, with shorthand coding.

CleanCSS doesn’t include a validator which points outs errors in your code. So, its advisable to make sure that your code is well formed via the W3C Validator.

To get started, just copy and paste your CSS code into the ‘CSS input’ field on the site. There is also an option to upload your CSS file from a URL. It enables you to choose the compression standards ranging between high readability and smallest size. Other options include,

  • Sorting selectors and properties
  • Optimize selectors and their properties
  • Discard invalid properties
  • Remove unnecessary backslashes etc.,

As in the above image, it provides you with the optimized CSS code, along with the input, output file sizes and the compression ratio. It’s a must bookmark tool for web designers to quickly format and optimize CSS code.

Focus Booster Live: Web Based Time Management Application

Focus Booster Live is a free and easy-to-use web application that works using the  Pomodoro Technique. It can be used for any kind of task which needs time management. Using this application, one can overcome the anxiety involved in work with deadlines and can avoid ineffective work and study habits.

To get started, set the session length ranging from 05:00 min to 40:00 mins based on your task. Then, click the ‘Start’ button to initiate the session.  It provides you with an option to set break length in the given session length. The break length can vary from 1 minute to the user specified session length.

It notifies you at the end of sessions and breaks with alarms and also plays a ticking sound during the session.

Key Features:

  • An easy-to-use web based time management application.
  • Provides you with adjustable session length and break length.
  • Get notified at the end of each session with alarms.
  • Option to turn/off the alaram and ticking sound.

Make Crazy Designs and Patterns with Repper

Repper is a fun and easy-to-use website to create eye-catching designs and patterns from your images. It enables you to  create, share and find cool patterns and designs. You can use Repper to create textile patterns, posters and beautiful patterns for your desktop, personal webpage  or social profile background.

Repper uses a kaleidoscope-style mirror effect to generate patterns from the image. You can adjust the width and height of the box to vary the effect accordingly.

You  can create your design in  just 3 easy steps,

1. Just load a random image or upload your own image onto the website.

 2. Resize  and drag the box to change the pattern.

3. Save your design. You can either link to it from your social profile or webpage, or download the pattern to your computer.

Repper will host the designs for you, so you can link to them on your social profiles. You can also search the pattern database for some cool designs by any combination of tags, color and size.

All designs can be used publicly under the Creative Commons license for non-commercial use. Check out the video tutorial here to see Repper in action.

Rentoni: Track Your Lent and Borrowed Things With Ease

Keeping track of lent and borrowed things these days can be a daunting task. If you are in search of an easy way to keep track of things, you might want to check out ‘Rentoni’.

Rentoni is a free and easy to use web application that helps you and your friends to keep track of lent and borrowed things. Once you are registered on the site, you can quickly make a list of the lent and borrowed things. You can include details like, what product is it?, for how long have you rent / borrowed it along with name and contact number of the related person.

Once you have made a list of all your things, they will be categorized as ‘lent’ and ‘borrowed’ things. You can set email reminders to get notified when a deadline date is coming. Email reminders will be sent two days before the deadline date to you and related people.

Key Features of Rentoni:

  • Keep track of your lent and borrowed things online.
  • Set email reminders when a deadline date is coming.
  • Easy to use, requires registration.

See Exactly How Long It Takes To Load A Website

Loading time for a website varies significantly depending upon a number of variables. It is easy to say that a website is loading slowly but exactly how slow is the real question? WebWait is a free application that lets you answer this question.

Simply head over to WebWait.com and type in any URL. WebWait would then tell you exactly how much time it took to load the web page. The loading time is measured up to the tenth of a second. Moreover, WebWait re-loads your website every 5 seconds and gives you the average loading time of all the previous attempts for up to 10 attempts.

It is a very useful tool if you want to compare the loading time of your website against your competitors or want to see how your website is doing compared to some popular websites. If you find a significant difference, you can then combine this knowledge with a Sitonomy analysis to try to figure out why your website might be slower.

ViewLikeUS: View a Website In Different Resolutions

We have previously talked about testing a website in different versions of IE and testing a website on iPhone. However, along with the cross-browser testing, it is also critical to see how your website would appear to users using different screen resolutions. Depending on the computer and the monitor settings, screen resolutions can go from 800 x 600 to 1920 x 1200.

One way to test a website in different resolutions is to use different monitors and/or adjust resolutions on your computer. The other way, a much simpler one, is to use an application like ViewLikeUs. ViewLikeUs is a free web app that lets you view a website in 9 different screen resolutions. It is an Ajax based tool so you don’t have to download anything and you don’t have to register for an account. Simply enter the URL of the web page you want to view and off you go.

Here are the different resolutions you can view a website in using ViewLikeUs:

ViewLikeUs also allows you to view a website the way it would appear on an iPhone and a Wii browser.

Convert Images to Text Online With Free OCR

OCR stands for optical character recognition and is the process of converting images of text (generally scanned pictures) to plain text. While a large fraction of the OCR software are commercial products there are quite a few web based free OCR solutions which can instantly convert images to text.

Free-OCR.com is one such service. It’s completely free and doesn’t require any registration. However, you are limited to a maximum of 10 uploads per hour. JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP files up to 2MB in size are supported (for PDF files only the first page is converted).

This service has a few other limitations including:

  • No batch processing mode
  • Images must have a resolution of 150 dpi or more. This means screenshots or photographs won’t probably work.
  • Formatting of the document isn’t retained. The output is simple text.

Optical Character Recognition is a rather complicated process and is a subject of ongoing research. The results were quite good when I used a high quality scanned document, but was utter garbage when I used a photograph snapped using Sony Ericsson k810i (Document Mode). Fre-OCR.com can’t compete with commercial software like ABBYY FineReader OCR or OmniPage. However, it is a handy resource that many professionals on the go would find useful.

PageBoss: Website Analysis Through Search Engines And Social Media

PageBoss is an easy to use web application that allows you to analyze any website quickly. The analysis is performed over a number of areas and starts with providing owner information, loading time, domain creation and expiration date and the IP address of the server.

Next comes the search engine analysis that includes page rank information, number of pages indexed,  backlinks, blog and directory submissions e.t.c. PageBoss also analyzes the website for activity on social media and social bookmarking sites including Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious and Friendfeed. Moreover, details from Alexa, DMOZ, W3C Validator and the WayBackMachine are also included to help understand how the website has performed historically.

Main Features:

  • Analyze websites quickly.
  • See how the website is doing on Social media.
  • Check how Google and Yahoo! rank the website.
  • Check website performance over Alexa, Quantcast and Technorati.
  • Available in multiple languages.